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An Awesome One Bedroom Loft Apartment in Cuenca's Historic District

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 88 m²
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

An Awesome and Modern One Bedroom Loft Apartment in Historic Cuenca

Loft #1, a self-contained fully furnished modern loft apartment, in the well-known Casa San Sebastian building is conveniently located in El Centro, Cuenca's historic district. This charming building, with only 8 self contained individual units, is Cuenca's first colonial building to meet UNESCO requirements, to be rehabilitated and to be restored into modern lofts and apartments. When you live in Loft #1, you are in a safe and secure building, located on one of Cuenca's preeminent streets where you will find many stylish boutiques and shops. This unit is perfectly situated and is within easy walking distance to Parque Calderon, the city's main square, San Francisco Market, Calle Larga, San Sebas and the popular and colourful outdoor flower market. Casa San Sebastian is surrounded by restaurants, shopping, sightseeing opportunities, fabulous architecture and museums. One of Cuenca's main mercados is only a short distance away.

This unit, on the main floor, features an open concept living/dining/kitchen area. A half bath is on the main level and a full bath with a shower and shelves is on the loft level. An ample number of fresh hand towels, bath towels, face cloths and soap are in both bathrooms. Large windows open onto the quiet central courtyard of the building, allowing for light and fresh air all year round. The shared rooftop garden and cozy covered patio area are perfect for a morning coffee, reading, quiet work or for a fabulous view to watch the sunset over the city. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full size refrigerator, gas stove top and gas oven, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, blender, cutlery, glasses, dishes and all cooking utensils including pots and pans. A washer, dryer, iron and ironing board are located in the separate laundry area. All linens are provided for the comfortable queen size bed. Closets, with hangers and drawers, are in the bedroom; reading lamps are by the bed side. The monthly rental fee includes regular cleaning, the reliable internet service, gas, electricity, water, Direct TV, an onsite Manager and transportation to and from the Cuenca airport ... there are not any additional charges.

John and Enid, the owners, live in the city and are readily available should an emergency occur. If you arrive at the Cuenca airport, we pick you up and get you back in time for your departure. All guests are greeted with a variety of fresh fruit and a vase full of flowers.

**The rental fee is $800.00 US/month for a full calendar month. Any time over and above a full calendar month, your stay is $28.00 US/night. All payments are made in cash upon arrival.**

Loft #1 is the ideal place for a couple or single person, who may be visiting for one month or longer, or, for the person who wants to make their new permanent home in Cuenca. This is the most desirable place to 'hang your hat' when you are in Cuenca ... we

look forward to welcoming you to Cuenca. Hasta luego.

More Details

John and Enid
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2017

About John and Enid

John and I left Calgary, Alberta and moved to Cuenca at the end of 2014. Along with us came two wire hair daschunds - they were the heroes of the exhausting trip.

After months of research and preparing for the move, we made an exploratory visit in September and at that time, we found the place that would be our new home. After returning to Calgary, we sold all our belongings and made plans for the day that we would leave Canada and arrive in Cuenca. We arrived near to the end of 2014 and have not looked back since.

John and Enid purchased this condo in 2015

Why John and Enid chose Cuenca

Casa San Sebastian is history - it is the first colonial building to meet UNESCO requirements and to be rehabilitated in the El Centro area. The building was developed by a well-known Cuenca developer - Juan Heredia. It is just a short walk to Parque Calderon ... the centre of Cuenca and a hub of activity, especially on the weekends and during holidays. The outdoor flower market and San Francisco Market, along

with food mercados, shopping and small tiendas are all close-by. The San Sebas Plaza is 2 blocks away and with that comes a popular restaurant/coffee house as well as a beer house and a cafe/gallery. Loft #1 is perfect for either a couple or single person who wants to make Cuenca their home - whether it be a permanent or a temporary stay. Along with being in a safe area, Casa San Sebastian is well maintained and all who either stay there temporarily or live there permanently, take pride in being part of Cuenca's history and have the luxury of being in the perfect and convenient location.

What makes this condo unique

Loft #1 in the Casa San Sebastian building was our only choice for many reasons ...

. it is in a safe location

. it is in a secure and safe building

. it is part of Cuenca's history

. it is in a well-managed small building/condominium with only 8 units

. it has 2 outdoor areas that are available to all tenants

. we care for Loft #1 as we care for our own home

. it is a suite where we would live (but we have 2 dogs)

. it is close to all amenities

. it is within walking distance to Parque Calderon and the historic centre of the city

. it is nearby schools for learning Spanish

. full-time residents live in the building, as well as people who are visiting Cuenca

It is the ideal place to 'hang your hat' when you are in Cuenca ... see you there!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo rental in Cuenca

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 88 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , The full bathroom, with the shower, is on the loft level.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , The social bathroom is on the main level.
  • Hot water and a shower with high pressure, is on the loft level and the social bathroom is on the main level. An ample number of towels is available for both bathrooms.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , All bedding, including a change of sheets, is in the suite.
  • The loft style bedroom is on the second level of the suite. Large windows open onto the quiet central courtyard, allowing for natural light and fresh air. Bedside reading lamps are in place.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
The monthly rental fee includes weekly cleaning, high fibre optics for the dependable internet service, electricity, water and the Direct TV package. Both the rooftop garden and the cozy covered patio area are the perfect settings for a morning coffee or quiet work.


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An Awesome One Bedroom Loft Apartment in Cuenca's Historic District
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful, peaceful and comfortable 1 bedroom loft in historic el centro area of Cuenca.

