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Colmenares Homestay sharing Love and Rich Culture

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4 bedrooms
1 bathroom
2 guests
1 night minimum
Private Room
Thank you so much for checking out our home, we are thrilled you are interested in coming to visit the beautiful city of Cuenca and stay with our family. My name is Yolanda, I am from Venezuela but have been living here in Ecuador for the last 12 years. My son's name is Carlos and my sister is Ana. We are so excited to share our culture with you! I love cooking and included in the room price is a hot breakfast encompassing a mixture of traditional Venezuelan and Cuencan cuisine! We also would love to share with you a special meal before you leave for a cheap price - arepas and empanadas are among some of my favorite items to cook! My son is a salsa instructor and enjoys teaching students from all around the world - including large groups of American students who come on programs thro...Thank you so much for checking out our home, we are thrilled you are interested in coming to visit the beautiful city of Cuenca and stay with our family. My name is Yolanda, I am from Venezuela but have been living here in Ecuador for the last 12 years. My son's name is Carlos and my sister is Ana. We are so excited to share our culture with you! I love cooking and included in the room price is a hot breakfast encompassing a mixture of traditional Venezuelan and Cuencan cuisine! We also would love to share with you a special meal before you leave for a cheap price - arepas and empanadas are among some of my favorite items to cook! My son is a salsa instructor and enjoys teaching students from all around the world - including large groups of American students who come on programs throughout the year. When coming to our home, we like to offer every guest the opportunity to be included in our local activities so they can experience what life in Cuenca is like. We enjoy going to church, playing soccer in local tournaments, walking through the city (especially along the river), and taking day trips to Cajas National Park. On top of the rich cultural exchange we pride ourselves in, our home has wifi and a computer available for use, hot individual private showers, parking, and a gated community to ensure safety of all visitors. And if there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable while at our home, please do not hesitate to let us know! My son speaks English and enjoys talking and learning from people all around the world. Our homestay also is on Air BnB if you would like to check it out there just look up 'Una excelente experiencia en casa'='An excellent experience in our home'. This is what we strive for with every person that visits. God bless and we cannot wait to see you soon!More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
Meet the host
Yolanda C
Hosting since July 2015
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Response Time: Within a few hours
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Bethany S
Bethany S
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
I can't recommend staying at Yolanda house enough. I felt at home the minute I walked in the door as she is so welcoming. When I stayed, there were always lots of friendly people around to talk to. I am vegan and Yolanda made me separate vegan food every day and it was really delicious. The rooms are nice and beds are comfortable. Definitely stay at Yolandas house!
Visited December 2019
Written December 23, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jessica L
Jessica L
Oakland, CA10 contributions
Staying with Yolanda Colmenares has been the best part of my two weeks in Cuenca. She is an amazing host -- incredibly warm and sociable, a fantastic cook, and her house is impeccably clean and neat. She hosts people from all over, so I've not only gotten to experience Ecuador, but also have practiced my Spanish and become friends with folks from Venezuela, Colombia, and Uruguay in my time at her house. Yolanda's son Carlos is also fun and teaches salsa lessons in the evenings, if you have time. Over the past two weeks, Yolanda has cooked me delicious and healthy vegetarian meals, washed my laundry, introduced me to wonderful people, taken me with her on the bus to places I would not have found on my own, and suggested excellent ideas for how to pass my free time when not in Spanish classes. She is one of the most positive, friendly people I've had the privilege of encountering anywhere in the world, and I highly recommend staying with her. Yolanda's house is in a gated community in a safe, calm neighborhood, located a pleasant 20 minute walk or short bus/cab ride to the city center. You can easily find anything you might need within a 5-minute walk from her house, including gyms, parks, rivers, food, and tiendas. If I return to Cuenca (and I hope to, soon!) I will 100% stay with Yolanda again.
Visited September 2019
Written October 4, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jeanne S
Jeanne S
8 contributions
We stayed with Yolanda Colmenares for nearly three months. She cooked us lovely meals with all natural ingredients and attended to our every need. Everything was immaculate, and she even did our laundry at no additional charge! Yolanda is well connected in Cuenca and arranged for us to have massages and beauty treatments provided by professionals at home! This is our second extended visit to Cuenca, and the service we received elsewhere during our first visit did not even come close. Look no farther--YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME!!!
Visited January 2018
Written April 10, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Roving706753
Roving706753
1 contribution
If you are looking for a place to stay in Cuenca, I highly recommend lodging with Yolanda Colmenares and her family. Staying with a local family is a really fantastic experience and a great way to get to know about the city whilst also learning some Spanish. I stayed for two weeks with the Colmenares in a very comfortable room with a private bathroom. The house is in a very safe and pleasant neighborhood within an easy walking distance of the Centre of town. Everyone in the family was extremely welcoming and were very helpful in giving tips about the city. The family are from Venezuela but have lived in Ecuador for a number of years so it was a great way to experience both Ecuadorian and Venezuelan culture (as well as delicious food). I was slightly apprehensive about doing a homestay before coming to Cuenca but cannot recommend it highly enough after my experience with Yolanda and her family. I combined my homestay with language lessons but this is completely optional. The lessons were organized by Yanapuma Language School which, again, I would highly recommend to anyone looking to improve their Spanish while in Cuenca.
Visited April 2017
Written April 23, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Yolanda C
Yolanda C
De esas personas que quieres volver a ver .Una experiencia fabulosa. Excelentes momento !!!!
Written July 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

