La Casa de Melgar Guesthouse

in Arequipa, Peru

With its rich history and beautiful 18th century architecture, La Casa de Melgar will transport you back in time without sacrificing the modern amenities you are used to. Its mix of Spanish and Indigenous architecture consists of thick walls, curved ceilings, three patios, open hallways and gardens. You will be able to stay in the same building where some of Peru's important figures once lived and easily explore the other historical buildings of Arequipa such as Santa Catalina and San Francisco Convent.

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$49-75 /night
Approximate price for a standard room.



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A Unique Story

The bishop of Arequipa at the end of the 19th century, Manuel Segudo Ballon, lived in La Casa de Melgar. Ballon organized an expedition to "El Misti" volcano to erect the cross on the top of the mountain, holding a mass on January 1, 1900 to commemorate the occasion.
The hotel gets it's name from Mariano Melgar, a Peruvian poet, who lived in La Casa temporarily. He spent the majority of his life fighting for Peru's independence from Spain. During the 19th century, he became one Peru's most prominent romantic poets and was especially known for his love poems known as 'yaravies'.


La Casa Melgar continues to preserve a piece of history by making as little changes as possible to the original structure of the building while they added modern amenidities. The hostel also promotes the works and ideas of the patriot and poet Mariano Melgar, who is believed to have lived in La Casa de Melgar temporarily.




La Casa de Melgar is located in the center of the city in a very safe area, only one block away from Santa Catalina and the San Francisco convent. It's also only four blocks away from the Plaza de Armas, the Company Church and other museums. These are all within walking distance to allow guests to visit the historical areas on foot.
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