I and two of my daughters traveled to Ecuador to visit my third daughter who is serving in the Peace Corp. in Machala. We took a bus from Guayaquil to Cuenca (I must confess I have never taken a bus so I was apprehensive but surprised how nice the ride was). There was an art festival going on the weekend we arrived at Cuenca so the city was filled with people, great art booths, fun music, and lots of food (I would highly recommend planning a trip to Cuenca to attend this festival). We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Villa Nova as it is located right on the beautiful Tomebamba river which runs through the center of downtown Cuenca and within walking distance to all the festival activities. I could go on about how much I appreciate Villa Nova and Cuenca but will cut to the chase -
Rooms - I had a room without windows though there were 2 skylights (#9 - Guapondelig) - I actually liked not having a window as I am not used to city living and needed some undisturbed sleep after a long plane ride and hours of travel. The beds were comfortable, room clean, and indeed there was hot water for my morning shower. Also, the rooms was straightened each day and included fresh bottles of water.
Staff - warm, welcoming, accommodating and willing to go above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable.
Breakfast - juice, eggs, bread - I am not the person to write a review about food (I will leave it at that)
Overall experience - perfect! What I loved about Villa Nova - long conversations with Bill (manager), sitting on the patio in the morning and watching the parents walk their children to school, sitting on the patio in the evening with a glass of wine, the sound of the river, central location. . . good food. . . .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RiverView Hotel Cuenca is a privately owned boutique Inn on the Barranco (cliff) over-looking the Tomebamba River and the Paseo (boardwalk) in Cuenca, Ecuador. With only nine rooms RiverView Hotel in Cuenca, Ecuador feels like home. Serving breakfast and lunch on site is The Vegetable Bar restaurant, open from 8am to 3pm daily and vegetarian friendly! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Nova Hotel Cuenca