The top 5 hotels in Cusco
When visiting Cusco, one of the most important things can be picking the perfect hotel for your stay. There are many alluring hotels to choose from, each unique from the next. Whatever your preference may be, there’s a great hotel option awaiting you in Cusco. We selected our recommended Cusco hotels based on their location, presentation, quality, service and pricing to bring you the best value options.
Casa Andina San Blas
Casa Andina San Blas is a great example of the unique character that Casa Andina locations adopt. This charming hotel is located in the trendy San Blas Square area, which is only a few short blocks away from the main plaza and has many excellent dining options. Casa Andina San Blas provides a homey alpine-cottage feel with its high vaulted ceilings and its rich dark woods that are both warm and welcoming. The hotel is accented with well-placed Andean rugs which add a warming touch. Broad glass windows allow for plenty of natural lighting to enter which gives the hotel an invigorating air. The hotel’s asymmetrical architecture creates spaces for unique rooms. A lovely stone crafted fountain flows in the central courtyard where you can choose to enjoy your morning coffee or any of the great selections from the breakfast buffet.
When in a foreign place it is particularly important to feel welcomed and at ease. At Casa Andina San Blas, the staff is friendly, attentive and English-speaking. The rooms and bathrooms are ample, have reliable hot water, bathtubs and hair dryers, which can be quite important on those brisk mountain mornings and evenings. The comfortable accommodations, open character and reasonable pricing make this hotel a perfect candidate for an upgrade: request a Superior room to enjoy a window with lovely views. If fresh mountain air and radiant sunlight are your cup of tea, you will love the wide windows that can be fully opened to see a picture-perfect view of the city of Cusco. Casa Andina San Blas is a great value for quality, comfort and character.
Casa Andina Private Collection
Casa Andina Private Collection opens its massive wooden doors to guests who are seeking comfort and proximity to Cusco’s main plaza, without boisterous night clubs and bars. It is located in a quieter part of Cusco behind Koricancha. Though this hotel has 93 rooms in total, it never stops feeling cozy. The hotel is a refashioned 18th century colonial mansion with four beautiful open courtyards, complete with gurgling stone fountain and colonial style wooden balconies. Snuggle up near the massive stone fireplace in the hotels cozy lounge—a perfect place to relax over a good read or plan your next Cusco adventure. Casa Andina Private Collection is also renowned for having one of the best breakfast buffets in all of Cusco. Relaxing in the massage room open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., or dining in the in-house Alma restaurant, you are guaranteed a great stay.
All rooms in the hotel are 100% non-smoking and offer free WiFi. There is also an internet center if you prefer to travel without your laptop. Rooms have either a king size bed or two full size beds, a desk, safety box, flat screen television, and coffee kits. All bathrooms have bathtubs and hair dryers. Hotel services include ATM, same-day laundry service (10 a.m.- 5 p.m.), and concierge. The bar is open daily until 11 p.m. It is easy to see why Casa Andina Private Collection won the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice award in 2013.
This lovely hotel opened in 2010 and is located just two blocks away from the main plaza in the historic center of Cusco on San Juan de Dios Street. It is a medium-sized hotel that hosts 43 elegantly decorated rooms. The hotel’s proximity to Plaza San Francisco and the Plaza de Armas makes it easy to enjoy the wide array of restaurants and bars that the area has to offer. The hotel radiates luxury thanks to its 16th century colonial architecture. Aranwa boasts a wide collection of religious colonial Cusco School style paintings and sculptures. Whether or not you are particularly interested in religious art, you will be impressed by its quality and antiquity. Aranwa offers a luxurious stay with an easy transition into the altitude of Cusco. The hotel has a smart oxygen system which feeds oxygen directly into each room to provide for restful sleep. The hotel also offers spa treatments, dry and Finnish saunas, and a hair salon. Use the hotel’s high-speed WiFi or make use of the business center, to send work emails or stay in touch with friends and family.
