- Extremely central Arequipa location
- Fabulous rooftop terrace
- Charming, characterful rooms
- Lovely spa and restaurant
Hotel Katari is a well-presented, historic property with some quirky Spanish Colonial features and a fabulous rooftop terrace situated right in the centre of the delightful, historic town of Arequipa, Peru. This characterful hotel occupies a privileged location in the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square and a local hotspot replete with restaurants, cafes and an impressive collection of Spanish Colonial buildings.
Rooms range from the budget-friendly Superior Rooms right through to the more expensive Presidential Suite. The eye-catching décor pays homage to local culture and history and the rooms have a comfortable, colourful and welcoming feel. Amenities include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, complimentary toiletries, a fan and a minibar.
Ascai 360 is the hotel’s well-respected restaurant, open daily for buffet breakfasts, light lunches and sumptuous dinners. There’s also a full-service bar and a terrace for al fresco dining, with its menu featuring a delectable array of Peruvian-style dishes. Last but not least, the lovely on-site spa is certainly worth a visit.
Hotel Katari is an excellent base from which to explore Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, known for its rich history and fascinating culture and now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of bars and eateries along with many places of historical religious interest scattered across the city. El Mistic volcano is one of three to dominate the city’s skyline and many of Arequipa’s buildings were constructed from its white rock. Away from the city, it’s possible to explore the volcanoes and the rugged, undisturbed scenery that surrounds them.
- Lovely rooftop pool
- Located right next to the Plaza de Armas
- Fitness centre, sauna, computer room
- Pristine, simple, good value for money
- Characterful hotel set in a former mint house
- Central Arequipa location near monastery
- Great restaurant
- Cultural and adventure activities nearby
- Next to Cathedral
- Exceptional views from the restaurant
- Outdoor swimming pool
21-day extensive Peruvian adventure encompassing Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Amazon. Classic level hotels and lodges, camping on Inca trail.
Tailor-made Classic 3 weeks
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It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019