We stayed here for 4 days prior to our Inca Trail hike.
The location was convenient, less than a block from Plaza de Armas. It is also along the path up to Sacsayhuaman. The rooms are not large, but they are cozy and decently comfortable. In acse it gets cold, there is a small room heater, and there is also a TV with channels in spanish....in addition to english, japanese and chinese. We stayed on the bottom floor (1) whereas the lobby was on 4, so it was quiet and we didn't have any issues with noise from the streets. Its difficult to climb all the stairs on first arrival (4 flights from room to entrance) but by day 3 or 4, we had gotten used to it. Good practice for Inca Trail?
Coca tea is available near the lobby all the time, great for first arrival, and just grabbing a cup as you go by. Breakfast is from 5-10AM, buffet style and has a good selection. It includes hot items like scrambled eggs, tamales, and sausages, as well cold items like yogurt, fruit, cereal. And of course there is coffee.
The complimentary airport pickup was great--people usually haven't figured out expected costs on first arrival and this saves travelers from having to haggle and figure out taxi rates.
Due to our very early departure for the Inca Trail, we were not able to enjoy breakfast, but they did pack a brownbag breakfast to-go to accommodate, which I think is great, although I wasn't a big fan of what they packed for me. If I had packed it myself I would have packed different things, and I would suggest for the picky eaters if they are in this situation, to take a look at whats typically available at breakfast and make 1-2 requests if there are certain things you want to eat in your packed bag.
The laundry service we used here was reasonable. My husband and I had a couple days of clothes washed for $14 USD, and if you get the laundry to them before 10AM, you will receive it back that evening by 7PM.
The best part I appreciated, besides them holding the luggage for us, was transferring our luggage to our next hotel when we returned from the Inca Trail. Due to the hotel being full, I had to stay at Tierra Viva Saphi when I returned. The Cusco Plaza location gave us luggage claim tags and had delivered our bags to the Saphi hotel so that we didn't have to drag the bags up several blocks ourselves when we returned exhausted from our 4-day hike, what a relief.
My main complaint, which has nothing to do with the wonderful staff, is actually the design of the shower stall in the room. When we showered the 1st 2 nights, water got ALL OVER the bathroom floor. Enough that it wouldn't dry on its own and completely soaked through the bathroom floor mat--its not pleasant going to the bathroom at night and having to step in cold water just to use the toilet. We eventually noticed, at least in our particular room, there is a ledge on both sides of the shower that slopes down towards the bathroom floor. I don't care how you pull that shower curtain, if the stall is not designed to keep water flowing back into the stall, the curtains can only do so much before water is going to make its way to the bathroom floor. We are engineers, yes we sat down and evaluated the design of a shower stall that bothered us. The good thing is that housekeeping will wipe up the water--unfortunately my husband and I do not actually like to use housekeeping on a daily basis so some days we dealt with a cold wet floor. This minor nuisance aside, I would still strongly recommend this hotel; it has location, service, convenience and comfort going for it.
- Also Known As:
- Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza Hotel
- Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza Hotel Cusco
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza owes its name to the nearby “Plaza de Armas” of Cuzco. It is located only 15 meters from the square via a cobblestone street which separates downtown from the beautiful colonial house in which this stunning hotel is located.Steeped in history, this colonial house once served as home to the family of the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.This beautiful historic building has 20 comfortable rooms and a rest area consisting of a dream patio with wood veneers, illuminated by a beautiful dome that captures the most beautiful sunrises of Cuzco offering magical nights of relaxation.Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza offers a place to rest, and is the ideal place to start and recover from the wonders of a day exploring the magical city of Cusco. ... more less
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