This second floor apartment appeared exactly as advertised on Airbnb. It was spacious and full of light from windows and skylights. The house provides a nice insight into the way Cuencan families live. I found the house was similar to those of my Ecuadorian family living in Cuenca.
We found the house very dusty on arrival. The bathrooms and kitchen had been cleaned for us, but with a light hand. We immediately went shopping to buy toilet paper, paper towels, scrub sponges, and wipes to use in the house. We spent quite a bit of time wiping and sweeping to make ourselves comfortable in the space.
The house does not have central heating, and can get cold at night. (Again, very representative of Cuenca houses!) All our beds had plenty of warm blankets. There was also a portable electric heater in one bedroom, but we never needed to use it. I recommend that visitors bring house slippers and light sweaters to use in the house, if they tend to feel chilly.
The location was perfect for our family of five. We were a short, pleasant walk away from the Centro, and taxis are easy to catch on Avenida Loja, a half block away. The house is very close to the University of Cuenca. My family warned me to avoid walking home at night, as they have heard of robberies around the Iglesia de San Roque. I felt comfortable walking during the day and early evening, however. To go home at night, we used a taxi. There is great security at the house, with an alarm system and a formidable gate, so we always felt secure inside.
Marcelo, our Airbnb contact, was extremely quick to respond to inquiries by email. Our hosts in Cuenca, Marcelo's family, were also very nice. I hope to stay in their house again on future visits!