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Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

A luxury option for art lovers

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Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel - Courtyard
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel - Courtyard

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Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is an intriguing blend of hotel and museum. This 16th Century colonial mansion, formerly the residence of a Spanish conquistador, a priest of the city Cathedral and Cusco’s famous author Clorinda Matto de Turner, the property is steeped in history. Opening its doors as a hotel in 2010, the Aranwa is home to over 300 pieces of individual art; with guests able to request audio equipment for self-guided tours of the property to learn about the history of the artefacts.


It would be difficult to improve the location of Aranwa Cusco Boutique hotel. Cusco’s main square - the Plaza de Armas - is barely a 300-metre walk, and you can even take in the Chocolate Museum on your way! For culture vultures, the impressive Saqsaywaman Ruins are less than a mile to the North.


Aranwa Boutique Hotel has 43 rooms in total; featuring 11 Classic, 12 Deluxe, 17 Deluxe Superior (three of which feature a balcony) and 3 Suites (all with balconies). The colonial features have been retained and the high ceilings give a real feel of space, especially in the higher room categories. The hotel also pumps in additional oxygen to the rooms, to counteract the effects of altitude sickness, at 3,400 metres.


As is standard for colonial-era properties in Cusco, the hotel is set around a central courtyard area. The ground floor consists of the reception/concierge desk, Mishizo Restaurant, Khasikay Bar, breakfast area, two reception rooms and courtyard areas. All rooms can be reached via stairs or the small elevator. The hotel’s extensive art can be found throughout the property.


The Aranwa Boutique Hotel’s most distinguishing feature are the hundreds of historical artefacts dotted around the property; which are – refreshingly – not roped off and out of reach of inquisitive guests. The ‘intelligent oxygen system’ is nothing new in Cusco, but the fact that this is a free service is worth noting, as some hotels charge extra.

Location. Bags of history & artwork to satisfy such appetites

No pool or spa…a potential disappointment for post-Machu Picchu trekkers

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