When I did the planning for our post-cruise visit to the beautiful Peruvian highlands in December 2015, I was looking for an intimate, cosy and yet somehow stylish place to stay at. It should fulfill my minimum expectations in terms of comfort and convenience, should be excellently located for exploring the city and offer the peace and tranquility that I prefer for a restful night.
I found it in this little gemstone throning in the picturesque San Blas neighborhood, only 15 minutes by taxi from the airport and maybe 10 minutes by foot down the hill to downtown Cusco.
The boutique hotel is located in an enchanted republican house that has been renovated with lots of attention to detail to preserve the local charm of the region. It offers only 18 deluxe rooms and 2 premium suites and offers therefore a highly familiar atmosphere.
Rooms are equipped with central heating and unlimited hot water (especially important during winter in the Andes and not always the standard), highly comfortable beds, a fully equipped bathroom with bathroom amenities, all-inclusive buffet breakfast, widescreen TVs and free WiFi.
I had opted for a Junior Suite on the second floor with views into the small alleyway Carmen Alto. The room consisted of the bedroom and a small open living area with vanity desk, wardrobe and a table with two chairs. The sink was integrated into the living area while the toilet and the shower were extra.
The design is bright and the high ceilings and open roof structure contributed to a very airy ambiance. One thing I particularly would like to highlight was the very friendly and hearty service that we received upon arrival and during the entire stay at Quinta San Blas.
All restaurant recommendations were fantastic and the girls from the reception were helpful with any inquiry that we had. At the time we stayed there, the hotel´s dog, a golden retriever, was always happy to receive a little petting whenever around.
A breakfast buffet is included in the room rate which is served downstairs and includes besides cold cuts, cereals, croissants, muffins, toast and other bread also a selection of fruits as well as made-to-order warm breakfast dishes from the chef.
Absolutely sufficient and altogether very tasty for a healthy start into the day. The majority of the ingredients is locally grown or purchased at the local market. If you are craving coffee specialities such as cappuccino or cafe latte, there is a great café only 50 meters down Calle Carmen Alto. It also serves one of the best Tres Leches cakes that I have ever had, so make sure to keep room for this at least once!
In the same direction, just a little further right across from Templo de San Blas on Plaza San Blas, lies Pachapapa Restaurant. Head there for dinner which you will not regret! There is outside and inside seating and the food is absolutely delicious, particularly if you enjoy the hearty Peruvian cuisine.
Unfortunately, we only had two nights here. But no question I would come back anytime! The price performance was most excellent for the quality offered. A great place to stay at.
Quinta San Blas by Ananay Hotels
Carmen Alto 218, Cusco, Peru
+51 84 507243