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.
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.
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!
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Yolanda's house has spacious, comfortable bedrooms, clean, modern bathrooms, and a spacious and colorful living and dining room. She has laundry facilities and keeps her house immaculate. She is a warm person with an infectious laugh, and her son Carlos is a fine, young businessman who loves teaching salsa. The food is excellent, healthful, and true Ecuadorian. The house is a 30-minute walk from the historic center of Cuenca, Parque Calderon, through a safe neighborhood. I stayed there for two weeks in January and February of 2016 while studying Spanish. I highly recommend Yolanda Colemare's House.
My husband and I have spent an amazing week in Cuenca thanks to the lovely Yolanda and her son Carlos. We have a well-appointed private bedroom with an en suite bathroom. The house is quiet and comfortable. Each morning we are served a delicious breakfast with juice and coffee and sensational company. We have access to wifi, full kitchen and laundry.
Yolanda speaks some English and Carlos helps to translate. I enjoy practicing my Spanish in a welcoming and relaxed environment with friendly faces and loving family values. In just one week we have shared many smiles, compliments, jokes, laughs, and even a free salsa lesson.
This home is in a gated townhome complex outside of El Centro but within walking distance of all amenities and attractions, including El Centro.
I would recommend Yolanda's home share to any visitor or persons seeking temporary accommodation in Cuenca.
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