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Spectacular Home in Cuenca’s Historic El Centro

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Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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, 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!

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 31, 2016


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Spectacular Home in Cuenca’s Historic El Centro
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews
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: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio, TX

Old World Charm: New World Appointments!

  • 5 of 5

From the time we stepped into this charming home, the daily pressures of the world seemed to disappear. It is beautifully appointed with old world charm, yet it has all the modern conveniences you would want. The location (one block from the historic center of the city) puts you within walking distance of any type of entertainment. First class restaurants, stunning cathedrals and night life is literally a stones throw away. The owner is wonderful and very gracious. She made our stay a complete and a total pleasure. Her suggestions of where to go and what to see were impeccable. I would recommend staying in this home to anyone who is looking for a wonderful and fulfilling visit to Cuenca.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edmonton, Canada

Loved our stay in this Cuenca apartment

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully appointed apartment was in a perfect, central location. Very comfortable bed and bathroom. Ideal for couples. Walking distance to all the great restaurants, just a block from the central square. Property owner was very helpful and added to our very nice Cuenca experience

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This home is in the Center of El Centro in Cuenca. The location is amazing. More amazing is this immaculate, beautiful home with all modern amenities and expertly decorated. The bedroom (queen bed with beautiful linens) and bath ( spiffy shower with plenty of hot water) we used were very comfortable and quiet which is definitely unique in a country that loves parades and celebrating. The positive descriptions in the other reviews are accurate. Full disclosure: I'm really discerning (read picky) about the level of quality in the places we choose.

The owner has lived in Cuenca for many years and is knowledgeable about all things Cuenca. She had great restaurant suggestions and was gracious and responsive to requests. My husband and I had a great time getting to know the owner. She is a terrific person who has created a comfortable and inviting space. I would give this VRBO listing an A+. My only regret? Wish I could have stayed there longer. LL, New Mexico

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin Tx

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Loved being within walking distance of the the middle of the hubbub! Unique setting to be in a home with balconies overlooking the city. Enjoyed opening the windows to the evening sunsets. Beautifully furnished. Very comfortable. Homeowner generous with insight into the "must sees" of the city. Highly recommend! Would go back

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • 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.


Rates & Availability

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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.
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Cuenca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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