venus_e73
venus_e73
Valencia, Venezuela1 contribution
I had wonderful days in cuenca. It was amazing!!! Especially I would like to recommend the place where I booked which is near the city center, you can go walking about 20 min. and you can just enjoy the beatiful avenius and scenery. Overall I enjoyed pulcritude, breakfasts, green juice, closeness, warmth and enthusiasm in "Yolanda's House" I went but I want come back at the same place.
Visited March 2017
Written April 22, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Yolanda C
Yolanda C
Una gran amiga es Venus un huesped que extrañamos mucho dejo un gran vacio en nuestra casa, Te queremos muchooo deseamos volverte a ver.
Written July 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

wolfehaven
wolfehaven
Oakland, CA4 contributions
I stayed with Sra. Yolanda for five days and was delighted by her welcoming hospitality, healthy tasty meals and comfortable, quiet accommodation. She works hard to attend to her guests and make them feel welcomed. She uses organic produce and takes her time to prepare each meal. The meal plan is not required to stay there but economical and a pleasant time to chat with her and her family when they visit. Yolanda, her son, and her sister helped me practice my Spanish and provided useful knowledge advice about Cuenca and surroundings. It takes about 25 minutes to walk from her home to the main central plaza. Buses are also available. Yolanda's son is also available for salsa lessons in the home, and is a very patient and fun teacher!
Visited February 2017
Written March 5, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Yolanda C
Yolanda C
Un gran saludo . Recuerdos inolvidables!
Written July 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joseph C
Joseph C
2 contributions
My wife and I have stayed with Yolanda Colmenares for two weeks. We love the hospitality, healthy cooking, and hospitality. Our room is comfortable and quiet. We have been lucky to find such a wonderful homestay. Sra. Colmenares also rents rooms with or without meals.
Visited February 2017
Written February 22, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Yolanda C
Yolanda C
Jose fue un tiempo maravilloso con ustedes los recordamos mucho! los extrañamos! deseamos volverlos a ver lo recomendamos ampliamente.
Written July 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marilyn H
Marilyn H
2 contributions
This secure home is within walking distance to El Centro in Cuenca. Yolanda is a lovely hostess who prepares breakfast using all organic fresh produce. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. Yolandas son Carlos Colmenares also teaches private Latin dance classes and I would highly recommend taking a class from him.
Visited February 2017
Written February 12, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Yolanda C
Yolanda C
Marylin estraordinaria persona. La recomiendo amplia mente. deseo mucho exito en su vida!,
Written July 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kiat C
Kiat C
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
We stayed at Yolanda´s guesthouse for 4 nights and it was an absolute pleasure. The house is in a safe gated complex and the house itself is well furnished, clean and very comfortable. The night we arrived Yolanda was waiting to at the gate to greet us and made us feel very welcomed. Our bedroom was lovely, spacious, bright and clean, as was the bathroom. Breakfast each morning was a real treat -each day was a different menu, home cooked and delicious. We were genuinely sad to leave as Yolanda and her son Carlos made it feel like home.
Visited December 2015 Traveled as a couple
Written September 12, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Yolanda C
Yolanda C
Kiat fue un gusto coneceste a ti y a Robin dejaron un lindo recuerdo en nuestra casa . Le deseamos éxito en su vida.. Los recomenfamos amplia mente..
Written July 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

clearjewel
clearjewel
1 contribution
I'm thrilled to discover Yolanda Colmenares is now on Trip Advisor so that I can post a review. In July of 2015 I traveled alone to Cuenca to study Spanish. With connections through the school, I landed at Yolanda's for a 3-week homestay. I wanted to experience the culture within the context of a family. When I arrived at Yolanda's clean, bright and comfortable home, she welcomed me as if we were already friends. Her cheerful demeanor, her willingness to help me navigate a place I'd never travelled, and her genuine pleasure at making me feel at home proved her the perfect hostess. I looked forward to breakfast every day because Yolanda's home cooking is both delicious and nutritious. The fresh juice she prepares in the blender each morning (from one or more of Ecuador's amazing fruits) should not be missed. If you're lucky, you'll get to savor her arepas. The Colmenares' home is situated in a very safe neighborhood that’s just a quick (and inexpensive) taxi ride to the Old Colonial Center of the city. I preferred to walk to my Spanish classes in "El Centro" because the stroll along the Riobamba River, and the walk up the steps to the old part of town, proved to be such pleasant exercise. At Yolanda's house I was provided many opportunities to practice my Spanish, but I could also revert to English if needed. When I wanted to be alone, I retreated to my room and wasn't disturbed. My experience with Yolanda and her family created memories I cherish and lasting friendships as well. May it be your good fortune to spend time at the Colmenares' Homestay!
Visited July 2015 Traveled solo
Written August 22, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Yolanda C
Yolanda C
Clear extraordinaria chica! deseo de corazon que en todo le valla bien! agradecida de haberla conocido . La recomiendo amplia mente.
Written July 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
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About the neighborhood
We live in a very safe neighborhood. There is a local soccer field and park with workout equipment behind the soccer field within two blocks walk from our house. There are many small 'tiendas' or shops that sell most items that you could need. On our street there are local places to buy a quick bite to eat and two blocks down the road on Remigio Crespo there is any type of bar, restaurant, etc. you could need or imagine!
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Colmenares Homestay sharing Love and Rich Culture is able to accommodate up to 2 guests. See all property details.

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