Secondary Historic district apartment with view of historic churches. Has a huge suite bedroom with sitting area, Queen size bed, Beautiful kitchen which is light bright and modern. Tremendous amount of closet space. Even though the apartment is a 15 minute walk to parque calderon, it is on a more quiet side street, but still a half block from endless bus stops which can take you to all the sights in the valley. Apartment comes with the things you need in the kitchen, blender, plates, glasses, etc.
short walk to mercado 3 de noviembre where you can buy fruit, meats, etc. Short walk to the bus line that takes you to Cuenca´s baños hot springs.
The apartament was exactly as described and the pictures were accurate. Having internet and sattelite TV was a bonus. The Kitchen had everything I needed. The location was in a quiet area about a 10 min walk from the center. Everything went smooth with getting the Keys from Travis and he even offered to show me around the area to see where stores were located. Would defiantly recommend and will stay there again on my next trip to Cuenca. My only complaint was that I had to leave when my vacation was over.
The bedroom is huge and the kitchen cheerful, as advertised. Can't wait to return to Travis' sweet apartment.
Travis was always helpful and available when I needed something or needed to ask a question about the apt. or about Cuenca. He provided a lot of useful information for me during my stay.
The apt. was airy with lots of light. The neighborhood appeared to be safe and clean for the most part. It did seem to be a little noisy at times but that is part of the culture.
Travis and Zulma were were very pleasant and supplied all that I needed. The apartment was much nicer than even displayed in the profile. The views from the bedroom are great and the kitchen full of light. The neighborhood is mostly residential, so pretty quiet, but only about 10-15 minutes to the center of town. I felt very comfortable here and the month went by very quickly.
This place was very clean and bright . Great location and Travis was a pleasure to work with . He has great knowledge of the Cuenca , with speaking both English and Spanish he was very very helpful.
We stayed two weeks.
Communication was solid. I was given instructions by Travis to meet Zulma. Zulma and her nephew answered the door when I arrived (she lives next door to the apartment). Between the two of them and my limited Spanish, communication was fine.
Zulma was attentive to our needs, touring the apartment and telling us about Cuenca. The night of our arrival there was an electrical short and the apartment lost power. Zulma immediately fixed the short by replacing a light fixture and we were back in business within 15 minutes.
Internet was good - slow at times but overall I was happy with the speed. There were over 100 channels of DirecTV, many in English. A week into our stay we were provided replacement sheets and towels.
The apartment is quite large, and Zulma provided us a second bed which easily fit beside the one that is in the photos. It was clean and the kitchen well-stocked with pots and pans and pretty much everything you need, including a blender, microwave and utensils. There is a small laundry area where you can wash your clothes by hand and a line is provided for drying.
The only real issue was the shower. It was very slow to drain and the shower floor is not angled to allow water to drain. This caused standing water, which turned to mildew around the perimeter of the shower a few days into our stay. The water was hot and the pressure good, but if we had access to a squeegee we could have addressed the standing water issue.
The apartment is close to the center of Cuenca, maybe a 15 minute walk to Parque Calderon. We walked everywhere, even to the Milineum Mall, and on our last day we walked to the bus station (Terminal Terrestre), which took a little more than 20 minutes.
There is excessive noise. That isn't the host's fault, and I imagine anywhere you stay in Cuenca you will be dealing with this. Ecuadorians seem to love to make noise. At 12:30 in the morning one Saturday night, someone decided to rev a motorcycle without a muffler for more than an hour non-stop. Ecuadorians will shoot fireworks late at night too, for no reason other than to create more noise. Then there is the propane man, who beeps his horn around 6:30 AM and sometimes comes by multiple times throughout the day, honking his horn. Because the streets are so narrow, there is a canyon-effect that amplifies every sound. Bring earplugs or you will have trouble sleeping.
We would stay again. The price is fair and the location worked for us.
It was nice having you stay, thanks for letting us know about the shower, we will work on that. To be honest this place is much quieter than most, it also took me some getting used to the Ecuadorian way,, there is no street gas, so that is how they sell it, and you were here during saints day which happens once a year at the church close by, they celebrate at 5 in the morning by setting fireworks, and you were staying there that week.. glad all else went well!
We were very surprised by the amount of large space this apt had...the pics may make it seem small but it is more than adequate. Beautiful natural light, comfy bed, nice kitchen. One little thing that wasn't a big deal for us was that the shower was a little slow draining due to the flat-level of the floor. However, we were provided soap & towels which made packing convenient. We actually did not meet Travis, but the actual owner who lives next door. It seems that he posts and promotes the apt for her, but she owns it. For sure worth it, such a good deal!
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