Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru

by | May 10, 2017

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru!

I lived in Cusco, Peru for nearly two months at the beginning of 2016.  During that time, I stayed in over 10 different hostels, Airbnb’s, hotels, and even with some local Peruvians I met while traveling – so I have a pretty good sense of the city and its many different types of accommodation.  Cusco has everything from killer (cheap) hostels, to great mid-range options, as well as a handful of true luxury hotels.  I’m convinced that there’s a perfect hotel for everyone in Cusco!  

Though I began my Peru trip with a friend, I then traveled solo for the remainder of my time.  As such, all my hotel recommendations are ones I’d highly recommend to other solo female travelers.  I felt perfectly safe in all of them.  

So, without further ado, let’s go find the best hotels in Cusco, Peru (one of my favorite places on the planet)!

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru

Standing high above Cusco, at the famous Inca ruins, Sacsayhuaman.

From Budget to Luxury…

Recommendations are listed in order from least expensive to most, starting with the budget category and moving up into luxury accommodations.  No matter the price, I found luxury in all these places – and wonderfully friendly people running them. 

Budget Category

  1. La Bo’M Hostal & Creperie (also known as La Boheme) – Budget category, Hostel
Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ La Bo'M Hostal & Creperie

One of my absolute favorite places to work & study anywhere ~ La Bo’M Creperie, just above their hostel, with incredible views of the Andes Mountains.

Set in a Delicious Creperie…

I adore this place.  My friend and I literally stumbled into its creperie our first morning in Cusco, and got hooked on their reliable Wi-Fi, killer view, and delicious food (their crepes are the bomb).  After looking at no less than five other popular Cusco hostels, I chose this one.  It’s in the San Blas neighborhood in Cusco, which is a short but steep (5-10 minute), uphill walk from the main square. 

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ San Blas Neighborhood

To get anywhere in the San Blas neighborhood of Cusco ~ you need to walk up this cute, cobble-stoned hill.

Pros: Great, helpful staff; fast Wi-Fi; free breakfast; cute restaurant upstairs (the creperie) with amazing views over Cusco; clean, colorful rooms; cute courtyard with benches and hammocks.  Lots of French travelers come through here, so don’t be surprised to hear French voices floating into your bedroom. My room was small, but adorable. There are three bathrooms (one was always available), and the shower is HOT!  (This is a BIG deal in Cusco – especially at hostels and Airbnb’s). 

Cons: The bathrooms aren’t exactly luxurious, but they are clean, and most importantly: they have reliable hot water.  You can hear noise from the courtyard in your room if the windows are open, but at night while sleeping, it was never a problem.

Price: $12+ (for a private room).  Check prices & availability here.

La Bo'M Hostal & Creperie in Cusco, Peru

My tiny but very cute, colorful room at La Bo’M Hostal in Cusco, Peru. There is an Inca map that you can barely see along the right side wall…

Another Great Budget Option: Hostal La Posada de Pardo

Mid-Range Hotel Options

2. Apu Huascaran Hostal – Budget Hotel, Private Rooms, San Blas neighborhood

Apu Huascaran Hostal in Cusco, Peru

I stayed here for almost two weeks, making it by far my longest stay in Cusco.  Like La Bo’M, it’s also located in the San Blas neighborhood, directly across the street from the San Blas Spanish School, where I was taking lessons – so it made a great home base for me in Cusco.  Their cute courtyard is a wonderful little yellow sanctuary; I passed many a morning there happily writing.  Within the mid-range price category (under $50), this is definitely one of the best hotels in Cusco, Peru.

Pros & Cons

Pros: Wonderful courtyard; cute, rustic rooms with hardwood floors; great location in San Blas, close walk to main square, & right next to Green Point, an excellent vegetarian-friendly restaurant; great views from second & third floor rooms.

Cons: Wi-Fi not always reliable – okay for computers, not good for phone calls. Showers more lukewarm than hot; squeaky floors; breakfast OK, could be improved (i.e. not a great protein option); minor complaints on noise due to construction next door, squeaky floors and some noise from the courtyard. Mainly, noise comes from the numerous festivals held in Cusco, at all hours of the day and night ~ though this is undoubtedly part of Cusco’s charm!

Price: $20-25+ (low season).Check prices & availability here.

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ Apu Huascaran Hostal, Cusco, Peru

View from the third floor in Cusco’s Apu Huascaran Hostal (more like a hotel than a hostel : )

Luxury on a Budget…

3. Novotel Hotel Cusco – Luxury Hotel at Mid-Range Price, Historic Building, Quiet

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ Novotel Hotel Cusco

Gorgeous courtyard at one of my favorite hotels in Cusco, the Novotel.

This was the final place I stayed in Cusco, on the fifth floor, with an absolutely lovely view overlooking one of Cusco’s main cathedrals.  Though it’s just a few doors down from the JW Marriott (thus, giving it a perfect, central location), views here are generally better than the Marriott’s, as the hotel is set above ground ~ not below.  Though the JW rightfully gets much of the luxury buzz in town, I found the Novotel to be a fantastic option if you want high-end amenities, minus the large price tag.  For roughly half what the JW Marriott costs ~ you can have an outstanding experience at the Novotel, which is also set in a beautiful, 16th-century, historic building.  For the money, this is definitely one of the best hotels in Cusco, Peru.

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ Novotel Hotel

There are numerous, quiet places to read or write all throughout the hotel. Photo courtesy of Novotel.

