Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Cuzco, Peru

At a Glance

  • Superb location up a quiet street but right near Cuzco’s historic square, Plaza de Armas

  • Spacious suites - a couple of the Master Suites have a mezzanine level - great for families traveling together

  • Sleek contemporary interiors with traditional Peruvian fabrics and artwork

  • A wonderful Qoya Spa to relax those aching muscles after a trek or just indulge after a day exploring or shopping

  • Really friendly service and attention to detail

  • Lovely courtyard gardens, a real oasis in the bustling city - each suite has its own little terrace

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Cuzco’s location and altitude result in only two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season typically lasts from November to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February. The best time to visit Cuzco and the surrounding area is during April-October. Though daytime temperatures rest in the mid-to upper 60s throughout the year, the city sees fewer rain showers during its winter months. Bring warm clothing as night-time temperatures dip into the low 30s and 40s due to the altitude.

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Insider's View

The hotel's restaurant La Bodega de Chola has entertained some fascinating guests in the past from Pablo Neruda to Che Guevara

Be sure to enjoy a complimentary Pisco sour class in the hotel bar or take a class and learn how to make the perfect one!

Hang out in Casa Cartagena's trendy bar where Pablo Neruda and Che Guevara frequented when they use to come to Cusco

Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your vacation to Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to Cuzco Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Description

The contemporary Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa is set within a beautifully restored colonial mansion within colonial Cuzco's historic center, and just two blocks away from main plaza. Stunning accommodation and very friendly service.

From the outside Casa Cartagena seamlessly blends with its traditional surroundings, on the inside the hotel’s impeccably styled minimalist decor brings a completely new flair to Cuzco hotels. Each suite offers the ultimate modern luxuries including central heating and air-conditioning, Internet, flat screen cable TV, Tatami shower and bathtub as well as butler service. Additional oxygen is available in all rooms for an additional charge which helps with acclimatisation to the altitude of Cuzco. 

Casa Cartagena's La Chola Cusco restaurant has a legendary history; a picanteria used to operate here under the same name in the mid-nineteen hundreds and was renowned all over the city for being the meeting point of recognized artists, poets, writers, politicians and intellectuals. Among the most famous visitors was Pablo Neruda who was inspired by the majesty of Cuzco and enamoured of the beauty of the house. The wine cellar was built inside an Inca wall to maintain the quality and characteristics of a rich selection of wines.

The Qoya Spa is a modern and sophisticated three level relaxation area with an 8-meter hydro massage pool with healing stone trail and a relaxing spectacular view of the artisans' neighborhood of San Blas. Toning treatments, steam saunas, massage and aromatherapy are all on offer.

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Accommodation

There are 16 suites are divided into four categories: Luxury Suites (43 sq m), Master Suites (64 to 107 sq m), a Presidential Suite (approximately 129 sq m) and a Royal Suite (approximately 161 sq m). All have been specially designed to make your stay in Casa Cartagena comfortable, with individually controlled air conditioning and heating luxurious bathrooms with separate bathtub and tatami shower and an oxygen-enrichment system designed to help you acclimatize to the high altitude of the city.

Facilities

Casa Cartagena Boutique & Spa has an indoor sauna, spa, library, lounge/bar, restaurant, and indoor swimming pool.

Reviews

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Danielle Diaz-Myers (Staff)

For travelers looking for a more modern, eclectic take on colonial charm, look to Casa Cartagena to deliver. Set in a restored colonial mansion, the location is just a short walk away from the main plaza. Enjoy a spa day or a pisco sour class at the bar, or opt to relax outside in the courtyard. Enjoy the wonderful Qoya Spa to relax those aching muscles after a trek or just indulge after a day exploring or shopping.

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Cheska Lowe (Staff)

It's a case of new meets old in this quirky and arty hotel, some rooms even contain original fresco paintings from the colonial era, sitting alongside funky modern furniture. All the rooms here have balconies overlooking the charming colonial courtyard.

Experiences

  • Andean Textiles Tour

    Peru's brightly colored textiles are iconic and can be seen throughout the country, each region boasting its own distinctive style. Pay a visit to the Sulca family Textile Gallery and admire the skills of this generations old art form.

  • Chinchero, Maras & Moray (optional hike)

    Enjoy a fascinating private guided tour to the local village of Chinchero renowned for its archaeological site and colorful market (best on Sunday), the Inca terraces of Moray and the astounding salt pans of Maras.

  • Cooking Lesson Palacio Nazarenas

    Enjoy the best of Peruvian cuisine and learn all about delicious local ingredients by visiting a local market in Cuzco and joining a bespoke cooking class (prepare 4 delicious dishes) at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

  • Cuzco Off-Road Mountain Biking

    Peru offers some of the best mountain biking down-hills in the world. Using a mix of rarely used dirt roads, ancient Inca Trails and smooth mule tracks enjoy an action packed off-road adventure outside of Cuzco.

