This is a very unusal boutique hotel-starting with the fact that there is virtually no signage to announce the hotel. This mad it really hard to find on Grood Friday after dark when all the street lights were turned out and the road was closed to traffic for this special religious celebration.
Once we discovered the hotel's location, the staff were very helpful and, after a longer than hoped for wait due to the crowdedness of the entire area and the hotel lobby, we were led across the courtyard and up the broad stone stairway, supported by massive columns, to our Junior Suite. Along the way, I was struck by the modern unique chandalier overhead and the warm red wall color that set off the light colored stone arches and the well-warn wood and glass doors to the rooms. What a surprise when the door was opened to our suite! A very modern loft with 20 foot ceilings and a large glass door opening to a small balcony on the back side of the hotel. While the room was small, it was quite lovely in it's own way and they save space by using a small but serivceable spiral staircase to access the loft space that held a large comfortable bed and a second flat screen TV mounted on the wall. That was it upstairs- the bed and two small night stands an ulta-modern white accent light on each (great looking, but not producing enough light for reading). The bathroom was small, but the shower produced plenty of hot water, and the stuyle of the room was, like the rest of the room, quite interesting and arresting.
Like others have mentioned, the wifi never quite worked and the hotel-provided hard-wired laptop in the hallway was not much better. On the otherhand, the coffee was good and our breakfasts were hearty.
The best thing about the hotel was its location- 1/2 block from the Cathedral and easy walking distance from most sights in the central old part of the city. This is important as driving is a major hassle and I would strongly suggest leaving your car in the provided valet parking and setting off on foot.
I can't say the hotel was fabulous, but considering all of the above, I felt it was a good choice and was glad we stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 5 Star colonial was originally the Episcopal Palace of the Bishop-Virrey Don Juan de Ortega y Montanez, then donated to the Order of Friars Juaninos, the building was converted into a hotel in the late 1800s. Guest rooms are designed in a colonial and modern style and are equipped with plasma screens; A/C; electronic safe and most have a balcony. Features: restaurant; service cafeteria; bar; meeting room; free parking near hotel and Valet parking. ... more less
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