Enjoy the comforts of a home (rather than just a bed in a room) for what you’d pay for a basic hotel in Cuenca!
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 the old adobe complex, through the secured front gate and past the garden courtyard this unit is set 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 lot...s of DVD’s!!), stereo, and a laundry porch with full-sized washer AND dryer (IN the unit, not located somewhere else)..
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. 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, but it also has a single fold-down sofa/seat (see photo with blue 'sofa') available for those times where there's been an argument or someone snores!!!. 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)!!
• Directly across from the Tomebamba river, greenbelt, and El Centro ‘old town’ Cuenca
• Next to a large, newly renovated park (Parque de la Madre) and brand new Planetarium.
• 4 blocks to a major supermarket, ½ block to major bank
• Pharmacies, medical/dental offices, and hospital all within about 6 blocks
• 6 blocks to the soccer stadium
• Want a taxi? A bus? 1 block to Ave Solano and you’re set.
Pricing: $34 a night (less than a Motel 6!). Staying more than 24 days? Then you'll qualify for the month rate ($825) which means the rate drops significantly to only $27.50 a night!! A savings of $195 (20%). Think of it...how many nights would you be able to stay in a hotel for $825 anywhere else around the world? 8 or 9?? I recently paid $100 a night for a Motel 6 in Miami! And this is a fully furnished apartment!!
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 (under the title Modern Loft Apt 6 blocks from El Centro)..
Pickup can be arranged whether you arrive in Cuenca at the airport, bus terminal, or van service.
Driver services also available. I have lived here over 3 years. I can drive you in a modern SUV 4 x 4 to places around Cuenca and the outskirts so you can experience and see more. Thinking of relocating? I can show you various neighborhoods in-town, rural areas, and/or towns outside Cuenca. $12 an hour includes gas and all the information your brain can digest!
YOUR CHECKLIST WHEN VIEWING OTHER PROPERTIES
* 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 ruining 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(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.Read more
Overall rating:4.9 / 5.0based on 39 reviews and 4 properties
You can't be closer to El Centro w/o being in it!! Cuenca, Ecuador
Additional Location Information
Across the river Tomebamba from the El Centro area. Walk across the pedestrian bridge and up a set of stairs and you're THERE....in the midst of the old colonial city, restaurants, shops, clubs, museums, parks, fiestas....you name it!!!
More About This Location
City vacations, Mountain nearby
Golf course within 30 minute drive
Nearest airport: Cuenca, 3 miles Car is not necessary
Last updated on August 18, 2014
Not available for your dates? Check availability for 40 other Cuenca rentals
Left on 04/12/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Mike
First I have to say staying in an apartment is the way to go. This experience beats any kind of hotel you might imagine. Finding yourself getting familiar with the path leading in and out and the proximity to all things around you makes you feel much more at home than any hotel might offer.
Now you have to understand how this particular apartment shines over the others. I have to say it starts with your host Dan. After 24 hours of travel it was great to have Dan meet me at the airport, help me with my bags, deliver me to the apartment and show me all the features it contains. He took the time to make sure I was comfortable but didn't seem overbearing about it. A true host in the best sense of the word. He was even so thoughtful as to understand I was arriving early in the morning and showed up with bagels and cream cheese and a bag of fresh ground coffee to get me started. What a great host!!
The apartment came with Dan's bible, a book he had complied with all kinds of helpful information to get me started on my Cuenca experience. I can't mention how many times I referred back to this book to guide my daily excursions. The apartment itself was very close to what I would expect at home. Extremely well equipped with all the appliances and gadgets you might expect. The bed and furniture were comfortable and well maintained and the entire place was spotless when I arrived. It really made me feel at home.
The apartment itself is set back from the street in a relatively quite part of town so noise was minimized by comparison to what you might expect in El Centro. It's also behind a security gate so I felt very safe and comfortable leaving my belongings while out for the day. The proximity to the old city was perfect and made it very easy to hop out the front door and in minutes be in old town exploring the many sites Cuenca has to offer.
Got to give this place a two thumbs up! I loved the stay, love the apartment and would definitely stay here again.
Sharon & Orrin
Frankfort, IL USA
Left on 12/29/2013 for a stay in December 2013 | Sharon & Orrin
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this apartment. The view is fantastic and there is so much within walking distance! The binder you have available is filled with anything one might need to know. We also appreciated the many English speaking dvd's you had available to us. The apartment itself is quite compact, but better than a bed in a hotel room. Any needs we had you were quick to respond to. We also appreciate your helpful tips.
Comfort, Convenience, Security and Support in Cuenca
Left on 11/16/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | Bob Tremble
I thoroughly enjoyed my month-long stay at Dan austin's two-bedroom suite in Cuenca, Ecuador. The location is steps from both historic Cuenca (El Centro) and from the supermarket shopping, parks, river-front walks, transit options, and fine dining that really made my visit. The complex is gated and the majority of residents are permanent tenant/owners.
