I´ve spent three nights at the Villa Nova Inn enjoying my time in room # 12. It seems to be the best room: huge windows you can open, rushing Rio Tomebamba right in front and lots of space. The only odd thing was the wardrobe placed in the bathroom - thankfully I´m a midrange backpacker and never depend on wardrobes or hangers. Some other rooms don´t seem to have windows at all, so spend some extra dollars on river view rooms to enjoy your stay.
Like at Casa de Romero, Guayaquil, the staff is not always at the reception when you need some help, but when they are around they are ever so helpful and nice. Intercom and video surveillance at the entrance make it a very safe place.
Not just the river makes it a great location but also it´s closeness to Calle Large, nice museums and places to eat and of course Parque Caldero with Catedral Vieja and Catedral Nueva (this is where you can hop on the tourist buses).
Breakfast is served in your room when it´s too cold to sit on the terrace, but needs some improvement because it´s way to basic (bread, jam, juice, coffee, small portion of scrambled eggs). And the telly should be fixed since the sound was mute no matter what buttons on the remote the staff and I pressed. Listening to some music would have been nice, but Rio Tomebamba made the nicest of sounds day and night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE VILLA NOVA INN The Villa Nova Inn is a Boutique Hotel, located on the north bank of the Tomebamba River at Paseo 3 de Noviembre 24-06 Y Escalinatas and is part of Cuenca's historic 'El Centro' district. It is just a short 7 minute walk to 'Parque Calderon', the city's main square. The hotel setting is idyllic, overlooking the manicured, park like banks of the Tomebamba and across the river from the new 'Parque de la Madre'. This is truly the best piece of real estate in Cuenca, where every evening people of all ages congregate to exercise, be it walking, jogging or cycling. It is also where most weekend promotional or competitive exercise events are held. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Nova Hotel Cuenca