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Wake up in the Heart of Cuenca

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

This 550 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 is a 'checklist' of things you might want to consider when examining other properties (scroll to the bottom). Be sure to look it over so you get the RIGHT FIT FOR YOU!!!

***About this Apartment***

The apartment has been completely remodeled with new flooring, plumbing, toilets, furniture, paint, bed, etc etc. It is located in the back of the building away from the street.

The living room is long and spacious, outfitted with a love seat, single-sofa-chair and work (ugh!) desk. Enjoy the wall-mounted 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. From the living room, you'll enjoy a nice view of the cathedral domes.

The bedroom is large with a Queen bed, full bath (shower with hand-held shower head), and built-in closet. There's an additional desk in the bedroom as well.

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, tall refrigerator, and lots of cooking gadgets. Most places are pretty stingy when it comes to outfitting the kitchen. NOT this one! Coffee/tea, condiments, cooking oil and spices are also provided.

Need to do laundry? No problemo as you have your own washer AND dryer (also rare here) on your laundry patio.

OH!! A cell phone AND Fiber Optic internet are provided, too!

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

***About the Location***

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.

***About the Pricing & Discount!!***

I offer a significant discount for stays of 30 nights or more! The discount is automatically calculated based on the dates you enter. In the end, 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?”


Please consult the online calendar for dates available vs already booked. I keep my calendar current at all times.

***Full Disclosure***

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

***A Checklist When Examining 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 INSIDE 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 (like in a college dorm)?

* 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 unit)?

* 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 concerns or needs....ASK!!!

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks english, Basic Spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
5 May, 2018

About Dano

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

Why Dano chose San Blas

Location, Location, LOCATION!!!

What makes this apartment unique

Cuenca is a VERY walkable city. No car is needed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Excelente opción de hospedaje en Cuenca. Es un excelente sitio, muy cómodo, limpio, muy bien ubicado. Esta cerca de muchos atractivos tusiticos (empezando por la cátedral), restaurantes, etc. Se pueden hacer caminatas por la ciudad ya que el departamento es muy céntrico. El anfitrión es sumamente amable y atento, siempre dispuesto a resolver dudas.
Oct 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in San Blas, Ecuador

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
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
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen bed, large room with built-in closets + work desk
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Wake up in the Heart of Cuenca
average rating of 4.72 based on 48 reviews

Clean Accommodation, Great Location, Wonderful Host!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is a great value for the money spent. It was very clean, the kitchen had everything we needed to cook our own meals, and it's in a great location. The host Dano was VERY helpful and friendly. We appreciated him very much! I would definitely recommend this place. Thank you Dano!

  • Review Submitted: 11/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear 'old souls', thanks for the awesome review and being such great guests! I hope you were able to enjoy your refuge getaway after staying in my apt. Be good...we need more like you!! Dano
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Regina, Saskatchewan

Great Location

  • 4 of 5

Floors and stairway needed a bit of a clean when we arrived. Other than that we enjoyed the location, roof top and the accommodations.were very comfortable! Dano is a very thoughtful host, and we would definelty recommend a stay here. Leigh and Jim

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loja, Ecuador

Clean, Comfy, Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Staying in one of Dano’s rentals is always our first choice. It’s always super clean. I have allergies, but I had no problems staying here. The bed and couch are more comfortable than my own! Nicely decorated and the kitchen is generously well stocked. No problem fixing our own meals. Even enjoyed a spaghetti dinner on the rooftop terrace! The location will be even better once the construction is done outside in the plaza. Which should be soon.

  • Review Submitted: 31/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was really great! You are in the heart of Old Town Quenca.. There is so much going on, so much history and so much culture right at your doorstep.

The river walk is amazing. Lots of wonderful restaurants.

The owner Dano was superlative. He had great amenities in in the apartment. He was helpful and truly a great guy..

I totally recommend this Apartment.

Thanks Dano

Gary G

  • Review Submitted: 17/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver Island, BC

Cuenca is a wonderful city

  • 4 of 5

Thanks for a great time - in your wonderful city.

We enjoyed the condo very much - close to all the sights and lots of great restaurants. Easy to walk to everything / comfy bed / Dano - (the landlord) was very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 21/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

The apartment met our needs perfectly. The living area and bedroom were really spacious despite how they looked in the pictures. The kitchen was a little small and was a bit short of counter space. The location was perfect being near the Mercado, Parque Calderon and all sorts of other neat places. It was a delight being met every morning by the vendors outside the apartment's entrance as well as by the patients in the dental office all of whom had big smiles as we passed. Dano was always very prompt in responding to any of our needs.

  • Review Submitted: 09/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John/Irene!! Thanks for being great guests! I always enjoy people who are enthusiastic about being here. Sorry about the lack of counterspace in the kitchen. Unfortunately, I can't add anything without it being in the way of cooking, the doorways, etc. That's one of the reasons why I chose to post photos that clearly show the various angles so people can clearly see what they're getting/not getting...then make a decision they're confident with. Ciao!! Dano
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Everything is right outside your front door!


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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