I have stayed in resorts, hotels and short-term rentals elsewhere in North america and Europe but this was by far the best equipped accommodation I've ever found at such an affordable price. Stereo, flat screen TV, DVD library, CDs and Wi-Fi for those times when you just don't feel like setting off on an adventure; en suite washer/dryer/iron to make the chores a snap; and, a fully outfitted kitchen so you can experiment with Ecuadorian meats, fruits and veggies.
And then, there is Dan. He meets you on arrival, provides a cell phone to make sure you can stay in touch, and his own 35 page guide to everything from how to get the most out of the apartment to how to find your way to the best of Cuenca. He takes a genuine interest in helping you get off to a good start without the orientation anxiety of finding yourself on your own in an unfamiliar city. This is a really value-added thing - it's like having a personal concierge. I'll be back...
Visitors from Miami
Home comforts across the street for El Centro.
Left on 10/20/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | Visitors from Miami
Our stay started with Dano picking us up at the airport and delivering us to the apartment. A roomy one bedroom apartment with all the home amenities including a washer and dryer, DVD, microwave, etc were there. Dano even provided the use of a mobile phone during our stay. (We paid the minutes at about $0.20/minute) Dano also a provided a Cuenca "Bible"; a notebook filled with tips about getting around Cuenca which was very helpful. The apartment is across the street from El Centro, the old town, though is an 84 step hike to climb up to El Centro. It is also walking distance to a park, drugstore, grocery and movie theatre.
We were very comfortable and happy with the apartment. Our only complaint was with the weather, which rained every day during our stay. At least during the rain we had a collection of Dvds we watched until the storms passed.
We would recommend this to anyone visiting Cuenca and we would definitely stay here again.
Left on 09/08/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Red
We had a great stay at Dan's place in Cuenca. Dan was very helpful and very well informed about Cuenca and the surrounding area. The rental was spotless and very well equipped for all of our needs. Great location and nice and quiet. Everything was within walking distance. Public Transportation is right in front of the building and great restaurants, shops and markets are all near. Thanks again Dan for your help and hospitality.
Dano apartment Property Review
Left on 08/17/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Albert
The apartment location was excellent. It afforded easy transportation and walking access to both the Centro and outlying areas of the city. It was also very affordable as well.
However, we reserve our most praise worthy comments for our landlord Dano. He provided us with a written guide of "do's and dont's". He also provided us with the use of a cell phone for our personal use.
This apartment has breathtaking picture postcard views. In addition we had a fully equipped kitchen and a library of videos and a stero system. A laundry room included a modern washer and dryer.
Personally, as future residents of Cuenca we two adults and our ten year old son now have found a new friend in Dano, and through his solititious attentions, other friends as well.
Dawson Georgia USA
Left on 07/11/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Ed
The apartment is small but cute, clean, and comfortable. Very good location.
Very comfortable apartment - great location
Left on 06/15/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Mike
I spent a month in this apartment, and had a great time. Being on the fourth floor turned out to be a good thing. After arriving from Orlando, FL, the altitude was a bit of a surprise, even though I was totally aware of Cuenca's elevation. Consequently, I liked the excercise. Compared to the 84 steps up to el centro, it was a breeze. But after each week, those steps were becoming easier.
There is so much to see, and do in Cuenca, that a month didn't rerally seem like a long time. There are many museums, churches, and sights in el centro that it was impossible to ever get bored.
Also, while in Dano's apartment, I was lucky enough to be there for Ec's Independance Day, and Corpus Christie. It was at the first night of Corpus Christie, right after having a great $1.00 dinner from 1 of the food vendors, that a huge thunderstorm came through. I just ducked under a cabana at the flower market, and met a couple from aZ. After talking for about 20 min., we came to find out that we were all staying in the same apartment building.
Also, having been there for a month allowed me to take a week, and travel throughout EC. Went up to Quito, and Mitad del Mundo. Then off to Guayaquil, and to Salinas, on the Pacific Coast. I plan on living in EC within the next 6-18 months. Being from Florida, I decided that Salinas is where I'll call home. But will Definately return to Cuenca, and stay in Dano's apartment again.
Also, thanks Dan, for everything !!!
