Every once in a while we stumble aross a hotel that makes our hearts beat a little faster and our eyes open a little wider. The Fallen Angel Hotel Cusco located in the heart of Cusco on the Plaza Nazarenas falls into this category. This four room luxury boutique guesthouse is situated above the Fallen Angel restaurant and is the most unique hotel we have come across in Cusco to date in terms of decor and concept.
Owner Andres is originally from the San Blas district in Cusco and comes from a family of artists. He loves to travel the world and picks up pieces of art and inspiration as he travels which he then uses in the hotel. Fallen Angel is an extremely unique boutique hotel in a contemporary Cusco style. Andres shares his own vision and interpretation of what is going on in Cusco by mixing the various colonial, Incan and contemporary influences in a bid to stir emotion in those that visit. The concept is not to everyone’s taste but Andres admits himself that he likes pushing people’s boundaries, opening their horizons and getting them to have an opinion on what they see and experience at Fallen Angel, lovers of the concept or not.
The four loft-style rooms are named to reflect their interior – passion, tranquility, strength and freedom and are all suites with a lounge and bedroom area. Rooms are an eclectic, colourful mix of contemporary design elements including a giraffe rocking horse, modern day super hero figures and a tv washstand mixed with more traditional details like old chests and some Cusqueno religious style art works.
Each room has been perfected with great attention to detail. Passion as its name would imply, has deep red walls, lots of texture in the vivid furnishings and a bathroom that forms part of the room itself separated only by a glass wall. A fluorescent yellow stork carrying a baby on its back by artist Jorge Flores completes the decor.
Tranquility is a more gentle, light space with high ceilings, white walls and a more soothing Finnish style bathroom in the centre of the room. Take a few steps and you are in the mini-gym next to the dining area and fully equipped kitchen should you feel like hosting a dinner party during your stay. The idea for the ‘strength’ bedroom came from a vision of strength in masculinity and is represented by deep blue textured walls and ceilings.
As you would expect in a luxury boutique hotel beds are excellent with 650 thread count sheets and excellent mattresses. All rooms have ethanol fuelled fires to give rooms a cozy glow on cold, winter evenings and the Fallen Angel staff are on hand to help you with anything you might need.
Fallen Angel is defintely a concept that you will either love or hate. It’s definitely not for those seeking large chain hotels or a soothing, bland bedroom. But if however, you like trying new experiences and love a quirky, hip, contemporary place to stay packed full of contemporary Peruvian art then this is one not to miss.
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- Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are busy in the restaurant downstairs so it can be noisy in the rooms – perfect for party animals. For those looking for a quieter nights sleep, mid-week is best.
- Tranquility and passion were our favourite rooms.