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“Modern furnishings in 300 yo building. Brilliant!” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Pumacurco 336 | Centro Historico, Cusco, Peru   |  
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Ranked #10 of 145 Hotels in Cusco
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“Modern furnishings in 300 yo building. Brilliant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

We only had time to stay here 1 night. I hated to leave the next day. What a fantastic gem. We arrived back from Machu Picchu in the evening and the courtyard was all beautifully lit. We were checked into the hotel in our room. The room was incredible. High vaulted ceilings with 300 year old frescos still present. The bathroom alone was the size of a hotel room. Beautiful soaking tub and wonferful bath products. I felt like I was in a fairy tail when in the room. You must have breakfast in the beautiful courtyard. What a gem this property is. Only a couple of blocks from the main Plaza!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

I found out about this hotel in Travel & Leisure Magazine. It is quite a charming, small hotel 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. The street is quiet because it is narrow and the big buses can't get through. The rooms are decorated nicely and are very spacious. One thing that I did find a bit frustrating is that because the hotel only had a few guests the breakfast buffet was not open instead they served your breakfast in the restaurant or your room when you were ready but they wanted to know the tme the night before. It was an issue when you had tours planned but if you wanted to take it easy and not be on a schedule it was annoying. One other thing is that I would recommend an upstairs room as you can hear the people above you in a downstairs room due to the wood floors.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2010

My colleague and I had the pleasure of staying for 3 nights at Casa Cartagena recently while attending a work-related meeting, and what a pleasure it was! The location is superb, within easy walking distance to Plaza de Armas Square & Nazarenas Square & other major touristic sites & museums. We literally simply crossed the street for our fantastic dinner at MAP Cafe, and we had an easy 10-minute stroll to ChiCha de Gaston Acurio; Bistro 370 is only a few blocks away. Our LP Mastersuite is absolutely and positively immense, with a spacious sitting area, a cavernous bedroom, and a light-filled and huge bathroom. The decor is a mix of mostly very sleek, clean, and bold modern design with thoughtlyfully placed and well-renovated historical details, including 2 balconies from the bedroom and bathroom (yes!) overlooking the well-sculpted interior courtyyard & garden. The bathroom, with a separate glass/tiled shower with a rainshower & a separate bath, is pure indulgence. Nightly turndown service came with sweet chocolates. (We stayed in an LP suite whille waiting for our room to be readied; it was just as enormous with the sybaritic bathroom, just without the sitting area.)

As if the gorgeous accommodation was not in itself sufficient reason for us to feel lucky,, it was the service that won us over with raves: personal, attentive, anticipatory. We estimated that the staff-to-guest ratio had to be at least 2 to 1! The breakfast buffet (included in the rates) was always fresh and elegantly presented; one's selection is placed on a tray, to be carried to your table by your own attendant. Over 3 days, our breakfast had plenty of variety: eggs cooked to order; other hot dishes included sweet and savory tamales-like morsels; roasted vegetables; sausages; pastries; fresh-cut fruits (including whole cherimoya and granadia, to be sliced and presented to us upon selection); fresh-squeezed/pressed fruit juices, etc., etc. What a way to begin one's day! In the evening, there were compimentary cocktails (pisco sour) and canapes, delivered to one's room or in the courtyard if one chooses to linger there. The hotel restaurant, La Chola, is quite good: very tasty but not greasy food. Their lawai soup was very nicely seasoned and spiced, and their lomo saltado was actually preferable to that at ChiCha -- with subtle spicy heat and fragrant with the red wine marinade!

The rates do include guests' use of their spa & wifi access.

Casa Cartagena may at first seem expensive, but we had colleagues who stayed at Hotel Libertador at a special business rate, and who, at about USD 70-80 less per night, also did not get the space, the personal attention, the civil and leisure breakfast, or the exquisitely eclectic ambiance. For us, the difference was way, way worth it. We will stay at Casa Cartagena again if we are in Cuzco again, even if we will be paying out of our pocket this next time!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

This is a awesome hotel: fantastic Italian design applied to an old Peru home. It is conveniently located in the center of Cuzco with a very nice staff. It provides free SPA and internet services. Certainly the right choice in Cuzco for the high end hotels.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

We just stayed at the Hotel Casa Cartagena as part of a trekking trip in Peru. It is an exquisite hotel that is both funky and modern while retaining a sense of its history. The rooms are spacious and lovely with lovely amenities. ( bathroom products in unusual test tube bottles!) The staff is warm and welcoming and extraordinarily friendly and helpful.

I would highly recommend this hotel particularly if you enjoy more personalized service. There are only 16 rooms and the hotel is overflowing with character while still being an upscale lodging.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2010

The hotel was very quiet in the evenings, and close to everything for day adventures. I don't do a lot of 5 star travelling, but could get very used to the hospitable service at Casa Cartegena. Enjoy your chocolate before bed, and relax in the hyrdro therapy pool.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

What a place!

Walking into that courtyard, lounging next to the giant white ball... so good

Attentive breakfast staff well exceeded expectations. Spa staff turned on steam room after hours upon request. Loved the little yoga room. Beds and rooms were luxurious.

A conversation error in terms of what I paid on my credit card was noted by a front office manager and I was tracked down in the street AFTER checking out and presented with a $50 U.S. bill in an envelope (the difference in the mistake).

Fantastic hospitality - highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Pumacurco 336 | Centro Historico, Cusco, Peru
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Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Cusco
#7 Luxury Hotel in Cusco
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cusco
#10 Family Hotel in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Cartagena CuscoHigh in the Peruvian Andes lies the historic city of Cuzco, famous for its unique blend of Spanish and Incan cultures. Located just off a tranquil square behind the main plaza of Cuzco, Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa Cusco emerges after years of restoration, which respected the original design of the historic house, to become one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in the city. Its walls of carved stone, which combines warmth, elegance and perfection, invite you to experience the fascinating magic and traditional mysticism that will transport you through time in this historic Spanish house declared a cultural heritage site of Peru.Its lovely atmosphere was built on an ancient Incan site, occupied by the ruling nobility of that time and from which it takes its name: Casa Cartagena, former property of the local Spanish ruler of Cuzco, Don Fernando Cartagena and Santa Cruz.This luxury hotel in Cuzco is an intimate refuge that has only sixteen spacious and comfortable suites, which perfectly blend the modern with the ancestral and luxury with the historical. The rooms are distributed symmetrically along a spacious patio of your dreams where time is suspended. It is located in the historic center of Cuzco, which was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.Recovery from an exhausting trip to Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley of the Incas with our Qoya Spa will be something truly unequalled. It can be perfectly complemented with a delicious dinner in our restaurant which offers the best of local cuisine, "La bodega de la Chola", where poet Pablo Neruda was inspired and Che Guevara shared bohemian nights; it is considered one of the best restaurants in Cuzco.All of these unique features of Casa Cartagena and our warm and personalized service will make your stay in Cuzco an experience you will never forget. ... more   less 
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