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Wake up in the Heart of Cuenca

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

This 550 sqft colonial apartment will keep you super comfortable during your stay in Cuenca. Enjoy the comforts of a home for what you’d pay for an average hotel (where all you get is a room with a bed and bathroom)!

Following the description of this apartment (at the bottom) is a 'checklist' of things you might consider when examining other properties. Be sure to look it over so you get the RIGHT FIT FOR YOU!!!

Now, about this apartment.....

Situated in a historic building located in the heart of El Centro. Everything you want is just steps outside your door.

* Short stroll to the Cathedral and Parque Calderon.

* EZ walk to large Mercado featuring local grown fruits and vegetables plus meats and seafood.

* Lots of eateries from cheap $3 lunches to upscale restaurants.

* Pharmacies, medical/dental offices, and hospital all nearby.

* Want a taxi or a bus? They're ripe for picking anywhere you happen to be in El Centro.

* Nearby is the flower market and a plaza lined with Otovalan vendors selling beautiful fabrics, clothing, shawls, scarves, tapestries, etc.

The apartment has been completely remodeled with new flooring, plumbing, toilet, furniture, paint, bed, etc etc.

The living room is long and spacious, outfitted with a love seat, single-sofa-chair and work (ugh!) desk. Enjoy the wall-mounted flat screen TV (with HDMI ports so you can watch (even USA TV stations!) from your laptop), or more than 100 DVD's of your choosing to play on the DVD player.

The bedroom is large with a Queen bed, full bath, and built-in closet. There's an additional desk in the bedroom as well.

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you’ll need (except food!)…6-burner gas cooktop/oven, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, food processor, and tall refrigerator. Coffee/tea, condiments, cooking oil and spices are also provided.

Need to do laundry? No problemo as you have your own washer AND dryer (rare here) in the apt. OH!! A cell phone AND internet are provided, too!

Yet another feature is the rooftop terrace (exclusive for my guests only) with table and chairs, and great views daytime or nighttime.

Availability: Please consult the online calendar for dates available vs booked. I keep my calendar current at all times.

Pricing: You'll find the daily cost of this apartment to be LESS than an average hotel here in Cuenca, especially when you consider the additional expenses of eating out all the time. AND, if you stay a month or longer, you'll get a significantly discounted month-rate, saving you even MORE money!! Ask yourself..."How many nights would I get for the same price, if I stayed at a hotel?”

FULL DISCLOSURE: This building (as is 95% in Cuenca) does not have an elevator. The apartment requires a 2-flight walk-up.

When you arrive in Cuenca, I will pick you up at your arrival point (whether that be the airport, bus terminal, or van service), bring you to the apartment, give you a short orientation, answers any questions, and hand over the keys!!


* Location. Can you walk to most everything you'll want to do, or do you always need to take a taxi or bus?

* Does the unit have hot water at the kitchen sink, bathroom sink (rare here), and piped to the shower?

* Does the shower have direct-piped hot water, or one of those electric shower-heads that produce only lukewarm water (known as 'widow-makers')?

* Does the unit have an oven or just a cooktop?

* Does it have both a washer and dryer INSIDE the unit?

* Does it have a tiny fridge like a college dorm room? Is it sitting on the floor where you darn near have to get on your knees to get anything?

* If 2 people are sleeping in the same bed, can they walk around both sides of the bed? Is the bed FULL or QUEEN?

* Is the bed(s) located in the SAME space as the living room (like a Studio)?

* Does the furniture look comfortable or is it rigid and formal and/or crammed together in a tiny space?

* Does the kitchen provide all the tools, gadgets, and small appliances you'll want to 'get the job done'?

These kinds of things can make the difference between an 'okay' experience and a great one. Closely examine the photos in each listing and look for details in the descriptive write-up.

If you don't see it...ASK! If you have special needs or concerns....ASK!!!

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Basic Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 29, 2017

About Dano

I am originally from the Seattle, WA, USA area. I've lived in Cuenca since early 2011.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Excelente opción de hospedaje en Cuenca. Es un excelente sitio, muy cómodo, limpio, muy bien ubicado. Esta cerca de muchos atractivos tusiticos (empezando por la cátedral), restaurantes, etc. Se pueden hacer caminatas por la ciudad ya que el departamento es muy céntrico. El anfitrión es sumamente amable y atento, siempre dispuesto a resolver dudas.
Oct 2017
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Everything is right outside your front door!


Cuenca Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen bed, large room with built-in closets + work desk
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Wake up in the Heart of Cuenca
average rating of 4.75 based on 47 reviews

Clean Accommodation, Great Location, Wonderful Host!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is a great value for the money spent. It was very clean, the kitchen had everything we needed to cook our own meals, and it's in a great location. The host Dano was VERY helpful and friendly. We appreciated him very much! I would definitely recommend this place. Thank you Dano!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear 'old souls', thanks for the awesome review and being such great guests! I hope you were able to enjoy your refuge getaway after staying in my apt. Be good...we need more like you!! Dano
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Loja, Ecuador

Clean, Comfy, Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Staying in one of Dano’s rentals is always our first choice. It’s always super clean. I have allergies, but I had no problems staying here. The bed and couch are more comfortable than my own! Nicely decorated and the kitchen is generously well stocked. No problem fixing our own meals. Even enjoyed a spaghetti dinner on the rooftop terrace! The location will be even better once the construction is done outside in the plaza. Which should be soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was really great! You are in the heart of Old Town Quenca.. There is so much going on, so much history and so much culture right at your doorstep.

