Beautiful duplex apartment, located in the heart of Colonial Quito. Balcon de la Cuenca is located with in walking distance to museums, churches, restaurants, bars .
Balcon de la Cuenca a beautiful duplex apartment located in the heart of Colonial Quito. The complex is a gated residencial community, very safe with 24 hour security. The location of the apartment is rich in spanish architecture, Balcon de la Cuenca is surrounded by many famous historical churches, such as La Compania, La Catedral, San Francisco, La Basilica del Voto etc. Walking distance to many shopping areas restaurants, cafes and bars.
By day tour attractions such as La mitad del Mundo, Teleferico, El Panecillo, Papallacta
(Thermal Springs), At night enjoy Quito night life diner dancing and many outdoor concerts.
The location offers the best of both worlds, old historic Quito, and a 10 minute ride you will be in the more metropolitan side of the city.
The apartment has everything you will need for a short/longterm stay, it is fully furnished, bed linens and towels provided. In addition you have internet access via a wireless modem, we provide you with 2 cell phones for your use while you are in Quito.
Balcon de la Cuenca is the perfect place to stay if you are traveling with family young children or a group of friends.
The perfect place to stay when traveling with family or group of friends.
Its easy to get Taxi outside the property any time, even at early hours. Was charged by the property owners father USD40 to sent me to the airport at early hours. , He have to come from his home, near the airport to collect the key from me but the normal cost by taxi is USD5 only, buyers beware!!! Otherwise its a good deal, not cheap.
Robb from Neptune
Stayed Jan 2012
Thje property is a clean, comfortable rental in a nice old town location. What makes it exceptional is the family that owns it. They are the nicest, most friendly, helpful people you could possibly imagine! There was a minor problem with the property when we arrived, they all bent over backwards to make things right! They alos picked us up at the airport, and showed us around the town., They made our time in Quito memorable! It was a great value and a pleasant apartment for sure, but the owners made it special!
Przemyslaw from Pittsburgh
Stayed Nov 2011
Overall the location was convenient and the guards at the apartment complex helpful. The apartment is a short walk to Quitos centre
however the return back can be daunting as it is a steep hill- still if you find yourself too tired you can always catch a cab- only a dollar!
Overall the place had all the amenities that one would need for an extended stay.
Now the cons- upon checking in everything appeared to be fantastic- however after discovering that the floor had some sort of black soot on it- my kids socks were black ,not kidding here. Then the science experiment brewing in the coffee maker (read: we wanted to make coffee opened the coffee maker and there was mold and other gunk in the filter along with old coffee grinds- GROSS!) -we kinda were glad that we were only sleeping and showering there.
Upon sharing this with the older couple upon check out the woman blamed it on her granddaughter staying there.....how is this
solving my issue with mold and crap in a coffee maker and soot on the floors? I at the very least would have expected them to try to compensate-
however they still required the 35 dollar cleaning fee- which is ridiculous if you ask me.
So I can only vouch for the convenience of the place- and that it was equipped as described.
Janice from Shipman
Stayed Mar 2011
Balcon de la Cuena is an excellent choice and a great value for Quito. Located in an historic district neighborhood just a couple of blocks from the main plaza, staying here gives you a perfect blend of convenience and getting a true feel for the city. The area and apartment felt very safe, and we enjoyed seeing the school children in the mornings and afternoons, and buying groceries at the small mercados on the street. The apartment is spacious and well-appointed and was very comfortable for 2 couples. Two cell phones, a laptop and internet access were provided, a big plus. Best of all is the personal service of the family that owns the apartment, who made us feel like family members, checked in on us, and provided invaluable tips about Quito and surrounding areas. We would stay again at this apartment without hesitation.
Thank you for the wonderful comments, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay!
Victor from San Mateo
Stayed May 2010
I would recommend this with some cautions. A friend rented this. My first thought on entering the property was that it was really nice.
However, the lack of hot water on 2 of the 3 nights we were there made this a lot less fun. Also, there werent sufficient blankets so we were cold. That said, if you make sure they turn on the hot water in advance (we didnt think to check) and remind them to give you enough blankets (again, we didnt think to check) you should be okay.
