Casa Cartagena: historic luxury boutique hotel and spa in Cusco, Peru

If you are going to Cusco (hopefully to hike one of the many Inca Trails) and want to stay in a luxury boutique hotel that has history and charm, check out the 16-suite Casa Cartagena, located in a renovated mansion built over a former Inca temple, and once occupied by the regent, Don Fernando de Cartagena y Santa Cruz. The hotel is located only two blocks away from the Nazarenas Plaza, and has lovely traditional Spanish patios around the suites. Unlike the other luxury hotels in Cusco, the decor of Casa Cartagena is more urban chic than traditional Latin American. Suites are large and airy, starting at 40 square metres, going up to 150 square metres, and come with free Wi-Fi, designer furniture, large beds, tatami showers, and an oxygen enrichment system that helps guests acclimatize to the high altitude of Cusco.

la qoya

Casa Cartagena has a modern spa called La Qoya, which covers over 350 square metres: on the first floor, there is an 8-meter hydro massage pool with a healing stone trail and a relaxing spectacular view of the artisans neighborhood of San Blas; the second floor is the men’s spa and the third floor is reserved for women. It’s the perfect place to get massage treatments after hiking the Inca Trail.

The hotel’s restaurant, La Chola, is also a must. It used to be a picanteria that, in the mid-1900s, attracted writers, politicians, intellectuals and poets such as Pablo Neruda. Today, the restaurant is more upscale and serves refined Peruvian cuisine and international dishes with an excellent wine selection to choose from, as well as cocktails such as Pisco Sour.

Rates for the suites start at $450 per night.

Casa Cartagena
Calle Pumacurco No. 336
Cusco, Peru

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Travel recommendation: if you are traveling to Peru from North America, fly LAN instead of the US carriers. LAN has much better service, better food and newer planes.

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  1. The place looks amazing.