Cusco is a large and charming city, with Inca and Spanish influences that span centuries and are still evident today. Travelers will enjoy visiting various historical attractions, including some buildings that have both Inca and Spanish construction. Trips to the massive stone fortress of Sacsayhuamán are a must, as is a stroll through the cute neighborhood of San Blas. Outside Cusco, travelers can go hiking, biking, bird watching, and more.
Inkaterra La Casona is set within a colonial mansion that was first built in 1585. One of the oldest Spanish buildings in Cusco, it’s been named an official historical monument by the National Institute of Culture. The hotel is absolutely exquisite and has done an incredible job maintaining the original heritage and also providing guests with modern comforts.
The hotel’s 11 luxurious suites are spread around a sumptuous interior courtyard—this gives it a private and tranquil atmosphere, akin to an oasis in the heart of Cusco. Inkaterra La Casona strives to offer personalized, individual attention to its guests. To this end there is no reception, but rather a butler and concierge who cater to guests’ every need and desire.
The 11 suites are stunning. They retain the original architectural detail of the house and are decorated with Persian rugs, antiques, frescoes, and tapestries. This preserves the original character without sacrificing comfort. All suites have a cable TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi, iPod speakers, mini-bar, safety deposit box, and telephone. The bathrooms are large and luxurious—they come equipped with a freestanding bathtub, marble shower, two sinks, plush towels, and handmade toiletries. Additionally, all suites have a dining area and their own stone fireplace.
The food here is fresh, natural and nutritious. The chefs make creative use of local ingredients, providing travelers with an opportunity to experience some of the regional culinary styles. The breakfasts are delicious and include lots of healthy options like fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, avocados, and more. A number of excellent à la carte lunch and dinner options are available throughout the rest of the day. The restaurant staff is attentive and friendly—oftentimes the waiters will remember what you’ve tried in the past and recommend new dishes that may be to your liking.
Inkaterra La Casona is located about two blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. There are all sorts of shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions within walking distance of the hotel.