  • Cuzco Walking Tour - Half Day

    Explore the magical city of Cuzco on foot with a local guide visiting the highlights from Qoricancha Temple, known as the heart of the Inca Empire, as well as local markets, where you can shop for fine silver, ceramics and famed alpaca crafts.

  • Family Inflatable Canoeing Urubamba

    White-water rafting & inflatable canoeing are fun sports, suitable for pretty much any one. No experience is needed to take part in this great day out to a beautiful section of the Urubamba River.

    The Pinipampa section is class I-II outside of Cuzco.

  • Full Day Highlights of the Sacred Valley with Wayra Lunch

    Wonderful full day private excursion to the village of Pisac home to its colorful Indian market and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch in Urubamba, followed by a visit to the impressive Inca town and fortress of Ollantaytambo.

  • Horse Trek to Huchuy Qosqo

    A fantastic one day horse trek climbing high into the Andes to experience huge views, local farming techniques and some rarely visited Inca ruins - a real wilderness treat for riders looking to get off the beaten track.

  • Inca Rail Machu Picchu - 360°

    Boasting expansive panoramic windows and an outdoor observation carriage, the 360° carriage on Inca Rail is all about the views, and the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular scenery as you journey by train to Machu Picchu through Peru's Urubamba Valley.

  • Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The First Class Train

    Travel to Machu Picchu in total comfort on the Inca Rail First-Class service, enjoying views from the large picture windows and outdoor balcony as you pass through stunning landscapes in the Urubamba Valley.

  • Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The Private Train

    The Private Inca Rail journey to Machu Picchu allows guests to travel in comfort, relaxing in the plush lounge chairs and soaking in the valley views along the way to this iconic ancient citadel. A private carriage is reserved exclusively for your party.

  • Km 104 trek to Machu Picchu

    Reach the iconic ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on the one-day KM104 trek, taking in the final portion of the Classic Inca Trail without the need to camp overnight. On arrival, soak in spectacular views over the Inca ruins and the dramatic valley below.

  • Lares - Alternative Inca Trail

    The Lares Trail to Machu Picchu is an excellent alternative to the busy Inca Trail for those who want to get off the beaten track and experience authentic Andean communities surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes. No permits required.

  • Private Tour of Machu Picchu with lunch

    On arrival at Aguas Calientes train station you will be met by your guide and assisted with boarding the 30 minute bus journey to the ruins. You will be able to take lunch before meeting your guide again to start your tour.

  • Sacred Valley Horse Riding & Pisac

    Enjoy an unforgettable horse ride in the Sacred Valley (all abilities welcome) combined with a visit to the local market, Inca Ruins of Pisac and lunch. The Sol y Luna horses are Peruvian Paso horses, which are unique to Peru and truly wonderful to ride.

  • Stand-Up-Paddle & Cycling adventure

    Enjoy the sport of stand-up paddle boarding on the emerald Lake Huaypo before mountain biking to the agricultural terraces of Moray and the glistening salt pans of Maras. An adrenaline fuelled day exploring some of the highlights of the Sacred Valley.

  • Trek to Choquequirao

    Head way-off the beaten track and be one of the few adventurers to visit the incredible site of Choquequirao, dramatically located on a promontory above the roaring Apurimac River, on a five-day challenging mule-supported hike.

  • Urubamba White-Water Rafting

    Anyone looking for a fun and adventurous day out from Cuzco or Sacred Valley should try this superb white-water rafting trip, which takes guests down a beautiful section of the Urubamba River - suitable for almost all ages and abilities.

Vacation Ideas

  • Grand Tour of Peru

    Lima, Paracas, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Scared Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco & Amazon

    from $8700 pp 19 nights

    • A comprehensive Peru itinerary that includes the incredible Colca Canyon, the Amazon Rainforest and of course, Machu Picchu
    • Visit the Amazon Rainforest for an incredible and immersive wildlife experience
    • Embark on two very special train journeys, from Puno to Cuzco and through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
  • Peru & Argentina Honeymoon

    Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Mendoza & Buenos Aires

    from $6300 pp 13 nights

    • Perfect vacation for couples with a sense of adventure and keen foodies
    • Sample the finest of Malbecs in Mendoza, Argentina's wine-growing region, surrounded by mountains and vineyards
    • Best visited in the spring or Fall, making it easy to avoid the school vacations
  • Peru & Mexico Honeymoon

    Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco & Riviera Maya

    from $6900 pp 12 nights

    • Wonderfully varied itinerary that combines culture, adventure and relaxation
    • Marvel at the spectacular cloudforest setting of Machu Picchu, high in the Peruvian Andes
    • Wander through Cuzco's colonial quarter and discover Inca ruins and colorful market stalls

Location & directions

Cuzco, Peru

Casa Cartagena Cusco Boutique Hotel is located in Cuzco's historic center, on Calle Pumacurco, 200 meters from the Plaza Mayor (Main Square).

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