I stayed at Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza for 5 nights in late January. It is a small hotel literally just a few steps away from the Plaza de Armas. The location is really as good as it gets. The hotel is inexpensive, but you wouldn't know it from the high level of service you get. When you arrive in Cusco, a welcoming airport pickup is included as part of the hotel package. By the time you get to the hotel, you may feel a little winded, light-headed, possibly even with heart racing, as a result of the high Andean altitude. Not to worry -- the hotel provides an endless supply of free coca tea and tea leaves, which really help you through the rough spots. Also, for such a small hotel (only ~20 rooms), Tierra Viva has a surprising amount of open "comfort" space: cozy couches and chairs in multiple lobbies, as well as a beautiful terrace that overlooks the city, where you can just sit and relax, while you sip your tea and adjust to the altitude. I've been in hotels 10x the size with less space in the shared area, so this was an extremely welcome surprise. Especially when traveling with friends, I find these open areas to be extremely underrated... you need a place where you can just chill out, and Tierra Viva provides it. The breakfast -- also included -- is excellent. What's amazing is it is provided for several hours a day, in a small hotel with only 20 guest rooms, and yet it is still so plentiful... eggs, breads and rolls, sausage or bacon, cereals, tons of fresh fruit and juices, and coffee... very impressive. They also have a free business center which will be important for some travelers.
My room was very nice, quite a good value, and it had all the things I needed. One issue that I'd like to mention is the size of the bed... I'm 6'2", and unfortunately, the "queen size" bed that I was expecting wasn't really queen size, at least the way I understand the term in the USA... I know this because I didn't really fit on the bed. So I slept diagonally. I can't really complain, because otherwise, the room was very comfortable. Housekeeping comes twice a day, and leaves a chocolate on your pillow before bedtime, a nice touch that I did not forget. Laundry services are very reasonably priced, another pleasant surprise.
The staff at Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza is especially helpful and nice. They really help to make your experience a memorable one. They also help make suggestions and even to plan and set up your trip beyond Cusco proper, into the Sacred Valley and then on to Machu Picchu. It is now February, and I'm back at work, and in between tasks, I can't help but think fondly back on those unforgettable hours on the terrace at Tierra Viva, sipping coca tea and looking down at the plaza in the morning sun. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza owes its name to the nearby “Plaza de Armas” of Cuzco. It is located only 15 meters from the square via a cobblestone street which separates downtown from the beautiful colonial house in which this stunning hotel is located.Steeped in history, this colonial house once served as home to the family of the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.This beautiful historic building has 20 comfortable rooms and a rest area consisting of a dream patio with wood veneers, illuminated by a beautiful dome that captures the most beautiful sunrises of Cuzco offering magical nights of relaxation.Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza offers a place to rest, and is the ideal place to start and recover from the wonders of a day exploring the magical city of Cusco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza Hotel Cusco