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“Comfortable old hotel in el centro”

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Hotel Boutique Carvallo
Ranked #11 of 60 Hotels in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence
Boulder, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable old hotel in el centro”
Reviewed 7 January 2013

My family stayed here for a week recently and found it a comfortable sanctuary from the bustle of town right outside the door. This old mansion has a homey, welcoming feel with multiple common areas with sofas and chairs to relax in for a change of pace from your room. Everything you could want is right outside the door: restuarants, bars, shopping, services. When we were there women were selling perfectly ripe cherries and strawberries out of wheelbarrows on practically every other street corner. They even have a discount arrangement with a parking garage around the corner. The staff was fantastic, friendly and accomodating to all our needs. Great buffet breakfast, they even cooked us up some trout we had caught at no additional charge.
A couple of drawbacks were the lack ventilation in the rooms, but they provided a fan at our request. WiFi was spotty. A little creaky because of the wood floors, but we slept soundly.

It really made our stay in Cuenca.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Cuenca is a World heritage City and this hotels decor suits this. It is only a 2 minute walk from the Central square and a short walk to the river. Sightseeing is very easy from this location and the hotel was comfortable, clean and tidy.
Staff were very helpful. There was wifi in the room free of charge. I wished I could have stayed here longer as it was a really delightful place to be.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2012

We spent our first night in Cuenca here and would have happily stayed for our whole time had they had the availability. A 1920s colonial mansion that has been converted into a welcoming and sumptuous place to stay. Thee rooms are larger with all the amenities you need, including very comfortable beds. Wifi in all the rooms. The staff were attentive and very pleasant - you couldn't really ask for more - especially dealing with my limited Spanish with humour and patience. Most of the rooms are centred around two inner courtyards with paintings and antiques aplenty on display. Right in e heart of the old town with lots of good eating places near by. Potentially one of the best places to stay in the city and very reasonably priced for what you get, which includes a great buffet breakfast, Ecuadorian style.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Oxfordshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2012

We stayed at the Carvallo as part of a tour package so we didn't choose it - but we wished we had! A lovely hotel very near the main square and all the restaurants. Service was great. I was just beginning to come down with a tummy bug and they were good enough to bring me some camomile tea to our room to help me settle. The waiter at breakfast was particularly attentive and brought me hot chocolate as I didn't fancy coffee. Room was lovely, nice big bed and well furnished. Very pleased with the hotel and would recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Truro Cornwall UK
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

we stayed here one night and had Room 308...........a huge bedroom with a huge bed, a small sitting room and a small bathroom. Mini bar TV and wi-fi downstrairs in the lobby. This hotel is owned by the same small chain which owns the Patio Andaluz in Quito. it's an old colonial house tastefully renovated and as you walk back through the building you come upon 4 different courtyards.
Our bed was extremely comfortable and although on the street we used our earplugs. breakfast was fine and it was a short walk to the main square and on our first night we walked easily to a nearby restaurant for dinner which had been booked for us. There is only a breakfast restaurant in the hotel. the hotel also finds itself in the middle of loads of jewellery shops! helpful staff too

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

We also stayed in Suite 309. Two beautiful room with all sorts of interesting furniture. It was during the week so were not bothered by noise from across the street. Staff was very helpful. Breakfast may have been basic but the service was great. By the 3rd day the waiter knew what we wanted before we asked. The location is very close to the main old town square.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Oxted, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2012

We stayed here 2 nights. We had a suite booked room 309 which was a huge and fabulous room stretching across the whole front of the building with 4 full height windows. Decent equipment too in terms of tv and stereo etc.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
Only complaint was not really down to the hotel but the great restaurant opposite, Eucalyptus ( see separate, positive, review). We left the restaurant around 10.30pm on Friday night and a band were setting up. This was probably great if you were in the restaurant but, because room 309 is bang opposite the restaurant with many gaps in the windows and shutters, the band were very loud and the bar doesn't shut until 2 am on Friday and Saturday!!. There is also a lot of street noise.
We still liked this hotel though and breakfast was satisfactory too, without being special. Just be slightly warned if you are staying in room 309 (which is probably the only room affected as it is at the front) on a Friday or Saturday.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Hotel Boutique Carvallo
Address: Gran Colombia 9-52 and Benigno Malo, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
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Region: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Cuenca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Boutique Carvallo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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HOTEL CARVALLO, is an antique house of the XIX century, carried of an ancestral history and has been carefully restored to offer conformity and elegance. ... more   less 
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