The first boutique hotel in Cusco, Inkaterra La Casona is located in the traditional Plaza de las Nazarenas, surrounded by vibrant, cobblestoned streets. This 16th Century manor house stands on the training grounds for an elite army of Incas, and had Spanish Conquistador Diego de Almagro and ‘Libertador’ Simón Bolívar among its illustrious guests.
After being harmoniously restored by Inkaterra throughout five years, emphasizing its original architecture, Inkaterra La Casona reflects the encounter of cultures and traditions across centuries. Surrounding the main patio, its eleven suites are provided with chimneys, heated floors and extra-large bathtubs. Its halls are decorated with colonial furniture, Pre-Columbian textiles and original murals.
The Yacu therapy room offers bespoke treatments and, like the manor’s dining room, uses products derived from local sources. Those who sleep within the stone walls, beneath the exposed beams, gain a deeper understanding to the city’s cultural heritage.
The small dining room and terrace are serene guests-only affairs with a menu showcasing local ingredients, including Andean trout, Peruvian cheese and yucca, served on handmade terracotta plates designed by the owners. Another favourite wraps chicken in smoked bacon and serves it with a yucca cloud.
None as such, but the hotel will mix a drink anywhere you choose. Pick one of the local specialties, including pisco sours, maracuya sours (made with passion fruit) – or aguaymanto sours (using tart groundcherries).
Breakfast is served from 5am until 10am (ideal for anyone looking to get an early start for Machu Picchu); lunch is midday right up to 4pm; dinner is available from 6pm until 10pm.
Spirits, hot drinks and snacks can be ordered anytime.