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Right on El Centro's Doorstep!

Bedrooms 2
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

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 complex, this unit is set in the back away from the busy street where you can enjoy QUIET!

The unit has two bedrooms plus one bath (with shower), a living area with a flat-screen TV and DVR (plus lots of DVD’s!!), stereo, and a laundry porch with full-sized washer AND dryer (IN the unit, not located somewhere else in the complex).

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you’ll need (except food!)…gas cooktop/oven, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee-maker, toaster oven, and tall refrigerator. Coffee/tea, condiments, cooking oil and spices are also provided. OH!! A cell phone AND internet are provided, too! Hot water at ALL outlets.

All this within steps of the heart of Cuenca, the old colonial ‘El Centro’ district.

Though this apartment is technically 2 bedrooms, one is used as a dressing room where the closets have been relocated. The bed in the primary bedroom is a Queen. The bed is NOT located in the same space as the living room (like some other rentals)!!

• Located along the Tomebamba river, greenbelt, and a short walk to El Centro ‘old town’ Cuenca

• Near a large, recently renovated park (Parque de la Madre) and new Planetarium.

• 4 blocks to a major supermarket

• Pharmacies, medical/dental offices, and hospital all within about 6 blocks

• 5 blocks to the soccer stadium

• Want a taxi? A bus? 1 block and you’re set.

Availability: Please review the online calendar. 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: Like most older buildings in Cuenca, there is no elevator. The unit is located 3 levels up. Also, to walk to the El Centro requires walking up a set of stairs across the river. If you have walking/climbing issues, you might consider my other listing (Modern Luxurious Loft apt…).

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?

* Is the unit above a busy street with noisy busses, honking horns, and car alarms invading your space?

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

* Does it have a tiny fridge? 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?

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.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Basic Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Dano

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in this well-equipped, well-furnished apartment for the month of March. The kitchen has good dishes, utensils, pots and pans, appliances and some staples supplied to make one feel right at home when you arrive. The living area is equipped with sofa, comfortable cushion chair, TV, DVD player with lots of DVDs - movies, and AM-FM radio and great wi-fi. The apartment is on the fourth floor of a secure condominium complex, situated on the Tomebamba River front. While you do not have views of the river from the apartment, you will be looking at the river and historic city of Cuenca as you step out of the building. The apartment is located within easy walking distance to a very good grocery store, shopping mall, bakeries, parks, and most important the historic center of Cuenca with all that it offers such as museums, churches, restaurants, street markets, produce markets, walking tours, language schools, bookstores, entertainment venues and more. Dano, the apartment owner, is a very attentive host, who lives nearby. Dano picked us up at the airport and oriented us to the area and the features of the apartment. He has written a comprehensive user's guide to the apartment features as well as to anything and everything one may wish to do while in Cuenca and region. This guide, also known as "the bible", is contained in a three-ring binder in the apartment and we referred to it quite often during the course of our stay. We felt at home in this apartment and that is a compliment we can all understand and appreciate when travelling in a new land. All in all, we had a most enjoyable experience.
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Huayna-Capac Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • 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 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 2 - used as closet room
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Right on El Centro's Doorstep!
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This worked well for us. May be the best part of town... We are able to climb a lot if stairs, which might be hard for some. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location and well equipped apartment

  • 5 of 5

Dan has a nice apartment that has everything needed for a comfortable stay. Location is good for seeing the historic area as well as the more modern area and convenient to park, river, grocery store, etc.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We have rented a lot of apartments and this definitely the best equipped. The kitchen was stocked with all the condiments and spices you need. All you need to is run over to the close SuperMaxy to pick up your food.

The appliances were new and all worked very well. The location in new town just across the bridge from El Centro was great. There are all lot restaurant within an easy walking distance. Dano has produced a. Book,he calls the "Bible" and has pretty much everything you need to about Cuenca.

We would certainly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific Stay in Cuenca!

  • 5 of 5

I thought the apartment location was perfect. In 1 month, I only took one single taxi! And that was because I forgot to take my umbrella. The apartment is close to everything I need: Supermaxi groceries, gym, Olympic swimming pool, park with jogging/walking track, (and the dentist ... I got my teeth cleaned and checked for $30)! Especially convenient was discovering that I could live stream Fox News and CNN on my laptop. In fact, I never even turned on the TV the month I was here. The kitchen complete with oven and microwave besides a nice gas cook top were perfect. All in all, I had a great stay and the apartment, especially the location, was terrific.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We could live in this place!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at this apartment for a week. It is fully furnished with everything we needed to make us comfortable. And the kitchen has more appliances than I do in my apartment!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, well stocked apartment in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

This apartment lived up to its billing. This was our first trip to Cuenca and the location was perfect: On the Tomebamba, and an easy, short walk across the river into old town. Being just outside of old town spared us some of the heavy traffic, congestion, and noise you can get there.

There's no elevator, but the 3 flights of stairs (45 steps) were not a problem for us. The stairs up to old town (82 of them!) were also not a problem for us, but might be for others. Because old town is on higher ground, though, it is hard to find a place where you can avoid climbing some stairs.

The apartment is clean, comfortable, well-stocked, and secure, and Dano is a great host. He met us at the airport on a Saturday night, at 8PM, in a freak rainstorm, helped us with our bags, drove us to the apartment, and helped us get settled in. He provides a local cell phone for his guest's use, and it was an invaluable aid as we had organized lots of meetings and appointments during our stay. The wifi works great, there's a Supermaxi nearby for grocery shopping, and we were easy walking distance to good restaurants, cafes, and sights to see. When we ran low on gas for the water heater and dryer, and my non-existent Spanish wasn't up to ordering a delivery, Dano dropped what he was doing and brought us a full tank. That's great service!

This was our first trip to explore the possibility of emigrating to Cuenca. Dano's apartment was a great base from which to explore the city. We would recommend it to other singles or couples looking to experience Cuenca.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were awesome! Thanks for the great review! I will now release your children and grandchildren from captivity. those reading this review, there is an alternative route to old town without having to climb the 82 steps. Just a block away is an easier route that involves only half the amount of steps. Guess I forgot to tell these guests. Ooopsie.
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Rates & Availability

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5 night minimum stay

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.
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