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El Mercado Hotel by Mountain Lodges

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- Historic property with contemporary touches
- Excellent central Cusco location
- Near main square, museums, markets, cafes
- Excursions further afield available

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Hotel Mercado is a charming and characterful property located in Peru’s vibrant city of Cusco, ancient Inca capital, and lively modern-day destination. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square known for its colonial-era buildings and bustling cafes and many of Cusco’s must-see attractions are within easy walking distance. The hotel is situated in what was once a market and has an authentic, historical feel along with some well-presented, contemporary facilities.

Bedrooms come in five different categories ranging from the Superior Single Room to the Suite. All rooms are en-suite and come with a marble bathroom and a rain shower along with other amenities such as a hairdryer and a TV with cable channels. Heating is provided and there’s plenty of space, even in the most basic room options.

The on-site restaurant is open for three meals a day, plus there’s a bar area that’s open from lunch onwards. All meals are freshly prepared and menus feature a varied line-up of local and international dishes. The hotel puts on live entertainment shows and informative classes to teach guests all about the city’s culture and traditions. Families with young children are welcome, although note that there is no babysitting service.

There’s something new to discover around every corner in Cusco thanks to its long, rich history. It’s easy to explore independently at your own pace, especially since the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s many museums, churches and monuments. There are also plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars dotted around and there’s some lively nightlife too. There are a variety of excursions that can be arranged, including two offered by the hotel itself which comes under the Mountain Lodges of Peru portfolio. The first option is the ‘Hike Inkilltambo’, a half-day trek that takes in two fascinating archaeological sites outside of the city; the other option, ‘San Pedro Market’, is a guided tour of this very popular market where all sorts of foods, crafts and local wares are sold.

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