This 900 sqft (nearly 4 times the size of a typical hotel room) classic, colonial apartment captures the essence of Cuenca. Enjoy the comforts of a home (rather than just a bed in a room) for what you'd pay for an average hotell! Save money by not having to eat out for EVERY meal!
Situated in an old colonial building, right in the heart of Cuenca's El Centro, within easy walking distance to all the amenities you could possibly want! Even though the building dates back to before we were born, the apartment has been completely upgraded and modernized but without losing the character and charm.
- 1 block to the blue-domed Cathedral
- 1 block to the flower market
- 1 block to a large mercado brimming with fresh fruits, produce, seafood, etc
- 2 blocks to Parque Calderon, the center of the Universe when it comes to Cuenca's activities, festivals, tourism office, tour bus, etc.
- Otavalan textile vendors (clothing, scarves, tapestries) right outside the front door
- Dental office located on ground floor with English-speaking dentists
- 4 blocks to the Tomebamba river and greenbelt, great for people watching, running, biking, exercise
- Eateries from cheap Ecuadorian to fancy to expat-owned all around you….take your pick
The apartment is accessible from a locked gate at the front of the building. Guests can use an intercom for you to buzz them in. Elevators are very rare in the older buildings of Cuenca. The unit is on the 2nd level, just one flight up.
The kitchen has plenty of counter (prep) space plus lots of upper/lower cabinets and drawers and…it's fully stocked with everything you'll need (except food!)…gas cooktop/oven, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, food processor, and tall refrigerator. Also, in this large space, you'll find the washer AND a dryer (VERY uncommon here!!) and off to the side, an antique office desk for your computer moments.
The living room is HUGE with dramatic 11ft high ceilings of elaborate design, trimmed with equally dramatic crown mouldings, and topped off with large, ornate, wrought iron chandeliers. The end wall is all floor-to-ceiling windows which lets in plenty of light . The living area is outfitted with a large L-shaped sofa, flat screen TV (with HDMI ports so you can watch TV (even USA stations!) from your internet device), and DVD player (with library of DVD's). Off to the side is the dining area with a nice table and 4 chairs. Throughout the apartment, you'll find pieces of art by local artisans like ceramics by Eduardo Vega, handmade candelabras by local metalworkers, and Otavalan tapestries. You'll be happy as a clam.
Open up the french doors and step out onto the balcony and watch the world go by on the plaza below. You might think the plaza would be noisy, but it's surprisingly quiet as the street out front is only 1 block long and used by vehicles entering and leaving the small parking lot. The activity on the plaza is primarily pedestrian and shoppers browsing the artisan stalls.
The bedroom has a queen-sized bed situated in the back away from the front of the building. Note: This is a separate bedroom….the bed is NOT in middle of the living room like so many others!! It has a beautiful antique armoire (closet), its own private bath with shower (towels and bedding provided).
OH!! A cell phone AND internet are provided, too! Yet another bonus...the rooftop patio with table, umbrella, and chairs, and great views daytime or nightime.
Availability: Please consult the online calendar. There is a 4 night minimum stay, with a 60 day maximum.
Pricing: $59 a night (about the same as a Travelodge in Seattle, Dallas, or Charlotte!). Staying more than 21 days? Then you'll qualify for the month rate ($1250) which means your daily costs drops significantly to only $42 a night for a month!! A 29% savings of $520! Think of it...how many nights in a nice hotel would $1250 buy you anywhere else around the world? A dozen?? I recently paid $100 a night for a Motel 6 in Miami! And this is a fully furnished apartment!!
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, answer any questions, and hand over the keys!!
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?
* 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 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?
* 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.
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