Charming Colonial Hotel in Arequipa
Posted Jul 11, 2015 on Hotels
I've never used the word "charming" before for a hotel review, but this one deserves it. The place has character. It's not perfect, but I'm completely comfortable here. The bathroom is nice, the shower is large, the bedding warm and comfortable, the floor is tile, and the furnishings are in keeping with a Peruvian colonial city. When I say it's "not perfect", the imperfections add to the charm of the place. There are patches of bare wood on the doors and windows, the furniture is a bit rustic, and there are a couple places on the ceiling where it looks like there's been some water damage that has been patched but not repainted. One other thing I like is the use of simple furniture. There were two small benches at the foot of the bed when I arrived, and I moved them under a window where I could place my bag, and charge my electronics. There are nice lamps on the rustic bedside tables too.
The entrance to the hotel is on a small side street with just a large wooden door with a heavy brass knocker. When you enter, you enter into a small courtyard with some nice outdoor furniture and decorations. The lobby has a huge stone front desk, and the breakfast area is just off the courtyard in a small, but comfortable room that seats maybe ten people at a time, but could spill over into the courtyard if necessary. The rooms have outside entrances with shuttered twin doors. Whoever did the decor for the hotel did a good job.