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The El Mercado is unassuming from the outside, but stepping over the threshold you find yourself standing on the stone flags of a courtyard where Cuzco's farmers once traded, and throughout the property you'll find characterful touches that remind you of its past, such as as the traditional hats that line the walls of the lobby, and the central courtyard itself, which is overlooked by each of the hotel's rooms over wooden balustrades. The rooms span three floors and offer a comfortable retreat from Cuzco's bustling streets.

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Rooms

The hotel offers three room categories. The smallest, but which still offer ample space, are the Superior rooms. Next in size are the Junior Suites, and there is also one Suite. Superior rooms and Junior Suites offer twin beds or a king size bed, with the latter also boasting cosy fireplaces, while the Suite accommodates either a king size bed or two double beds and a large separate bathroom. All rooms include a private bathroom, smart TV and Wi-Fi connection.

Please note: the layout of the some of the rooms may not appeal to all, as part of the bathroom is open to the bedroom, but still offers privacy. For full details please speak to your specialist.

Location

Walk for five minutes from El Mercado along an attractive street lined with traditional colonial houses and you'll find yourself at the Plaza de Armas, the main square in the heart of Cuzco. Many of our favourite restaurants and cafes are either on or just off the plaza, which is the focal point of city life in the day and evening.

Food and Drink

A buffet breakfast of home-cooked hot and cold dishes is served in the hotel's central courtyard or under the surrounding canopy. You can also order freshly squeezed blends of locally grown fruits from the juice bar. The La Taberna bar provides light lunches and evening tapas, along with specialty cocktails. As there is no restaurant for evening meals, the staff will point you to one of the numerous great restaurants in Cuzco.

Our opinion

A charming hotel with quirky little touches, such as a fruit juice lady at the breakfast buffet. Staying here, you never hear the noise of the city yet you're right in the heart of Cuzco.

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    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.

    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.