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Originally from Texas, I now live in Ecuador. I'm retired and loving my life here.
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The large studio was comfortable and cozy for our month long stay. The fridge decided to act up shortly after our arrival, but it's repair was handled instantly. We found the bed to be comfortable, and having on site laundry was great. Just a short walk to the grocery store and many fine restaurants. What really makes this a special place is the other residents in the building, and the staff. Never intrusive, but always helpful and welcoming.
We can't wait to come back.
I can only wholeheartedly agree with the comments already made. This is as nice a place as you will find anywhere on the coast from Esmeraldas to Salinas. Beautifully furnished, safe environment, all Corinnes friends and expats around to help if need be. Its perfect for exploring the entire coastline. I was only ably to spend three weeks there but could have stayed much longer. Its especially nice to open the glass doors and be straight on the pool level, and then its just a quick few steps and you are in the middle of Murcielago beach.
Thanks Corinne for putting together this luxurious piece of Ecuador at an affordable price, and best wishes to Bonnie and Jackson in the same building.
I'm almost hesitant to write this review...
Because I don't want the secret to get out that this apartment is amazing.
Seriously, I spent my month in Ecuador thinking that everything was too good to be true. The pictures, although stunningly beautiful, do not do the apartment justice. When you can roll over in bed and look out your window and see the Pacific Ocean, you know you're in the right place.
I run an online business so I paid the extra money for the wifi in the apartment - a few small hiccups in service here and there, but overall it worked out quite well! I do a lot with video and skype and had no problems getting my work done.
The town of Manta is great. Walking distance to dozens and dozens of restaurants and bars. The beach just outside the apartment is perfect for late afternoon strolls as the sun sets. Cabs to pretty much anywhere in town cost a dollar. The grocery store is a few blocks away and has pretty much everything you'd expect in an American grocery store.
The apartment is very modern - easily the nicest place I've ever lived in! Modern appliances, washer/dryer, TV (though we didn't watch it much), and more.
The apartment is on the ground floor in the back of the apartment (your screen doors open out to the pool), so if you want privacy you'll be pulling the blinds shut and locking the doors, but during the day while in the apartment we usually kept the doors open and window shades up so we could see the ocean.
There's a gate and guard outside the apartment, and another gate and guard by the entrance to the neighborhood. I never once felt unsafe.
I understand this review reads like an Ad, but that's only because I had such a great time down there. I will definitely be coming back, though I'm sure this secret won't be very well kept for very long, and I'll have much more trouble booking it in the future.
I can't wait to go back.
Perfect location, safe, beautiful apartment (better than Oro Verde hotel and howard Johnson), also you will get to know really cool people that lives on the same building they are doing parties and having fun all the time. most restaurants are 4 blocks away from the apartment, and you can get to the supermaxi (super market) in a taxi for around 1 1.50 us dollars. Thank you for everything Corinne, wonderful time down there, say hi to Bonnie and Jason!
We stayed in Corinne's amazing apartment for a month and we absolutely loved it. The place is situated on a beach, close to shops and restaurants. It offers a private pool which is on the same floor as the apartment and we also had access to a gym as well as 24/7 security guards on the premises. The apartment itself is very luxurious and nicely decorated. Corinne was really friendly and arranged for us high speed internet for the whole month. I am absolutely certain that for the price we paid, we could have not found any better place in Manta, perhaps not even in Ecuador. I would recommend this place anyone looking to spend couple of days in Manta.