Built as a monastery in 1592 and converted in 1995 into a beautiful hotel, the Monasterio is a haven of peace and elegance in the center of Cuzco.
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Situated 500 meters from the center of Cuzco, this small boutique hotel is a good value base for your time in the city. Remodeled from a 17th century colonial building made of adobe, the property offers plenty of character, with a stone fountain creating a relaxing ambiance to the courtyard seating area.
The hotel's rooms are located around indoor patios and have pleasant finishing touches such as alpaca throws, original artwork and handmade soaps and come well equipped with modern amenities. Their large windows present wonderful views of the Peruvian highlands.
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The hotel has three different rooms categories. Each room is comfortably furnished, includes a private en-suite bathroom and offers a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Cuzco. Standard and Superior rooms offer either twin beds or a king size bed, a TV and Wi-Fi access. The Superior rooms offer a more spacious stay than the Standard rooms, but those seeking an even larger option could consider the Suite, which has its own living area. All rooms are decorated in a simple, bright style, with touches such as local artworks adorning the walls.
Turning left out of the hotel, a straight ten minute walk takes you to the Plaza de Armas. This square is the focal point of the city, and a great example of the architecture and history the city has to offer Throughout the day and night this square bustles with life and activity and many of our favorite restaurants and cafes are easily accessible from the hotel, although you may find you wish to take a taxi back in the evening.
Food and drink
Breakfast is included in the hotel, and is a simple yet plentiful spread, ideal for filling you up before a day of exploring. The breakfast room is quite small, but service is friendly and quick. There are no provisions for meals outside of breakfast at the hotel, however the variety and quality of Cuzco's restaurants means this is no problem as eating out is such a treat! The hotel's staff will be happy to recommend their favorite places to eat in the area.
Facilities and activities
The property offers a laundry service, currency exchange and complimentary oxygen if required. Guests arriving by air can also benefit from free transportation to the hotel.
A great value base from which to explore Cuzco. Rooms are simple but the touches of local artwork and handicrafts, as well as the friendly service, makes this a really welcoming place to stay and definitely one of our favorite hotels in the city.
Cuzco tour ideas
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Set in a tranquil plaza close to Cuzco's main square, this former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels.
One of the new luxury hotels to open in Cuzco, the Casa Cartagena offers space and comfort creating an atmosphere unique in its style.
Situated halfway between the heart of Cuzco's San Blas district and the main square, Casa San Blas is a small, friendly hotel set in an 18th century adobe house.
Just a five minute walk from Cuzco's main square, the El Mercado is proud of its heritage as part of the city's old farmers' market. The modern decor is contrasted with objects from local life that reflect its past.
Built on the foundations of the "Aclla Huasi" (home of the chosen virgins of the Incas), and with some of the original Inca walls still remaining, the Hotel Libertador has a fine mix of Inca and Spanish colonial style and architecture.
One of our favorite hotels in Peru, La Casona is a beautifully restored colonial house that offers a superb boutique service. Located on the Plaza de Nazarenas, the hotel sits right in the heart of colonial Cuzco.
This historical hotel was once the home of an important Spanish merchant, and prior to that was at the heart of the Incan capital.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
During your day of exploration, you visit the colorful local market in the town of Chinchero. This is one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, and you will be surrounded by locals in their traditional dress all buying and selling their produce.
A half-day tour of the city and nearby Inca ruins begins at Koricancha, which was the Inca’s sumptuous Temple of Sun before becoming the Spaniard’s Santo Domingo church.
The trail takes you through small hamlets and affords stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac below. The trail climbs steadily to a pass at 4200m, beyond which you will descend to a beautiful canyon, where a picnic lunch is served.
Visit the Maras salt pans, the experimental agricultural terraces of Moray and the remnants of Ollantaytambo, once an important Inca administrative center.
In the small colonial village of Pisac, spend the morning exploring the colorful Indian market, with its wide variety of textiles and ceramics.
Today will take you above Cuzco to the Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River to raft on class III-IV rapids. Here the river is much cleaner and more fun than in the lower sections, and no previous experience is necessary.