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“Exquisite Colonial Experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel
Ranked #2 of 58 Hotels in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, TX
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Exquisite Colonial Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

I start by repeating the things said by recent reviewers: very attentive service; beautiful colonial mansion turned boutique hotel; charming courtyard with soothing fountain decorated with lovely floral arrangements; and a garden with fuschia plants and hummingbirds! This home is elegantly decorated with carved wooden statues from San Antonio de Ibarra in the Otavalo area of Ecuador. Even with all of the above the feel of this hotel is that of easy elegance and relaxation. In short, we loved it and highly recommend staying here. It is deserving of its current status of number 1 hotel in Cuenca!

Stayed September 2012
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

One of, if not the best boutique hotels in all of Ecuador. This hotel completes the Colonial Charm that is Cuenca. Great location and awesome service. I am so glad we stayed here. Only wish it could have been for longer.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Mansion Alcazar is literally a haven in the hustle and bustle of Cuenca. Once you step inside the doors (you must be buzzed in, for extra security) you are met by a peaceful, beautiful sitting area, complete with fountain, very comfy chairs and complementary tea or coffee. The entire building is elegantly appointed, the rooms are cozy, and the breakfasts are delicious! It is very conveniently located in old town, within walking distance of the markets and cathedrals. The staff were so helpful and polite, and we felt very safe during our stay.

Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for two nights during our recent honeymoon and we found it more than met our expectations. The hotel has a relaxed colonial feel to it and the staff are both efficient and friendly. The gardens are delightful and the barman is something of a character!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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351 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

Mansion Alcazar is a charming property. Each room has been specially designed and accessorized with antiques and art. The staff is top notch, very thoughtful. And the restaurant is extremely good. Mansion Alcazar will cost more than other hotels in Cuneca, but it is worth it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Quito, Ecuador
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

The Mansion Alcazar is a historic mansion converted to a boutique hotel. It is one of the most spectacular boutique hotels in the world. We have stayed here on two occasions for a week at a time, when the prices were still quite inexpensive ($95 a night for two persons). Since the prices have gone up, we still visit the hotel every time we visit Cuenca, for drinks and dinner because of the spectacular old world atmosphere and personal service.
You will be greeted at check-in with complimentary champagne by Manuel. Manuel will be your personal butler. He also tends bar and makes high tea in a special area in the courtyard. He is a national treasure.
Everything about this place is up scale. The world class restaurant offers a different menu every day. Every room is different and authentic to the period. The common rooms and gardens are awe inspiring. This is truly an incredible hotel for those who can still afford it. This is not a large modern cookie cutter hotel. If you are looking for a family resort hotel, this place not for you.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tempe, Arizona
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel three times and fall in love with it more each time. As one who has traveled the world I have stayed in a full range of hotels...from Timbuktu to Moscow to Sydney etc. Mansion Alcazar has the most charm, comfort, convenience and beauty of all. The staff is beyond helpful. It is my favorite hotel in all the world.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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EstudioKuno, Public Relations Manager at Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2012
Dear RNeuheisel

We´re glad to hear that Mansion Alcazar is favorite Hotel in the world, our guest reviews are a great motivation to keep working for you, to offer the best experience in Cuenca.
Kind Regards
We wil be waiting for you again soon
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Additional Information about Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel

Property: Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel
Address: Simon Bolivar 12-55 y Tarqui, Cuenca EQ010104, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Cuenca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Cuenca
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cuenca
#2 Business Hotel in Cuenca
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cuenca
#7 Family Hotel in Cuenca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located a quick walk from the famous square of Parque Calderon. Mansión Alcázar Boutique Hotel is located in a very vibrant area of the city, nearby well known museums and churches. This republic style architectural adds the perfect element of elegance to this already refined structure. Guests of this Ecuador hotel can have a refreshing cocktail or glass of champagne out in the jasmine garden and enjoy the fantastic surroundings of our Hotel. Relaxing indoors is also an option, by the baby grand piano sipping a warm cup of tea. This hotel knows just how to pamper their guests. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city of Cuenca has everything you could want from it - beauty, nature, and a vibrant life. And when you are not exploring the area, you may want to sit and have a delicious meal at our restaurant Casa Alonso which serves international and local favorites. ... more   less 
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