In planning for Cusco I checked several hotels. We chose Torre Dorada in part because they responded immediately to the email inquiry. Some of the big-name and center-square hotels in town didn't bother to respond AT ALL...those that did took days to reply.
The MAIN reason we settled on Torre Dorada was thanks to the many positive remarks in travel sites. The praise is deserved. And, we found they are as welcoming of gay and lesbian families as of any other guests.
Staying at Torre Dorada was like staying with friends. They are solicitous, extraordinarily helpful, and kind. The accommodations are excellent -- best pillows and best toilet paper found in all of Peru -- very comfortable, and extremely clean. Service, to tell the truth, was far, far superior to that of the Inkaterra luxury resort we stayed in at Machu Picchu.
I guess because Torre Dorada is a 30 minute walk from the center of town, they drive guests into town and pick you up again at no cost. (Taxis in the city limits are 2 soles each way, but we found in 2 out of 3 cab rides, we were asked to pay more, and we read many warnings about robberies by taxi drivers). Unlike other hotels found in Peru, they also pick up and drop off at the airport with no additional charges.
The only negative -- no fault of Torre Dorada -- was the cozy breakfast room the first day was taken over by a very loud-mouthed family of four, making it uncomfortable for the rest of the guests. Because of all the chaos they created, nobody asked on day 1 if we wanted eggs with breakfast, so we didn't find out 'till next day that eggs are made to order.
Unique Qualities: Unlike the big touristy hotels in the central square at Cuzco, the Torre Dorada is in a peaceful residential neighborhood. Easy to sleep at night: no drunks, no car horns, no loud tourists in the streets! When we later saw those big-name hotels downtown, we felt very fortunate we were staying at Torre Dorada, instead.
I understand Peggy designed the hotel herself. The photos on Torre Dorada's simple web site don't do it justice. As a design professional, I have to say she did a great job!
Another thing I noticed, as a designer, is that the hotel's first floor guest rooms would be good for senior travelers (no steps).
Finally, an interesting connection: we learned from our Manu guide that the father of the family running the hotel is considered "The father of Manu" National Park. Manu books say it’s almost entirely thanks to his efforts, over decades of work, that the park was set aside in the 1970's...leaving one of the world's best-kept pristine natural settings for us future generations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a quiet Residential area 10 minutes away from Main Plaza, Personalized and medical attention, We give advice on where to eat and tours in general according to your preference and we help you with any kind of problem that may arise during your stay in Cusco, airline and bus reservations, etc. We are your "home away from home" we provide FREE transportation to the Plaza, airport and bus terminals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torre Dorada Hotel
- Torre Dorada Cusco