It’s a good thing you’re taking this extra step to seek out the best Cusco hotels or Cusco hostels, because where you stay can actually make or break your trip. We learned the hard way after randomly booking a place in the middle of Peruvian winter. Little did we know how much the little luxuries can change your whole life in this UNESCO-listed city!
Whether you’re in the market for luxury lodgings or budget bed and breakfasts, it is of paramount importance that you make an informed decision. The ability to sleep well in this city – especially if you’re acclimatizing for a trek – shouldn’t be underestimated! DON’T make the same mistake we did and get stuck in a rough hostel with unwashed lamma wool blankets, a dingy shared shower and an upper bunk bed you can’t sit up on without hitting your head on the dusty ceiling.
Did we scare you enough yet into fuelling your research? Check out our list of sleeps in this ultimate guide to Cusco accommodations…
Perfect for: Honeymooners and pamper-starved couples
Looking for the best of the best hotels in Cusco, Peru? These luxury lodgings are all 5-star hotels that define the ultimate luxe staycation. So if you’re in the mood for some pampering and are all about the amenities, these five hotels should be on your list!
- Belmond Hotel Monasterio Cusco: This ancient monastery turned luxury hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Plaza de Armas
- Palacio del Inka: Historic charm meets modern luxury in this five-centuries-old mansion located in the heart of downtown Cusco
- JW Marriott El Convento Cusco: This boutique hotel features two exhibition halls with ancient Peruvian artefacts
- Belmond Palacio Nazarenas: Built on Inca foundations, you can still see original Inca stonework, colonial frescos and gold-framed paintings in this modern hotel
- Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique: This old colonial mansion turned boutique hotel-slash-museum will transport you back to the 16th century
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The House of the Four Busts remains adjacent to the Andean complex of Qoricancha, a religious and cultural center that was of great importance for the Incas. Today it is part of the cultural heritage of the city, a vivid example of the fusion of cultures that defines Cusco. #HotelMuseum #PalacioDelInka #TheLuxuryCollection
Perfect for: The whole family
Family-friendly hotels in Cusco, Peru aren’t hard to come by. If you want a head start on your research, we’ve rounded up a list of comfortable 4-star hotels – complete with amazing amenities – that will make your family vacay a complete breeze.
- Hilton Garden Inn Cusco: One of the newer hotels in the area, you can be sure of vibrant interiors, spacious rooms, a wide array of amenities, and more
- Sonesta Hotel Cusco: One of the more popular choices in the area, this hotel is known for its central location, recently renovated interiors, and a wide variety of amenities
- Novotel Cusco: Relax with the whole fam in the courtyard, sample the restaurant’s international cuisine, or inquire about tours to Machu Picchu in this hotel
- Casa Andina Premium Cusco: This beautiful 17th-century house will take you back to the Republican Era of Peru with its colonial courtyards and balconies
- Hotel Jose Antonio: One of the leading hotel chains in Peru, this place has swimming pools, spacious and comfortable rooms, restaurants with delicious offerings, spa areas, free Wi-Fi, and more
Perfect for: Friends on a budget
If you’re a budget-conscious group planning a trip to Cusco, these 3-star hotels might just be up your alley. They’re not only budget friendly, they’re also comfortable, cozy, and mostly located in easily accessible areas in the city. Totally not a bad deal!
- Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman: If you’re interested in seeing some of the historic sites around Peru, this hotel has easy access to Machu Picchu, Pisaq, and the Urubamba Sacred Valley
- La Casona de Rimacpampa: This cozy colonial accommodation prides itself on providing visitors with a home away from home, including friendly and warm service
- La Casa de Fray Bartolome: Located 5 km from Velazco Astete airport and a 10 minute walk from the city center, this place offers rooms that overlook a charming garden as well as services like 24-hour room service, reception, and even laundry!
- Selina: Bright, chill, and laid-back are all words that can be used to describe this comfortable accommodation. They also have a garden, restaurant, bar, a wellness area, and even a movie room
- Hotel Golden Inca Cusco: Newly refurbished in 2018, this elegant and modern hotel has staff that are committed to making your stay memorable as well as free transportation to the hotel
Budget Bed and Breakfasts
Perfect for: Backpackers and solo travelers
Don’t worry backpackers, we’ve got a list for you too! If you think this Peruvian city might be lacking in cheap accommodations, we’re here to prove you wrong. Cusco has its own fair share of budget sleeps, including hostels in Cusco, Peru, guesthouses, dormitories, and more.
- Ecopackers: A top choice among backpackers, this place offers a nice environment with access to an open courtyard, a lively bar and restaurant, even a pool table
- Pariwana Hostel Cusco: This hostel exudes a youthful vibe with fun amenities such as a ping pong table, a schedule of daily activities, free breakfast, a city map, and more
- Wild Rover Hostel Cusco: This place offers a great atmosphere with multilingual staff at a central location. They also have legendary parties, strong drinks, clean and comfortable beds and well-maintained facilities.
- Loki Cusco: The people at Loki Cusco make it their mission to make your trip unforgettable. Think games and activities like the Loki Olympics and a beer pong tournament – if you want fun and a place to make new friends, this is the place to be
- Nao Victoria Hostel: Located in the heart of Cusco, the staff at this place are passionate about providing modern comforts and a place for travelers to relax and get to know other like-minded adventurers
What did you think of our list? Which one are you eyeing for your Cusco trip? Let us know in the comments below!
Looking for things to do in Cusco? Check out this comprehensive list of tours in and around the Sacred Valley.
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