One detail that is guaranteed to impress is the pampering comfort of the bathrooms which are equipped with heated floor tiles, relaxing Scottish showers, organic bath products and elegant marble details. In the morning, enjoy the fantastic breakfast buffet before your daily adventures. Aranwa goes above and beyond, providing room service twice daily to give you the most crisp of environments. If you prefer to remain in the comfortable proximity of the hotel premises, you can enjoy the delicious New Andean Cuisine at Mishti Restaurant, or a pisco based cocktail and tapas at the Khasikay Bar. Other practical amenities this glamorous hotel has to offer include currency exchange, laundry service and room service. From I-pod dock to bathroom slippers, Aranwa doesn’t miss a detail for your 5-star luxury stay in Cusco.
You’ll have no trouble finding plenty of restaurant and bar options as well as great shopping during your stay at this fantastic little hotel. It is located in Siete Cuartones, and only two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas. The first thing that catches your eye about this hotel is the majestic purple theme and original art that adorns the inn. Although it’s unmatched innovative interior design could be a little much for the more conservative traveler, the unique charm and service par excellence makes this boutique one of our most highly recommended 4 Star stays.
Andean Wings hotel is fashioned from a 16th century colonial mansion whose large courtyard allows a soft luminescence to fill the room through the stained glass top which covers it. This lovely area is used as restaurant seating where daily a la carte breakfast is served. Another charming accent this hotel offers is that every room is completely original, For example, the Shipivo room’s design is inspired by the Shipivo women’s traditional embroidery from the Peruvian Amazon. It is simple and elegant with lovely cream and dark brown coloring which accents the Shipivo patterns. Another great option to pamper yourself with is the Illary Suite: king size bed, soft baby alpaca carpet, in-room Jacuzzi, and high ceilings with skylights that characterize the brilliance of the room—its namesake meaning shining/dawn. Or try the two-story suite, Purple Haze, to immediately transport yourself to a modern designed room boldly painted purple and accented with black and white portrait photography of the people of Peru.
Andean Wings provides all of the amenities of a top quality hotel: WiFi, laundry service, room service, and very friendly staff. The hotel also provides personalized services including Swedish and deep tissue massages, Zen Shiatsu and other therapies in their Six Pumas Holistic Spa. The on-site restaurant, Mandela’s Bar, offers a good variety of dining options to accommodate any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable place to rest or exiting diversion, Andean Wings is an excellent option. It will certainly be a highlight of your experience in the city of Cusco.
Casa San Blas Boutique
Nestled in the romantic neighborhood of San Blas, this boutique hotel opened in 2003 and has made a genuine effort to create a home-away-from-home feel. The restored 18th century colonial home is a short walk from the main plaza and within close proximity to Hatun Rumiyoc , the famous 12 angle stone. The hotel boasts handmade traditional weavings and warm earth tones in its clean and open presentation. This little hotel is intimate with a total of 18 comfortable rooms all named after animals or designs featured in the room’s handmade native textiles in Quechua. You can stay in the Kuntur (condor), Chaska (star), Ampato (frog), or Tika (flower) rooms.
The staff is attentive and their unique form of turndown service is such that they place heated water bottles in your bed so that you can come home to the cozy pre-warmed comfortable bed, which can be much appreciated on those chilly Cusco nights. Details such as these are part of what make this little hotel such a charming place to catch a wink. Casa San Blas Boutique also has a third floor open terrace which is great for relaxing or having a drink while you soak in the breathtaking views of Cusco by day or night. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the on-site restaurant, Tika Gourmet Bistro. Tika also caters for room service and has great options to compliment your stay. If all you need is coffee or if you are a tea-time aficionado, you’ll love to hear that the lobby offers complimentary coffee and tea 24 hours per day. In case the altitude doesn’t sit well with you, there is oxygen treatment available, and if required, on-call medical service. WiFi is available throughout the hotel, but you’ll probably opt to take advantage of the hotel’s great location and explore Plaza San Blas and the entertaining restaurants and bars that surround it. Rest assured that you will get fantastic service and restful sleep in a homey hotel whose self-proclamation is to , “[convey]a long standing history and tradition of the Peruvian Andes through art” and may we add, great service. Casa San Blas Boutique is an excellent 3 star hotel that you’re bound to love.
Steff is a traveler at heart and the wildness of South America never seizes to captivate her exploratory spirit. While she spent a majority of her childhood in the United States as a free-range “Austinite”, she was born in Peru and feels a deep connection to this continent. She has been fortunate to experience the remarkable landscapes and diversity of Chile, Venezuela, Brazil and Peru.