My wife and I stayed here the week of Dec.11 thru Dec.18. First the location. Literally close to everything, only 1 block from the Plaza de Armas, the main square in Cuzco. Also directly in front of the hotel is a small, pretty little park.
Second, the hotel itself. They told us when we booked it that a buffet breakfast was included....we did not expect more than a few cold items. We were so wrong.....an excellent hot breakfast with great variety and an awesome omelette station. The lunch and dinner menu is simple but excellent with great sandwiches and appetizers, although we only ate there maybe 5 times, but all meals were excellent. When booked thru the website, airport transfers are also included, great service. The rooms we stayed in were in there brand new wing, with 30 new rooms, which were really nice, extremely clean, plenty of hot water and surrounded a beautiful courtyard, also great bathrooms. I peeked into thier "older" rooms and they were small and simple, but looked very clean. I was told that renovations on those rooms were beginning in 2007.
When you go on tours, Royal Inka Tours offered all the standard tours such as the Cuzco City Tour, the Sacred Valley Tour and of course the Machu Picchu Tour. I declined and tried to book everything on my own. BIG MISTAKE. First it is almost impossible to get anyone on the phone and if you do they barely speak English. Most do not accept credit cards, so you have no protection. I tried to book tours while I was down there and what you are promised is not what you get. Thank goodness I only booked the Cuzco City Tour....what a disaster.....the pick up was late, the tour was with a barely English speaking guide who barely could care if we were happy or not. When I got back to Royal Inka some other guests were also arriving from thier City Tour and looked really happy with thier tour and guide. I asked them where they booked it and of course they said with Royal Inka Tours at the same time they booked thier room. I immediately booked the Sacred Valley tour and Machu Picchu tour with Royal Inka and everything they promised was delivered and more, plus I could put everything on my credit card.
The Staff. One of the most genuine, helpful staffs I ever encountered. I have traveled to many great destinations and am convinced this staff could work in any of them. All speak English(plus several other languages) and all are very knowledgeable of the surrounding area, including restaurants and nightlife. I tipped them a couple of dollars here and there and it makes a HUGE difference, plus they deserve it.
I should also mention that Royal Inka has a great bar area with an incredible happy hour from 6PM to 8PM with 2 for 1 cocktails. Needless to say it is a great crowd every night and a great place to share stories with travelers from all over the U.S. Europe and Asia. Met great new friends.
All in all it was a great trip with great tours, beautiful history and an excellent hotel with awesome services. I highly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Inka i Cusco
- Royal Inka i Hotel Cusco