Hotel La Plazuela
Hotel La Plazuela is a colonial style mid-range property close to Popayán's beautiful main plaza.
With an excellent location close to the exquisite main square in Popayán, Hotel Plazuela occupies an attractive building with white stucco walls and inner courtyards. It's is a popular hotel choice among European visitors.
The 18th century property has a prestigious history: built by a notable Spanish colonist as his residence; over the years distinguished visitors lodged here. At the end of the 19th century, it was the home of the parents of the Ecuadorian ex-president Carlos Arroyo del Rio. There have been changes over the years, not least as a result of earthquake damage but restorations have maintained a rigorous attachment to its original shape and colonial style.
The hotel has two patios, the guest rooms at the front have windows onto the street with views over the street while others face the patios and are a bit quieter. The rooms themselves are furnished and decorated in contemporary-classic style. There's a restaurant serving cuisine typical of the Cauca region of Colombia.
What our clients say
The whole trip was really enjoyable, the amount of wildlife (turtles, crocodiles, armadillo, anteater, monkeys etc etc!) and scenery we saw met all expectations. All well organised and minor problems were resolved quickly.HT, Cardiff
San Agustin (was the highlight)...which was superb.DB, London
Highlight: The coffee country. The Colombian people.CB, St. albans
Very hard to say which was the most memorable: flour and shaving cream fights in San Agustin on New Year's Eve; stunning views of the Magdalena, both in the South and the North (including the ferry crossing and river boat tour in Mompox);WR, London
Our two weeks in Colombia were extraordinarily stimulating on every level, from the warmth and friendliness of the Colombian people to the fertility of the countryside and its fascinating geology and topography, the extraordinary stone monuments created by different Indian cultures and the fine detail of their craftsmanship in gold, platinum and copper, to the amazing legacy of the Spanish conquistadores, and the energy, vitality and sophistication of Colombia today. The programme Tom Manchester devised was well conceived to introduce us to so many aspects of this richly diverse country. Although, or perhaps because, soldiers and police are much in evidence, we never felt at all nervous, or in the least concerned about our own safety. Our programme included four nights in Cartagena, two in Villa de Lleyva, three in San Agustin, and a total of four in Bogota, used essentially as a stopover on three occasions with one full day for exploring the city. We would strongly recommend all four places to anyone visiting Colombia, whatever else they might also wish to do.JM, London
Highlights?: I cannot really think of anything that wasn't memorable. Perhaps my overriding memory is of the friendliness and helpfulness of the ordinary Colombians I encountered.DM, Nottingham
Our expert's view
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Located in a colonial building, La Plazuela is just 100m from the main square making it a great location to explore the cultural city of Popayan. Due to the colonial style of the hotel, some of the rooms at the back are a bit dark but are also a bit quieter so worth considering. A characterful option in Popayan compared to some of the other rather bland hotels!
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