When I first visited Cusco six years ago, there was the Monasterio, the Libertador Palacio del Inka, and there was…everyone else. If you wanted a luxury experience, you stayed at one of those two hotels and that was that.

As Peru has gotten more popular, the luxury hotel scene has expanded to match, to the point where when a new  boutique hotel opens up in Cusco now, there’s a collective yawn from the press. That’s too bad, because the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is worth a shout—especially considering the rates. It may not break new ground, but it offers a great experience for the price.

While Aranwa’s Cusco property isn’t going to outdo the Monasterio or several other top hotels in Cusco’s historic center, it’s still a fine hotel that provides a combination of Cusco’s colonial environment and an element of luxury only seen near the city’s top level of rates. The price is good, the bathrooms are great, the hotel doesn’t sit on a steep hill, and there’s free oxygen pumping into every room.

Cusco’s luxury hotel rates can be hard to swallow if you’re not with a tour group that has negotiated down the price, so we’re happy to see someone come in to add more competition. See our full review of Aranwa Cusco.

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