About this listing
We have reconstructed a traditional rural adobe home in downtown Cuenca. The street-facing side is our new art gallery, PumamaquiGalerías. Four studio apartments surround a gardened cobblestone courtyard. This listing describes the single-level studio currently available. Serenity and security, with the city just outside your door.
Two features make Pumamaqui Accommodations extraordinary: A beautifully reconstituted adobe building with all new amenities; and a quiet central courtyard that feels like an oasis in the bustle of the city.
Broadband WiFi, cable TV, iron and ironing board, abundant hot water, hair dryer, complete kitchen (including toaster, microwave, coffee maker, full refrigerator, plates, pots and pans, cutlery, wine glasses), linens and towels, washer and dryer, interior courtyard and garden with hummingbirds. All utilities are included.
Interaction with Guests
Patricia and I are eager for guests to have a memorable experience in Cuenca, and we will be available to help with suggestions about outings, local restaurants and cultural events.
Our rental is near the Calle Larga and the Tomebamba river, within the cultural and entertainment hub of the city: coffee shops, restaurants, historic churches, art galleries and museums are all nearby.
Attractions in the historic district can be reached on foot from our location. Taxi rides to other sections of the city usually cost $2.50-$3. An urban bus system is accessible two blocks away.
Other Things to Note
Tax: The rates quoted here include the Ecuadorian 12% sales tax.
Cleaning fee: A $20 cleaning fee is also included in the quoted price.
Stuart's Cuenca flat was by far the best airbnb accommodation we had in Ecuador. It is absolutely delightful, completely authentic Ecuadorian, and oh so peaceful. It is in within 20 metres of at least six restaurants, all of which we enjoyed ( Spanish tapas, Cuban, Peruvian, Colombian, Ecuadorian ) And Stuart was SUCH an interesting guy !
We had a great stay at Stuart and Patricia's studio apartment!
Loved the courtyard, the location and the attention to detail !
It is within walking distance to the main plaza, restaurants, the jazz cafe and grocery shopping.
It is also very nice to walk along the banks of the Rio Tomebamba which is only a few blocks away.
We would jump at the opportunity to stay here again if we are in the area.
Thanks Patricia and Stu for making our stay so memorable.
Marjolein & Alex
Perfect! I had high expectations when I booked the studio, Stuart managed to meet and exceed them. The building is in the center of things in the historic district and yet you have a wonderful oasis of calm in the courtyard. Oh the people you will meet and greet and get to share valuable advice about your daily adventures with fellow travels is what makes this place so special. Stuart greeted us with a warm handshake and a sparkle in his eyes that lets you know immediately you are truly welcomed. The studio was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Nothing makes traveling more delightful than having a home away from home. I highly recommend a stay in the beautiful flat with such a gracious host.
Simply delightful! We almost decided to rent our unit for the rest of our lives, and we're not old! Stuart and his lovely wife Patricia were so welcoming, always available for question/answer moments, gave great advise, and seem to truly care about the well being of their guests. The apartment is perfectly situated in Cuenca , located within a minute of the river, the main Plaza, groceries and wonderful restaurants all within a quick stroll. . The apartment upstairs/loft was nicely appointed with a very snuggly bed, nice soft rugs to squish your toes in, lots of hot water in the cute bath area that comes with really nice fluffy towels. The sitting/ dining area is comfortable and Stuart loves his little lights that highlight art and anything you are reading. You will have everything you need for the kitchen. Just gushing here in St.Croix telling family about our wonderful experience and stay in Cuenca. Thank you Stuart.
Based on our 7-week-stay, we would recommend these studios as great alternatives to a hotel for 1 or 2 people. My husband and I have made several visits to Cuenca and have stayed in 8 different rentals in various areas. So, believe us when we say that the location of these new studios is fantastic. This is the best part of the historic district, near Parque Calderon, Rio Tomebamba, numerous good restaurants, churches, markets, museums and near our own vacation rental, which is why we chose to stay here. My husband and I were the first guests in the East Loft, although at the time of booking there was only one of the four studio apartments listed so this will appear as a review for the flat.
The building is well-designed and attractive, with a small garden, queen sized bed, wi-fi, 32" TV, exposed beams, bathroom with hot shower, skylight (bring a sleep mask if bothered by morning light), small well-equipped kitchen (flats have tables and full-sized fridges but lofts have mini-fridges) and living area with a very firm futon (only in lofts and maybe the larger downstairs North Flat). These apartments have everything you need for a short stay, and many more amenities than a hotel. However, for a long stay you may find you prefer more space, an oven, a full-sized fridge, dining table or sofa, whose availability varies by unit. Also, keep in mind that all units will require you to climb some stairs, and the lofts have narrow stairs to get up to the bed area.
Unfortunately, the area can get a bit a noisy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, but don't let that detour you. We've stayed at enough places to know that this is common at so many rentals and hotels, and often worse than this. We didn't notice music on any other nights. This usually ends by 2:00am, and is low enough to be mostly drowned-out by running a fan or a white noise ap on your phone. In the morning, you are likely to hear roosters and church bells, but again these things are common in most areas of Cuenca, as are car alarms and the volunteer firefighter siren. Even when staying outside of the historic center, there are often noises to acclimate to. We heard just as much music and as many roosters when staying near the Las Americas Super Maxi which is about a 45 minute walk from the center of the historic downtown.
As other reviewers have pointed out, one of the best things about staying here is the owner, Stuart. Not only is he as friendly and personable a guy as you'll ever meet, but he also responded quickly to even difficult issues. Stuart has been in Ecuador for 30 years, speaks fluent Spanish, and has a lovely Ecuadorian wife and children. From his years in the Peace Corps to his current Alpaca farm, I'm sure you'll enjoy talking with Stuart as much as we did. Enjoy!
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About the Host, Stuart
My wife Patricia and I are dedicated to wild habitat conservation, in two ways: Since 2000 we support a dynamic local NGO, Fundacion Cordillera Tropical, that does environmental research, environmental education, and biodiversity conservation in the Nudo del Azuay region of Ecuador's Cordillera Real; and we own and protect a large conservation area, the Mazar Wildlife Reserve, in Cañar Province, Ecuador. We have three young children who share these enthusiasms. On the reserve's pastures at lower elevation we maintain a herd of 500 alpacas. We recently restored a patrimonial building with four studio apartments in Cuenca's historic district that we hope will generate fond memories for our visitors from all quarters of the world.