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Where to Stay in Cuenca: Villa Nova Inn

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We frequently get asked about lodging in Cuenca, and we don’t have lots of experience with hotels here. But we have stayed at the Villa Nova Inn and we thought it was very nice.

When we arrived we were a little surprised to find out that the staff spoke English.  That was a little treat for us, but could mean much more to someone who speaks no Spanish. Sort of takes away the need for a translation company.

This boutique hotel is right beside the river, so we really enjoyed the view.  It is located at Paseo 3 de Noviembre 24-06 y Escalinatas.  This is a great location because a quick walk can take you up into the city center, or in the other direction there is a nice park (Parque de la Madre), grocery store (SuperMaxi) and a mall (Millenium Plaza) with a theater. Visit their Web site.

We had a little problem with the first room they gave us.  They were doing some renovations and it smelled a little like mold so we asked for another room.  They had no problem with this, were very apologetic and gave us another room right away.  The first room was on the side facing away from the river, so I was kind of happy that we were moved to the other side 🙂 They include breakfast, its starts at 7am.

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Have you stayed at Villa Nova?  Please let us know what you thought by commenting on this post.

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8 comments… add one
  • Frank Seib Apr 4, 2012, 6:01 am

    My wife and I will be visiting Cuenca from June 2, 2012 through June 10, 2012. We’re considering staying at the Villa Nova Inn. We hope it is as nice as the recommendations say.

  • Michelle Mar 22, 2012, 8:19 pm

    Hi Bryan,
    Can you or your readers tell me when the schools begin their year? It’s tough to tell from their websites…much is under construction.
    Thanks much,
    Michelle

    • Bryan Haines Mar 23, 2012, 1:13 pm

      In the Sierra (Mountains) the schools begin in September. On the coast, they have a different schedule. I think it is April – January (or March to December). It is staggered a little – it is to keep the kids home when the rainy season is at its height. Transport is too difficult on muddy coastal roads. At least thats what we’ve been told.

      Bryan

      • Kara Mar 13, 2013, 8:34 pm

        We are thinking about moving there. Curious about schools? Do you have any posts on the schools? Does your daughter go to public or private? So Cuenca schools start in September? Thanks for all your info, we love reading your blog!

  • Mike Edwards Jan 2, 2012, 4:48 am

    I stayed at the Vila Nova during a recent visit and the only negative is that you have to walk up 5-6 flights of stairs to get to the old section or take a taxi. If you have trouble with steps, it’s not for you. On my next trip I will stay at the Victoria hotel: http://www.hotelvictoriaecuador.com It is at the top of the steps to the left in the old section. The rooms are about $50 including a full breakfast. Another often recommended place is:

  • Ben Pilgreen Dec 20, 2011, 10:06 am

    I stayed at the Villa Nova over Thanksgiving….November 24…for 4 days. It’s in a great location and the people at the front desk were very helpful…and spoke English! The rooms are basic but the sound of the little river water flowing is an added bonus! Good breakfast too. I’d definitely stay there again.

    • Leanne Crawley Dec 20, 2011, 5:23 pm

      We stayed at the Villa Nova last May during our first exploratory trip to Cuenca. The rooms were charming, the location superb, and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. The price was right too. We literally stumbled on a fabulous apartment down the street from the Inn and the staff went out of their way to assist us with translating and getting the signed lease to our landlord. My husband and I are delighted to recommend the Inn to first time visitors to our Cuenca!

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