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El Retablo

Last updated: 05 January, 2024

This family-run small hotel set in a historic townhouse on a steep cobbled street in hilly San Blas is a great spot for quiet, cozy stay in one of Cusco’s up-and-coming arty neighbourhoods, with superb views 

San Blas is village-pretty: whitewashed buildings coloured with brightly-painted eaves, window-box flowers and old Spanish balconies look out over tiles and bell towers to central Cusco.

The hotel has genuine local character. Rooms and public spaces are painted in the Spanish-indigenous floral and organic rococo patterns of traditional Peruvian altarpieces, by San Blas artisans. Walls and beds are adorned with indigenous art.

There are bars and restaurants on the doorstep and the welcoming staff are genuinely helpful.

Surrounding area

The hotel overlooks a tiny, tranquil alley – squeezed between steep, cobbled Pumarco and Arco Iris streets, which rise in stepped, whitewashed houses to  Sacsayhuaman fort – which is about 10-minutes from the hotel. 

There are wonderful views from the Mirador de Plaza Sán Cristobal (next to an imposing Spanish church) a few minutes from the lobby.

And while the immediate surroundings are quiet and residential, there are cafes and restaurants within two hundred metres. The Plaza de Armas is about a 15-minute walk. 


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed