The Garden House has to be the most welcoming place that I have stayed in during my travels. First of all, this is not a Marriott, Sheraton or any other big hotel. It is a smaller hotel run by two sisters, Ceci and Doris, who speak english fluently and welcome you as if you are family staying at their home.
And although you are received with such warmth, they also take care of every little detail. Transport to and from the airport is included, they gave us with a courtesy cell phone in case of emergencies, provided dinner recommendations (that were spot on - highly recommend Limo) and arranged reservations and taxis. They also keep an oxygen tank on hand in case of altitude sickness, lent us a tour book and bug repellant for our trip to Machu Pichu and just generally took care of every need that we had. A fantastic breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal, eggs and bread awaits you every day. They even woke up early to ensure that had breakfast the day that we left for Machu Pichu...at 5:00 a.m. My only wish is that we had let them take care of more arrangements, as they were so accommodating and efficient (which I can hardly say for the 2 travel agents that we dealt with).
A couple of notes about the Garden House. This hotel is closer to the airport than downtown. It is not in an area that has much to see or eat (beyond pizza), so you will likely be taking a 20 minute taxi ride downtown to the Plaza de Armas for sightseeing and to eat. However, Cusco is very safe, the ride is about US$4 each way and is arranged by the hotel, so this was not an issue for us at all. As mentioned above, this is more of a larger house converted into a hotel. Breakfast is served in the kitchen or the dining room, which are the same size rooms as you would have in your own home. The two rooms we had were suites, with a sitting room and a second room with the bed, with a single bathroom that can be accessed from each room. Some suites have a queen in the sitting room, and three single beds in the back room. If you are looking for a big, formal hotel chain, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a nice, clean bed and breakfast style hotel with fantastic, friendly service, look no further.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful, quiet oasis in Cusco, with a very large garden and orchard to relax in. A refuge from the noise and bustle. You will find The Garden House an excellent base and a welcoming home to return to from your sightseeing of Machu Picchu and the Inca capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Garden House Hotel Cusco
- Garden Hotel Cusco
- The Garden Hotel