We booked this Hotel for six nights for the Cusco portion of our Peru Travels.
We felt the hotel location was perfect for our needs. It was located on a quieter street not far from the Plaza de Armas (less than a 10 minute walk). It is also in close proximity (considering) to the Saksaywaman Ruins (30 minute walk). We were also able to walk to most of the major museums and churches within a 30 minute span. Nearby there are plenty of restaurants, banks, and shopping.
The hotel itself small and intimate consisting of two floors, but no elevators. There are two courtyards with tables you can sit and have coffee in the mornings. The breakfast area was small but well kept. There was a wood burning fire place as well that they had going most of the time. It was nice to sit around this and have some tea or coffee in the evenings.
We booked the Superior Double Room which consisted of a comfortable kind size bed, an area to hang and store clothes, a desk and chair, as well as a round table with chairs. The room had high vaulted ceilings with a skylight which was a nice touch. The bathroom was nice (looked new) but basic. No tub, but a large shower, basin sink and lots of counter space. The rooms here do not have built in heating but they had a portable radiator heater. This was the only downfall of the stay as these heaters make the air very, very dry. There is also a small kettle in the room and some instant coffee and tea. Daily you get two free bottles of water as well. In the room there was free WIFI, however the connection was spotty. It was either slow, or it would drop a lot. It was good enough for us but if you need to be on it a lot it may be an issue. They do have two computers set up that are connected that guests can use that are much faster.
No complaints at all in regards to service. The staff were very friendly and always willing to help. When we arrived they went over the details and offered us some coco tea. Coco and mint tea is available all day in the small lobby area. Our rooms where cleaned daily without issue and as well there was turn down service.
The breakfast was basic. They had coffee, tea and juices. They had some sliced fruit as well as a fruit basket that had some very interesting and new fruits (to us anyways) that we experimented with daily. They had a few hot items like scrambled eggs and sausages. There was also some breads, pastries and Swiss chard pie. From time to time a staff member would come out and take orders of eggs if needed. If the hotel is busy we did find a few mornings we would have to wait for a table as the area is pretty small. You could always take the food to your room or to the courtyard if needed.
Overall we had an excellent time here and I would definitely recommend staying here.
- 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