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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

This 16th Century Spanish-colonial mansion overlooking a plaza in arty, boho San Blas, is so steeped in history you can imagine a conquistador stepping out of the front door, sword in hand.

The house was built over the training ground for Inca officers; Diego de Almagro (the conqueror of Chile) and Simón Bolívar – liberator of Spanish South America – are previous guests.

The original colonial brick masonry has been fully restored, baroque art adorns the walls, statues of saints sit on plinths next to modern sofas-to-sink-into in the lounge. The best rooms are the upper floor balcony suites overlooking the central atrium, with faux-antique furnishings and chunky wooden beds.

The spa is modest, but offers excellent massage treatments for guests who are feeling the altitude.

Surrounding area

It’s a perfect Cusco location, on a quiet square behind the cathedral. Arty San Blas – with its restaurants, art galleries and wonderful views – is a few blocks up the adjacent Calle Pumacurco. The Plaza de Armas is a block away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
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 types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

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A day in Cusco

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Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 1 day

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A small village on a mountain covered in yellow grasses, with mountains in the background

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Best for ages: 18+ | £4 | 3 days

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Town square and market with small church viewed from across the valley.

Chinchero village

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Salt terraces in the Andes mountain range

Maras Salt Pans

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Best for ages: 18+ | £1

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