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“Great hotel with a family like atmosphere”
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El Balcon
Ranked #1 of 400 Cusco B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 April 2014

We stayed at the hotel for 4 nights. had a big room with a fantastic view and balcony. The Internet worked very well. The garden beautiful, and the staff made us feel at home. Breakfast was fine and the laundry service very cheap. We would like to return to this hotel!!

Room Tip: The room with the biggest balcony!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

What a find! Only 2.5 blocks from the plaza de armas, located on a quiet street, sits this gem of an Inn. Upon entering you find yourself in a garden oasis. Rooms look out to the garden and the view of the city below. We stayed 5 nights here in two different rooms. The rooms were well designed with tasteful touches. The beds were comfortable and we were give extra comforters to stay warm in the cold Cusco nights. There is also a space heater for use. The bathroom was spacious and supplied daily with new soaps, shampoo, and new towels. We spent evenings looking out over the city on the comfortable benches on the balcony. We could also see fireworks from there. Wifi also was fastest outside the room, working quickly and allowing us to easily use Skype to call home.

Breakfast was a daily highlight. Warm bread, eggs, cereal, yogurt, fruit, freshly squeezed juices, along with a selection of teas and coffee.

What made this Hotel/Inn stand out was how nice everyone was. They seemed genuinely happy to see us every day and were very helpful with all questions we had.

It was a pleasure to stay here and we were sad to go! I'd highly recommend staying here.

It's also worth noting the Hotel/Inn is near laundry shops, a new grocery store, and very close to the center of town.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank EricAndSarahSeattle
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Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

We traveled in Peru for a month. We really liked El Balcon, the rooms were rustic, and quaint. We booked in on a recommendation of some travellers we met in Iquitos. The room had a stellar balcony to watch the Sun come up. There is a great common area/room, open 24 hsr, with water,hot water for Coca tea, Coffee. The cocoa tea was especially helpful for my wife who got altitude sickness. El Balcon is a minutes walk to the El Centro, and is a quiet quaint hotel, and the walk is nice (there is a hill).

The staff were more than helpful, and we did our Machu Picchu tour with a tour company on site. Unfortunately the tour company booked us with a sketchy bus for our various tours that kept stopping at side stands to get us to buy stuff. This wouldn't be bad but it cut into our time for the exploration of the actual places we wanted to visit like the sacred Valley and a few others. They refunded our unused tours and apologised. We would probably book travel with them again but hire a private guide as the guides just grouped all the English speakers from all over into one super group (over 45 people) for one guide. Needless to say we didn't get to ask questions or learn much.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Matt G
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stumbled upon El Balcon and what a find it was! El Balcon has a rustic charm and the building surrounds a lovely little garden. We stayed in a second floor room which was very comfortable and had awesome views of the city right outside of our door. Also, they provide a full complimentary breakfast including eggs, juice, and fruit which was wonderful after many breakfasts of solely bread and marmalade. On top of it all, the staff was very friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank whitbul
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

This inn had the Peruvian charm of an old farmer's villa with a small courtyard, big wooden doors and log beams. My husband and I stayed in a double room for our five nights in Cusco, before and after our overnight trip to Machu Picchu. It was a little drafty, but the heater kept us really warm at night, and the bed had more than enough blankets to keep any girl warm. We did have to bring the heater to the bathroom in the morning, because it got really cold in there at night, but the shower was always warm.

The breakfast is freshly made with eggs, and there's coca tea all day long, which is really helpful for altitude sickness. The front desk was really helpful and gave us directions everywhere, and even told us that Saqsayhuaman was a walk away, granted with much climbing. The hotel is located at the top of a hill, which I have to admit was exhausting the first days while we were adjusting, and not recommended for those with trouble walking, but it was worth it for the view. We just called it practice for Machu Picchu. One thing that was extremely annoying was that it was cash only, and I had to go to the ATM to get some out, and paid far too much in fees. We got no warning that it would be cash only until we checked out. Luckily we had time to go to the bank before our flight to Lima.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

We stayed several nights at El Balcon over the course of 2 weeks. The people there were extremely helpful, responding to every request. Their English was always adequate and far beyond our poor Spanish. One time we were able to store our rental car inside their one-space parking area. The road up to the hotel is narrow and one-way, coming down-hill, which challenged my driving skills. Our rooms on the upper floors gave wonderful views of the town of Cusco but the walk up the stairs were taxing due to us not being acclimatized to the elevation. On our arrival the hostess took us to the dining area and promptly brought us coca tea to help us deal with the elevation change from Lima. The hotel is walking distance from Plaza de Armas where there are an abundance of shops, restaurants, outfitters, etc. yet the area around the hotel is basic Peruvian. The hotel is also an antique in itself. I was often left wondering how the old architecture had been modified to make this such a cozy place to stay. We were able to store some of our luggage there on our trip to Machu Picchu. Lastly, the staff helped arrange our stay at El Albergue hotel near Machu Picchu. The courtyard has an abundance of flowers which led to the beginning of our bird list for Peru. El Balcon arranged for us to be picked up at the hotel and be brought there, and they arranged the taxi for our exit to the airport at the end of our trip. This is a perfect service for your entry into and exit from the Cusco area. I recommend El Balcon very strongly.

Room Tip: Get as low a floor as you can the stairs challenge the new arrival.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank William S
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

In September 2013 my husband and I stayed 3 nights at El Balcon before leaving for our 4-day Inka Trail hike, then we returned to El Balcon for 1 more night after our hike. El Balcon kept our luggage locked away at no charge while we were away on the Inka Trail. We found all of the staff to be friendly and very willing to make our stay enjoyable. The complimentary breakfasts were delicious and the staff even served soup for us as late at 9:30 pm one night for a nominal charge. The rooms were clean and we loved the décor and the view. I picked this hostal because of the lovely courtyard and the way it was different than a standard hotel. Also, the price was reasonable. I would definitely stay at El Balcon again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Joanne F
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Address: Tambo de Montero 222, Cusco 00000, Peru
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Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 400 B&Bs / Inns in Cusco
Price Range: £35 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — El Balcon 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only three blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the city of Cusco, El Balcon has a commanding view of the entire city, cathedrals, churches, mountains and the Ausangate glacier. El Balcon is a renovated colonial Casona that dates back to the 1630s built atop the preceding Inca terraces. Inca stone work and colonial balustrades mesh harmoniously around terraced gardens creating an atmosphere that is beautiful, historic and authentically Peruvian. Some of our amenities and services include free airport transportation, complimentary hot breakfast and buffet, laundry, and free yoga classes. We are happy to help with any travel arrangements so that our guests can experience the best that Cusco and the Sacred Valley has to offer. At El Balcon we strive to provide our guests with the highest level of hospitality so that they have all they need to feel comfortable at our family establishment. ... more   less 
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