from: Dilwyn Jenkins: The rough guide to Peru; Rough
Guides, New York London, Delhi; 6th edition September
[Telephone dialing code for Cusco is 084, international
accommodation can be found in three main zones: east, west
and south of the Plaza de Armas. To the west of the Plaza
along calles Plateros, Procuradores and Saphi (Procuradores
and Plateros are particularly noisy at night) there are
plenty of busy budget hostels. You can find slightly pricier
and more luxurious locations in the area east of the Plaza
around San Blas and Choquechaca in the artists' quarter.
To the south of the Plaza, the San Pedro region around the
Central Market and near to the train station for Machu
Picchu has improved its facilities in recent years, now
offering comfortable and safe accommodation. Closer to the
plaza, along Calle Quera and around Avenida Sol, more and
varied accommodation can be found.
There are relatively inexpensive and reasonable mid-range
hostels and hotels in most corners of the city. Cusco also
offers a variety of architectural environments to choose
from, ranging mainly between Inca- and colonial-style
constructions, or combinations of the two (p.250).
Hotels in Cusco West of
Plaza de Armas
Calle Plateros 268, Cusco, T. 232616 or 228012
A popular travelers' hangout, half a block from the Plaza de
Armas. It has a courtyard and is within a stone's throw of
most of Cusco's best bars and cafés. Rooms are simple and
unpretentious, many being shared dorms. You may have to
request hot water in your room.
Calle Saphi 661, Cusco, T. 084-239353
This quiet and safe hostel is one of Cusco's best budget
options (it's wise to reserve in advance). Rooms are spartan
and can be chilly at night, though the hotel supplies plenty
of blankets. There's usually hot water in the mornings and
rooms are available with or without private bath (in which
case showers are communal). Good breakfasts are served in
the café, plus there's a free safety deposit box, a cheap
left-luggage system and a laundry service.
[Jirón] Siete Cuartones 245, Cusco, T. 084-244413
Just off Plateros and a little way up from Iglesia Santa
Teresa, this place is popular with young travelers, quite
central, has a spacious courtyard, plain bedrooms, shared
bathrooms, access to a kitchen and a notice board.
[Jirón] Heladeros 150, Cusco, T. 084-224821, 221811, or
222961, Fax 222832
Recently refurbished, this central hotel has conference
rooms and a popular restaurant and bar that's a traditional
meeting place for Cusco elite as well as travelers. Rooms
are comfortable with all of the modern conveniences,
including private bathroom, TV and telephone.
Calle Garcilaso 256, Cusco, Tl. 084-257819, Fax 257819
A splendid and sumptuous hotel now under new management, in
an omate [?] colonial-style building with fine period
furnishings. Safe boxes and laundry are available.
-- in Cusco: [Jirón] Santa Teresa 334, Cusco, T. 227691, Fax
221246, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
-- in Lima: T. 01-242 8488, Fax 444 3181
A first-class hotel in one of Cusco's finest colonial
mansions, close to the heart of the city. Service is
excellent, and the hotel also has a bar and quality
Hotel El Rosal - Hogar El San Pedro
Calle Cascaparo 116, next to the Machu Picchu train station,
San Pedro, Cusco, T. 084-257536, Fax 227849
A newish hotel, very clean and with all modern conveniences
including private bathrooms, cable TV, heating and a
Hotel Royal Inca I
Plaza Regocijo 299, Cusco, 084-231067 or 222284, Fax 234221
A fairly luxurious hotel (which has a more expensive sister
hotel - Royal Inca II - next door) with a sauna and massage
rooms. Very popular with upmarket package travelers.
Plaza de Armas Hostal
Portal Manats y Comercio 114, Plaza de Armas, Cusco, T.
084-231709, Fax 247130, e-mail: email@example.com
As central as possible, on the corner of the plaza, this
hotel is friendly and very safe. Rooms feature private
bathrooms and cable TV. Price includes breakfast.
San Pedro Plaza
Calle Chaparro 121, Cusco, T. 084-432590, Fax 432590
A slightly shabby hostel close to the Machu Picchu train
station, it is nevertheless quite, clean and a friendly
family-run place. Rooms are available with or without TV and
Hotels in Cusco East of Plaza de Armas
[Jirón] Cuesta San Blas 541, T./Fax 084-225933, e-mail:
There's a pleasant colonial feel here, with a lovely garden
patio at its center and another out back with views over
town. There are laundry, safety deposit and left-luggage
facilities, plus bottled oxygen. Service is very good, some
rooms are old and stylish, while those in the back by the
patio are newer but less interesting, most with private
Casa de Campo
[Jirón] Tandapata 296b, T. 084-244404, Fax 243069, e-mail:
Attractive rooms and cabins (best booked in advance) with
great views of the city from its large patio-garden. Its
quiet, pleasant location on the upper edge of Cusco is
dauntingly high for your first couple of days, so take a
taxi to avoid exhaustion or altitude sickness. They offer
combined accommodation and language-school courses with the
AMAUTA language school. Ten percent discount to holders of
the Rough Guide Peru
and members of the South American Explorers' Club.
