We wanted to stay at The Monastery after hearing from friends it was THE only place to stay in when in Cusco. Alas, they were full and our travel agent recommended La Casona.
The location is almost identical as they are across the street form each other in a charming plaza, home of the beautiful Museum of Pre Columbian Art (MAP) and a stone's throw away from all the sites you want to explore in Cusco.
From a quick look we took this hotel is a much more intimate, smaller hotel, which would suit people who like quieter places.
The staff were very helpful and personable and were most efficient when we needed them (we had a few issues with our travel arrangements). They also gave us excellent advice re tours and restaurants. Every single one they sent us to proved great!
The rooms are lovely and spacious but ask for a room that is not facing the street as that will be very noisy!
They have a lovely tea every day from 4-6 pm, with the much-promoted coca tea, but also other teas and coffee, as well as home-baked cake and cookies.
They allow you to borrow a laptop and provide free Wi Fi in the rooms as well as in the public area.
The breakfast, which is included, was very pleasant - the breakfast room is beautiful and well lit, with lovely soft music, and a very civilized, quiet ambiance. You can order quinoa pancakes, or eggs, while the self-service buffet offers fruit, yoghurt, pastries, cold meat and cheese, as well as marmalade and jams. Coffee is OK (plunger type, good quality, not exceptional).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- First Relais & Châteaux property in Peru, an exquisite 16th century colonial manor, located just steps away from the picturesque main square. Once occupied by the conquistadors of Peru, it is now an exclusive boutique hotel that has been carefully restored to retain its historical heritage and décor. With suites set around a Spanish courtyard, the manor offers sober elegance without sacrificing authenticity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inkaterra La Casona Cusco