Marmelita and I were watching with great interest the restoration of a rubber boom era building on the Ramón Castilla Plaza, a couple of blocks from our offices. Finally, after a tremendous investment in time, planning, and work by Richard Bodmer, his wife Tula and their team at Amazon Eco, the 19th century La Casa Morey was reborn into the 21st century.
Because Dawn on the Amazon occasionally does small business with Amazon Eco, Marmelita and I have become friendly with Richard, his niece Erica who manages the hotel, and several of the crew. One day we stopped in for business and were invited to take the full tour of the recently restored historical Iquitos hotel, Casa Morey.
We were so impressed by what we saw on our tour that we decided to rent a room. We’re happy we did. La Casa Morey is as much museum as hotel. You don’t have many opportunities to live in a time machine.
Marmeltia and I spent the night in the finest embodiment of Victorian elegance in Iquitos. We opened the door and went back in time to 1913.
To say that the rooms are spacious is an understatement.
The ceilings are tall. Everything in La Casa Morey is larger than life.
I’ve stayed in hostel rooms that were smaller than the bathrooms in La Casa Morey.
The bathroom is six paces from the door to the toilet. The only flaw worth mentioning was we didn’t have hot water. Very Victorian don’t you think? La Casa Morey advertises hot water and I’m sure they will have the hot water turned on in your room when you arrive.
I can’t imagine how long it took to find all of the antique artifacts.
Our suite was peaceful and free of commotion common to Iquitos. The air conditioning unit was very quiet. The room faced the Plaza Ramón Castilla, with a great view day and night.
La Casa Morey also has modern conveniences including air conditioned rooms, cable TV, and most important from my perspective, wireless internet. The windows are as large and the view as beautiful as the rest of Casa Morey. There is a classic Victorian dining room where the delicious complimentary breakfast is served. I like my coffee every morning and was pleased to drink the strong brewed coffee. Unusual in Iquitos.
There is also the most extensive library of historic books about Iquitos and and the rivers and rainforests that I know of.
Don’t forget the blessing of the beautiful pool.
Casa Morey is located at Av. Raimondi con Av. Loreto, Plaza Ramón Castilla, phone number (+51-65) 231913, email firstname.lastname@example.org, their excellent web site is www.lacasamorey.com.
The price is $50 for a single, $75 for a matrimonial, $90 double, $130 Triple. All of the prices include a good breakfast.
In conclusion, Marmelita and I were impressed with La Casa Morey. I particularly recommend staying there if you are interested in the history of Iquitos. Casa Morey is equal parts living museum and elegant hotel.
La Casa Morey is a perfect example of the tender loving care and respect every rubber boom era building in Iquitos should be treated with. Congratulations to Richard, Tula, and Amazon Eco. for a job well done. I appreciate your vision.
Casa Morey, Historic Iquitos Hotel
Bill Grimes is the unofficial, self appointed hotel and restaurant critic of Iquitos, the official self appointed president of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises, and the manager of the Amazon Golf Course.