Posada del Angel, located just a few minutes' walk from Cuenca's Parque Calderón and from El Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, is a warm, bright and inviting guesthouse.
The outside is painted in yellows and blues, reminding one of Italy or France. Enter and you'll feel as comfortable as any home away from home can feel.
Posada del Angel means Inn (or Guesthouse) of the Angel in English. And the owners continue the angel motif throughout the building in the artwork adorning the walls.
Listed in just about every Ecuador travel site, and known in every travel agency, as one of the best hostals in Cuenca, after just nine years in business, this 1890s restored colonial home is special. Unusual for a colonial home, this one has fourth and fifth floors (most colonials only go to three floors).
The owners, formerly of Argentina, have done a wonderful job restoring this building.
The blues and yellows on the outside are continued on the inside, highlighting the details around all the doors and windows, with a few red highlights that make the whole place come alive.
The balconies overlooking the two covered courtyards lead to several sitting areas. Take a moment to take in the old wood floors as you walk to your room.
The main courtyard has several comfortable couches, as do the sitting areas upstairs.
Unlike many of the other visitor accommodations in restored colonials, Posada del Angel's restaurant, Mangiare Bene, is not located in the courtyard. It's off to one side, with entrances from the street and the courtyard. More on the restaurant below.
You'll also find an addition in the back, where breakfast is served in the second courtyard, which is full of country artifacts. The addition contains extra rooms.
Each room has a private bathroom with a shower (no tubs available). The 21 rooms are large, with a wood wardrobe along one wall.
These adorable rooms are available in single (one person in a double bed), double, triple and quadruple, ranging in price from $36 through to $73 per night, plus 22% tax and service charge.
Check for specials (cash only for these), which are not available during holidays and the high season of June to August).
The room rate includes breakfast in the back courtyard, and Internet access.
Mangiare Bene is an Italian pasta restaurant with a modern decor, which is a definite contrast to the old look of the hostal itself. With a partially open kitchen, you can watch the cooks prepare your meal.
The focus is on several types of pasta. Each is available with one of a dozen or sauces. A chicken filet and beef medallions are also available.
In addition, you can enjoy lasagna and raviolon (a delicious blend of cheese, chicken and nuts in pasta) as well as several salads.
They have a wide range of wines, with a very good house wine available for just $1.80 per glass.
Internet is available, as is wireless internet if you bring your own laptop. Parking is also available.
The staff of Posada del Angel Hostal will gladly arrange to have your laundry done for a small additional cost.
Posada del Angel Hostal is located at Bolívar 14-11 and Estévez de Toral. The phone numbers are 593 (7) 2840695 and 593 (7) 2821360. If you're calling from inside Ecuador, call 07-2840695 or 07-2821360.
The web site is www.hostalposadadelangel.com. Email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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