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Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #4 of 162 Hotels in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence
Livermore, California
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66 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
“An Amazing Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

The Hotel has an excellent location & is on a quiet street close to the main square, San Blas neighborhood and other Cusco’s attractions. The property is awesome inside and outside. The courtyard facing the rooms is a value added with a great atmosphere. I personally fell in love with the decoration of the hotel! The colonial building is decorated with a modern touch and it has an artistic flair. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings, modern furniture, comfortable beds and very nice bathrooms. We also had a balcony overlooking the courtyard, which was very nice indeed. WiFi signal was surprisingly strong! The breakfast buffet was excellent; with a great selection of traditional Peruvian food and international dishes. The spa is charming, inspired to the Inca culture and it has an interesting list of treatments, with steam bath, hydro-massage pool and a nice view of San Blas neighborhood. The relaxing massage I had was wonderful, I still can remember it! Staff is extremely helpful and kind. Front desk people were always very professional and eager to solve any kind of issues and to give any kind of tips on what to do, where to eat, and where to shop in Cusco. It was without doubt an amazing experience and I would certainly stay here again!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank PSchicke
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Portola Valley, California
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

I chose to stay here a night before hiking on the Salkantay Trek. It was a wonderful place to rest. I was greeted with papaya juice and coca tea. My room was a suite with a huge comfortable bed with crisp white sheets. The bath was big enough to lie in and soak. There was also a large shower and big wash basin.

I enjoyed the spa and steam room. For dinner I had tapas potatoes - an enormous plate for one - but just what I needed to load me with carbs. The breakfast had lovely fresh bread, muffins and croissants. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to enjoy the rest of the delightful fare. The hotel offered to make me a packed breakfast or lunch, as I had to leave early for my trek - but I didn't take it because we were getting breakfast on the trek.

The hotel is near the center of Cusco, handy for museums, craft shops and churches.

All the staff were extremely helpful and considerate. I started my trek, relaxed and healthy.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

We were here on 2 occasions 1st for 2 nights I had altitude sickness so we stayed at the hotel for the 1st day . The staff were very attentive with coca tea and lovely smiles we ate at the restaurant the food was nice but I would have liked some more choices I don't like chilli .I am gluten intolerant so I do find it hard so no fault to them .Mane was wonderful he brought vegetables & dip before our meal because I couldn't eat bread , very nice thought , we had a small band to listen to while eating . It made you feel special .we left to go to Machupiccu then came back they kept the account open till we returned .I love the Pisco Sour lesson and canapés each night a wonderful say thank you

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ElaineJJ49
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Surrey, Canada
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights, along with another couple. We had rooms facing the courtyard, on the main level and one with 2 rooms and a balcony on the second floor. Outside our room, we were treated to the sight of the Giant Hummingbird (robin size) on several occasions, as the hotel has a nice flower garden in the courtyard. The rooms were spacious and had a modern decor. The bathroom had a large shower, bathtub and vanity area. Warning - make sure you use the correct voltage plug. Our friends and my husband fried an electric toothbrush while trying to charge it.
The little things that mattered: pisco sours and other variations each night, an opportunity to learn how to make them, appies to go with the drink and a special staff member named Julie. Julie taught us how to make the drinks, saw us arrive after a day of touring and delivered a drink and appetizer to our room a few minutes later, served us in the dining room when we ate dinner there and always had a ready smile to go with her enjoyable personality. She made us feel special and helped to create our pleasant memories.

It's almost a year later and we still fondly remember our stay and Julie. We are returning to Peru next April and intend on staying at Casa Caragena again. I can't comment on the value of the property, as our stay was arranged by Kuoda Travel but we feel that they chose well.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Karen S
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Edmonton, Canada
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39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

Impeccable service - perfect location on a quieter side street easily walkable to Cusco's busy main square - beautiful grounds - exciting design (every light fixture in the place is a stunner) - strong wifi - attentive service - a free cocktail from 7-10pm (which you may take in your room if you prefer) - coca tea on arrival - unobtrusive delivery of periodic "treats" (alfajores in the afternoon, canapes in the evening) - super comfortable bed with gorgeous sheets - thick fresh robes and constant towel replenishment - oxygen on demand - truly a perfect splurge.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank felix78901
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

Beautiful property inside and out. Room faced the courtyard which was very well kept. Rooms have been updated and are quite modern, yet the property itself still retains historic character. Our room itself was massive - large with high ceilings. Clean and comfortable. The washroom was very spacious and modern. Service at the hotel was very courteous and responsive. They had no problems responding to acclimatization issues - oxygen tank on hand, and oxygen pushed into room. Restaurant for breakfast was nice - enough variety, however dinner was average - would recommend going out. Excellent hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Div L
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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312 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

Stayed 2 weeks in Peru and this was the best place of all of our hotels. Great location. Room looked over inside patio that was excellently landscaped. Best breakfast we had in Peru. Fantastic service from check in to restaurant. Would stay there again and again. Fast internet. Very clean and modern bathrooms

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank twoscratchy
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Additional Information about Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Property: Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Address: Pumacurco 336 | Centro Historico, Cusco, Peru
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:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Cusco
#6 Business Hotel in Cusco
#6 Family Hotel in Cusco
#7 Romantic 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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