Over 1,000 kilometres south-east of Lima lies Arequipa, the ‘white city’, nestling below the imposing snow-capped volcano of El Misti. It enjoys an enviable climate, with beautifully preserved and restored colonial architecture, including the Santa Catalina convent, a walled town within the city which was once shrouded in mystery.
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City hotel - Historic centreA comfortable, central hotel only 3 blocks from the main plaza, behind Santa Cantalina Convent. It is in the former Mint House, a beautiful traditional house and also a national historical monument with two colonial courtyards, a small museum, good facilities and a restaurant.
City hotel - Historic centreA luxury boutique, central hotel, one block from the main square, the Plaza de Armas, and a short walk from the Santa Catalina monastery. The hotel itself was once part of the San Agustin church, and it retains the architectural style of 1540, when the city was built, with powerful volcanic sillar rock forming the arches, columns and high-vaulted ceilings. The rooftop restaurant, surrounded by an organic garden, has wonderful views of the city and surrounding area. A second dining room and sitting area is exclusive to hotel guests, and there is also a heated plunge pool and a therapy spa room.
City hotel - Historic centreFantastic location 1 block from the Santa Catalina convent. A small, charming, colonial house with a restaurant for breakfast, a sitting area and a rooftop terrace.