If you find yourself in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest and arguably most charming city, stay at the chic new Casa Ordoñez. This boutique hotel opened on September 19 in a beautifully renovated mansion. The home has been in owner Alberto Ordoñez’s family since 1906 and his connection to and care for the property is apparent in the hotel’s thoughtful design. Fresh, comfortable rooms surround a sunlit courtyard framed by the hotel’s whitewashed walls and stained glass windows. Though the hotel abounds with modern comforts, the charm and granduer of the historic family home are still present in touches like a formal salon that will be used to hold Spanish lessons. With cozy sitting rooms around every corner guests might have a hard time leaving the hotel, but their exploration of Cuenca will be aided by guided tours arranged by Ordoñez.
The hotel is just two blocks away from Gran Columbia Ave, a hotspot for bars and restaraunts. While In Cuenca visit Ingapirca, Ecuador´s most famous Inca ruins, stop for lunch at Cafe Moliendo, and have a drink at the German owned Wunderbar. Early rates for Casa Ordoñez range from US $45 to $65 with breakfast. For more information check the website