A lovingly restored colonial building, Hotel Casa del Águila (House of the Eagle) will take you back in time as you marvel at its beauty and its antiques.
This hotel, recently opened, is one and a half blocks from El Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno (the Municipal Museum of Modern Art). So you can travel back and forth in time, from modern art to historical treasures.
As the saying above the door says, Paz para los que se quedan, ventura a los que porten, or Peace for those who remain, adventure to those who continue on.
From the street entrance to the views from the terraces built along the back of the building, Hotel Casa del Águila (sometimes seen without the accent—Hotel Casa del Aguila) is one of the most magnificent and gloriously restored colonial homes in all of Cuenca.
As you enter the hotel, you'll be struck by the warmth of the perfect paint colors, the arched entrances, the beautiful paintings and old wood doors.
After dark, the candles greet you along the long hallway to the courtyard.
And what a courtyard! The chandelier hovers above, suspended from the glass roof. Candles on the chandelier illuminate a rose petal-filled fountain directly below.
The hotel is three floors, a bit larger than most old colonials, and beautifully restored and painted, by hand, by co-owner Fausto Merchan. The talented designs, artful choices of decor, and care that have gone into Casa del Águila show in every area of the hotel.
"We wanted to maintain the colonial feel, and filled it with antiques from Ecuadorian history," says Maria Elisa Matovelle, the owner's niece, who helps manage the hotel. "The owners bought the antiques and decorated the interior with all things Ecuadorian."
These items include light fixtures, furniture and smaller items, such as a lock made in the mid-1800s. The new furniture blends nicely with the items from Ecuador's past.
The paintings on the walls tell the story of Spanish colonial times, and the cultural and religious traditions that have become such an integral part of this conservative and traditional city and its people.
Be sure to walk to the back of the building and climb the stairs for some wonderful city views from the terraces. Or enjoy the weather while you read a book or plan your next day's activities.
The 17 guest rooms in this hotel are very elegant and comfortable. They're distributed over all three floors of the building and in an annex built in the 1930s as an addition to the home.
Each room is different, but all are decorated with quiet colors that remind us of slower, quieter times.
Because this building is an official landmark, the owners could not do anything to any of the walls. So you may find your shower hidden behind a divider in the room itself, rather than in the bathroom. We think you'll agree that the restoration more than makes up for these little quirks.
The hotel does not have a restaurant or dining room. It does, however, have a small cafeteria where they offer a continental breakfast from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. It then is open for light meals from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. (21:00).
Wireless internet is available in all public areas and in all of the rooms. There is also a computer workstation, so if you don't have your own computer, you can still check your email.
Hotel Casa del Águila is located at Mariscal Sucre 13-56 between Juan Montalvo and Esteves de Toral. The phone numbers are 593 (7) 2836498 and 593 (7) 2849580. If you're calling from inside Ecuador, call 07-2836498 and 07-2849580.
The hotel has a web site at www.hotelcasadelaguila.com (this link goes directly to the English version of the site).
Email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Or use the web site's contact form to reach the hotel's staff.
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