Arequipa, Peru, besides being quite possibly the most attractive city in the country, is a popular city for Peru tours and treks at nearby Colca Canyon, and on and around the area’s volcanoes. Arequipa is the second-largest city in Peru, and because of both that and its popularity with outdoor enthusiast’s, you can expect a nice variety of Arequipa hotels. Those looking for comfort, will find that the Arequipa luxury hotels are both elegant and well-priced, and there are a sufficient number of hostels here, most of which are nicer than hostels found in other Peru cities and towns. The old part of town is where you will want to make your Arequipa, Peru hotel reservations if you want to be within walking distance of the city’s best sights and restaurants. For a quiet section near the Plaza de Armas, check out its north side, which is among the nicer parts of town.
When it comes to Arequipa luxury hotels, coming in at
the top of the list is the Casa Arequipa. An elegant and
charming boutique hotel, it might just be one of the top
places to make Peru hotel reservations, offering so much
for such a great price. Located in a quiet residential
area, it is just about a mile from the center of town,
and it has plenty of character. Once a residential mansion,
this pink hotel has been nicely restored, and its limited
amount of units means that you can expect the best in
service. The breakfast buffet at Casa Arequipa, which
is included in the great rates, is one of the main perks,
and for help making dinner reservations, just ask the
staff. Rooms here are well-decorated, with great bathrooms
and wonderful beds. You will find a CD player in each
room, and the hotel has a CD library from which you can
make selections. In terms of great Arequipa hotels, you
should look here first.
You will pay a bit extra than normal for a room at the Sonesta Posada del Inca, but it is right on the picturesque Plaza de Armas, and the views are among the best of all the Arequipa hotels. Rates do include a nice buffet breakfast, and the rooms are big and comfy. Though they aren’t the most luxurious rooms in town, they are definitely more than sufficient. Recent and possible ongoing renovations continue to give this prime location choice for Arequipa hotels a nice make-over, so it should be better than ever by the time you get there. The Sonest Posada del Inca features a nice, rooftop pool and terrace with views of the cathedral and volcanoes, and the nice restaurant and bar are good places for meeting other travelers or for just relaxing over good food and drink. There is both laundry and 24-hour room service at this hotel, and a helpful concierge to help you with recommendations for tours and places to eat.
As mentioned, among the Arequipa hotels are a great
selection of hostels, and one of the best and most popular
is the La Casa de Mi Abuela, which translates to, The
House of My Grandmother. This wonderful family-run hotel
was once just small place, but it now offers some 50 rooms,
all of which are somewhat basic, but fine. See if you
can get a room with a terrace and garden view, as it will
significantly impact your experience here. There is a
travel agency here, and a bar where you can catch live
music. Walking the gardens is a joy, as you can see El
Misti volcano, and there is a book exchange and limited
internet service available to guests. Relaxing by the
pool in a hammock is a good way to relax after a few days
of mountain climbing or a day
mountain biking, and though you pay extra for breakfast,
it is worth every cent, or sole. As for making your Peru
hotel reservations early, you might do so if you plan
to stay here, as it can sometimes be booked. The La Casa
de Mi Abuela is certainly not one of the Arequipa luxury
hotels, but it is one of the city’s best.
For a great room at a good price, you might consider making Arequipa Peru hotel reservations at the La Casa de Melgar Hostal. A superb colonial-style hotel, the La Casa de Melgar Hostal might just have some of the biggest rooms of all the Arequipa hotels. The beds are nice and comfortable, and since all of the rooms have their own character and appeal, you might ask to check at least a couple different ones out. Book your room early during the high season, though, because this popular inn tends to fill up quickly. The staff here is friendly, and the hotel’s restaurant and bar are nice spots to hang out at, as are the hotel’s courtyards. La Casa de Melgar Hostal is located in a good part of town, close to a bunch of the city attractions, and it makes for a good base if you are heading out for one of the area tours. Try heading to Colca Canyon, where you can see the glorious Andean condors up close.