Best Hotels in Cusco
It’s a well-known fact that a hotel can really make or break a holiday. After spending hours traveling by plane, train, bus or taxi, the only things you want to do are sink into a soft bed and recuperate for a few hours before heading out to explore whatever new destination you have decided to visit – which, in this case, is Cusco. Cusco is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world thanks to its proximity to the world famous Machu Picchu and the plethora of cultural and spiritual activities it boasts. With so many visitors coming and going throughout the year, you can be sure Cusco offers a huge range of accommodation to fit every budget – but we are just going to focus on the nicest ones. Without further ado, here are our top picks for best hotels in Cusco.
1. Palacio del Inka
Located right in the heart of Cusco’s historic centre, the Palacio del Inka is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and part of the Libertador Hotels. The interior décor has been perfectly designed with just enough colour to brighten up the building but not so much that it’s obnoxious, making wandering through the hotel a treat for all the senses. The opulent rooms are fully equipped with everything you might need and offer the highest level of comfort. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar but there are also plenty of external options nearby.
2. Inkaterra La Casona
Situated right next to the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, this fabulous hotel is within walking distance of everything in Cusco, including countless restaurants, bars, shops, spas and buildings of note. The main part of the hotel consists of beautiful stone detail surrounding a quaint courtyard and is perfect for relaxing with a book after a hectic day in the city. Originally a 16th century manor house, La Casona has been renovated for tourists and now boasts 11 breathtaking suites complete with ensuite, colonial furniture and heated floor.
3. Maytaq Wasin
Consisting on 24 gorgeous rooms, this boutique hotel is a fantastic gem just a stone’s throw from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. The hotel provides every modern amenity required for the perfect stay and treats all of its guests to a sumptuous breakfast buffet. The good food doesn’t end with breakfast though. Attached to the hotel is the restaurant MUTU, which serves an array of gourmet meals, many being a modern take on traditional Peruvian fare. You might also want to take advantage of the rooftop terrace and its incredible vistas.
4. Belmond Hotel Monasterio
This hotel sets the bar pretty high for comfort and luxury in Cusco. Encircling a delightful courtyard filled with flowerbeds and garden chairs, the hotel is easy on the eyes from its colonial décor to its extravagant rooms. When it comes to the rooms, guests will feel spoiled rotten by the luxurious beds, the stunning artwork hanging from the walls and the tastefully designed marble en suites. The hotel has its own fine dining options that are certainly worth taking advantage of and is also within close proximity of numerous other eateries.
5. Andean Wings
If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to stay during your time in Cusco then the Andean Wings Boutique Hotel might just be the ideal spot. Each of its 17 rooms has been individually designed with style and character to make you feel like you’re staying in a regal manor rather than just any old hotel. Every morning, you can feast on a traditional Andean breakfast on their beautiful patio before heading out for the day. They also provide oxygen to those who are struggling to acclimatise to the altitude.
6. Palacio Nazarenas
Tucked into a former palace just behind Cusco’s main square, this five-star hotel is just a few minutes walk from many of the city’s most popular attractions and offers exactly the level of service you would expect when staying in a palace. Every stay is guaranteed to be nothing short of perfect in this luxury hotel, where you can find ultimate relaxation in the spa, bar, pool, gazing out at the incredible mountain views from your room, or by taking advantage of the 24-hour butler service. Stretch out upon 4-poster beds in the stately rooms, or enjoy a suite with a separate living area and private balcony. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, all guests are invited to participate in yoga classes and salsa lessons, free of charge. A stay in Palacio Nazarenas is sure to rival any of the world’s finest hotels.
7. El Mercado
Charming, cozy and offering the perfect fusion of modern and Andean design, El Mercado Hotel is a memorable boutique hotel in the heart of Cusco. Less than a ten-minute walk from the central square, this four-star superior hotel sits in a colonial-style building, complete with a seated terrace and gorgeous courtyard. Suites include living areas, fireplaces, and free-standing tubs for helping guests settle in after a long journey through the hills of Cusco, with in-room massage services also offered. Guests at El Mercado are always treated like family, with friendly and attentive service at all hours of the day.
8. Tierra Viva
Directly next to the center of Cusco and the Plaza de Armas, this remodeled colonial residence retains original architecture around a charming central courtyard. This comfort 3-star hotel is convenient, cozy, and has the feel of a B&B but the services and facilities you expect of a larger hotel, without sacrificing any modern comforts. Part of the reliable Tierra Viva chain, you can count on consistent service and professionalism here.
9. Rumi Punku
The beautiful Rumi Punku hotel is situated in the charming neighbourhood of San Blas, just minutes from Cusco’s famous Plaza de Armas. The property tastefully combines Spanish colonial architecture with ancient Incan influences but has all the comfort of a high-end, modern hotel. Each of the rooms has been elegantly designed with bright colours and windows that allow in plenty of natural light. The hotel also has its own spa and fitness centre and is surrounded by plenty of delicious eateries.
The stand out feature of this stunning, modern hotel is its delightful and romantic courtyard. Featuring comfortable seating areas, hanging plants and mood lighting, this space looks like it has waltzed right out of the pages of a fairy tale. Rooms are bright and breezy and come fully equipped with plush furniture and a whole range of modern amenities. When hunger strikes, guests are invited to make their way to the hotel’s restaurant, which serves an array of delicious local and Mediterranean dishes.