- Historic, characterful boutique hotel
- Close to 'Plaza de Armas' main square
- Beautifully-presented rooms
- Good value for money
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.
- Historic property with contemporary touches
- Excellent central Cusco location
- Near main square, museums, markets, cafes
- Excursions further afield available
- Upmarket boutique hotel steeped in history
- Well located for exploring Cusco
- Lovely central courtyard
- Butler service, spa, gym, yoga, cookery class
- Elegant historic hotel
- Tranquil central location
- Beautiful gardens and heated pool
- Personal butler service, lovely activities
- Historic, eco-friendly property
- Centrally located in Cusco
- Walking, horse riding, motorbike excursions
- Central Cusco location
- Attractions within walking distance
- Great mid-range option
- Charming guesthouse
- Central location
- Good Value
- Colonial courtyard
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It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019