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December 3, 2007
From journal Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
NY, New York
May 19, 2006
The rooms themselves are small but tastefully decorated and comfortable. The walls were a peach/pink color with wood trim. Spanish-styled, recreated religious painting on a wood frame were hung around the room. The room had a double-size bed and wood furniture and floors. The bathrooms were clean, with plenty of hot water. The rooms had old-styled radiators instead of heaters. The rooms are built around a central atrium, so you could hear the noise from the lobby as well as some of the other rooms. A good tip is to try for rooms on the third and fourth floors, since they have private balconies with good views. My room had a window opening into the atrium, but I could walk to the public balconies a few doors down to take in a view.In the mornings a free continental breakfast is served in the lobby with eggs, milk, tea, coffee, cheese, juice, and bread. If you are on an early morning tour and have to get up at 4am, breakfast is on the top level with the same foods. Cocoa tea is available thoughout the day for free in the lobby to help you if you have altitude sickness. The food served for lunch and dinner is a bit pricey, so it is better to try a restaurant outside.The staff was friendly and helpful. They helped me to call my tour company when they did not come to pick me up a half-hour late.The best feature of the hotel is the location. It is near San Blas and a few block away from the Plaza de Armas. The street is too narrow for buses or cabs to go to. You have to walk a few blocks down where the streets are wider to catch a cab or bus. Of note is that three Peruvian films were filmed here:1) Bala Perdida, 2) Un Marciano Llamado Desea and 3) Cuando el Cielo es Azul. I got my hotel through a tour package, but the published cost of a room is $89 for a single room. People have gotten it for less during off-seasons.
From journal Cusco: Breathtaking in more ways than one
July 23, 2001
The rooms have good beds, television (with American channels) and good bathrooms. It is located very near to the main plaza (Plaza de Armas) of Cuzco, with its many restaurants.
Try to get one of the rooms on the second or third floor, because the first floor tends to be rather noisy (you can hear the people in the room above you walking around on the wooden floors). On the first floor, there is also the boiler room, so the rooms are rather hot and at night you''ll hear the boiler.
From journal Peru - I'd rather feel the Earth beneath my feet