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Housed in the former Casa de la Moneda (old Mint), a colonial mansion dating back to 1794, this hotel is a historic gem in Arequipa.
The building's heritage has been kept intact, with high vaulted ceilings and two colonial courtyards. The restoration revealed further surprises that only add to the hotel's sense of history, such as original frescos, reliefs and even a chapel.
There are three large suites in the original mansion, and a further 37 in a more modern addition to the hotel. The hotel restaurant serves delicious food including some true Peruvian classics, and there is also a small spa. Just around the corner from the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent and three blocks from Arequipa Plaza de Armas, the hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the town.
Why we love it
The meticulous restoration in 2008 was an archaeologist's dream, and it unearthed frescoes, reliefs and even a chapel.