I'm a bit late with this review for my three night stay at Hotel Oro Verde in March, 2013. I just dug the card out of my handbag. I visited Cuenca with three friends who wanted to tour the area. We each had our own room. Through some misunderstanding (I wasn't involved in the reservations), we were placed in the unrenovated part of the hotel the first night, which was not acceptable. The next day, hotel staff gladly moved us to the new wing that was under construction but still a huge improvement. The guest rooms were new and clean, with a modern business feel, uncarpeted with Pergo-type flooring, quite functional except that there was no wireless coverage in the wing. The view out the window was of a parking area with the river beyond, rather utilitarian.
Breakfast was included and was pretty good, plenty of choice for a non-breakfast eater like me. There is a small deli/bake shop on the property that did not have a working espresso machine, only the push-button type and didn't have much selection. Amenities like a separate lounge and working pool were missing, maybe due to the construction and off-season.
The front desk staff spoke perfect English; in fact, one clerk attended university in the States. The hotel has an airport shuttle that we used.
The location is less than ideal for a tourist, as it is well outside the city center, maybe a 3 km walk each way, fine if it isn't raining. On the positive side, the room was quiet, even with the window open. Taxis are plentiful and reasonable, and Cuenca drivers are notably safe and sane. As much of the charm of the area is outside Cuenca anyway, the inconvenience was only a dinner-time.
It's a little hard to rate this kind of property. Compared to fine international hotels, it is decidedly average. Compared to hotels in Ecuador, it was very good. And we didn't go to Cuenca for a resort experience, so we were satisfied.
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