La Casa de Melgar Hostal
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La Casa de Melgar Hostal Arequipa Reviews
Historical Accomodations...Delights to the Senses Sep 21, 2013
The more that I think about trip plans it seems to me that when we search for a hotel most travelers are basically of the the same persuasion. We try to stay at comfortable places; try to find the best results for the least money and try to find convenience..Usually, it is just a place to stay while we move to where we want to finish.
Occasionally, as we do our research, we stumble across a hotel that stirs our minds and we end up looking harder at the overall experience. Most of the time we just place cost, comfort and convenience as the primary considerations..
I researched Arequipa, and found La Casa de Melgar online and it stirred my radar like a flashing beacon. It seemed to be an excellent blend of history, art and culture. Hotels with a historical past, that keep true to history are a rare exception. This hostal seemed different.I resolved to stay there, during my next trip to Peru.
Good fortune made it happen and now, my only regret was that I had only one night and I do want a return engagement !
I was overwhelmed by the ageless, historical beauty of this place. A hostal is South America does not mean a backpacker's heaven. It means a very small hotel, usually under 30 rooms. This small hotel reminds me of a fine wine, that has aged and matured. It does not have to shout, to tease the taste buds of the mind.
This is a very fine example of 18th century civil architecture with thick walls, curved bovida ceilings, three patios and open hallways. Style blends throughout, seamlessly, into classic Spanish with indigenous elements.
The property has all been done ...in a beautiful synergy of energy components.
The owners have preserved the original atmosphere while adding the necessary facilities like private baths, hot water, cable TV and wifi. Unlike most attempts, I have seen, the marriage is very well done. The eyes are caressed at every turn.
The property was created as the residence of Manuel Segundo Ballon, the Bishop of Arequipa at the end of the 1800s. His use of art and artistry is evident throughout the property.
The hostal has also promoted the works and thoughts of the patriot poet Mariano Melgar who devoted his life to Peruvian independence. Melgar is a revered Peruvian historical figure. He apparently also lived there for a while.
I fell into the hotel spirit,then with the room and the grounds. The blend of elements of art and history is kept pure. That impressed me fully !
Accommodations are relatively inexpensive at $55.00 for one or $75.00 for two, plus 10% taxes but breakfast was included..and it was good and filling...
Then again..this is a historical treat....so I was happy to buy. I have NO regrets whatsoever. This is the hotel highlight of my Peru experiences.
The architecture and grounds are superlative..I can not shout loud enough! I will return......just as I will return to Peru.
Part of the Peru - 2013 travel blog
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Very characteristic hotel in Arequipa May 29, 2011
This is a very characteristic old hotel in the city centre of Arequipa only a few clocks from the Plaza de Armas. Hotel felt very safe. Each room is different. It is very worthwhile to explore the corridors of the hotel.
Level of Service and friendliness depends on who is behind the desk.