If you want to stay in perhaps the most beautiful hotel in all of Ecuador, come to Boutique Hotel Mansión Alcázar in Cuenca. From the minute you walk through the front door, you'll lose track of time, and the century, as you explore this magnificent colonial restoration.
The former home of the late president Luis Cordero, this boutique hotel has a long history as the most elegant, historic and aristocratic home in Cuenca.
Located just a few blocks from Parque Calderón and a few from Parque San Sebastian, the main entrance of Mansión Alcázar is along famous Avenida Simon Bolívar.
However, the entire property, including the beautiful gardens, extends through the block to include another entrance on Avenida Mariscal Sucre.
Mansión Alcázar was restored in the republican style in 1999, and is now owned by Rocio Vasquez, who has put life back into this beauty with many items from the past, including antique furniture and oriental rugs, along with art from many periods.
As you walk through the various rooms, think about how adobe, clay and wood can be transformed into a work of art.
The public areas include the main floor courtyard, a library, a TV/media room, a large meeting room (once the house's dining room), and gardens filled with jasmine and bougainvillea.
The covered courtyard holds a large fountain where you'll often find the basins rimmed with roses.
The baby grand piano isn't just for show; many evenings you'll be quietly entertained by a very good pianist. Or the harpist may be playing that night!
Upstairs, the library and the TV/media room (both filled with antiques) flank the meeting room, which contains many antiques from Spain and France. Just outside the TV/media room is the computer station with internet access.
The gardens are a wonder as well. Trees, shrubs, vines and flowers combine to give privacy to the many tables set beneath garden umbrellas. Enjoy a relaxing tea there, or simply enjoy the quiet, away from the bustle of Cuenca's streets.
Each of the 11 guest rooms and 3 suites is unique. Many have antique furniture and/or light fixtures. Some have handpainted ceilings.
Each room is named—Lili, Royal, Chelsea, Mirage and Chocolate are just some of the names.
The suites have a large living room and overlook the quiet gardens.
Rates are $200 to $256 per night per room.
Nestled between the courtyard and the gardens is Casa Alonso, the gourmet restaurant.
The chef and his attentive staff prepare and serve local and international dishes, many made with locally grown organic ingredients.
The food is delicious and interesting. We quite enjoyed our meal there, especially since the chef was more than happy to prepare Lulie's salmon dish exactly how she wanted it.
Casa Alonso is open daily from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.
If you're looking for a luxurious spot for a glass of wine or drinks, Le Bar is open from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. daily.
Services at Mansión Alcázar include internet service at a computer station (filled with antiques), plus wireless access in the social areas.
Each room has a safe box with combination, plus a hair dryer and a TV with cable.
Nightly turndown service is included along with international dialing phone service in your room.
A bilingual front desk clerk is available 24 hours a day, as is nearby parking.
Shoe cleaning and 24 hour laundry are also available.
Boutique Hotel Mansión Alcázar is located at Bolívar 12-55 between Tarqui and Juan Montalvo, just a few minutes' walk from Cuenca's Parque Calderón. The phone number is 593 (7) 2823889. If calling from inside Ecuador, dial 07-2823889.
The web site is www.mansionalcazar.com. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the contact form on the site.
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