Remarkable design-led boutique hotel offering first class comforts and bold, strikingly contemporary décor within a classic colonial building.
The remarkable Casa Cartagena hotel in central Cusco, just a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas, is packed with surprises. Behind the heavy wooden doors and the gabled façade of a colonial mansion, supported by Inca walls, you might expect to find a style inspired by the Spanish imperial age. But no – this is a boutique hotel where contemporary designers have been allowed to let their imagination loose, and they have come up with something really special.
A first class establishment, it offers the high level of comfort, service and facilities you'd expect, but in its striking décor, defined by geometric designs and modern, boxy furniture, it is unique in Cusco. Colours are bold – reds, golds, rich browns and salt-bright white, with large checks and patterns. There's nothing remotely Peruvian about the style, but if you like the design hotel concept you won't be disappointed.
The 16 luxury suites are huge, with a balcony or terrace and the option of an oxygen-enrichment system to combat altitude sickness. There's also a comprehensive spa complete with Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna rooms.
The well-established restaurant has a good reputation and Chilean poet Pablo Neruda apparently used to eat here long before the building became a hotel. It serves a sophisticated menu making imaginative use of local produce.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
A short walk from the main square the hotel was really pretty with internal court yards. Again the staff were nice and very helpful.DD, Uxbridge
one of the best hotels we have stayed in, wonderful setting, great rooms, excellent room service, great overall service. highly recommended.MF, London
"A new hotel, situated next to the railway. It was a novel experience to be close enough to the train driver to pass him a coffee in his cab from our bedroom window! Conversely our sons in a room at the back of the hotel overlooked the Urubamba river with a charming view. (There was double glazing and no trains in the night after 10pm or before 4am)."LR, London
We absolutely loved this hotel. The location is great for exploring Cusco but it is tucked away in a quiet street. The staff are amazing. Really attentive but discreet in their presence. Nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are really spacious and comfortable. We loved the garden too as it was good to come back and relax in the sun sometimes.LM, Reading
"Again this hotel was quite unique and the service was outstanding. We were upgraded to the Royal Suite which was the best room in the hotel - it was amazing! The location was ideal, situated close to the shops, restaurants and sights. We did not eat in the hotel apart from breakfast but again this was very good. Can't recommend this hotel highly enough."AER, Edinburgh
"When my wife was taken to hospital they were incredibly helpful. A nice friendly hotel with interesting design features."DB, London
"Great central location and lovely historic building."ECJ, Newark
Top class hotel in Cusco.CB, Kendall
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