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Hola Cuencanites, we need a room fit for smokers

We're going to be in Cuenca approximately December/January and are looking for rooms fit for smokers.

Such rooms needs to have a balcony/patio/outdoor access. We're happy to smoke outside, we just need direct access from the actual room to the actual outdoors.

I've looked through VRBO, Booking.com, Craigslist. I've turned up a few possibilities but not many. Quite surprising really in a friendly climate like Ecuador how few places have even so much as a balcony.

Prefer something centralish, in the $40 a night range. A kitchenette would be nice.

Don't care about internet wifi, TV channels, toilet colors, free breakfast, swimming pool, pets, wheelchair access, none of it. - Need balcony -

Help?

Hello gardener1

You may want to check out rental adverts here : Housing in Cuenca

Feel free to drop your advert there too

Regards
Kenjee
Expat.com

Gardener1,
I'll send you a PM with the info the private guest house where I stayed when I first arrived. Has some of what you need (like a balcony outside good for smokers) but I'll detail the pros and cons.

I assume you could smoke on this balcony at the Hotel Crespo.  Never stayed there but the location would be convenient.

http://www.hotelcrespo.com/assets/img/gallery/2.jpg

Holy luxury Nards, that's a balcony. Pretty sure the Hotel Crespo is wildly out of our budget boundary. We'd probably be more qualified for a mattress out on their back loading dock.   :top:

@ Dorothy - Thanks! Will send you an email.

And BTW we're able to brings some small suitcase friendly goods with us if you all need something.

Should be in Cuenca Jan. 8 - 20 thereabouts.

Oh, Gardener1, what I wouldn't give for Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce!!! Someone wrote on another thread that "Salsa Inglesa" is the Ecuadorian substitute...not even close! The color is brown, but all similarity ends there. And don't get me started on the local "Swiss' and "Cheddar" cheeses!!  :o

I think some Worcestershire sauce could be arranged......


I remember when we lived in far eastern Europe and we made a trip to Prague. I messaged everyone did they need anything from Czech Rep. and that there was a bagel bakery down the street - I was inundated with bagel delivery requests.

Which I carried out diligently. I stuffed my suitcase with a dozen+ everything bagels and flew them back 1,000 miles. Nobody ever bothered to come claim them.  :(

So there I was with a counterfull of bagels, a suitcase full of clothes that reeked of garlic and onion, and nobody showed up.

Good thing I like bagels, ate them all. But I did learn a valuable lesson.

Gardener,

Did you check airbnb.com by chance?  I have no experience with that service but i know local hotel owners are complaining about them from time in the papers. I would imagine a lot of the apartments have balconies are available on a short term basis.

No Airbnb. As I understood when I looked into it a couple of years ago, Airbnb requires an active Facebook account for sign up, or the applicant member can submit a short video of themselves.

So, no. Nope, nope, nope. I value what's left of my privacy.

But yes, I'm sure you're right.

gardener1 :

No Airbnb. As I understood when I looked into it a couple of years ago, Airbnb requires an active Facebook account for sign up, or the applicant member can submit a short video of themselves.

So, no. Nope, nope, nope. I value what's left of my privacy.

But yes, I'm sure you're right.

Pretty sure you can sign up for Airbnb with just an e-mail account. Haven't ever used airbnb myself, but my one sister has used it several times, and think she's just used an e-mail account. Don't think she has a facebook account.

I hear you about privacy, and don't disagree with you, but hasn't that ship sailed a long time ago? I mean, unless you want to go completely off the grid, isn't privacy pretty much just an illusion anymore?

DorothyPeck :

Oh, Gardener1, what I wouldn't give for Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce!!! Someone wrote on another thread that "Salsa Inglesa" is the Ecuadorian substitute...not even close! The color is brown, but all similarity ends there. And don't get me started on the local "Swiss' and "Cheddar" cheeses!!  :o

Have you tried Supermaxi/Megamaxi , the original Lea & Perrins is available in Quito. Cost is about $5, maybe cheaper in Cuenca like other imports, peanut butter for example.

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