The Tambo del Arriero hotel Cusco is located in an old colonial house in the Nueva Alta area of Cusco. Built in 1640, this hotel or ‘tambo’ used to be a place of rest for muleteers and traders that came to Cusco to sell their products.
The 18 room hotel which opened in 2010 has been lovingly restored in exquisite detail by the delightful owners Jorge and Olivia. This is one of the few hotels in Cusco actually owned and operated by a ‘Cusqueña’ or Cusco family and their love of their culture and history is apparent in every corner. During the two year restoration of the building local Cusco artisans were hired to re-create every element of the hotel in-line with the typical Cusco colonial style from the furniture and patio design to the murals and the room layout.
Rooms are positioned around 2 beautiful courtyards where you can admire alcoves made of stone and red brick, an inheritance from Spanish classical architecture. The rooms themselves are surprisingly spacious and very cozy with queen size beds, excellent linen and modern bathrooms with excellent showers and baths. What we really enjoyed about this hotel were the little extras that you don’t expect at this price such as heated towel rails in the bathrooms, bathrobes, coca tea available in your room, central heating and flat screen cable tvs.
The staff is friendly and can help you organize tours and visits around the city and the subtle lights at night bring a stunning quiet and welcome atmosphere to this little gem in the heart of Cusco. Tambo del Arriero is a peaceful haven filled with history and is definitely one of our top picks for mid-range places to stay in Cusco.
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- If you want something a little more luxurious opt for one of their spacious deluxe suites which have their own private garden, lounge area and jacuzzi. With rates starting from US$142, these are some of the best value quality suites in Cusco.
- Tambo del Arriero have just opened their new restaurant ‘Cocavi’ and serve traditional Peruvian cuisine including dishes like lomo saltado and quinoa pesque. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in the tradional colonial style and is a great spot for an intimate evening meal.