Los Apus Hotel & Mirador

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by lashr1999 on May 19, 2006

Los Apus hotel was built on the foundations of an ancient colonial house. It is a 20-room hotel, restored in a Swiss-colonial style. There are public balconies and a terrace on the top, which provided good views of the city although they are partially obstructed.

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.

Los Apus Hotel & Mirador
Atocsaycuchi 515
Cusco, Peru


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