New boutique hotel on the site of a former market, blending original features with a stylish contemporary aesthetic and judicious use of bold colours.
The El Mercado boutique hotel occupying a former market is owned and operated by one of Peru's luxury trekking specialists, who pride themselves on their impeccable service and warm hospitality. As the building's previous incarnation would suggest, there's plenty of outdoor space, including an impressive courtyard where vendors' stalls have been replaced by relaxing outdoor seating and the bustle of trade by an air of calm.
Inside, the hotel is a sophisticated and welcoming blend of original features and a stylish modern aesthetic. From the carved stone columns and original brickwork to the judicious use of bold colour, the attention to detail is visible in every aspect of its design.
Guestrooms and suites have a full range of modern amenities, with the romantic addition of open plan bathrooms, some with tubs which can be screened off with linen curtains. There is also a contemporary diner-style breakfast area, restaurant, coffee shop, bar and lounge, and a terrace with marvellous views over Cusco's terracotta-tiled rooftops.
What our clients say
Lovely hotel, good food, brilliant breakfast, attentive, helpful staff, thoroughly enjoyed it. Great location just a few minutes walk from the main square too.LL Ross-on-wye
Friendly staff and good restaurantMO, Woodbridge
Excellent situation. Good restaurant. Pleasant, friendly atmosphere.AST, Berwick-On-Tweed
"Terrific central base to explore Cusco (or Qosqo as I was told is. It's real Quechan name). Felt very friendly and secure. Lovely courtyard with complimentary teas/coffees at any time. And thoughtfully designed rooms with everything you might need. Probably my favourite hotel of the three, because of the general ambiance, decor and design."TL,Royston
We particularly liked this charming little hotel.RN, London
Well described as a Boutique Hotel, with lots of character only 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral.JH Newcastle upon tyne
Our expert's view
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.