COLONIAL SUITES

Our colonial suites give you an unmatched view of the main Plaza, the cathedral, and volcanoes and they are furnished with colonial style antiques. Their colonial furniture, textiles, and images are inspired by two very different and outstanding women linked to the colonial period in Arequipa.

BEATA ANA

Ana de Los Angeles Monteagudo was a Dominican nun that directed the Santa Catalina Monastery in the 17th century and was beatified by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Arequipa in 1985. This suite replicates several elements of her room at Santa Catalina and provides you with more information about the life of this wonderful woman. It has a partial glass ceiling that maximizes your view of the main cathedral, the volcanoes, and the usually clear blue sky of Arequipa.

FLORA TRISTAN

One of the founders of the feminist movements in Europe, grandmother of Paul Gauguin, Flora Tristan came from a wealthy and traditional Arequipan family. She based much of her writings on a long visit she made to our city. Although she visited Arequipa during the first few years after the end of the colonial period, her book “Peregrinaciones de una Paria” (A Pariah’s Pilgrimage), provides the earliest thorough description of the culture that developed in Arequipa during the colonial years, including its social structure and main activities, which were basically unchanged right after independence.

MELGAR Y SILVIA

Born in Arequipa in 1891, Mariano Melgar was a prominent poet and a revolutionary that fought for the cause of independence from Spain. As a poet he was influenced by both European romanticism and indigenous Andean chants (Yaravíes) and was inspired by his patriotism and the girl he loved, Silvia. He is considered as one of Latin America’s most prominent patriotic poets together with José Joaquín Olmedo and José Martí. Our suite “Melgar y Silvia” is filled with content that refers to the poet and his muse.