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Hotel El Retablo

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- Historic, characterful boutique hotel
- Close to 'Plaza de Armas' main square
- Beautifully-presented rooms
- Good value for money

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El Retablo is a colourful and quirky boutique hotel centrally located in the Peruvian city of Cusco. This eye-catching, imaginatively-presented property is set in a well-preserved historic building which has been renovated to a high standard by the ‘Mountain Lodges of Peru’ hotel portfolio. With a stylish and arty feel, El Retablo celebrates the lively culture, traditions and heritage of the local people and the eclectic décor draws inspiration from folk art by local artisans.

There are 17 light, airy rooms in total, with two categories of room to choose from: ‘Superior’ and the slightly larger ‘Superior Deluxe’. Children are welcome, and the rooms are all modestly priced and creatively presented with bright, white walls and splashes of colour throughout. En-suite bathrooms are common to all rooms, with complimentary toiletries and smart TVs also provided and many come with pleasant city views.

There’s plenty to see and do within walking distance of the hotel, such as visiting prominent churches and museums, not to mention the many places to eat and drink. The city’s main square, the Plaza de Armas, is a buzzing hub of activity and only a short walk away. Many events and festivals are held in the square throughout the year and it’s also home to some impressive Spanish Colonial architecture, along with an eclectic array of shops, restaurants and cafes. Cusco’s charming cobbled streets are a genuine delight to explore – there are countless historic and religious buildings to spot, a bustling market, and plenty of parks to relax in.

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