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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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  • 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.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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