I stumbled upon this hotel while searching for something in the tough-to-find compromise between 5-star luxury ($$$$) and low-rent hostel ($/2). Cusco has a lot to offer to people from all walks, however the hotels for the most part seem to fall into one of those two polar opposite categories. Andean Wings is a large Spanish colonial house converted to a charming boutique hotel. This is not a typical hotel. But if you enjoy off-the-beaten-path, like I do, look no further.
It features nice, locally decorated rooms with private baths, a beautiful botanic covered courtyard dining area, and a cozy cafe/bar with fireplace where we enjoyed coffee, coca tea, or local beers while we mingled with the staff and other gringos. We met honeymooners and another couple traveling on business like us. It's a safe, 3-minute walk to Cusco's Plaza de Armas, which features several great dining spots (Medio del Calle & Inka Gril to name two) and a 5 minute walk to artsy San Blas.
My wife and I enjoyed 3 nights here while I was in Peru for work (and some play.) The staff was over-the-top accommodating- which isn't really my style. But I quickly learned is the norm in Cusco and surrounding areas. Staff was also eager to educate and assist with coordinating transportation for tours and work- including successfully tracking down my driver when my cell phone was left in a taxi! WiFi was a little flaky, but got the job done. I would love to return to Cusco for several days to explore more. If I do, I will definitely stay at Andean Wings again. PS- Spring for a suite, it's worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Andean Wings Boutique Hotel is a charming and majestic boutique hotel where the perfect mixture of style, harmony and top-of-the-line aesthetics blend. Located in a renovated 16th century Spanish colonial house, it lies just two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, the true heart of the Peruvian Andes. We provide all the amenities of a five-star hotel combined with the modern concept of a Boutique Hotel, promising personalized services, uniquely decorated rooms full of antiques and original works of art - simple, yet luxurious pleasures for our guests. Our objective is to offer our visitors a warm and welcoming stay which surpasses most other hotels in the area and thereby complimenting their travels in Peru. Try our menu at Mandela's Restaurant & Tapas Bar, located in the hotel's colonial courtyard, a cuisine created to delight the most discerning of palates. We offer a fabulous repertoire of International-Peruvian Fusion Cuisine using the highest culinary techniques in the world - try our exquisite Lomo Saltado and our famous Grilled Trout accompanied with Yellow Pepper Risotto, or enjoy our new Cusquenian flag cocktail, the Tic'aPukalla'c, a unique beverage that simply defines freshness and flavor! ... more less
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