Pros: Peace and quiet – this is the quietest room I had in Cusco (which is hard to find in this festival-loving town); though set on a main street, most rooms are set back, with a large courtyard providing a barrier from street noise; great location – a few steps away from the JW Marriott & the main square; clean, efficient rooms; fast Wi-Fi; nice breakfast; beautiful courtyard to eat, drink, and relax in; helpful staff; room service; lovely views from rooms on higher floors, particularly at night when cathedrals are lit; overall great value

Cons: Though the hotel is set in a lovely, historic building ~ the modern rooms give you no sense of that history, though they are very functional; it feels more like you are in an Ikea than in Peru.  Other than that, I can’t think of any good reason not to stay here, particularly as the price is so reasonable for the high quality level.

Price: $90-120.  Check prices & availability here

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ Novotel Hotel

Though the building is from the 16th century, the rooms at the Novotel are highly modern & efficient, but a little Ikea-ish. Photo courtesy of Novotel.

Luxury Hotels in Cusco, Peru

4. JW Marriott El Convento CuscoLuxury hotel, Historical

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Entrance to the JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco, Peru.

I came to think of the Marriott as my “home away from home” in Cusco.  I absolutely, freaking LOVE this place.  From the moment you walk through the heavy wood doors into the grand, golden entrance – you’re transported to another place.  It is, without a doubt, one of the best hotels in Cusco, Peru.  

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Their grand, golden chandelier is the height of luxury.

Fastest WiFi in Town…

The JW main lobby and bar area also became my official work space.  Because their Wi-Fi is so fast (the best I found anywhere in Cusco), I often returned after my stay to book flights, pay bills, do research, write, and make phone calls.  Though I only stayed at the Marriott for three nights, I countless times to work and use their Internet, for the small price of a fantastic pisco sour.  And their staff is wonderful ~ the best I came across anywhere in Cusco. 

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Yes ~ a pisco sour makes finishing my taxes just that much more enjoyable…

Pros: Phenomenal, cave-like bedrooms (i.e. “Man Cave”-style); robes; historical building; world-class spa; the best, steamy hot rainfall shower I found in Cusco; oxygen available in the rooms (you are above 11,000 feet, after all); room service (until you’ve been out trekking in the Andes, bunking in less than fabulous hostels, you just can’t understand how thrilling a robe, room service, and a new episode of “The Bachelor” are ; ); perfect location, one block from Cusco’s main square, 100% walkable; great restaurant and bar; wonderful staff who go above and beyond; and a delicious breakfast buffet.

Cons: Lack of a view.  Other than the high price tag, this is the primary drawback of this hotel.  Because it’s set in an old convent, the hotel is actually subterranean ~ for most rooms, you will take the elevator down.  If you really want a view here, request an upper level room.  Better views can be found in pretty much any hotel or hostel in the San Blas neighborhood, as it’s set up on a hill. 

Price: $89-400+ (plus resort charges).  Check prices & availability here.

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Man-cave style, subterranean rooms at the JW Marriott in Cusco.

5. Palacio del Inka – Luxury hotel, Historic Building

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ Palacio del Inka

View of the night skyline over one of Palacio del Inka’s beautiful courtyards.

Understated Opulence…

The Palacio del Inka is, in a word: fabulous.  Set in a centuries-old mansion, this hotel radiates understated opulence.  Get lost wandering down one of its many hallways and corridors, getting glimpses of Cusco’s skyline.  Also, if you’re staying here, or even if you’re not ~ use their spa.  It’s phenomenal, & relatively inexpensive to use for an hour or two.  As the photo below shows, they have numerous spas, whirlpools, cold plunges, a steam room, and saunas.  Absolutely heavenly ~ especially after a long trek, or Machu Picchu.

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ Palacio del Inka, Spa

Heavenly.

Pros: Luxurious and elegant, everything you would expect from a five-star hotel; excellent room service (great club sandwich); huge bathroom (bigger than the Marriott’s); super comfy beds & pillows; gorgeous, world-class spa; best breakfast buffet in Cusco, with all different kinds of fresh-squeezed juices & an amazing selection of choices; helpful staff; fast Wi-Fi; good location (not quite as convenient as the Marriott’s) ~ but just a few blocks away from the main square, about a 5-10 minute walk. 

Cons: Because it’s set down in the city like the Marriott, the views aren’t fantastic like they are in San Blas.  As it’s set on a busy street, you may hear street noise from your room, but with the windows shut, the noise should go away.  None of these should be reason enough not to stay here – the elegance of the hotel more than makes up for these minor issues.

Price: $150-400+ (plus resort fees).  Check prices & reviews for Palacio del Inka here.

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru ~ Palacio del Inka

Fit for a queen…

Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru!

Those are my five, absolute favorite, best of the best hotels in Cusco, Peru!  No matter what kind of traveler you are, I know that one of them is sure to be perfect for you!  And if you’re a solo female traveler, I would heartily recommend any of these accommodations to you, depending upon your budget.  

Have you been to Cusco, Peru & hiked Machu Picchu?  What was your favorite place to stay in the city ~ & was it in the budget, mid-range, or luxury side of things?  I want to hear all about it in the comment section below!

Read Next: Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Peru!

Noelle Bertram is a restaurant owner, former fitness coach, Huffington Post contributor, & all-around entrepreneur who travels full-time now & writes all about it! Catch up with her on Instagram or at her website about being the ultimate, fearless travel girl: GirlWhoTravelstheWorld.com.
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