La Casa de Melgar is a fine example of civil architecture of the 18th century: thick walls, curved ceilings, three patios and open hallways. The style also blends Spanish and indigenous elements.
We have preserved the original atmosphere of the La Casa de Melgar while adding modern facilities private baths, hot water and TV-Cable….Thus; our clients have the opportunity of enjoying a colonial setting in complete comfort.
This was the house of Manuel Segundo Ballón, bishop of Arequipa at the end of the 19th century. He organized the most important expedition to Misti Volcano to set the cross on the highest point of the summit. The bishop transported, on mules, the rails that were prepared by the railroad workers. The expedition received the new century by celebrating mass on the small altar next to the cross on January 1, 1900.
The hostel has promoted the works and though of the patriot and poet Mariano Melgar, who devoted his life to achieving Peruvian independence. As a poet, Melgar became one of the most prominent romantic poets of Peru in the 19th century. It is believed that he lived in this house temporarily.
Breakfast is served daily in our cafeteria "La Flor de Café". The coffee is especially browed following the best traditions of Arequipa.
Recommended by Lonely Planet 2007 - Author Choice
Our rates include the buffet breakfast.
High Season: July 01 to August 31st.
La Casa de Melgar is located in the center of the city in an especially safe area. The Santa Catalina and San Francisco Convents (1 block), the Plaza de Armas (Main square) and the Compañía Church (4 blocks) are all within walking distance and allow our guests to visit the historical center area on foot.