El Retablo and El Mercado among the 7 best luxury hotels in Peru

The well-known portal A Luxury Travel Blog highlighted the city of Cusco as a tourist destination for international travelers and made a list of the 78 best luxury accommodations in the Imperial City, including the El Retablo and El Mercado hotels.

The hotels of the Mountain Lodges of Peru chain are added to the list: La Casona Inkaterra, Belmond Monasterio, Aranwa Boutique, Libertador Palacio del Inka, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas and JW Marriott Cusco.

"Offering culture, history, world-class cuisine and a spectacular variety of landscapes, Peru is a country in many travel wish lists. If you are considering visiting this magical part of the world, it is likely to pass through the city of Cusco, "says the travel portal.

It also highlights that this charming city is full of markets selling alpaca wool souvenirs, restaurants that offer Peruvian classics such as ceviche and lomo saltado, as well as some exceptional museums and historical treasures.

Add that Cusco is the best place to start an adventure in the Andean mountains and continue the journey of the ancient civilizations that once lived in our country. "A stay of 2 or 3 nights is ideal for visitors, but where to stay? Here are 8 of the best luxury hotels in Cusco, "says A Luxury Travel Blog:

Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru

La Casona Inkaterra

With only 11 rooms located around an impressive colonial patio, this hotel combines the best of Peruvian history and luxury.

In a 16th-century manor house that faces a cobbled plaza, this elegant all-suite boutique hotel is 1 km from the Saqsaywaman Incan complex and 2 km from Wanchaq train station. 

Featuring original details like murals and stone fireplaces, the genteel suites provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and iPod/iPhone docks. All have heated floors, minibars and living/dining areas. Room service is available 24/7.

Welcome drinks and a breakfast buffet are complimentary. There are a bar and an old-world restaurant with exposed stone walls, as well as a courtyard and a spa. Local tours and indigenous rituals are offered.

La Casona Inkaterra
La Casona Inkaterra Photo: inkaterra.com

Belmond Monasterio

The hotel is located in a monastery dating from 1592. Its historical richness will attract much to anyone visiting Cusco.

Housed in a former monastery, this luxury hotel is a 3-minute walk from colonial paintings at Cusco Cathedral, 6 minutes' walk from 15th-century Inca temple ruins of Coricancha, and 7 km from Puka Pukara, an Inca fort.

Refined rooms with gold-framed artwork have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and desks; some have terraces. Suites add living rooms with sofas. Upgraded suites add marble bathrooms with soaking tubs.

Breakfast is free. There are 2 elegant restaurants, along with a casual deli, and a lobby bar with a vaulted ceiling. Additional amenities include cooking classes (fee), and landscaped gardens with seating areas.

Belmond Monasterio
Belmond Monasterio

Boutique Aranwa

Due to its amazing collection of antiques and works of art, guests will feel like they are in a museum.

Occupying a 16th-century colonial mansion, this polished boutique hotel is a 5-minute walk from Cusco Cathedral and 11 minutes on foot from the ruins of Qurikancha temple. 

Refined rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as minibars, DVD players, and bathrooms with heated floors. Upgraded rooms add whirlpool tubs and Scottish showers; some offer panoramic city views. Suites include living areas, balconies, and marble bathrooms. Room service is available 24/7.

A breakfast buffet is complimentary. There's an elegant restaurant, a cozy bar, an art gallery and a library. Guided city tours are on offer.

Boutique Aranwa
Boutique Aranwa Photo: in-peru.travel

Second Home Cusco 

The granddaddy of boutique hotels in Cusco opened in the San Blas neighborhood in 2009 and it still charms with just three homey rooms and an art-filled central courtyard (the hotel is run by Carlos Delfin, the son of Peruvian painter and sculptor Victor Delfin). There's no reception desk -- just step off the street through a gate and into your new home away from home. Rooms, arranged around the central courtyard, feel more like mini-apartments and Carlos is always on hand to offer advice and assistance in perfect English. Doubles from $120 including breakfast which features some of the best bread in the city and bottomless cups of very good coffee. 

The Second Home
The Second Home

Libertador Palacio del Inka

Impressive and luxurious, this hotel in Libertador offers its guests everything they may need when visiting Cusco.

Set in a restored palace with elements dating from the 15th century, this refined hotel is across the road from the remains of Coricancha temple, a 9-minute walk from Cusco Cathedral, and an 8-minute walk from the lively Plaza de Armas.

The elegant rooms feature locally inspired artwork, gold accents, and dark wood furnishings, as well as Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screens and iPod docks. All have minibars, coffeemakers, and/or balconies or terraces. Suites add living areas and extra bedrooms; some provide butler service.

Amenities include a refined restaurant with exposed stone walls and a terrace, plus a posh bar, a high-end spa, and a courtyard.

Libertador Palacio del Inka
Libertador Palacio del Inka

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Located next to the Belmond Monestario hotel in Cusco, this option remains historically rich and beautifully decorated.

In a former palace behind Cusco's main square, this luxury hotel is a 3-minute walk from Cusco Cathedral and an 8-minute walk from the ancient Inca ruins of Qurikancha temple. 

Regal rooms with 4-poster beds and marble bathrooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, safes, and tea and coffeemakers, plus minibars and 24-hour butler service. Suites add separate living areas and balconies with mountain views. Children age 5 and under stay without charge.

Freebies include yoga and salsa lessons, plus a breakfast buffet. Other amenities include a bar, an Andean restaurant, a spa, and a heated outdoor pool.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Marriott Cusco

Built-in a restored convent, the grandeur of this Marriott hotel is obvious from the moment you enter through the door.

This elegant hotel in a restored 16th-century stone convent on the site of ancient Incan ruins is a 5-minute walk from the colonial arcades of Plaza de Armas or Cusco Cathedral. 

The sophisticated rooms and suites feature Wi-Fi, flat-screens and whirlpool tubs. All also offer minibars, bottled water, and safes. Some windows face walls of the Incan ruins, and upgraded rooms and suites add balconies and/or iPod docks. Room service is available 24/7.

Common areas feature period decor and artifacts. The hotel has 2 stylish restaurants with a courtyard and a bar. Other amenities are a heated indoor pool, a hot tub and a spa.

Marriott Cusco
Marriott Cusco