Ecuador has a lot of history, culture, traditions and arts – and with a stay at Morenica del Rosario in one of the country’s most charming cities, Cuenca, your accommodations encompass all of that.

Morenica is almost as much a heritage museum as it is a hotel. Sprinkled throughout its four floors are artifacts, handicrafts, antiques and other pieces from Ecuador’s cultural timeline. Part of the pleasure of arriving into the hotel is wandering through the place taking it all in; even the stairway is filled with treasures.

This also creates some wonderful common-area spaces in which to relax, work, or socialize. In addition to the K’ipa cafe/bar on the ground level, the second floor has a beautiful, large sitting area. Around the corner is a hidden stairwell to a hideaway nook just beckoning to guests.

Another impressive thing about Morenica del Rosario is the view from the upper floor windows and rooftop terrace; its location right by the Iglesia Santo Domingo allows for stunning views of the cathedral’s twin domes from on high – even more dramatic at night, when the church is lit up.

The location can’t be beat; Morenica is in the midst of all that is happening in Cuenca, just steps from the main Nueva Cathedral and central plaza, along with top restaurants and shops. Guest rooms are luxurious and comfortable, each with its own unique decor. Amenities include:

Full bed with 2 types of pillows
LCD screen
Satellite TV
Digital safe box
High speed wireless
Desk and chair
Free water

Rates include breakfast, which is a fairly extensive buffet including fresh fruits and amazing fresh-squeezed juices, hot/savory items and a meat and cheese plate. Every morning there seemed to be a different local specialty also on hand.

Rates $59-96, including breakfast and tax
Address: Gran Colombia 10-65 entre General Torres y Padre Aguirre
Telephone: (593) 7 2828669

Photos by Keith Hajovsky