Saturday, June 21, 2014

Extended Stay Hotel in Cuenca

La Casona del Centro
NOTE:  Since the initial writing of this blog post, it has come to my attention that the name of this hotel has changed to Gran Colombia Suites.  For more information, send an email to:


The concept of extended stay hotels has come to Cuenca.  The newly-renovated La Casona del Centro (La Casona) has just opened its doors.  Extended stay hotels, designed with the guest in mind, are the perfect short-term housing solution whether you are traveling for business, looking for temporary housing during relocation, or even a weekend getaway.  Our experience in Cuenca shows that many people, after an initial "look-see" trip, have decided to come back for a longer stay for the purpose of evaluating Cuenca as a future home.

La Casona specializes in providing functional hotel suites at affordable extended stay rates.  It is specifically designed for business and leisure travelers who want more than just a hotel room.  The suites meet all of the requirements that a traveler would require.

Entrance to Hotel
La Casona understands that, for employees on an extended stay business trip, comfort is a premium.  The time spent away from home and the inability to see one's family and friends can add to what may be an already stressful business trip.  If you find yourself on the road for a long-term project, these are the accommodations you should consider.

We've just had the opportunity to tour La Casona.  It is located on Luis Cordero 10-13 y Gran Colombia, and is a beautiful hotel inside and out, with 15 luxury suites for extended stay travelers.  No pets are allowed.

Enzo at the Front Desk

Alejandro, the Manager
Each suite is completely furnished with a kitchenette, a living room with sofa-sleeper, and a master bedroom with king-size bed.  The kitchenette features a cook-top, refrigerator, and microwave oven.   Each bedroom has ample closet space and a private bathroom.  There is one suite with two bedrooms.  The hotel has a newly-installed elevator that reaches all 3 floors.  The penthouse suite can be reached by taking the elevator to the third floor and then walking up to the penthouse level.

Included in the monthly rent for each suite is:
  • Water, gas and electricity
  • Internet with WIFI
  • Soundproof windows
  • 24-hour front desk service
  • Washer and Dryer (self-serve), or you can pay for full service
The suites range from $850 to $1,350 a month ($28 to $45 a day), based on the size of the suite.  The suites range in size from 377 to 936 square feet. The quoted rates are on a monthly basis, but shorter stays can be arranged, with the minimum stay being 15 days.

Here are pictures of the rooms:

Living Room with sofa-sleeper

Bedroom (with king-size bed)


Shower (with rainfall shower head)

The hotel is perfectly situated with the traveler in mind, having a delicatessen inside which is open from 7am to 7pm every day, that provides excellent baked goods and coffee.  Also as part of the building there is a pharmacy, a travel agency, a copy/photo center, and a handcraft gallery.  Within a few blocks, there are banks, restaurants, markets, a post office, and Parque Calderon (the central park).

Views from the penthouse suite

Here are pictures of the delicatessen:

Entrance to the Delicatessen from the hotel

Outside entrance to the Delicatessen
Delicatessen, 2nd floor


For more information, please send an email to  To make reservations, please call 282-9862, or email

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