If you'd like to stay near Cuenca's downtown (El Centro), but don't want to stay right in downtown, Villa Nova Inn could be perfect for you.
Built into and partly up the Barranco (the riverbank), some of the rooms will give you a long view of the new part of Cuenca.
It has become a favorite among North American and European visitors to Cuenca. One reason is the multilingual staff (Spanish, English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Icelandic) always there to serve you.
One of the inn's best features is the large patio/terrace that looks out over the Río Tomebamba.
Breakfast is served there. Or, spend some quiet time in the afternoon people-watching as they stroll along the river, or walk through Parque de la Madre on the other side of the river.
Unlike hostals built in old colonial houses in Cuenca's downtown area, Villa Nova has no courtyard. It does have an upper terrace that's shaded for some of the day. So you can stay out of the hot Ecuador sun. Or sit under a large sun umbrella.
The hostal was completed in late 2009, so it's still very new. And that shows in all 12 rooms, most of which have a river view.
Whether you want a room for one person (with a twin bed), a room for two (a queen bed, although one room has two twins), or for three or four people, every bed is very comfortable.
They're all very clean rooms, each with its own bathroom with plenty of hot water (not a regular occurrence in some of the older hostals).
Current rates are $30 for the sencilla (single), $55 for the doble, $80 for the triple and $100 for the cúadruple.
All prices include the 12% tax and the 10% service charge (in other words, they're all inclusive).
Seasonal discounts are available, so be sure to ask when making a reservation (which is highly recommended—they're often completely booked).
There's no restaurant at the hostal, so lunch and dinner aren't available (although you can order from your room from the menu restaurant menus the hostal provides).
Your room price does include a continental breakfast, a few steps down the road at Sakura Sushi.
Or, if you're energetic that early in the morning, climb the stairs of Escalinata and have an inexpensive desayuno in El Centro.
Wifi (wireless) internet is available throughout Villa Nova Inn. Just ask the staff for the password.
Cable TV is available in each room.
Villa Nova Inn is located at Paseo 3 de Noviembre 24-06, at the foot of Escalinatas in the El Barranco area of Cuenca.
The phone number is 593 (7) 2836790 (inside Ecuador, it's 07-2836790).
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