We stayed here for one night after our 4-day Inca Trail hike. It was about 3 blocks from Plaza De Armas. About a 10 minute walk. It is not a bad walk but I did wish it was maybe 1-2 blocks closer to the main square.
After the Inca Trail, the room here was pure heaven. Alot more spacious than the room we had at the Cusco Plaza hotel, and the bed was humongous, like a california king bed. The bathrooms were also newer looking and the shower was big--and the water jets from the showerhead was so relaxing. Plenty of space and comfort. I guess this is the extras you get for walking the extra 1-2 blocks. I have zero complaints about the room--it was fantastic.
The buffet style breakfast was the same selection as the Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza and is also 5-10AM--hot foods like scrambled eggs, tamales, sausages, and cold items like fruit, cold cuts, yogurt, cereal. A good mix for complimentary breakfast. One difference I did note was that while the Cusco Plaza location truly kept serving breakfast until 10AM (even at 9:45 items were being refilled), when we arrived at breakfast at the Saphi hotel location between 9:15-9:30, there were no more plates or glasses, hot foods were pretty much gone and things weren't being refilled anymore. We had to ask the staff to bring out plates and cups for us. This wasn't a huge deal to us, but just something to note for future visitors--get there a bit earlier.
After certain hours you need to use the doorbell to get into the hotel. This was a bit awkward for us. We had stayed out for dancing at Ukuku's and when we tried to get back in, there was a bit of a communication issue with the lady answering the bell. She kept asking for our room number...which I must have repeated about 6 times but I guess she did not understand--not sure if it was how I was saying the numbers or if the intercom had too much static. And then she started speaking to us in Spanish which we regretfully could not understand. After several minutes of standing outside trying to tell her what room we were guests in, we were let in. On one hand I'm glad there is security...on the other hand...how to avoid this awkward communication?
Since we had a late departure, the hotel was helpful in holding on to our larger bags until we needed to head to the airport. They even pointed us to their lobby restrooms in case we need to use it, and arranged our taxi to the airport for us (which helps ensure we didn't get ripped off). The 24 hour coca tea by the lobby desk is always a plus. I would recommend this hotel overall. Other than a 1-2 minor awkward points, this hotel was extremely comfortable, a decent location, and the staff is helpful when you request assistance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel in Cusco is located in what used to be an elegant colonial residence. Throughout the hotel you’ll find a charming contrast between this imperial city’s rich history and modern convenience and comfort. Our spacious rooms are an invitation to rest, offering the ideal place to refuel and start a new day of exploration and discovery. As was characteristic in large colonial residences, our hotel has two interior patios where our guests can relax during a sunny afternoon or enjoy a soft breeze at the end of the day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi Hotel Cusco