Torre Dorada is simply lovely - modern and fairly new. It's located in a residential district, but not far from the center. Our arrival confused the owners, though, because they had expected to pick us up at either the airport, train, or bus station. We arrived by cab, with the driver who had driven us around from Ollantaytambo for the previous two days, so they thought we didn't have a reservation.
We were met by Peggy and her brother, Oscar. Once the initial confusion was cleared up, check-in was efficient, friendly, and welcoming. Peggy made me a pot of the best strong coffee I had in Cusco, which was brought to the small central lounge/TV area on the second floor, where our room was. It was served elegantly, and was a good introduction to the grace and class with which this hotel is run.
Our room was small, but cozy, pretty and comfortable, and the bath was bright, modern, and spotless, as was the room. The room had a portable heater for the chilly nights, and bottled water was provided. Although the bathroom was very small, this was one of the rare times that there was a shelf above the pedestal sink, so we had a place to put our stuff. It was also the only place we stayed at in the four countries we visited that provided washcloths.
A nice breakfast was served in two sunny rooms with large glass windows on the top floor. Even though this was Cusco, with so much to see and do, it was so pleasant to start the day this way that we lingered far longer than we should have each morning.
We didn't mind not staying in the very center of town, because transportation to and from other areas in town is included in the price of the room. Either Oscar or Arturo, the other brother, would drive us in or pick us up. We had no trouble calling for a ride back from restaurants or stores, but could have used pay phones if necessary, using a 50-centavo piece. One night we were in the main square until late, after all the restaurants had closed, and there was no problem getting picked up. Not only was this terrific, it also made us feel safer - we felt that there were people "back home" who knew where we'd gone, and who'd know if we didn't make it back. We did have to take a taxi to get to Sacsayhuaman, but that was the only time we did. And Oscar even drove us to the airport when we left Cusco to fly to Puno.
There is a computer with internet in the lobby, and there is a charge of 4 soles a day for it - but only if you use it.
All three - Peggy, Oscar and Arturo - were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly, and genuinely cared about guests enjoying their stay at Torre Dorada.
My only complaint, which I did voice to the owners, was that I was not aware beforehand that the hotel was non-smoking, since there was no mention of it anywhere on the hotel's website. I don't like this kind of surprise, but there was a table, chairs, umbrella and ash tray in the pretty little garden in front of the entrance. And because Torre Dorada is run with such care and concern, it demanded the same kind of respect. It was probably the only time I absolutely didn't smoke in the room, even once!
Staying at Torre Dorada was such a wonderful experience that I felt almost teary-eyed leaving it, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a quiet Residential area 10 minutes away from Main Plaza, Personalized and medical attention, We give advice on where to eat and tours in general according to your preference and we help you with any kind of problem that may arise during your stay in Cusco, airline and bus reservations, etc. We are your "home away from home" we provide FREE transportation to the Plaza, airport and bus terminals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torre Dorada Hotel
- Torre Dorada Cusco