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 centre of Cuzco.
Casa San Blas
Casa San Blas has an intimate size and a locally run feel that makes for a inviting and friendly stay within Cuzco. Set back from the main street, the hotel has a welcoming look from the outside that carries on as you step into the reception areas.
Most of the rooms are located towards the back of the hotel, and all are decorated in a simple and clean style with decorative touches of local artwork and handicrafts. The small terrace leading to some of the rooms offers superb views over the city. The location, character and value for money of the hotel make it a firm favourite.
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The hotel offers four room categories. We love the Junior Suite, which is really great value for money. Located towards the top of the hotel, it has excellent city views from a terrace balcony and features a queen size bed as well as its own sitting area. We also recommend the Suite Apartments on the uppermost floor, which offer panoramic views of the city from the terrace balcony and come complete with a well-equipped kitchenette. Some also feature a mezzanine level for the bedroom, which may not be to everyone's taste, so if this is an issue do let your specialist know. Depending on their layout they either contain two double beds and a sofa bed or a queen size bed and sofa bed.
Overlooking the internal courtyard, Standard rooms can be a little dark as this 200 year old house is built into the side of the hill, but the single or double beds are over two metres long.
The highest category is the Senior Suite, which is more like a small apartment and is found at the front of the hotel, with a balcony overlooking the cobbled streets. It has a queen size bed and full size kitchen with dining area.
All rooms and suites feature rustic furniture, cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a hair dryer. There may be noise from guests getting up early or arriving late to the hotel, especially in the Standard rooms and the Senior Suite, so it's advisable to pack earplugs.
A friendly place to stay in a convenient location (on a short but steep hill) close to many characterful shops and restaurants in San Blas, Cuzco's artistic district. There's a music school nearby that some clients have mentioned (noise 6.30am - 6pm); however, we feel this adds to the San Blas experience. The central square with its numerous attractions is only a short ten minute walk away.
Food and drink
The hotel offers breakfast at the front of the property, which is a buffet style offering a mixture of breads and fruit, but is quite simple. Hot options such as scrambled eggs are offered, but service can be a little slow on these. While we do get the odd comment that the breakfast room is a little small, this only seems to be at particularly busy periods, and you do have the option to enjoy the tables outside the front of the hotel.
A really quirky little hotel, with a very Peruvian atmosphere. The small terrace on the roof offers some of the best views of the city. The hotel can be a little noisy, but with a fantastic location in the heart of the city this is to be expected. All of Cuzco's main sites are easily accessed on foot, and San Blas itself is a wonderful place to explore and relax in during free time.
Cuzco tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
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 favourite 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.
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 favourite 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.
A perfect base from which to explore Cuzco, the comfortable and great value Tierra Viva Saphi is a short walk away from the bustling heart of the city, the Plaza de Armas.
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 colourful 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 centre.
In the small colonial village of Pisac, spend the morning exploring the colourful 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.