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Corazon (Heart) of El Centro Apt

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Space 111 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

This 1200 sqft colonial apartment will keep you super comfortable during your stay in Cuenca. 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 an old colonial building located smack dab in the middle of El Centro. Everything you want is just steps outside your door.

- Close to the blue-domed Cathedral, flower market, and Parque Calderon, the center of the Universe when it comes to Cuenca’s activities, festivals, tourism office, tour bus, etc.

- EZ walk to a large Mercado featuring local grown fruits and vegetables plus meats and seafood.

- Lots of eateries from cheap $3 lunches to upscale restaurants.

- Pharmacies, medical/dental offices, and hospital all nearby.

- Want a taxi or a bus? They're ripe for picking anywhere you happen to be in El Centro.

- Nearby is a plaza lined with Otovalan vendors selling beautiful fabrics, clothing, shawls, scarves, tapestries, etc.

The apartment has been completely remodeled with new flooring, plumbing, toilets, furniture, paint, bed, etc etc.

The living room is huge, with 10ft ceilings, large L-shaped sofa, entertainment center, and large windows to let in lots of light. Enjoy the flat screen TV (with HDMI ports so you can watch (even USA TV stations!) from your laptop), or more than 100 DVD's of your choosing to play on the DVD player.

The bedroom is large with a Queen bed, full bath, and walk-in closet (rare in Cuenca!).

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you’ll need (except food!)…6-burner gas cooktop/oven, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, food processor, and tall refrigerator. Coffee/tea, condiments, cooking oil and spices are also provided.

The really NOTABLE feature of this apartment is the HUGE sun room with soaring skylights! In this area, you can relax, take a nap, read a book, do laundry, or surf the Net at a work desk. When it rains, it's romance at its best to sit in the sun room and listen to the roar of the rain hitting the ceilings overhead. Also in this area a 2nd FULL bath.

Need to do laundry? No problemo as you have your own washer AND dryer (also rare here) in the apt. OH!! A cell phone AND internet are provided, too!

Yet another feature (as if more is needed!) is the rooftop terrace (exclusive use for my guests only) with table and chairs, and great views daytime or nighttime.

Availability: Please consult the online calendar for dates available vs booked. 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. Ask yourself..."How many nights would I get for the same price, if I stayed at a hotel?” If you're staying a month or more, you'll benefit from a SIGNIFICANT discount!!

FULL DISCLOSURE: This building (as is 95% in Cuenca) does not have an elevator. The apartment requires a 2-flight walk-up.

Pickup is provided whether you arrive in Cuenca at the airport, bus terminal, or van service.

A 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 like in a college dorm room? 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 (like a Studio)?

* 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.

If you don't see it...ASK! If you have special needs or concerns....ASK!!!

More Details

Owner
Dano
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, Basic Spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Dano

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

Interesting apartment on Plaza San Francisco in the center of Cuenca. Just a few blocks from the main square. Very spacious for 2 people. Plaza San Francisco is very busy during the day with Otavalan vendors, etc. which is a very authentic experience. We stayed in the 3rd floor apartment and the living area has a great view and small outside balcony overlooking the plaza. I always worry about noise but the square is very quiet at night and the bedroom is interior so there is no street noise at all for sleeping. The bed was comfortable enough even for 2 people accustomed to a king size bed. Felt very safe with several doors to lock on the way up to the apartment. Dano is very attentive. Was nice for him to pick us up at the airport. He came over the next day to change out some light bulbs. It did get a bit cold at night but we like to sleep in a relatively cold room with blankets. We were very comfortable. The 2 bathrooms were perfect for us as a couple. We washed clothes and used the kitchen for basic food prep, for coffee/tea and to warm up leftovers. Overall a great stay for the price and so close to everything.
Jun 2017
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Cuenca

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • has walk-in closet and private bathoom
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • tennis

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

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Corazon (Heart) of El Centro Apt
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 25 reviews
4

Great El Centro Apartment

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just spent four months in this apartment in the heart of El Centro. It was exactly as described, and the pictures we had viewed for months in advance depicted it perfectly! We loved the location overlooking San Francisco Plaza, and enjoyed observing the daily hustle and bustle of the Otovalan vendors. Their colourful stalls and goods were always interesting and appealing. The mercado, just two blocks away, became a daily stop, for freshly squeezed orange juice, fruits and vegetables. We loved being able to wander the area, finding charming buildings to explore, restaurants and coffee shops to sample.

