For those interested in historic colonial architecture, this is the place to stay. It is located in a converted 16th centurymansion occupied at one time by Simon Bolivar. Entry to the hotel is gained through an original door keeping it almost anonymous but safe. Rooms are located around the central courtyard. The location is on a small square one block away from the main colonial centre of Cusco.The hotel´s private and public areas are decorated with antiques and local textiles. All in done in a subdued manner.
The rooms are few in number. We stayed twice with a gap for Machu Picchu. This permitted us to view two rooms. The first was large with many rugs on the floor and a distinct seating area with three armchairs. There was an original fireplace with the option for a fire to be lit if requested. The bathroom had two separate enclosures for toilet and shower, both of which had underfloor heating. The bath was large and again there were rugs. There were also towels galore. Amenities were in bottles and there was no lack. Hot water bottles came as part of the turndown service and kept us very warm.
The second room was even larger with the bathroom behind the seating/sleeping area. This time there was a sofa as well as the armchairs. The bathroom had the same facilities but the layout was different with two separate basin areas as opposed to the twin basins in the previous room.
The dining room again had the trademarks of antiques. stuffed cushions and comfortable chairs. Breakfast comprised the usual fruits, eggs etc. Coffee was delivered in a cafetiere. Dinner was of relatively limited choice but the food was delicious. We opted for simple room service on occasion as we were tired. The fact that there was no additional charge was welcome.
WiFi was available throughout the hotel and free. Noise was minimal but it is located on a square so there may be some foot traffic rather than cars.
It was a sécial place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- First Relais & Châteaux property in Peru, an exquisite 16th century colonial manor, located just steps away from the picturesque main square. Once occupied by the conquistadors of Peru, it is now an exclusive boutique hotel that has been carefully restored to retain its historical heritage and décor. With suites set around a Spanish courtyard, the manor offers sober elegance without sacrificing authenticity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inkaterra La Casona Cusco