  • 5 of 5

Our 1st experience in an air bnb was perfect. Our stay was for one month and we had everything we needed to feel right at home. Casa San Sebastian was right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city, but once you entered the complex it was quiet and peaceful. If there was anything we needed or wanted to know, all we needed to do was ask. The loft is very cozy and modern. Our favorite area was the outdoor lounge space and roof top with a spectacular view of the city. Enid and John were perfect hosts and treated us to lunch the last week. We would definitely return if we needed another short term home.

Sharon and Ned - St Louis - now Cuenca

  • Review Submitted: 01/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon and Ned ... a big muchas gracias for your kind words. Both John and I are glad that your first impression of Cuenca was positive and you were able to find your permanent home in in the city. You now have lots of time to explore and 'Welcome to Cuenca'.
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Very quiet, but located centrally in old town. Hosts very gracious

  • 5 of 5

Had one of the best trips ever. We were sad to leave after 1 month here. Apartment was great. Good night's sleep

Definitely recommend John and Enids casa.

  • Review Submitted: 01/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gay and David. Hoping you have fond memories of your stay. We will keep in touch.
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We can not recommend this Cuenca loft apt highly enough -- for owners, location and functionality

  • 5 of 5

Let's start with owners Enid and John. First, John picked us up at the airport. When we arrived at the apt, we found a basket of fruit plus beer, milk, coffee, microwave popcorn, etc. Enid was fast to answer any email questions. They even took us out to lunch. In short, it would be difficult to imagine more hospitable hosts. As for the apt, it was very well designed and comfortable. Everything worked. Reading lights were very good, a pet peeve. There was plenty of hot water; the kitchen was very well equipped. And if the bed were any more comfortable, we never would have gotten out of it. As for location, this apt is tough to beat. A great Italian deli with fresh meats is a few blocks, the neighborhood produce market also only a few blocks. And there are many good restaurants within a few blocks. We were very happy in this loft apt and are more than happy to give it our highest recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay! Looking forward to again welcoming you when you return to Cuenca.
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A "GEM", just a 10 minute walk from parque Caldaron

  • 5 of 5

We were so lucky to have picked this beautiful apt for our stay in Cuenca! We stayed for 6 weeks while studying Spanish at Simon Bolivar(5min walk away)

The building is very secure, clean, quiet, nice neighbors. The apt has good sized loft upstairs with a great shower and always had hot water. Very comfy bed. Downstairs has a nice sitting area, with a fully stocked kitchen for all your cooking needs. Washer/dryer. Another bathroom. Wifi was great throughout the apt. Flat screen TV if you are so inclined. They also have a cleaning lady come in once a week.

The location is within walking distance of everything in the historical part of Cuenca.

The owners John and Enid were absolutely wonderful! John picked us up from the airport and on arrival to the apt there was flowers and some essentials in the fridge i.e.: beer, milk,coffee. What more could you ask for? You will not meet nicer people than John and Enid! We were sorry to leave our little gem in Cuenca😢 Thanks for a fantastic experience in your place. Oh, when we flew back to Quito John again graciously drove us back to the airport.

  • Review Submitted: 04/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such kind words! We were lucky to have you as guests and you know that you are welcome to return. Both John and I enjoyed our lunch, with you, at Goza and breakfast at San Sebas Cafe. Hoping you are continuing with your knitting so next time we can again join the Knit In for World Knitting Day. We are happy to know that you had a fun time, met new people, enjoyed the local activities in Cuenca and learned a lot of Spanish! John and I both enjoy welcoming our guests, ensuring that all is well at the suite and are so pleased to have met two new friends.
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Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal apartment for my husband and I during our recent stay in Cuenca. The location was perfect, within walking distance to great restaurants, markets, the central park, the quaint San Sebastia plaza and the Riverwalk . The apartment had all the amenities to make our stay there comfortable. We felt safe and taken care of. The owners, John and Enid, added a very special touch in their warm welcome, extending themselves in any way that could be of help. The two outdoor sitting areas were a special bonus to relax with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, either in the shade of a canopy or on the rooftop overlooking the city view. We look forward to booking this apartment on our next trip to Cuenca!

  • Review Submitted: 29/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! for taking the time to write and submit your 5-star review. For sure, we would love to have you back as guests next time you visit Cuenca. I now know exactly where the fix-it man is - I have kept the address that you sent. We think of you not only as guests, but as friends.
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Great Apartment!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in John and Enid's apartment for 3 months. They picked us up at the airport, gave us a phone to use for local calls, got us wine, flowers, and milk and were absolutely welcoming. The apartment is clean, efficient, centrally located, and quiet. We had everything we needed for 3 months in Ecuador. The best part is walking out the front door and being right in the heart of old town Cuenca. We could walk everywhere! It was in a nice neighborhood and felt very safe. There are excellent shops and restaurants nearby. Cleaning service was provided weekly along with internet and TV. We had our own washer and dryer. They provided transportation back to the airport upon departure. Thank you John and Enid!

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write and submit this review. You were great guests and are welcome to return at any time. It was so kind of you to have a lunch and get-together with everyone you met in Cuenca and both John and I were thrilled to be invited. All the best and hoping to meet again.
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday condo in Cuenca

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$392.43

All payments to be made in U.S. cash upon arrival. For more than a one month stay, the monthly rental fee is payable at the beginning of each month. If all is in order when leaving, the $300.00 U.S. deposit will be returned. Any cancellations less than 30 days before the scheduled arrival will result in forfeiting the full deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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