Situated in the atmospheric historic centre of Arequipa, just a stone’s throw from landmarks such as the Santa Catalina monastery, CIRQA is the number one address in the city. The hotel harks back to its days as a Spanish parador, retaining its beautiful sillar stone walls and offering a remarkable blend of colonial and indigenous building techniques. The main courtyard - once welcoming weary travellers from the road - now serves as a congregation point for pisco-infused cocktails around the flickering braziers.
With just eleven rooms furnished in chic, earthy tones, a tranquil atmosphere pervades, reflecting the hotel’s former life as a monastery. These rooms are set across three different levels, revolving around the courtyard, and paying homage to the property’s monastic history with exposed stone walls and high vaulted ceilings enhanced by sleek furniture, chandeliers and high-quality linens.
Perhaps the crowning jewel of CIRQA is the rooftop terrace modelled on an old picanteria, offering views of Arequipa’s dazzling white urban canopy with volcanoes on the horizon. It's possibly one of the best places in the city for scenic sundowners. Back on ground level, the dining room serves Relais & Chateaux quality cuisine under the light of huge crystal chandeliers - or guests can opt to eat outside on the open terraza. A massage room caters to those needing some pampering after a busy day exploring the city, as does the spacious terrace with its sparkling plunge pool.
Couples and romantics
Lovers of culture and history
Those seeking to be in the heart of the action
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Enjoy sundowner cocktails on the roof terrace taking in the stunning views of historic Arequipa
Take a dip in the heated plunge pool
Unwind with a soothing treatment in the massage room
Sample the exquisite flavours of Cirqa’s inviting seasonal menu, inspired by traditional local cuisine
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Discover the labyrinthine convent of Santa Catalina
Uncover the history of the Inca ice maiden Juanita in the Museo Santuarios Andinos
Venture into the picturesque countryside surrounding Arequipa, where alpacas and vicuña graze in the volcanic foothills
Absorb the city’s marvellous architecture and vibrant atmosphere from the bustling Plaza de Armas
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