We stayed in the Aranwa for two nights and then one night either side of our trip to Machu Picchu. This hotel is amazing! Excellent location, a pleasant 5 minute walk from the main square. On arrival we were immediately ushered into a lounge area and given a cup of coca tea, while our bags were taken to our room.
Our deluxe room was cavernous with a huge chandelier, original colonial art on the ceiling, super-luxurious bathroom and giant enclosed terrace area looking out onto the street. They pump oxygen into the rooms to ease the effects of altitude - compared to other hotels we went on to stay in, this was a welcome addition that definitely helped us to sleep better. There is free wifi available in the rooms and throughout the hotel. We also utilised the hotel's DVD library one night.
The communal areas are beautiful, centred round a grand courtyard, which you overlook at breakfast. Breakfast was extensive and delicious, plus it's available from 5am to accommodate the early risers heading off to Machu Picchu. The bar area is very nicely decorated but was empty the whole time we were there, so we didn't use it.
Overall the service was impeccable - every staff member was super polite and helpful, though the hotel seemed quiet and there were always several guys just 'standing around'. We changed currency at the front desk with ease and stored our luggage there overnight whilst at Machu Picchu - upon our return it had already been transferred to our room (not as grand as the first but still fabulous).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury in the heart of the Inca city. Built on a completely restored 16th century manor. 43 oxygenated rooms, each with a unique feel and architecture surround the elaborate courtyards and lush inner gardens. Mestizo restaurant and tapas bar complete the gastronomic offer. Antique paintings from the Cuzco School, colonial carvings and sculptures with high cultural value line up the corridors, encompassing a design that brings back its grandeur and lets history speak for itself. ... more less
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