Staying at this 17th century house, now a charming 18-room hotel, you are in the heart of the San Blas artistic district of Cusco and can immerse yourself in Andean culture. Each room is dedicated to a Quechua textile icon or pallay, each with symbolic significance, and you can learn more about textile iconography from the hotel's pallay display and cards in the lobby. At Casa San Blas you are within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas and the city's historical sights, with staff happy to advise on places of interest you can visit during your stay.
Rooms are cosy and homely, equipped with TV, phone and en-suite bathroom with hot water available round the clock. Locally made textiles add colour and the handmade furniture provides character. Suites are larger including a sitting area and small kitchen, and are on the top floor with views over the rooftops. Hot water bottles are provided for chilly evenings, a thoughtful touch much appreciated by guests.
Start the morning at the breakfast buffet where you can take your pick of the dishes on offer to set you up for a day exploring. On your return to Casa San Blas you can head up to the terrace to sip a cup of coca tea and take in views of the city skyline. This is a residential and working neighbourhood where you can get the feel for local life, and during the day you may hear children at a nearby school - all part of life in San Blas!
Open: Casa San Blas is open all year.
Location: The hotel is in San Blas, traditionally the artisan quarter of Cusco, a short walk from the Plaza de Armas.
Rooms: There are standard rooms, suites and a senior suite. All are en-suite, have bottled drinking water, a safe, phone, TV, a hairdryer and toiletries. Hot water bottles can be provided to warm beds. There are 12 standard rooms, a mix of twins and doubles, arranged on the ground and first floors overlooking the courtyard. The five suites are on the second floor with access to the terrace. There are twin, double and triple suites, all with a small sitting room and a kitchen. Some have accommodation over two levels. The senior suite has a lounge, small kitchen and a jacuzzi in the bathroom. Each room and suite is dedicated to a traditional Quechua textile symbol, displayed in the room.
Activities: Staff can advise on places of interest such as markets, museums, historical sites and art galleries within the city, and suggest walking routes to help you explore Cusco. The hotel offers cookery classes and private dinners at La Casona Princesita, 15 minutes from Casa San Blas.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant (see below), and a sitting area in the lobby with a selection of reference books. There is a massage room. The sunny roof terrace is a good place to sit and enjoy views over the city. Complimentary oxygen bottles are available to help guests acclimatise. The hotel offers a luggage storage service.
Dining: Tika Bistro is open daily for a buffet breakfast, with a range of hot and cold, sweet and savoury items. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the neighbourhood, providing a good choice of dining options at lunch and dinner times.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Child minding can be arranged.
Health: Cusco is a non-malarial area.
Communication: There is complimentary Wi-Fi and high speed internet access in main areas.
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