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Cuenca Hotels: Great Selection, Great Value

Something about colonial cities makes my heart sing. I’ve been in many of them throughout Central and South America. Antigua, Guatemala, is one of my all time favorites. It has been fully restored and is a tourist’s delight.

But Cuenca is something special, in the sense that it is not necessarily a tourist city. Rather, it is a living, breathing, functional old town that maintains it’s charm amid the hustle and bustle of modern life.

While exploring Cuenca recently, I found that the hotels in the city’s old section of offer a unique experience. This post is going to be more pictures than anything, because pictures tell the story.

The first hotel I stayed in in was the Posada del Angel. This restored colonial house is absolutely charming and delightful. I felt comfortably at home in the family atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Most of the rooms are centered around a courtyard abundantly appointed with cozy furniture for leisurely hanging out with friends. If you want a view, you can climb five flights of stairs to the uppermost room. I looked, but decided against it.

Wireless internet is available, and the rooms come with breakfast for around $28 single, $40 double. Strangely enough, I

Cuenca Hotel:  Posada del Angel

asked three different taxis how to get there and none of them could find it. Make sure you have the address with you when you go to look.

The address is Bolivar 14-11 y Estevez de Toral. They have 22 rooms.For those with a bit more luxurious taste, but still wanting to keep within a budget, the Victoria Hotel with 22 rooms, offered for around $50 – $60 per night is an excellent choice. Located on Calle Larga 6-93 y Borrero, in the middle of the restaurant/ museum area, this hotel is a work of art throughout.

Victoria Hotel, Cuenca

Another family home that has been exquisitely remodeled with great attention to detail, this hotel features exotic woods, inlaid tile, and beautiful stained glass. We encourage you to select your room as a few are a bit dark. The restaurant

Hotel Victoria, Cuenca

is elegantly appointed with floor -to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden and river below.

Cuencah hotel, Victoria

The next hotel is the fabulous Hotel Santa Lucia. Linda and I had a memorable meal in Santa Lucia restaurant 6 years ago when we visited the city with friends. Obviously, this hotel was once one of the most elegant homes in Cuenca. 

Your stay there will be a most memorable experience. Besides having an excellent traditional restaurant in the court yard, they have one of the finest Italian restaurants in a front room just off the street.

Rack rates run between $85 and $120 per night, plus tax. However, you can find discount rates if you book on-line.

Hotel Santa Lucia

Hotel Santa Lucia, Cuenca

The Santa Lucia if filled with French antique furniture, which is especially noticeable in the large sitting room on the second floor at the front of the building. This is where we will be having our courses.

Click here for the Santa Lucia website. The hotel is located at 884 Calle Borrero.

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4 Comments

  1. LOTTY GLASSMAN says:

    WOULD BE INTERESTED IN RENTING AN APPARTAMENT FOR A MONTS OR LONGER OR GETING A GOOD DEAL AT A HOTEL IN CUENCA.WE ARE CONSIDERING MAYBE RETIRING IN CUENCA AND WOULD LIKE FIRST TO COME AND GET A FEEL FOR IT AND MAKE CONECTIONS.WE,MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF WILL APRECIATE ANY HELP WE CAN GET.WE ARE PLANNING ON GETING THERE THE BEGINING OF 2013.

    THANK YOU.
    SINCERLY LOTTY GLASSMAN.

  2. Christopher Lowe says:

    I would like to find a nice affordable hotel/condo rental for a month of so. We are non-smokers and are careful with other’s property. contact me at : chris92069@hotmail.com

  3. Colin Guest says:

    Hi,

    Does anyone have any experience of the Otorongo Hotel

  4. Letitia Peery says:

    Thank you for the wonderful hotel suggestions…I hope to be traveling in Feb sometime.

    This is so helpful,

    LP