The apartment itself became a home away from home. The floor to ceiling windows in the living room made it bright and welcoming. As others have mentioned, the bedroom, tucked away in the back, was quiet, despite the daily busyness of the area. The walk in closet is wonderful, allowing you to unpack completely, no matter the length of your stay. Having a washer and dryer n the unit is a bonus, especially for a longterm stay. The kitchen is on the small side, but certainly manageable for many meals over the course of our stay.

Dano is a great host, there to answer questions, and look after small issues that arose, and his comprehensive "Bible" has loads of information about the area and the apartment. He went above and beyond usual duties, taking us to a local hospital when a minor "emergency" arose, and stayed to help us with the language barrier, as our Spanish was limited and did not include medical terms.

We walked and ran daily along the river, and enjoyed using the fitness equipment in Parque Paraiso. My husband joined a nearby gym, and we found yoga and tai chi lessons at a local wellness centre. All in all, it was a great way to avoid an Ontario winter!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you guys!! Gonna miss you. You were phenomenal and no stickies!! Maybe you hid one under the mattress??
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5

Dano's Corazon Apartment - "WOW"

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Dano's Apartment 1 (Corazon) was great. It was very large, clean and well decorated.The bed was extremely comfortable....giving us a good night's sleep each and every night. The walk in closet was a bonus, making it easy to unpack rather than living out of a suitcase. The sun room was a little chilly in the mornings but what a refreshing change from the Florida heat we left behind.

The location couldn't have been better. It was so convenient to have the craft market at our doorstep, the Park, Cathedral and flower market a block away and our favorite bakery and tienda within a few steps. A five minute walk and you were at the river....beautiful! We did a fantastic day hike in Cajas National Park and spent another amazing day at the Zoo.

Dano went above and beyond the call of duty by assisting us with transportation arrangements from Guayaquil to Cuenca. He was readily available to answer any questions we may have had, providing us with helpful advice and suggestions.

We enjoyed our Cuenca vacation tremendously and even though we were away for a month, we felt right at home in our apartment.

Thank-you, Dano

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Theresa & Dom....thanks for the AWWWESOME review! Glad you both had a great time here!!
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5

Great El Centro Property!

  • 5 of 5

Great location in a plaza that houses a craft market. One block from the main Park Calderon, about 5 blocks to the river. Location can not be beat! The apartment was very clean and spacious! It is technically a one bedroom, but it is big enough to take advantage of the fold out sofa. The kitchen was well equipped. I enjoyed people watching from the balcony.

Dano was readily available to answer questions and was proactively informative, an excellent host. I would recommend this to friends and family! The plaza does get quiet at night, so consider this if you expect to get home late and are planning on walking. You may want to take a taxi.

Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great visit to Cuenca over Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We spent the Christmas week in Cuenca. Dano was our host and we truly felt like his guests. This apartment is squeaky clean, spacious and nicely furnished. The kitchen has everything needed to make delicious food that you can buy at the local market. We enjoyed shopping and cooking at home -- a very welcome break from our hotel stay in Guayaquil. Best of all -- breakfast on the roof deck which is a lovely and serene spot, also well maintained with cactus plants, beautiful ceramics and colorful paint. Even thought the apartment in located right on a plaza sleeping at night was quiet and restful because the bedroom is away from the front windows. The apartment has lots of charming features and is very comfortable. It has a washer and dryer! A luxury item we probably take for granted. The location in el Centro is perfect -- so easy to walk to the river, out for coffee and to see the sights just by walking around. Dano made every effort to make our stay pleasant. Before we arrived, he helped us figure out transportation to Cuence and picked us up at the van location when we arrived. He was very responsive to all our questions and shared useful information -- like finding a place called Joe's Secret Garden where we enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner. He has a comprehensive resource book he has written over the years with detailed guidance on local restaurants, events, and insights into having an enjoyable time in Cuenca. We loved our day at the local spa -- so relaxing. His enthusiasm for the quality of life in Cuenca is so clear and it is nicely balanced by deep knowledge of the area and things to do and not to do. We felt very welcomed and safe in Cuence and look forward to a return visit and a longer stay with Dano.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ....and the Oscar for the Best Review for a stay in 2015 goes to.... (film at 11) It was great having you and making new friends. I look forward to your eventual return....soon!!!! Dano
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5

There is TRUTH in advertising after all!!!

