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CUSCO - HOTELS AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS

The city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire, was placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO in 1983, and is without a doubt one of the most important destinations in Peru and South America.

The city and its area have a tremendous wealth in archaeological sites and colonial buildings and churches, including Inca remains, such as the Koricancha and the palace of Inca Roca, Andean Baroque structures from the Colonial Period like the Cathedral and the Church of the Company of Christ. In addition, you can visit the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas where the best artisans in the department have set up their workshops. Finally, just ten minutes away from the city are the massive walls of the Sacsayhuamán fortress, and a few kilometers from there, you find the archeological sites of Qenko, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay, Inca buildings constructed completely with stone.

This magical city has also an exciting nightlife with cafes, restaurants, and bars for all tastes.

Most of the hotels in Cusco are located in its historic center, within walking distance of the main attractions in the city center. So are those included in our recommendation, close to banks, restaurants, shops and many comercial sites.

Luxury Hotels
 
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MONASTERIO HOTEL

***** DeLuxe

Peru´s most beautiful hotel. The Monasterio is located in a lovely quiet plaza a few minutes walk from the Cusco’s main square, within the premises of the 17th century San Antonio Abad Seminary. The hotel boasts a superb chapel, some of the finest colonial paintings in Cuzco, and two of the city’s most beautiful cloisters. Rooms are impeccably equipped with telephone with international direct dialing, central heating and all the amenities of a 5-star hotel. Fine dining. Two gourmet restaurants and a splendid lobby bar with fireplace. Oxygen enriched rooms.

Please note that since this hotel is in what used to be a 16th century convent and its original architecture and design has not been significantly altered, all 109 rooms differ in size and layout and some of them are quite small for a 5 star hotel. Rooms are assigned by reception on the morning of check-in and a specific room cannot be guaranteed.

Due to the high demand, we strongly recommend to make your booking as much ahead as possible.

A member of the Orient Express Hotels.

 
 

LA CASONA

***** DeLuxe - Boutique Hotel

La Casona is the latest venture from eco-tourism leaders Inkaterra. It is conveniently located in the serene Plaza de las Nazarenas, next to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, in a special oasis between San Blas artist district and Cusco’s vibrant main square, surrounded by lovely colonial cobblestone streets.

A meticulously restored colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco built over an Inca complex and later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants - hosts the eleven suites surrounding a sumptuous courtyard, with its stones reflecting the patina of several centuries, offering an outstanding blend of comfort and luxury in complete privacy.

The decoration incorporates baroque colonial furniture and grand Spanish splendor; adobe, plaster, tile, fire and water are the main design elements. The 9 Patio Suites and the 2 Plaza Suites are all elegantly appointed with antiques and feature one king or two double beds, open closet, dining area with open fireplace, individually controlled heated floors, and a sumptuously spacious private bathroom with double basin, separate shower and toilet; fully appointed with extra-soft towels, boasting exquisite handmade amenities and oversized tub as well as high-count cotton sheets, feathered duvet covers, extra pillows, safe, mini bar, wireless internet connection and cordless phones, plus flat screen TV linked to cable TV, DVD and CD or I-Pod.

La Casona operates as a private manor for a small limited number of guests and as such is not open to the public, thus maintains its doors closed like a private residence. All facilities and areas are for the exclusive use of in-house guests only. Guests meeting their tour guides or tour coordinators may do so at the Foyer, else the latter may wait for their clients outside the manor in order not to disturb other guests. The Concierge desk may assist in taking all messages. La Casona extends all possible assistance so guests will experience utmost relaxation, privacy and tranquility during their stay.

 
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CASA CARTAGENA

***** DeLuxe – Boutique Hotel

Casa Cartagena is a unique new hotel located in the premises of the house of the same name, built during the Inca Empire and modified during the colonial period, now declared a Monument of Peruvian Cultural Heritage by the National Institute of Culture. The house received its name during the XVII Century, when it was inhabited by the “Encomendador” of Cusco, Don Fernando Cartagena y Santa Cruz, a member of Viceroy Blasco Nuñez de Vela’s court, and it is said to have always been inhabited by the ruling nobility. It is located in the historical centre of Cusco, two blocks away from main square and a few meters from Plaza de las Nazarenas, one of the most charming and picturesque neighborhoods of the city.

Recognizing the historical and cultural significance of Casa Cartagena, the Italian Real Estate investor Luxury Properties wonderfully restored the building, respecting its original architecture, as well as its ultimate design goal: to offer comfort and hospitality in an authentic luxury environment. The result is a hotel completely unique in its style: while from the outside Casa Cartagena seamlessly blends with its traditional colonial surroundings, on the inside it brings a new flair to the city’s hotels with its cutting edge eclectic Italian modern decoration.

This boutique hotel boasts 16 spacious, elegantly – appointed suites, including a 150 sq. m. Royal one, all featuring central heating and air-conditioning system, butler service, internet, TV LCD, DVD and Tatami shower and bathtub. Additionally, an enriched oxygen system, allows for better body acclimation to the altitude of the city.

Hotel amenities include the Qoya Spa covering a 350m2 area, equipped with hydro-massage pool, sauna, massage, and meditation rooms, and the outstanding La Chola Restaurant, offering an excellent gourmet selection of New Peruvian Cuisine and international courses as well as a wine cellar’s selection of over 200 worldwide known wines.

 
 
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HOTEL LIBERTADOR CUSCO

*****

The Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco, splendidly located in the premises of an Inca palace within the historical downtown, is a beautiful and efficient hotel with very comfortable rooms and excellent services and amenities, including a 24h business center, gift shops, gym and Jacuzzi, the Inti Raymi rastaurant, the Kero coffee shop and the Rumi bar, starring one of the best pisco sours in town overlooked by an original Inca wall.

