The heart of the old Inca empire has a wealth of Inca ruins, Spanish treasures and historic architecture to explore.
This family-run small hotel set in a historic townhouse on a steep cobbled street in hilly San Blas is a great spot for a 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.
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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