  • 5 of 5

Several years ago I rented an apartment in Paris for a month. When I arrived there was a note on the mailbox to go across the street to a local bar to retrieve the key to the apartment. Climbing up four flights of stairs with a very heavy and bulky suitcase (one woman/one month/too much clothing!!!) I opened the door to find every inch of space covered with wet sheets! It took me three weeks to discover the washing machine...under the cutting board in the kitchen and I had to buy glasses and a mug for my coffee. So, what a relief to find Dano waiting for me at the airport and being my guide for the first hour after I landed in Cuenca, with a much smaller suitcase might I add. He walked me through the apartment and explained the different doors and their locking procedures which was a great help.

The first thing I noticed was the apartment was spotless and exactly as represented in the photos...see Truth in Advertising heading. The second thing was the washer and dryer. I had been traveling for 10 days before I got to Cuenca so those appliances were a welcome sight. I didn't do any cooking while there but the kitchen was very well planned and filled with any kind of appliance or tool that I would have needed were I to cook. The walk in closet was as big as a family of four or five could have ever needed and I was very happy to see there were extra blankets, even though I didn't need them. The bedroom was very quiet and I heard absolutely no noise the entire time I was there and I'm a very light sleeper. There were two bathrooms, one I never used, and gratefully all the hot water I could have needed plus a really good shower head. The only thing I would have liked would have been one of those wall magnifying mirrors for an "old broad" to put her makeup on with.

So, to me, the two best parts were the living room and it's terrace and the upstairs outside room, bigger than a terrace! I loved taking my coffee in the morning to the terrace off the living room and watching all the activity taking place in the market down below. When I got around to my yogurt and fruit breakfast, I took that up to the next floor to a very comfortable table and chairs and lots of sun. I found yogurt and granola within a two or three block walk of the apartment plus a huge market filled with any kind of fruit imaginable.

Not fair, ran out of room! I would recommend this place to anyone and would look forward to going back again with great pleasure!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Helene for your very thoughtful review. VERY much appreciated and doubly so given the fact you're a tour operator and certainly have seen your fair share of accommodations, at all price ranges, and the amenities they provide. I try to give my guest what I would like to have if I were in their shoes. I want them to have FUN, not figure out how they make pancakes with fragmented, garage sale gadgets!!! So glad you had FUN, especially having your coffee on the balcony taking in the buzz below. As for that mirror? Most of my guests are from the 'senior set' and we (yeah, me too) run screaming from those things that MAGNIFY our faces!!! Good GAWD!!! Why would we EVER want to see our flaws 10X magnified!!!!
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Apt made our stay even more enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Dano's apartment for 3 days (unfortunately cut short due to unforeseen circumstances). We were very impressed with Dano right from the beginning - before we even arrived. He personally picked us up from the airport and gave us a brief tour of the city on our drive to the apartment. He had also sent us a copy of the apartment 'bible' in advance of our stay - an extensive and appreciated resource of info on the apt facilities, things to see in Cuenca, best restaurants, what to avoid, tips for travellers, etc. We relied on it. Dano's apartment included basic 'staples' such as condiments, coffee, laundry soap, toiletries, etc. He had a large inventory of DVDs, maps, and even a local cell phone for us to use. We felt very accommodated and prepared for our stay. When we arrived in the apartment, fresh roses were in the bedroom and we were immediately drawn into the spacious location with lots of light and a tremendous view of Plaza San Francisco. The apartment was very clean, and in a great central location. We were moving onto Quito directly upon leaving Cuenca and Dano also graciously provided tips for us while in Quito (well outside what he needed to do). There is little to say by way of do differently other than perhaps a recommendation to consider a wifi booster for better signal while using the wifi in the living room and on the balcony. Really though, this was a small thing in the scheme of it all. Would strongly recommend this apartment and this owner to anyone visiting Cuenca, Ecuador. The perfect host.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Cuenca

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Gap
24 Aug 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$55
A$1,248
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
A$74
A$1,563
 

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit A$126.11

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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