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“Secret garden in the white stoned city” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Casa de Melgar Hostal

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La Casa de Melgar Hostal
Ranked #12 of 91 Hotels in Arequipa
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“Secret garden in the white stoned city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful and classic a colonial
Home that has been restored into a peaceful bed and breakfast. The rooms are kept with their character and offer a special experience.the garden within the walls is beautiful and we would stay here again.
Breakfast was lovely and the staff very friendly . Try the cereal with the sweet yogurt

Stayed May 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Average hotel in a good location a close walk from the centre of Arequipa. The breakfast we had in a covered area next to the pleasant arden was one of the most limited selections we have had in Peru. Good if you just like scrambled eggs and hard rolls! The staff cannot speak English so take your phrase book if you wish to converse without using sign language. The room was small and the bathroom in need of an urgent refurbishment. Free wifi was available which was a bonus.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Maleny, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This place was just the reprieve we travel-weary souls needed. It turned out to be close to our favourite places (Monastery Santa Catalina, Chaqchao chocolate museum and Plaza de Armas). The friendly staff helped us with our needs and gave us the space to enjoy our stay. Our room was glorious (it almost felt as if it could have been part of Santa Catalina). The colonial architecture is stunning and the garden made me weep (especially when a hummingbird came and hovered in front of my face). Divine.

The matrimonial room with private bathroom had constant hot water - yay - a first in Peru. The bed was super comfortable and the room was cleaned daily with fresh towels provided. The room also came with breakfast included. The women who served us each morning were charming and set the tone for a great day and stay in Arequipa. Thankfully the rooms were quiet and we could not hear road noise. Sometimes though there was beautiful music nearby from choirs which was another added delight. In saying that, the staff could be heard speaking loudly early in the morning - but I found that quite forgivable. Highly recommended. I would return again and again. Our room cost 120 Sole per night, but I believe there are cheaper ones.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I've stayed at Hostal La Casa De Melgar twice and would definitely stay there again. We were on a multi-city trek through three countries and spent extra days in Arequipa to treat ourselves to some unscheduled "down time". Melgar is the perfect setting for this. The rooms are rustic but comfortable. If you like exposed 300-year-old stone and brick walls you'll love this place! Each room is unique and furnished with antiques. The hotel is built around a series of antique courtyards and fabulous gardens with benches, perfect to watch the birds, meet interesting fellow-travelers or use the reliable wi-fi to catch up on e-mail. The staff is helpful, especially Lydia at the front desk. Nearby, you can eat the world's best empanadas at a street vendor's stand across the street, or walk two blocks for a formal fabulous meal at Zig Zag which boasts a staircase designed by Eiffel.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Beautiful hostel, located in the center of Arequipa. We saw three rooms, all different. Quiet and relaxing rooms and patios. Good wifi connection and nice breakfast. AND the staff is nice. What else can you ask for?...

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Charming mansion turned into a hotel with beautiful gardens. The rooms are large and have lots of character. Breakfasts are average. The hotel is just a few blocks from the main plaza and close to many good restaurants.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This hostal surprised me. Entering through a very modest doorway into the small reception area, it comes as something of a shock to walk through tree shaded colonial-style courtyards, up stairs or through the pretty and tidy gardens to your sillar-walled room.
The rooms themselves are relatively spartan, but with comfortable beds, spotlessly clean bathroom, cable, LCD TV, and phone and pleasant amounts of wood and brass, they're perfectly adequate. Not only this but given how large this hostal is - I must've walked though 4 or 5 separate small courtyards and the garden to get to some of the furthest reaches of the place - you can be fairly sure that you won't be bothered by the terrible traffic of Arequipa. In fact this is one of the few places in the centre of the city where you can hear birdsong. However, you can also hear the nearby discos on Thu/Fri/Sat in some rooms, so make sure you get a room that willl be insulated from the noise if it may bother you - I think the southern side would be best,
Service in general was excellent and the staff friendly and amenable.
Breakfast was very good. A buffet-style meal served in an area behind glass/perspex looking out onto the garden.
Charming, quite frankly. When I next return to Arequipa I'll be staying here

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Casa de Melgar Hostal
Address: Calle Melgar no 108, Arequipa, Peru
Location: Peru > Arequipa Region > Arequipa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Casa de Melgar Hostal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
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