We stayed several nights at El Balcon over the course of 2 weeks. The people there were extremely helpful, responding to every request. Their English was always adequate and far beyond our poor Spanish. One time we were able to store our rental car inside their one-space parking area. The road up to the hotel is narrow and one-way, coming down-hill, which challenged my driving skills. Our rooms on the upper floors gave wonderful views of the town of Cusco but the walk up the stairs were taxing due to us not being acclimatized to the elevation. On our arrival the hostess took us to the dining area and promptly brought us coca tea to help us deal with the elevation change from Lima. The hotel is walking distance from Plaza de Armas where there are an abundance of shops, restaurants, outfitters, etc. yet the area around the hotel is basic Peruvian. The hotel is also an antique in itself. I was often left wondering how the old architecture had been modified to make this such a cozy place to stay. We were able to store some of our luggage there on our trip to Machu Picchu. Lastly, the staff helped arrange our stay at El Albergue hotel near Machu Picchu. The courtyard has an abundance of flowers which led to the beginning of our bird list for Peru. El Balcon arranged for us to be picked up at the hotel and be brought there, and they arranged the taxi for our exit to the airport at the end of our trip. This is a perfect service for your entry into and exit from the Cusco area. I recommend El Balcon very strongly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located only three blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the city of Cusco, El Balcon has a commanding view of the entire city, cathedrals, churches, mountains and the Ausangate glacier. El Balcon is a renovated colonial Casona that dates back to the 1630s built atop the preceding Inca terraces. Inca stone work and colonial balustrades mesh harmoniously around terraced gardens creating an atmosphere that is beautiful, historic and authentically Peruvian. Some of our amenities and services include free airport transportation, complimentary hot breakfast and buffet, laundry, and free yoga classes. We are happy to help with any travel arrangements so that our guests can experience the best that Cusco and the Sacred Valley has to offer. At El Balcon we strive to provide our guests with the highest level of hospitality so that they have all they need to feel comfortable at our family establishment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balcon Hotel Cusco