The guards at this complex are really nice and helped us with everything. The apartment itself has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, and is big enough for a large group if necessary.
We spent a LOT of time dealing with the owners, trying to get the hot water working, etc. We probably spent 6 hours over three days trying to contact them, then working with them to get things working correctly. It was a pain, to say the least.
So I was a bit disappointed by the owners, who werent willing to take responsibility for any of these issues. (Though, they did keep apologizing.) That said, we wanted cheap, safe lodging and this fit the bill. Also, even though I didnt get much sleep (given I was up until 1am because the maintenance guy was there), its not like I really had plans at that hour, anyhow....
Bottom line - you should be just fine, as long as you remember to ask about EVERYTHING. For example, some of the charges quoted changed on me, too - prices which I had understood to be for the entire party ended up being per person. (I thought I had clarified up front, but somehow there was a misunderstanding.)
The lodging itself is in a nice location.
In Reply to this review from K from Bay Area, California For starters, I would like to state that even though the apartment has 4 bedrooms, I do only list it as 3. So to say that the apartment has 4 bedrooms is a misrepresentation on your part. I would like to submit a copy of the email I sent your friend,
"I just spoke to my parents and they informed me about the mishap with the electricity in the apartment. I would like to first of all apologize for any inconvenience you and your party may have had. I know it is difficult for many travelers to understand how different from the United States a country like Ecuador is, as you must of experienced traveling through Otavalo an the Galapagos, the comforts we are use to in the States is not what we typically find in a city like Quito or any third world city. It is unfortunate that you and your party had this unfortunate incident, and for the future I have to make my renters aware that in a renovated Colonial building as is El Balcon, the electrical system is somewhat antiquated and delicate and can not handle, too many electrical appliances on at one time. For convenience the water heaters for each bathroom, washer,dryer and kitchen appliances are electric, and when too many of these appliances are used all at once caused power surge, which caused the main circuit breaker to go off, (the reason why you had no electricity for one of the 4 nights you were in the apartment) I hope that the problem was taken care in a timely manor and with as little conflict as possible. Once again hope this was not a great inconvenience and that aside from this unfortunate incident, you found your stay at Balcon de la Cuenca satisfactory. Sincerely, Leonor Gonzalez" As I explained in the email the reason you had a problem with the electricity is because if you are using the electric water heaters for the 2 showers, running the washer and dryer, and other small appliances it was too much of an overload and the main circuit breaker went off, leaving half the complex with no electricity as well. I have been renting my apartment since 04/06 and have never had this type of review. Again I am sorry the lodging was not to your expectations, and I will address your other concerns, blankets. As far as the extra charges, I would like to what these were, as I am unaware of the charges you are talking about.
Thank you, Leonor Gonzalez Owner
Robert from Dallas
Stayed May 2009
The Owner and her local relatives, go out of their way to make your stay pleasant and try their best to resolve any issues. Nicely furnished and equipped apartment at a good price (negotiated). If you want to stay near the historical "old town", then this makes a good choice.
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Stayed 24 Mar 2010
El departamento es muy acogedor, está equipado con todo lo que se necesita en la vida cotidiana, fue más cómodo que llegar a un hotel. Las personas que lo rentaron estuvieron todo el tiempo a pendiente de nosotros y siempre fueron muy amables. Altamente recomendable.
Balcon de la Cuenca is a duplex apartment , living room, dining, kitchen area located main floor , 3 bedrooms located upstairs. Fully furnished, bed linens, towels provided. full american kitchen, with utensils provided. Satellite TV and wireless modem provided for pre-paid internet service, renters can use their own laptop, or one which is provided with the apartment . Wireless internet service is on a prepaid basis.
About the owner
I was born in Ecuador, raised in the United States, and consider my self very lucky to have been raised in a home rich in culture. I have traveled to Ecuador, many times, and have been able to see exactly where my roots began. I fell in love with Quito and so decided to have a place, Balcon de la Cuenca , to call home when I visit.
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