After reading all the reviews complaining about the noise at hotels near the main plaza in Cusco (Plaza de Armas), I looked for a hotel a little further away. Many previous reviews cited the Sonesta Hotel Cusco as modern and further away from the hustle and bustle.
The Sonesta feels like an hotel that has gone through renovations to bring it some modern touches. For example, most of the fixtures in the rooms feel old (like the bathtub) but have modern touches (like a curved shower rod). The room I had was not big but still comfortable. WiFi service was fine throughout the hotel.
Like most hotels in Cusco, breakfast was included. The food was okay. On one morning, they had it in one of the conference rooms, and the selection was limited. On another day, they had it in the restaurant, where there was a made-to-order egg/omelette station.
The service was pretty good. All the hotel staff that I interacted with were friendly and helpful. No complaints on this count.
The only thing is that the hotel is a little far from the main plaza, which at least meant that the neighborhood is relatively quiet. It is a slight uphill walk (but straightforward) down El Sol and takes a good 15 minutes. The neighborhood is relatively quiet, though. There is also a Mega supermarket diagonally across the street, which is helpful for stocking up on supplies. Also, it is close to the handicraft market and Wanchaq train station, which is where the PeruRail buses are temporarily leaving for Machu Picchu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sonesta Hotel Cusco is the best place to stay away from the bustle of downtown, we are welcoming you to share contemporary and modern facilities with the comfort that you deserve, our associated are oriented to provide you the best quality services, finally you can delight with our specific services that will make your experience in the magical city fantastic. We are committed to create solutions to your needs, exceeding your expectations and leave you happy, that's our goal thinking in you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Cusco
- Cusco Howard Johnson