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, 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).
Contributing Editor, LuxuryAndBoutiqueHotels.com