Cusco is a mishmash of Spanish, Inca, and Gringo culture. It’s one of Peru’s most historic cities and is one of the top destinations in Latin America, thanks in part to its close proximity to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Despite a fairly constant stream of travelers, the city still feels authentic and charming. Cusco fans out from the Plaza de Armas and the adjoining baroque cathedral. While in Cusco, travelers can visit Corcicancha, an Inca sun temple with a Dominican church built atop its walls, or head to the massive stone fortress of Sacsayhuamán.
Casa Andina San Blas is located in Cusco’s San Blas neighborhood. This neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and old colonial architecture, is pleasant and charming. There are all kinds of places to eat and shop, and the Plazas de Armas is just a 10-minute walk away.
The hotel is beautiful and homey. It’s built around an old stone courtyard and has stellar views of Cusco—from some places you can look out over the rooftops of Cusco and see distant mountains. There are nice common areas where guests can relax on couches beside wood-burning fireplaces. The staff is polite and helpful.
The hotel’s 38 rooms extend around the courtyard. The newly renovated rooms are simply decorated and agreeable. All have a private bathroom with a hot water shower, bathtub, and hair dryer. There is a desk/breakfast table where you can write, work or eat, and a safety deposit box for storing valuables. Some rooms overlook the patio while others have city or mountain views. The hotel’s suites have a living room and Jacuzzi bathtub.
A plentiful breakfast buffet is served daily beginning at 5 AM—the wide selection of food will help you start your day off right. Cold beers can be purchased in the lobby and there is coca tea offered 24/7. There is also oxygen on hand for guests who are feeling the effects of altitude sickness.
Free Wi-Fi is offered in both public areas and rooms. Guests without smart phones, tablets or laptops can use the hotel’s Internet center to get online. Casa Andina San Blas also has an ATM, laundry service, and a free airport shuttle.