We spent 3 nights at Encantada -- and what a wonderful stay. The boutique hotel is perched high on Cusco's hill, overlooking the city. Our balcony looked out on a spectacular view and each morning we were yet again overwhelmed by how lucky we were to be there.
The room was very clean, modern and comfortable. With a small bathroom with good hot water (which is a challenge in a lot of the sacred valley). The breakfast was delicious each day, a wide range of fruits, juices, yogurts, cereals, baked goods and freshly made egg dishes as well.
The lobby had a fireplace and seating area where we enjoyed an evening reading and drinking pisco sours before heading into town.
The Hotel is a little off the beaten path, which didn't bother me, but the street to get to the property is a bit dark in the evening, so I wouldn't have been comfortable walking alone.
We selected it, in large part, due to the location, as we didn't want to be down in the bustling tourist section of the town. If you're not prepared to do a lot of walking (and stair climbing) this might not be the place for you. We went to Cusco last on our trip, so the altitude no longer bothered us, but I could imagine you'd arrive to your room pretty breathless if this was your first stop on the trip.
The only set-back about the hotel were a little mishap where they didn't sent someone to the train station to pick us up, even though we'd arranged it -- a taxi driver at the station took us instead, but it made for a few challenging moments, as you always are told to call your own taxis rather than just hailing them (for safety). when we checked in, they didn't seem organized enough to realize the error -- but in the end no harm was done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The City of Cusco is the perfect starting point to explore some of the most fabulous sites in South America like the Sanctuary of Machupicchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Lake Titikaka. In the bohemian, artisan district of San Blas in Cusco lies our jewel, the Casa Boutique Spa ENCANTADA. The tasteful, modern construction, offers a lot of comfort and is surrounded by fantastic, flower filled gardens where you can relax between your tours with great views of the surrounding red tiled roofs and the city center. Away from the noisy streets of the center but only a few blocks from the main square, overlooking the city, Encantada is located in a privileged area, where you are in walking distance of the city's many churches and museums and close by the archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman. An enchanted place in the archaeological capital of South America.Services:Breakfast buffet (5.30-9.00 A.M.)Bar/CafeteriaBeautiful social areas: Panoramic Terras, spacious salon with fireplace and flower filled garden areas Spa with Jacuzzi and MassageWi-Fi and free Internet service220V and 110V current Safe depositLaundry serviceMedical attention and oxygen upon requestFree lugagge storageTourist information ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encantada Casa Botique Hotel Cusco