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Spectacular Home in Cuenca’s Historic El Centro

Bedrooms 1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

This unique accommodation is a luxury downtown pied a’tere, which occupies the entire second floor of a fine Patrimonial building on one of the best streets in Cuenca, in the heart of the historic district, one and a half blocks from the Parque Calderon (the central square), the beautiful blue-domed cathedral, and the colorful flower market. You are just steps away from shops and mercados, Nectar organic market, the best resturants, trendy coffee shops, the main tour office and city tour bus, museums, galleries, churches -- everything you will want on your visit to Cuenca!

This historic home, built by a well-known German architect in the late 1920’s, was fully restored in October of 2013 by a talented interior designer and artist.

This Patrimonial property has lots of charm with French doors and romantic balconies above the street, hand tooled plaster 12 foot ceilings, beautiful solid hardwood floors and doors throughout, sweeping windows and/or French doors in every room, three large living rooms, a study, guest bedroom and bath, and custom kitchen. It is filled with fine, lovingly collected antiques, rugs and original art from around the world, and designer furniture; the interiors are beautiful, eclectic and classy, reflecting a calm peace and beauty that is truly unique in the desirable El Centro area of Cuenca. Additionally, it rests one of the quietest streets in historic El Centro.

People say this is the most beautiful house in Cuenca!

You will rest deeply and enjoy your respite from the animated city, cocooned on the second story above one of the quietest streets in the historic downtown area. The house is quiet and tranquil, with very little traffic noise even outside on the open balconies.

Security is excellent. You must pass through three secured doors to enter, and the street door is locked at night and on weekends.

Rent is less than you would pay for one room in a fine hotel, and you will have a quiet, centrally located luxury accommodation with a comfortable imported memory foam bed, extra large rooms to relax in, plus a fully equipped American standard kitchen (of course, your personal food, toiletries and sundries are your responsibility).

The guest room is a lovely double room, with a cushy queen-size memory-foam mattress and 1000 thread-count sheets, abundant down-filed pillows and duvet, an antique desk, colorful art, and a full private bath.

The WIFI works throughout the house.

The kitchen includes disposal, US double-sided refrigerator with crushed ice in the door, gas cooktop and electric oven, microwave, instant hot water, granite countertops throughout and lovely antiqued hardwood cupboards, plus a cozy little balcony off the kitchen for coffee or tea breaks.

Your rent includes gas, water, electricity and maid service before your stay, plus Wi-Fi internet. There is a Blu-ray player with DVD movies for your viewing pleasure.

Cuenca’s climate is consistently pleasant, but we do provide a portable heater for your use.

Optional Extras:

• If you need a personal telephone while you are in Cuenca, (very handy for calling taxis, booking reservations and calling your property manager!) we can provide a 3GPS local phone for $20.00 a week. The phone is activated with a pre-paid plan and ready to use, and you can add additional minutes if needed in any tienda for $2.00.

• If your stay is an extended one and you need laundry service, we can provide W/D for a small additional fee. Contact the property manager if you require this service.

Check-in: Check-in is at 1PM, and check-out is at 1PM. Upon check-in, you will be asked to fill out a short form to comply with Ecuadorian tax law.

Car Parking: Inexpensive secure parking (approximately $5 per day; $35 per month) is available at parking lots within one block of the property.

Airport: The property is approximately 5-8 minutes from the Cuenca airport by taxi ($2.00 - $2.50 cab fare). Directions to the house will be provided upon confirmation.

House Rules & Exclusions: We apologize; our policy does not allow for children or pets, the minimum rental age is 30. Rentals are for 1-2 persons only. No additional guests will be authorized during the rental period. This is strictly a non-smoking environment. Stairs to the main entry mean this home is not suitable for handicap access.

Treat the Premises with Care: This private home is typically only available to friends or referrals. It is a truly spectacular and unique property for the discriminating, quiet, honest and responsible occupant—preferably one person or a couple. Please treat our beautiful home with the utmost care!

Property Manager:

Our property manager will welcome you to your beautiful Cuenca abode and provide all the information you will need to have a comfortable, safe, and pleasure-filled visit. Additionally, the main tourist information center is located just two blocks away at Parque Calderon.

Inquiries: Before confirming your stay in our home, feel free to contact us by email or phone so that we might answer any questions you have, or provide you with additional information about the house or about Ecuador! Our goal to make your visit as enjoyable and productive as possible.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you!

