Encantada is a cozy boutique hotel on the slopes of San Blas, the artisan district of Cusco. The views from the communal top-floor terrace are spectacular — you can see all the way down to the Plaza de Armas, and all the way up the opposite slope. Two of the 15 rooms in the main building have a balcony, and the three in the garden area have patios. All have views either down to the Plaza de Armas, or up toward the white Jesus statue which towers above the city. The views, and the lovely garden area, are what make this hotel stand out. The Swiss-Peruvian owners are big flower fans, so there are fresh blooms throughout the lobby and exteriors.
The rooms are simply decorated and well-equipped. Important for chilly Cusco nights is a space heater, but I needed mine only one night of my three-night stay. I did, however, very much appreciate the evening “cat” delivery — the hot water bottles wrapped in a furry cover. Perfect for keeping your feet toasty!
The hotel prides itself on its friendliness and service. Should you want a romantic dinner, they’ll set you up on the terrace looking out over the twinkling lights of Cusco.
The hotel houses a small spa (a bigger spa facility is in the works, as is a new building adding another 12 rooms). There’s also a small restaurant on-site; the breakfast is included in the rates.
For larger groups or families, consider renting their nearby 4-bedroom house with fireplace ($250/night).