I just returned from an incredible tour of Peru that included a few days in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Although I didn’t stay at the Inkaterra La Casona, I did visit this historic property and can recommend it as a luxurious option for Cusco visitors. The hotel has been on my radar for a while, I also noticed it when I first visited Cusco in 2008. The Inkaterra brand, with six hotels in Peru, has established itself as the leader in boutique luxury and they really blend local (and Inca) culture with the style, service and amenities serious travelers demand. The hotel is housed in a classic Spanish colonial mansion built in the 1600s, hidden from the street by a large door. Inside, there is a beautiful courtyard, surrounded by columns and arches.

The Inkaterra La Casona (Plaza Nazarenas 113, Cusco) is right near Cusco’s San Blas district, home to many of the city’s artists and art studios. It’s also directly next door to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. The hotel is only a few steps down the street from the Plaza de Armas and the main tourist and historic area. It’s a very central location that allows for easy walking access to all the museums and tourist areas.