3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
- english, spanish
We retired from Colorado and moved to Cuenca over 5 years ago with our two dogs, Mia (our standard poodle) and Bella (our yellow lab). We are still working on our Ecuador bucket list, the Galapagos is the next big checkoff. We love walking along the Yanuncay river (one block away) with the dogs, gardening in our beautiful back yard (everything grows here), binge watching Masterpiece Theatre, Netflix originals and sharing dinners with good friends at the great restaurants here in Cuenca. We remodeled the ground level apartment in the duplex we rent for friends and family. We would very much like to include you in that group. We chose to live in our current location because it provides the proximity to the old town (El Centro, 10 minutes) with the quiet of a small Ecuadorian barrio (neighborhood), close to miles of parks. As VRBO/Homeaway guests, we like to leave our lodging immaculate, so like good guests, we are welcome back. As hosts, we provide comfort in a home environment, help when requested and privacy for our guests. My husband lived in South America growing up and speaks Spanish, so we are able to assist you during your visit with us.
Cheryl purchased this Apartment in 2013
Why Cheryl chose Cuenca
Our quiet neighborhood, a small Ciudadela, is almost exclusively Ecuadorian. It is off the beaten path, with very little traffic, but close to Avenida Las Americas and Primero de Mayo, major thoroughfares to get you around town. We are a 5 minute walk from Avenida Las Americas, which has buses that take you around the city for $.25 ($.12 if you are over 65). A ride to the steps leading up to the Old Town (El Centro) takes about 15-20 minutes. A taxi (we can call for you or you can flag one down, will take you to old town in about 10-15 minutes for $3.00 or less, depending on your destination. As is true in most cities, times dramatically increase during rush hours. Getting a taxi during rush hours and when raining can be challenging.
What makes this Apartment unique
We provide WIFI, a 42" Sony TV and Roku with VPN access for the greatest selection of Netflix and Amazon Prime movies and TV shows. You have unlimited access to a covered patio as well as a shared beautiful back yard for dogs and people, outdoor dining and a grill. In season, you are welcome to avocados and limes from our trees You are one block from 7 kilometers of riverside walks.The apartment is located in a relatively quiet, almost exclusively Ecuadorian neighborhood. Be aware that Ecuador in general is MUCH noisier than your home environment even in a quiet neighborhood. Car and house alarms, roosters who crow in the middle of the night, a cacophony of dogs barking, fireworks going off for some unknown holiday and the occasional late night party are all part of the ambiance of Ecuador.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Please turn off light when leaving for the day, or in rooms not in use.
Please tell us if something is broken. We seldom charge for damage unless major.
We Only allow a dog. No cats under any circumstances. The dog must be in crate when left alone and supervised at all other times. Crate available.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great Place to Stay
We loved this place in Cuenca. This property is loaded with every convenience. They even stocked our fridge with milk and eggs to start us out. The neighborhood is nice and quiet. The hosts are friendly and helpful and still very respectful of your privacy. It's a place we would come back to for sure if we come to Cuenca again.
Ecador, an interesting experience!
Rex and Cheryl are two of the kindest, caring and helpful people I have ever met. Casa Mia Bella is a treasure. Roomy, comfortable, clean and well equipped, but the real treasure are Rex and Cheryl, they took extremely good care of our needs and wants. If I go back to Cuenca I know where I'll stay.
Thank you for the lovely review. We try our best to provide an exceptional experience. You were great guests and we look forward to your return.
Cuenca home away from home
I cannot say enough good things about this property. The owners are extremely knowledgable about the area and are more than willing to assist with anything needed. The property is beautiful and is pet friendly with a fenced yard. I have felt safe here, and and very happy I was able to stay here to start my life in Ecuador. I would highly recommend this home to anyone coming to visit Cuenca!
Hi Teresa, I just realized that even though we gave you a 5 star review, we neglected to respond to your review of Casa Bella Mia. My apologies. Thank you for staying with us and your glowing review. We enjoyed having you and welcome you back anytime you come this way. You were a wonderful guest.
Garden Paradise in Cuenca
What an amazing experience. Our stay at Rex & Cheryl's home was the perfect place for us. Location is within 10-15 of everything in Cuenca. The home is nicely appointed with comfortable furnishing and a fantastic kitchen. There is a covered patio and a beautiful outdoor back garden that was ideal for our little dog. I judge short term rentals on a few specific criteria; Is it well located, is it comfortable (bed, living room, dining area, does the kitchen have what I need to cook all meals, fast wifi, and a quality shower. Well I have to say all boxes were checked. One highlight, the shower may be one of the top 10 I have ever experienced, all the hot water you want combined with outstanding pressure. That gets high marks from this traveler. Rex and Cheryl were wonderful host. They advised when we asked, they were always available and even helped locate goods and services. Rex was kind enough to go shopping for fishing equipment with me and showed us the ropes on the bus system. When it was time to go home and we needed a Vet to certify our dog was free from Screwworm he accompanied me to the Vet. What amazing service! If you are looking for a large and convenient rental in Cuenca this is the one to reserve. Thank you Rex & Cheryl for everything.
Rich & Lyv
Rich, Thank you for the glowing review. We try to provide the best service we can. it was fun having the three of you. Pip especially enjoyed having Milo to play with. We always enjoy meeting new people (and animals) and sharing our love of our adopted city. Thank you for being special guests. Please come back and see us if you come this way again.
Rex and Cheryl
Our home away from home in Cuenca!
Casa Bella Mía was our home away from home for our 6 week stay in Cuenca. It was perfect for our family of 4 - super clean and safe, well appointed with all the modern conveniences, close to major avenues for catching a bus or taxi, and even closer to a beautiful riverside park to stroll or play. Rex and Cheryl were beyond helpful, always promptly assisting with any little need we had. We can’t wait to visit Cuenca again, and Casa Bella Mía will be our first choice for accommodation!
Jeff, thank you for the glowing review. We thoroughly enjoyed your family and applaud you for providing your children with the experience of learning about other cultures while they are young. We hope you enjoy your continued travels. Be safe and you are welcome back anytime.
Rex and Cheryl
The perfect way to see Cuenca!
Casa Bella Mía was the perfect homebase for our family of four as we visited Cuenca. It’s in a beautiful location right by the Yanuncay river, with easy access to grocery shopping and activities. The apartment itself is gorgeous, with all the modern conveniences we're used to. Highly recommend!
Your family is great, love having you!
Many private drivers can be hired to take you to near by towns and attractions. Their prices vary, but you can expect $10.00 an hour for a private car and driver. Often they act as tour guides and are a good option for seeing Ecuador. Ask us for recommendations..