More Details

Property Manager
Mary Thomajan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 4, 2018


San Blas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Modern private tiled bath with glass shower enclosure, toilet, sink, and a window for fresh air if desired. Fresh, fluffy towels are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Guest bedroom has a Queen-size bed, antique dresser and antique desk. The bed is extremely comfortable, to American standards, with , memory-foam mattress, 1000 thread-count sheets, down pillows and down comforter. Yummy!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
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Spectacular Home in Cuenca’s Historic El Centro
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews
Fruita, CO

Even nicer than described

  • 5 of 5

We loved Thr house and location - absolutely top notch! The house was very quiet, in spite of being in the heart of centro. Great bed! The art work , comfort, and design of the house was superb. Thank you, Mary!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful home in the heart of historic Cuenca

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Cuenca. We spent 11 nights in this lovely home, and found it to be very comfortable, spacious and charming. Mary was so accommodating and accessible before we traveled, answering questions and providing a wealth of advice and information as we prepared. Although she was unable to be there during our stay (due to a family medical situation in the States), Mary's good friend Carla filled in, and took care of our every need, and went above and beyond. The place itself is decorated beautifully, with artwork and artifacts from around the world. The hardwood floors, area rugs and rich woodwork give this place a real feeling of elegance. The queen bed was very comfortable, and the entire place was very clean. The kitchen was stylish, with modern appliances.

The location in the center of the historic district made it easy to walk to most of the downtown attractions and restaurants. One unavoidable downside to being in the city center is the exhaust fumes from cars and especially diesel buses. Unless you are super-sensitive to this, the pluses far outweighed this inconvenience. There are many quality restaurants nearby, and very reasonably priced.

Our overall experience here was outstanding, and I highly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most beautiful property in Cuenca and 1.5 blocks from Neuvo Cathedral!

  • 5 of 5

This is a fabulous one bedroom filled with the owners collection of upscale antiques and US quality furnishings and all is in perfect condition. The apartment is stunning with nice hardwood floors, custom doors throughout, high ceilings and a small balcony looking out to the street. We’re always concern about the comfort of the bed and this one was extremely comfortable. Noise factor is minimal even though it is so close to Centro. The owner Mary is very gracious and develops a personal relationship with her renters so she can better accommodate your stay. She gave us fabulous restaurant recommendations since we are foodies and our standards are high being from the New Orleans, Louisiana area. We had fabulous culinary experiences. She also hooked us up with Valdimir who was our driver for day trips which ended up being less costly than a tour and his English was impeccable plus he knew exactly where to take us for bargain shopping, lunches and less visited artisan places. Mary gave us all sorts of recommendations for our complete stay in beautiful Cuenca. We highly recommend her beautiful apartment and the bonus of all her recommendations to make your stay perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Right in the heart of Cuenca. Perfect location. Great town

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful apartment full of gorgeous antiques but at the same time very homey. Mary couldn't have been nicer. It was a real pleasure.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words Marsha! it was a real pleasure meeting you and Andrew and I hope to see you again in Ecuador one day! Many Blessings to you!
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concord ca

great location, beautiful apt

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Mary's apt in the historic center of Cuenca. The apt. was in a perfect location and was very spacious and filled with beautiful art objects and rugs. We enjoyed looking at all the furnishings as well as venturing outside to see Cuenca. Mary also recommended Eddie, a driver, to us, who was a gem. He took us around to outlying towns in the Andes and was a good companion for our two day-trips outside of Cuenca. The property was well-maintained and had all the amenities.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words Judy! I am so happy that you enjoyed your time in my home and thrilled to hear that my recommendations worked out for you .. I do try to provide a truly unique environment and to make my guests stay as comfortable and pleasing as possible no matter what their needs are. Many BLessings to you and Philip.
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Beautiful apartment; excellent location

  • 4 of 5

This apartment in downtown Cuenca was more like a gorgeous home than a rental property. It was spacious, quiet and relaxing. Mary, the owner was a wealth of information. She hooked us up with a local organic farmer who delivered fresh fruit and vegetables to our door. She also found a great hike leader - James Drummond - for our trips to the Cajas National Park and pointed me in the direction of local yoga classes. We particularly enjoyed her recommendations for music entertainment and dinners out. Yes, we would return to this home.

Although, the wifi was unreliable in the unit it was readily available in the nearby cafes and restaurants. As well, a coffee maker would have been useful.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

You are in the heart of Colonial Cuenca, in El Centro, one block from Cuenca's famous blue-domed Cathedral and beautiful Parque Calderon, with restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and trendy shops all around you. Views from your terrace of the New Cathedral and St. Sebastian Church, and El Centro life. Minutes from festive Calle Larga and the Tomebamba river. Eight minutes from the airport. Best location in Cuenca to see all the sights with no need for a car.




Additional information about rental rates

Final Clean Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $350

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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