This room in this hotel rivals many of the five star hotels we have stayed in. No extras like gyms, pools, fancy restaurants, but everything needed for a very comfortable stay, in a location that cannot be beat.
We stayed in the suite with a balcony overlooking Plaza. The room was very spacious, well furnished with chairs and sofa, a comfortable bed, a safe and everything needed for very enjoyable four night stay. It is the perfect location for exploring the historic distric of Cusco and the San Blas area - we could walk everywhere. The room is surprisngly quiet given it overlooks the Plaza de Armas We enjoyed watching all the activity on the plaza - with a glass of wine in the afternoon and an early cup of coffee in the morning. On the Sunday morning we witnessed a special celebration with the military parades and the representatives from all the regional pueblos in native dress, dancing as part of the parade to the music of the "folk band". Another incredible morning!!
The included breakfasts provided a reasonable assortment of food, with good bread and fresh fruit. There are lots of good restaurants close by (especially Inka Grill on the Plaza), some small stores for buying water and snacks within the block and the tourist Information (IPeru) is kitty-corner across the plaza. We felt very safe wandering around the areas in the city center and through the picturesque and historical streets of the San Blas areas.
All the hotel staff were unfailingly professional and very helpful. They recommended several restaurants. Best, Maruja at the reception desk arranged for a private car and driver with an exceptional English speaking guide, Paul, for two days, to take trips to temples and ruins outside the city (Sacsayhuaman and close by sites with half day to Pisac on one day and Tipon, Pikillacta and Rumicolca on another day). These days were not cheap but worth were every penny. We hiked more sites, visited more temples and ruins and these trips, with all of the information provided by this wonderful guide, gave us a much better perspecive of Peru - its history and cultures. And having a private car and driver alowed us to tailor trips and times to our needs and to avoid crowds of tourists.
Special thanks to Maruja Quispe at the reception. She was always very friendly, very professional and extremely helpful to us and Especially - helped us to catch our Inka Express bus when we had confused our ticket dates. It saved our day!!!
We do recommend taking the open air bus tour of the historic center as it gives a good orientation to Cusco. Catch it on the Plaza de Armas.
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