Calle Choquechaca 124, Cusco, T. 084-249995
Only small rooms in this tucked-away but quite central
place; very plain but friendly and with a communal gas
Hospedaje El Arcano
[Jirón] Carmen Alto 288, Cusco, T. 084-244037, Fax 232703
A pleasant family-run hostel on the edge of the attractive
San Blas area with a reliable hot-water system, laundry,
family-sized rooms (accommodating 4-5 people) and a
comfortable lounge. Rooms come with or without private bath.
Hospedaje Familiar Casa Grande
[Jirón] Santa Catalina Ancha 353, T. 084-264156, Fax 243784
Large, centrally located hotel with an open courtyard, some
newly furbished rooms as well as more basic ones, with or
Hospedaje Turistico San Blas
[Jirón] Cuest San Blas 326, T. 084-225781, e-mail:
Located in San Blas, this friendly place features a
glass-covered courtyard. Most rooms have private bath and a
safe deposit is available. The owners also organize tours to
the Inca Trail and do river rafting on the Vilcanota. A good
lower mid-range option.
Hostal El Grial
[Jirón] Atoqsayk'uchi 594, Cusco, T. 084-223012, e-mail:
A pretty central place with a clay-oven fireplace and nice
furnishings. Their rooms are modernized, spotless and
pleasant and are available with or without private bathroom.
Spanish lessons can be arranged here for a reasonable cost
through an associated language school and there's a
comfortable lounge as well as a TV room. Hot water is solar
with an electric backup, and there's a balcony with views
over the city.
[Jirón] Huaynapata 369, Cusco, T. 084-228034, e-mail:
This modernized hostel is safe and friendly with a
1970s-style decor. It's not that far from the main plaza,
and the covered roof terrace has splendid views across the
cathedral and down the valley to Ausangate. Price includes
Hostal Inti Quilla
[Jirón] Atoqsayk'uchi 281, Cusco, T. 084-252659
Small and cheerful hostel, quite a few steps up from the
main square, but great value with cosy but by no means
luxurious rooms with or without bathrooms. There is a pretty
little courtyard with a massive Andean pine tree, that makes
for a nice place to read or just relax.
Hostal Mirador de la Nusta
[Jirón] Tandapata 682, Cusco, T. 084-248039, e-mail:
An intimate, cosy and superbly located place directly
overlooking the Plazoleta San Blas in the artists' quarter.
It has ten nice rooms, a pretty little yard, breakfast,
laundry service and reliable hot water.
Hostal Rumi Punku
[Jirón] Choquechaca 339, Cusco, T. 084-221102,
A welcoming establishment built on an old Inca temple site
in one of Cusco's nicest streets. The rooms are stylish for
the price with private showers and hot water. There's access
to a kitchen, a patio, a comedor
(dining room) and a small sitting room with a fireplace.
Best booked in advance during high season. Price includes
Hostal Suecia I
Calle Suecia 132, Cusco, T. 084-233282, e-mail:
Populated mostly by the backpacker crowd, this hostel is set
around a lovely covered courtyard. A comfortable, stylish,
safe and economical option. Rooms are with or without
private bath (p.251-252).
Calle Palacio 136, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco, T.
084-241777, Fax 237111, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cusco's newest luxury establishment, may cost a mint, but
the rooms are top class. It's a fantastic place, set around
massive sixteenth-century monastery cloisters. There are
tables in the courtyard where you can sip drinks and eat
delicious food from the plush bar and restaurant and soak up
[Jirón] Ruinas 472, Cusco, T. 084-260644 or 245920, Fax
236291, e-mail: email@example.com
A very well-appointed option with superb rooms, many with
views from private balconies down to Ausangate.
Exceptionally clean, with minibars and safes in each room;
there's also a fine lobby, restaurant and bar, and email and
Koyllur Hostelling Tourist
[Jirón] Carmen Bajo 186, San Blas, Cusco, T. 084-241122 or
225354, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A quiet hostel just around the corner from the Plazoleta San
Blas, heart of Cusco's trendy artesan barrio [crafts
quarter]. There are two floors, with rooms opening out to a
pleasant courtyard garden; all with private bath. The lobby
has an interesting altar and mural dedicated to the wild
Qoyllur Riti Festival.
