House for Rent in Sucre (Calle Polanco, La Recoleta)

We were lucky enough to spend two months in an amazing 3-story house in Sucre. We highly recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable place to spend their time in Sucre.

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When we arrived in Sucre we stayed in a couple of hostels (Casa Verde and La Dolce Vita) before moving into an apartment in Sucre’s peaceful Recoleta area. The apartment, which has sweeping views over the city, far exceeded our expectations. We had a great time there and got on really well with the owners Marcelo and Karla Romero who live upstairs with their two daughters. Among other things we had a very enjoyable night at Espacio Cultural Origenes with them and they even invited us to spend Christmas with them.

We were keen to extend our stay in the apartment, but unfortunately another booking had already been made. Happily, the Romeros had an another option. They were in the final stages of completing the construction of their new rental property, a beautiful little house located in nearby Calle Polanco, just meters from the pretty La Recoleta plaza.

About the Calle Polanco House

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The ground floor consists of a living area and kitchen, decorated with African elements such as the beautiful tiling in the kitchen and the zebra print cushions in the living area. There is a large wrap-around sofa facing the large TV which comes with a range of cable channels in English and Spanish.  Beside that is a wooden dining table with space for 6.

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The kitchen, opens out onto the dining area, is neat and compact, with everything you are likely to need including a gas cooker, full-sized fridge-freezer, microwave and blender. Next to the kitchen is a small bathroom.

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Upstairs, on the first floor, is the spacious master bedroom (with double bed) which has a door out onto a narrow balcony overlooking Calle Polanco, the perfect place to watch the Carnaval of Yesteryear parade which passes right by the house. Above the bed is a large painting of flowers done by Karla herself. Beside the main bedroom is a pretty guest room with a single bed. Next to this is the master bathroom, a large modern bathroom with an amazing shower (with on-demand hot water).

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Carrying on upstairs, you reach our favorite floor of the house. At the top of the stairs, believe it or not, is a beautiful wooden bar, complete with bar stools. A glass door opens out on to an open air patio area with views across to nearby Sica Sica hill. The outdoor area comes complete with table and chairs and even a sun umbrella (something of a rare find in Sucre, I’m led to believe). The outdoor area gets the sun virtually the whole day.

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The house has good WiFi thanks to a 4G WiFi modem by Viva with download speeds of 1-2 Mbits/s (actual speed, not claimed speed). The modem itself had a fairly weak WiFi signal, so we bought a TP-Link WiFi router which boosted both the speed and the signal, so that now there is a great signal throughout the house (including on the rooftop terrace). We left the router when we moved out so that everyone else can enjoy it too.

The house is located in Sucre’s lovely La Recoleta area, a 10-15 minute walk to the center of town, straight down Calle Grau.

Renting the Calle Polanco House

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At the time of writing (July 2014), the house is priced at $27 per night, $192 per week, or $658 per month – and it’s definitely worth it.

For more information or to book the apartment you can contact Marcelo and Karla on +591-4-6442329 or by email at karlavanessa_romero@hotmail.com. Tell them Dan and Brigid say hi!

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Let's Discuss...

  1. Marcelo says:

    Hi everybody,
    I am Marcelo, the Karla’s husband.
    We appreciate the kindness of Brigid and Dan to write this post. We spent wonderful time in Sucre with them and we remember them with much affection. We hope they can come back soon.
    The apartment is still available and we can receive your request at:
    Mobile +591 73478843
    Email marceloromeroch@gmail.com

    Regards,

    Marcelo

  2. Amy Botello says:

    My boyfriend and I stayed at the house for about 5 weeks. We had been traveling for 8 months through South America and were exhausted by the time we got to Sucre. Marcelo and his family were wonderful, attentive and very helpful with anything that we needed. The house is in an excellent location. Easy walking distance to the main plaza in a lovely neighborhood right by the Recoleta. We really felt and home here and were sad to leave. The house has a very comfortable queen bed in the main bedroom, a single bed in the second bedroom, a great washing machine, a lovely rooftop terrace, a great kitchen with hot water in the sink, a great bathroom with a fantastic shower with good water pressure and hot water! The internet is fast. I work online and it was the best internet I have found in all of South America. The TV even has 3 english movie channels. I can’t say enough good things about the house or Marcelo! He was so helpful and kind. Whenever I had a question and would email him, he would write back right away. Enjoy the little Sucre house! You will love it!

    • Brigid says:

      So wonderful to hear you enjoyed Marcelo’s house as much a we did Amy! They are such a beautiful family and their place is fantastic, highly recommended 🙂

  3. Tracey says:

    So glad you guys posted this:) My family and I are traveling in South America and are very interested in visiting Sucre. This place looks perfect! I have emailed Marcelo and Karla in the hopes they will have availability for when we would need it. I did tell them you said hi.

    • Brigid says:

      Hey Tracey. It was such a great apartment, the perfect place to work online and enjoy a few modern luxury’s. Hope the apartment is available for you. Marcelo and Karla are such beautiful people, you will be in good hands with them 🙂

  4. It’s so sad that you have to leave this great house! But I’m sure it’ll get snapped up quickly. Sucre is a great place to base yourself for study or work…your property won’t be empty for long, I’m sure!

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