Good Value for apartment close to El Centro
Left on 06/14/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Mara
The apartment is best suited for one person. As a couple it was really difficult getting around to each side of the bed. The kitchen was well equipped but it is tiny, especially the counter space to prepare food on (18")and sink (like an RV sink). Cooking was more difficult. So if you are only one person and you plan to eat out most of the time, this is the place for you Read more
Dang...my first 4 rating. But, it's not the end of the world. Just want to add a perspective here for people to consider. Yes, it is a small apartment (as stated, 500 sqft in the listing). So, 2 br's, 1 bath, living and kitchen area fitting into that amount of sqft tells you the spaces are going to be small. That, and the fact that it's a 100 yr old building and rooms are commonly small here unless you're in a much more modern building. I am diligent in full disclosure, which is why I also states the size of the bed and provide photos of every room including the kitchen. Depending on your length of stay, the daily cost may fall between $23 - $35 a night. This is the same or less (as in longer stays) then a mid-level hotel where all you have is a bed in a room and a bathroom, and most rooms will be very small. However, for the same price, this apartment provides a laundry porch, an extra bedroom/office, all the functionality of a kitchen (albeit short on counter space), stereo, and a large selection of DVD's. A great value for the $. When researching a property to rent, take a good look at the photos they provide. In this price range, you will commonly see small kitchenettes with small (one bowl) sinks and tiny refrigerators where you practically have to get on your knees to look in (LOL!!). This unit has fridge double the size of what is normally provided. And, the stove is also a common size, smaller than what we're used to 'back home'. But, it does have 4 burners and an oven. If, in your looking, you must have a full-sized kitchen, larger rooms, and more sqft to roam around in then you will need to up the amount of $$ you expect to pay to the $55 - $100 a night range. Come informed and with realistic expectations based on the country/city/culture you are going TO rather then where you're FROM and you won't be disappointed.
Thanks Mara for leaving a review and giving me the opportunity to add another perspective. And, thanks so much for your patience during the check-in process due to the late (and messy) check-out of the previous person.
Betsy & chuck Berry
State College, PA, USA
Location, Location, Location!!!
Left on 04/01/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Betsy & chuck Berry
Overall: We'll certainly stay in Dano's apartment next trip!
Location: Very handy! Across the river from the steps up to El Centro. This postcard photo was taken from in front of apartment building. Check this cute video; the cream-colored building in the background during the interview at about 2:00 is the front of the apartment building: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a9Whxs-N3M
apartment: Quiet; far back from avenida 12 de abril, so little traffic noise or bus fumes. In a charming old building with locked gate entrance & two interior courtyards, one with a beautiful garden. Apartment is fresh and new, with solid furniture, grounded 3-hole electric outlets, and many conveniences: TV, sound system, all kitchen appliances, comfortable bed, thick towels, washer & dryer on porch. Before arriving, we mentioned to Dano that we like to dry clothes outside; sure enough, when we got there he'd put up a nice clothesline for us! One bedroom is set up as an office with WiFi and a big-screen computer we used. Overall, nicer than we expected even though we'd see photos.
Thoughtfulness: Dano was a wonderful host and very strong on extra services. He picked us up at the airport, showed us around town a little, and left a nice plate of pastries on the table for us, plus beer in the fridge. He gladly and competently answered many questions by e-mail before we arrived. A thoughtfully-prepared and illustrated 26-page notebook was a big help in knowing how the apartment works, where to shop, and so forth.
Ideally located for both the historic city and modern shopping c
Left on 03/27/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | David L
Dan, the owner, met us at the airport and gave us a good idea as to what to expect in Cuenca and also a very good orientation. Dan had also put together a folder of great information in the apartment with everything we needed to know.
The apartment was fully equipped with everything the two of us needed during our stay and we found it a comfortable size for two people.
Over the road from the apartment building is the old city which we never got tired of walking around and a short walk behind the apartment there are shops and supermarkets where we could find everything we needed.
All in all a good value in a very nice historic city which we would certainly return to.
Left on 01/24/2013 for a stay in December 2012 | Ken
Great place and Dano was very helpful and friendly.
Very quiet, which is hard to find in Cuenca! Convenient to El Centro, just across the Río Tomebamba and up the stairs to Calle Larga.
All the comforts of home. Great place to stay.
One thing, you'll be climbing lots of stairs to the apartment and to get to El Centro. Something to consider, if that's a problem.
Left on 01/17/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | ready4200
great place, dan was a very nice guy, picked me up at the bus station to give me the keys and showed me to the apartment, very nice place to stay, all the comforts of home, great hot water, fast internet, tv, dvd, stereo, like i said all the comforts of home.
very close to all the sights, within walking distance to central, would reccomend to anyone wanting a safe, clean, nice place to stay in cuenca
Perfect location in a fantastic apartment!
Left on 10/14/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Peg
Loved my time in this apartment! It's location is ideal - across from the Rio Tomebamba and just below Centro Historico. The apartment is clean, modern and has everything you could possibly need to be comfortable, and then some. The building is a great mix of locals and expats who are all good neighbors. It's incredibly safe and quiet. Oh, and did I mention the incredible view of the andes out the kitchen and office window? If I return to Cuenca again in the future, I'll definitely be staying here!
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