I was attending the Amauta School in Cusco last summer to take part in the Spanish immersion courses offered there, and for the first week of classes my friend and I stayed elsewhere but walked (uphill!) past this hotel every day on our way to Amauta. For our second week there, we decided to switch accommodations to Tierra Viva, and never looked back! This hotel was a genuine blessing to us, not only because of its proximity to our school, but for many other reasons as well. It had a lot to offer when compared to our previous accommodations: comfortable beds and pillows, real 'hot' water (not just tepid), fluffy towels, and best of all, heat! While our internal calendars saw July as a North American summer month, the Peruvian winter wasn't exactly what we were used to back in Texas!
The staff at Tierra Viva were extremely gracious at all times no matter which shift was working, carrying our monstrous luggage up and down the stairs when we checked in and out, and our room was 4 floors below the reception area so that impressed me a lot. I saw them doing this with every other guest on our floor as well. They always strove to meet our needs, whether it was an extra electric heater or a power converter for our electronics, and never made us feel as if we were an inconvenience. They answered numerous questions about Cusco and the surrounding area, and were extra helpful when deciding where to eat or what to do in the evenings, and called taxis for us as needed.
Breakfast was great every single day, with a mixture of the sorts of foods Americans are accustomed to as well as Peruvian staples. The dining room staff was just as friendly as the desk staff, and attempted to accommodate our every need.
Our room was excellent, and I had absolutely no complaints about anything in the entire hotel, which was beautifully decorated, vey spacious, and extremely clean. There were sitting areas scattered throughout with gathering room for several people at a time, and the free wifi worked great the whole week I was there. The bathroom was extremely well appointed, and as I already mentioned, the hot water felt great after long cold days out and about.
If I ever go back to Cusco, this hotel will definitely be where I stay!
- 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