It took five years to carefully restore and renovate the colonial mansion that is now Inkaterra La Casona, an intimate, beautiful refuge tucked away on a quiet square in central Cusco. This intriguing bolt-hole is a mere five-minute stroll to the Plaza de Armas and sits right next to the Museum of Colonial Art, though with all the historic décor, furnishings and artwork, you’ll feel as though you’re staying in a museum anyway!
You’ll be joining a prestigious guestbook at Inkaterra La Casona, since Simon Bolivar – Peru’s libertador – was welcomed here, among others, over many years. As you pass through the colonnaded stone walls of the central courtyard, or take a seat in the cosy lounge, complete with roaring fireplace, you’ll no doubt sense the air of heritage here at Cusco’s oldest hotel. It’s not just the colonial features that stand out, but also the pre-Columbian and Andean elements, made up of vibrant, colourful textures that lend a homely, welcoming feel. Having wandered along Cusco’s cobbled streets to explore its delights, return for a pampering massage treatment, and don’t miss the complimentary afternoon tea from 4pm (made with leaves from La Casona’s sister hotel, Machu Picchu Pueblo). What better way to sit back, relax, and absorb the rich heritage of this special hideaway?