The Casa Andina Premium Arequipa occupies the atmospheric former Mint House, a National Historic Monument built in 1794, which has been extensively restored and remodelled to form a lovely colonial hotel. It is set in the heart of the historic quarter of the city, near Santa Catalina convent, close to the restaurant and bar district and just 3 blocks from Arequipa's main square, the Plaza de Armas. Thick stone walls, pillars, elegant arches and chandeliers add an air of grandeur.
The restaurant is open for the buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has two rooms, with dark wooden floors and period furnishings and open on to one of the two attractive courtyards. The colonial dining room has a high vaulted ceiling while the Republican-era room is decorated in opulent greens and reds. The restaurant specialises in local cuisine, with dishes including grilled ostrich and crayfish chowder. The colonial-style bar serves a wide range of drinks and opens on to the main courtyard.
There is a spa and sauna on site and the fourth-floor terrace has stunning views of El Misti volcano and the cathedral.
Open: Casa Andina Premium Arequipa is open all year.
Location: Casa Andina Premium Arequipa is just a few streets from Arequipa's main square and Santa Catalina Convent.
Rooms: The 41 rooms and suites all feature dark wood furniture, crisp white linens accented with colourful textiles, have king-sized beds, mini bar, desk ensuite bathrooms, TV, 'phone, air conditioning, internet access and coffee-making facilities. The Suites and Senior Suites also have living room areas and breakfast tables. Some of the Senior Suites are housed in the original Mint House and have high ceilings, wooden shutters and stone walls.
Activities: Explore historic Arequipa, the 'white city' famed for its colonial buildings. Experience some of the restaurants that have put the city at the forefront of Peru's gastronic renaisance. Head out of town for great viewing spots of El Misti volcano. Shop in the elegant Claustros de la Campañía shopping centre. Go hiking or mountain biking in the nearby countryside.
Facilities: There is an ATM on site. Room service. Laundry. Spa and sauna. Handicraft and gift shop. Room service between 6am and 11pm.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Arequipa is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access, with high-speed internet available at additional cost.
"A large characterless hotel undergoing some major renovation works, although the drilling did stop when we asked. Only there for one night. Staff were friendly."