The river walk is amazing. Lots of wonderful restaurants.

The owner Dano was superlative. He had great amenities in in the apartment. He was helpful and truly a great guy..

I totally recommend this Apartment.

Thanks Dano

Gary G

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver Island, BC

Cuenca is a wonderful city

  • 4 of 5

Thanks for a great time - in your wonderful city.

We enjoyed the condo very much - close to all the sights and lots of great restaurants. Easy to walk to everything / comfy bed / Dano - (the landlord) was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

The apartment met our needs perfectly. The living area and bedroom were really spacious despite how they looked in the pictures. The kitchen was a little small and was a bit short of counter space. The location was perfect being near the Mercado, Parque Calderon and all sorts of other neat places. It was a delight being met every morning by the vendors outside the apartment's entrance as well as by the patients in the dental office all of whom had big smiles as we passed. Dano was always very prompt in responding to any of our needs.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John/Irene!! Thanks for being great guests! I always enjoy people who are enthusiastic about being here. Sorry about the lack of counterspace in the kitchen. Unfortunately, I can't add anything without it being in the way of cooking, the doorways, etc. That's one of the reasons why I chose to post photos that clearly show the various angles so people can clearly see what they're getting/not getting...then make a decision they're confident with. Ciao!! Dano
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Quiet, small, quite well equipped apt. in El Centro although located in an unattractive plaza.

  • 3 of 5

This small quite well equipped apt. is conveniently located in a quiet central area known as “El Centro”, a block from the cathedral. The landlord has a very informative 55 page binder of everything you would need to know re: the apt., Cuenca and places to visit in the area. Despite its central location, San Francisco plaza was probably the least attractive plaza we saw in Cuenca, as it is over 2/3 full of vendors selling mostly junk and garbage is often seen in the laneways. Also, all the vendors’ stalls are covered with tin roofing making the plaza look more like a squatter’s village. In addition, there are at least 25 Otovalan vendors that flank the front entranceways of numerous businesses on the side of the plaza where this apt. is located. This meant that we always had to pass by sellers in close quarters every time we entered or exited the apt. Although the Otovalans are lovely people, we got tired of being asked, “poncho, blankets?” every time we walked through the plaza. We ended up walking the long way around the block to the north on Sucre in order to avoid most of the plaza. As you can see, there are no photos of the front entry to the building nor does the ad disclose that you have 4 flights of stairs to climb up to the apt. Also, we were not happy with the level of cleanliness in this apt. (apparently the landlord, who was not the owner, cleaned it himself). Another issue was that all three apts. in this building were paying basically the same rent, although ours (apt. 2) had only about 1/2 the living space of apts. 1 and 3. We (a senior couple) stayed here for 25 nights which started to seem crowded after 2 weeks; a shorter stay here would have been more pleasant.

If we visit Cuenca again, we would pre-book a place for one week and then do our own apt. hunting which would eliminate paying a “middleman,” who add their margin on top of the owner’s rent. Although booking online is convenient and reassuring, this service does add a significant cost.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To get a perspective: 1. I've hosted 539 guests thus far, via 311 bookings, via 3 major websites. 2. I've rec'd 170 reviews of my short-term rentals, 99% rated 5 stars with only a few 4.5 stars. 3. I've been given a SuperHost badge by a competitive site. In those stats, one can easily surmise my history has a pattern. I take pride going great lengths to ensure my units are more than worth the daily rate. I spend an avg of 3 hrs cleaning/readying the apt for the next guest, paying attn to detail many others don't. Based on my own experience as a guest, I offer FAR more amenities than any other I've stayed at in other cities. PLAZA SAN FRAN. It's a vendor plaza, not like 99% of other parks in Cuenca. Not ONE past guest has made a neg comment. In fact, they find the row of Otavalans selling colorful textiles to be charming. Yes, the metal roof section is unappealing, no one is forced to go there. It's safe and what trash may exist is usually in the late evening when they close down. The city cleans it during night hours. PASS SELLERS IN "CLOSE QUARTERS"? When exiting the bldg, it's 10ft to the open street. Yes, vendors try to entice, but they do it in the food mercados, too, and they're polite. Linda is VERY Obsessive Compulsive. She said they wore slippers on the hwd floors due to "germs". She left 23 STICKY NOTES all over the apt when she checked out. Complaints about: spices being expired, wooden closet drawers not lined, moved the fridge away to show it needed cleaning underneath, lint on the shelf where laundry soap/bleach is the laundry rm....OUTSIDE! Didn't want to use tablecloth because she didn't know how to clean it (didn't ask either) but called the table "tacky" underneath. 1st email (ever) I got from her asked if there are roosters nearby. 4 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. WRONG!!. The apt is on the 3rd fl. Ground fl to 2nd fl is 1 flight, 2nd fl to 3rd fl is 2 FLIGHTS. Yes, it's disclosed on VRBO where it says "FULL DISCLOSURE". CLEANLINESS. Not ONE guest has ever found any part to be unclean or unacceptable, in fact, quite the opposite. Linda said "boys are not taught" (how to clean). She talked to me like a 5yo. RATES. She paid $40 nt. What do you get for $40 in a hotel? She nagged 3 of my guests to reveal what they paid!! One paid $62 nt, the other rec'd a heavy disct for staying 4 mos! 57 listings on VRBO to shop, compare, decide. Good luck finding 3 wks open w/just days notice.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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