This hotel used to be quite popular among tour groups and now, as part of the group’s strategic alliance with Starwoods Hotels & Resorts, it is prone to become the flagship of the company’s new Luxury Collection, once its renovation is completed.

The company is undergoing an important development and renovation program, including the opening of brand new properties during the next two years:

  • The Sacred Valley, located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, will see the opening of the first Luxury Collection hotel in Peru, currently under construction.
  • Lima will be the location for South America's first Westin Hotel.
  • South of Lima, on the beautiful coastline of Paracas, the first Peruvian luxury resort & spa is also under construction.

We love its global atmosphere, the warmth and excellent service of its staff and General Manager, Mr. Arturo Schwarz, and its delicious meals with a special mention of its impressive buffet breakfast, probably the best in town but definitely featuring the best croissants and “pains au chocolat” in all of Cusco.

Associated to the Starwoods Hotels & Resorts.

 
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CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION CUSCO

****

Housed in a beautiful colonial building dating from the 16th century, Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is located in the historical center of the city, just a few blocks from the main square and the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha). It has 72 rooms (including 5 suites) equipped with private bathroom including bath and shower, cable TV, heating, direct telephone in room and bathroom (national and international dialing), hairdryer, digital safe-deposit box, coffee kit and very nice amenities made out of natural ingredients. The hotel restaurant has a delicious carte and faces both the street and the charming interior patio.

We love the very spacious Andean suites with its cozy feather comforters and its high ceilings featuring beams. Central heating makes sure all rooms are comfortably warm.

One of the best choices in this category, with an excellent quality-price relationship. Belonging to the Casa Andina chain, all Private Collection Hotels are an equivalent of a 4-star accommodation.

 
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PICOAGA HOTEL

****

The Picoaga Hotel was originally the old mansion of a Spanish noble, the Marquis of Picoaga (17th century). It has now been converted into a comfortable hotel with public areas beautifully decorated in colonial style, framed by fine stone archways on two levels, beautiful columns, capiteles and a lovely Spanish patio, completing an authentic sample of 17th Century architecture. The hotel has 72 rooms, some in the 'colonial' area and some in the 'modern' one, all with wall to wall carpeting, central heating, air conditioning, security box, cable TV, fridgebar, telephone with local, national and internacional direct dial and wake-up calls.

 
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NOVOTEL

****

Located in the heart of the city, 3 blocks from the main square and the Cathedral and 5 blocks from the Sun Temple. Housed in a 16th century building, the hotel offers 99 rooms divided into “contemporary” ones, located in a rear building connected to the main one and decorated in a more modern executive style, and 16 “colonial” ones, the most charming, located in the old colonial wing, directly over the beautiful and cozy interior patio. The hotel also includes a restaurant, coffee shop and bar.

A member of the Accor Hotels.

 
 
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CASA SAN BLAS BOUTIQUE HOTEL

***

Located just 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas and less than one block away from the charming San Blas square, this hotel is also one of our favorites. Housed in a historic colonial house and a fine example of typical Cusco architecture, it has been carefully restored using the highest quality materials but also incorporating the benefits of the modern world for a higher guest comfort. Hence, the hotel is an excellent blend of old and new.

The hotel has a lovely a home-like atmosphere, a high standard of service, a professional and very friendly team with a genuine interest in the clients and their needs, and a really personalizad attention. We recommend the junior suites, on the upper floor of the building facing a small terrace and a wonderful view of Cusco.

 
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LOS APUS

***

This small, elegantly restored Cusco hotel is small, very cozy and charming. Opened in December 1999, this swiss independent Cuzco hotel is built on the foundations of a 17th century colonial house and has twenty exquisitely decorated rooms equipped with a unique central heating system. It is located quietly nestled in the foothills of the unspoiled historical site of San Blas, three blocks away from the Plaza de Armas, restaurants and souvenirs shops.

 
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CASA ANDINA

***

Casa Andina has four bed&breakfast type hotels in Cusco, all located in the city’s charming and historical center. Carpeted rooms, cable TV, national-international direct telephone dial, ensuite bathrooms, heating and safe deposit are featured in all rooms. Simple, cozy and comfortable. Warm atmosphere, hospitable and very friendly staff.

  • Casa Andina Cusco Plaza: the first Casa Andina that oponed in Cusco, it is located just a block-and-a-half from Cusco’s main square (Plaza de Armas)
  • Casa Andina Cusco Catedral: located practically on Cusco’s main square
  • Casa Andina Cusco Koricancha: 4 blocks away from the main square and just two blocks from the Sun Temple (Koricancha), enjoys a calmer atmosphere relatively far from Cusco’s noisy face. The hotel ocuppies two old colonial mansions with two courtyards bathed in light.
  • Casa Andina Cusco San Blas: our favorite and the last one to open, in April 2006. In a privileged location in the bohemian quarter of San Blas, just a block away of this quarter’s charming square, the hotel has a lovely central patio and beautiful views over Cusco from some of the rooms and common areas. Being still very close to the main attractions, it enjoys a quieter, nicer location.
 
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TUPAC YUPANQUI PALACE

***

Charming small hotel with original Inca and Colonial architecture housed in an old colonial mansion that belonged to the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, grandson and successor of the great Pachakuteq. Located just 3 blocks from the main square in the city center, its rooms are comfortable and all have ensuite bathrooms with hot water, safe box, cable TV and heaters.

 
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SONESTA POSADA DEL INCA

***

The 23-room Sonesta Posada del Inca is a few steps from the city's main square and offers spacious, modern guest rooms. first-class lodging, with a taste of authentic Peruvian hospitality. Restaurant, bar, safe boxes, gift shop, cable TV, national and international direct dialing, heating.

A member of Sonesta.