I treated my wife to a surprise 1st wedding anniversary here at the Encantada. I went for the 'Matrimonial package', which although not cheap (at $310) was actually outstanding value for an unforgettable 24-hr stay with everything that was included (see below). We are a young couple, and we would never dream of spending this much money on ourselves normally... but it was worth every penny - we had an amazing time.
The Hotel itself is spotlessly clean, and has a beautiful atrium, complete with spiral staircase that leads to all four floors. The girls at reception were incredibly professional. Our transfer from the airport was included, and we were quickly shown our room.
Although initially attracted to the rooms with balconies, we chose the No.2 Garden room, and it was gorgeous. 'Swan' towels on the bed, fabulously powerful and hot shower. Great after a week's trekking in the Cordillera Blanca. We really wanted to stay in this San Blas area, and were glad that we did - the little streets are very pretty and the views are incredible. There is a small terraced garden just outside our room to the front of the hotel - a real sun-trap, and we wished we'd had more time just to sit on the benches here and drink in the views. The walk down to the main square is fun, although quite steep on the way back up!
Our spa package (included) started in the late afternoon. The spa is right at the top of the hotel - and actually overlooks the city. Most beautiful spa in Peru? Possibly. We had an great side-by-side massage for an hour, then were left to enjoy the private jacuzzi for an hour, again with wonderful views of the city as the evening closed in.
After this, we had a champagne dinner (again, included in the package). The hotel has a restaurant on the ground floor, but the really special thing about this package is that they will serve your meal to you on the upper terrace, with panoramic views of Cusco. We were a bit worried about it being a bit chilly, but they provided blankets and even a gas heater, which kept us nice and toasty. The food was great, and I cannot imagine a more romantic place to have a meal in all of Cusco. Magical. Utterly magical.
Returning to our room, we found that a hot-water bottle had been left in our bed. A nice touch.
All in all, this is a very, very nice mid-range price, top-range quality Hotel. And the packages are a real treat. We recommend without hesitation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The City of Cusco is the perfect starting point to explore some of the most fabulous sites in South America like the Sanctuary of Machupicchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Lake Titikaka. In the bohemian, artisan district of San Blas in Cusco lies our jewel, the Casa Boutique Spa ENCANTADA. The tasteful, modern construction, offers a lot of comfort and is surrounded by fantastic, flower filled gardens where you can relax between your tours with great views of the surrounding red tiled roofs and the city center. Away from the noisy streets of the center but only a few blocks from the main square, overlooking the city, Encantada is located in a privileged area, where you are in walking distance of the city's many churches and museums and close by the archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman. An enchanted place in the archaeological capital of South America.Services:Breakfast buffet (5.30-9.00 A.M.)Bar/CafeteriaBeautiful social areas: Panoramic Terras, spacious salon with fireplace and flower filled garden areas Spa with Jacuzzi and MassageWi-Fi and free Internet service220V and 110V current Safe depositLaundry serviceMedical attention and oxygen upon requestFree lugagge storageTourist information ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encantada Casa Botique Hotel Cusco