Osiris 616 Casa Hospedaje
[Jirón] Atoqsayk'uchi 616, Cusco, T. 084-234572
A ramshackle, rustic and pretty little place with occasional
hot water. English, French and Spanish are spoken by the
friendly family who run this hostel. There's a shared
kitchen and shared toilets, plus a notice board and patio.
Pakcha Real Hostal Familiar
[Jirón] Tandapata 300, San Blas, Cusco, T. 084-237484
An excellent family-run hostel in San Blas, four steep
blocks from Plaza de Armas. This pleasant, modern home has a
shared kitchen, a TV room and patio, constant hot water and
reasonable security. Rooms are available with or without
bath. High above the city center, it's a bit of a hike,
which can be testing on arrival from sea level.
Hotels in Cusco South of Plaza de Armas
Avenida Sol, block 5, Pasaje Grace, Edificio Sanjorge,
Cusco, T. 084-235617
Affiliated with Hostelling International, this place is
located in a basement in the alley on the other side of
Avenida Sol from Koricancha. Rooms are basic, shared or
private; breakfast for $1.
Colonial Palace Hostal
Calle Quera 270, Cusco, T. 084-232151, Fax 232329, e-mail:
An attractive colonial building with courtyards and clean,
comfortable rooms, but still rather pricey in that it's all
slightly down-at-heel. Hot water guaranteed 5am-1pm and
5.30-10pm; other facilities include a restaurant, grocery
and artesanía. All rooms have private bath.
Avenida Sol 395, Cusco, T. 084-231235 or 233112, Fax 240993,
A classic four-star pseudo-colonial, relatively modern
hotel. Rooms are spotless and the service is good, but the
location - less than two blocks from the Plaza de Armas -
can be a bit noisy.
Gran Hostal Machu Picchu
Calle Quera 282, Cusco, T. 084-231111
About two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, this hostel is
hard to beat for friendly atmosphere and value in one
package. Rooms (with or without bath) are set around a
Hacienda Hotel Incatambo
[Jirón] San Cristobal, 2km along the carretera
road] to Sacsayhuaman, T. 084-221918 or 222045
A beautiful hacienda converted into a hotel, close to
Sacsayhuaman and sharing some of the same magnificent views
over the Cusco Valley and down to the city. Rooms are
luxurious and many are set around a stunning colonial
courtyard. Horse-riding is offered on their ample estate.
Hospedaje El Carmen
[Jirón] Tullumayu 860, Cusco, T. 084-231363
A bed and breakfast in a spacious house; affordable but not
very central, though the slightly seedy neighbourhood is
actually fairly quiet and very handy for buses to Pisac, the
Huanchac station and the Centro Artesanal [crafts center]
Calle Saphi 845, Cusco, T. 084-222771, Fax 222361, e-mail:
A few blocks uphill from the Plaza de Armas. A bit pricey
but better value in low season, it's a nice place to stay
with clean, modern rooms and a useful message board.
[Jirón] Matará 288, Cusco, T. 084-231811 or 247046
Pretty basic, but clean and with pleasant service. Many of
its rooms are based around an airy courtyard in an old
colonial building. Bathrooms are communal.
Hostal Emperador Plaza
[Jirón] Santa Catalina Ancha 377, Cusco, T. 084-261733, Fax
263581, e-mail: email@example.com or
Comfortable and central, its cool and quiet interior is
modernized and rather faceless, with 24hr hot water, bath
and cable TV in all rooms. Rates include breakfast.
Calle Loreto 115, Cusco, T. 084-226352, e-mail:
An interesting old place on the corner of an Inca
stone-lined alleyway connecting Plaza de Armas with
Koricancha. The best rooms incorporate the original Inca
masonry of the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun, and all
have private bath and hot water (p.252).
Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259, Cusco, T. 084-231961, Fax
233152, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
One of the most luxurious hotels in Peru, set in a
thoroughly modernized old mansion close to Koricancha, just
a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
Calle Chaparro, Cusco, T. 084-228981
A surprisingly homey hostel, given the building's exterior.
Located in a rather dodgy [complicated] part of town near
the Central Market and right by San Pedro station, but has
water all day, is exceptionally clean and undoubtedly
Hospedaje Las Buganvilias, Sra. Gloria Baush, Mz. H, Lote 1,
Urbanización Mateo Pumacahua, Cuzco, tel. 084-22-3203