The hotel scene in Cusco is booming with new hotels opening their doors every month. Not all hotels are created equal however, and we definitely love the new breed of quirky, boutique hotels that offer something just that little bit different in this buzzing Inca city.

Here’s our list of the 5 best boutique hotels in Cusco in 2016 for all budgets!

1. Palacio Nazarenas

The luxury boutique Palacio Nazarenas is possibly our favourite hotel in all of Peru.  This all-suite boutique hotel is located in an impeccably restored 18th century colonial residence and boasts sumptuous travertine marble bathrooms complete with heated floors, exquisite bed linen, a comprehensive pillow menu, 24 hour butler service and a free in-room bar. Definitely worth the splurge!

Read our full review here.

 Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel in Cusco.

What we love:

  • Your butler is also your barman and will give you a Pisco Sour making class right in your suite! The perfect start to an evening in Cusco!
  • Lounging by Cusco’s only outdoor swimming pool.

Room rates from US$595

 

2. Inkaterra La Casona

The Inkaterra chain of hotels never ceases to impress us and La Casona on Plaza Nazarenas in the heart of Cusco is no different. This 11 room closed-door boutique hotel is an exquisite place to spend a night with sumptuous colonial-style rooms decorated with original weavings, tapestries and works of art curated by the hotel owners private collection from different periods of Peruvian history.

Read our full review here.

Inkaterra La Casona Boutique Hotel in Cusco.

Inkaterra La Casona Boutique Hotel in Cusco.

What we love:

  • Taking afternoon tea curled up in one of the cozy armchairs in front of the roaring fire in the lounge area.
  • The personalized service where no request is too big – try the bath butler service…

Rates from US$418

 

3. Fallen Angel Guesthouse

This four room boutique guesthouse is one of Cusco’s quirkier hotel offerings and is perfect if you are looking for something completely different! Each room has a different theme (passion, tranquility, strength and freedom) and is decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary, Incan and colonial design showcasing local Peruvian artists.

Read our full review here.

The Fallen Angel Boutique Guesthouse in Cusco.

The Fallen Angel Boutique Guesthouse in Cusco.

What we love:

  • The bath-tub tables filled with goldfish in the bar downstairs.
  • The mind-popping visuals – wherever you look there is something different and interesting to catch your attention.

Room rates from US$180

 

4. Atiq Boutique Hotel

The Atiq boutique hotel is probably our favourite new boutique hotel that opened its doors in Cusco in 2015. This a luxury nine room hotel where all the focus is on personalized service. Located right in the heart of the city on Avenida del Sol with rooms designed by renowned Peruvian designer Elena Testino this is a great option for your Cusco stay. Rooms 302 and 303 were our favourites with great views of the Q’oricancha Temple.

Read our full review here.

Atiq Boutique Hotel in Cusco.

Atiq Boutique Hotel in Cusco.

What we love:

  • The complete focus on personalised service. Owner Marcel and his team are on hand 24/7 to make sure you have an exceptional stay not only in the hotel itself but during your entire stay in Cusco.

Room rates from US$190

 

5. Tambo del Arriero

This 18 room hotel is our favourite budget boutique hotel option in Cusco. Located in a lovingly restored colonial mansion that was once a place of rest for traders, this boutique hotel option offers spacious, cozy rooms in a colonial style. Bathrooms are modern with fabulous showers and staff are friendly and helpful.

Read our full review here.

Tambo del Arriero | Best Boutique Hotel in Cusco

Tambo del Arriero Boutique Hotel in Cusco

What we love:

  • The great bathrooms with unexpected extras at this price point like heated towel racks and slippers.
  • The excellent coffee served at breakfast.

Room rates from US$120.

 

See more great accommodation options in Cusco here.

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