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The Best Boutique Hotels in Cuenca, Ecuador

The Best Boutique Hotels in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Founder, Not Your Average American
Updated: 7 September 2017

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, Ecuador reminds many travelers of Europe. With three rivers, ample walking trails and multiple plazas, the outdoor spaces beckon travelers to enjoy the history, architecture and culture of this high Sierran city. Many restored and renovated historic residences have been transformed into boutique hotels, each with its own unique decor and atmosphere.

Mansion Alcazar

The Mansion Alcazar lies a couple of blocks from the Plaza San Francisco, home to one of the best artisan markets in Cuenca. The mansion was built in the late 19th century during the Ecuadorian Republican Era. It maintains a historic decor, with multiple sitting areas in the interior courtyard and upper mezzanine.

Mansion Alcazar, Bolívar 12-55 y Tarqui, Cuenca, Ecuador, Cuenca, Ecuador +593 7-282-3889

Steeple of the Iglesia San Francisco, Cuenca | © Ian Masias / Flickr

Casa San Rafael

The corner location of Casa San Rafael allows almost every room to have a window overlooking the cobblestone streets of Cuenca. This historic home makes for comfortable accommodation, while the friendly staff goes the extra mile to make every trip the best possible.

Casa San Rafael, Simón Bolívar 505, Cuenca 593, Ecuador +593 7-282-3920

Rio Tomebamba in Cuenca, Ecuador | © /Wikicommons

Hotel Boutique Santa Lucia

Just a few steps away from the Old Cathedral, the Hotel Boutique Santa Lucia is ideally located for exploration of historic Cuenca. Built in 1859 as the residence for the provincial governor, this beautiful building has been tastefully restored so that its history is well-preserved while guests have every comfort.

Hotel Boutique Santa Lucia, Presidente Borrero 844, Gil Ramirez Davalos, Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador +593 7-282-8000

Hotel La Casona

Built during the Ecuadorian Republican Era, the Hotel La Casona is a French-style chateau and historic site that adds character to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Cuenca. With more than 28 rooms, the hotel is an excellent location for families large and small.

Hotel La Casona, Miguel Cordero Dávila, Cuenca, Ecuador +593 7-288-8869

Gardens of Pumapungo, Cuenca | ©David Brossard /Flickr

Casa de las Rosas

Tucked into a residential neighborhood near downtown Cuenca, Casa de las Rosas was built in 1952 as the home of the Tapia Peña family. Today, the youngest daughter offers comfortable accommodations in a home-like setting.

Casa de las Rosas, Manuel Vega y Sangurima, Manuel Vega, Cuenca, Ecuador +593 7-411-4587

Forum Hotel

A beautiful renovation of a historic home combined with a professional hotel staff makes for an excellent boutique hotel in the colonial downtown sector of Cuenca.

Forum Hotel, Presidente Borrero, Cuenca, Ecuador +593 7-282-8801

Domes of the New Cathedral, Cuenca | ©DEZALB /Pixabay

Morenica del Rosario Hotel

Located in the heart of historic Cuenca, the Hotel Morenica del Rosario is close to many iconic destinations like the Parque Calderón, the New Cathedral and the quaint flower market on Mariscal Sucre. This boutique hotel is one of the more modern adaptations, built in 1918, but maintains a colonial character despite its apparent youth.

Morenica del Rosario Hotel, Gran Colombia 10, Cuenca, Ecuador +593 7-282-8669

Flower Market, Cuenca | ©