- Characterful hotel set in a former mint house
- Central Arequipa location near monastery
- Great restaurant
- Cultural and adventure activities nearby
This beautifully preserved and well presented hotel is unique among those in Arequipa, Southern Peru. The building was originally a mint house and has been carefully repurposed to function as a full-service hotel, while keeping its many traditional features intact. While it's very much a building of heritage and history, exemplified by its two colonial-style courtyards, there are a fair few modern touches to it as well. Situated behind the fascinating Santa Catalina Convent and just a few blocks from the central Plaza de Armas, it’s very well located for those looking to explore Arequipa.
The hotel has a total of 40 air conditioned rooms that are available in three different categories: Superior, Suite and Senior Suite. All rooms are decorated in a tasteful and pleasant way that pays homage to local traditions. Rooms include a range of convenient amenities such as a mini bar, a kit for making coffee, an LED TV and a desk. Both of the suites come with a king size bed, while the Superior rooms offer either one king size bed or two doubles.
The Alma Restaurant is open daily for three meals. Breakfast is served buffet style, and for lunch and dinner there's an appetising array of local dishes, along with a number international and contemporary options. There’s also a bar out in one of the courtyards and the broad drinks menu covers everything from non-alcoholic beverages, to colourful cocktails, refreshing spirits and more.
There’s an abundance of sights and attractions in Arequipa, with scores of colonial buildings, important monuments, towering churches and fascinating museums to take in. While the city is known for its rich history, it’s also a great hub for outdoor pursuits, thanks in part to the snow-capped volcanoes that lie in the not-so-distant background. Some of the many adventure-based activities include biking, mountaineering and even white water rafting. At the end of a day's adventures, guests can head back to the hotel and relax in the spa which has both a sauna and a jacuzzi, and a tempting list of indulgent treatments on offer.
Children are welcome, and while there aren't any designated facilities or services for youngsters at the hotel, there's plenty for all age groups to do in and around Arequipa.
- Lovely rooftop pool
- Located right next to the Plaza de Armas
- Fitness centre, sauna, computer room
- Pristine, simple, good value for money
- Extremely central Arequipa location
- Fabulous rooftop terrace
- Charming, characterful rooms
- Lovely spa and restaurant
- Grand property with colonial feel
- Central Arequipa location
- Extensive facilities, lovely gardens
- Swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023