Published on : Saturday, February 2, 2013
While Cusco sits on top of the world in the Peruvian Andes, superior first-class Terra Andina Hotel, one of city destination’s five hotels tapped this year for a TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice Award, sits elegantly and quietly in the historic center of the former capital of the Inca civilization.
“We couldn’t be prouder to have this recognition from former guests,” said the hotel’s director, JesusLopez. “We have our whole Terra Andina family to thank for making each guest’s stay a memorable and personalized experience.”
Occupying a handsome 18th century colonial manor house, the Terra Andina Hotel is perfectly located for the Cusco visitor: San Pedro Church—considered the finest example of early religious colonial architecture—is a block away.
Sharing the same plaza is the three-block-long San Pedro Mercado, a colorful daily supermarket where local people shop for everything from fresh produce and fish to medicinal herbs and handcrafts. The Museum of Popular Art is right in the neighborhood. The grand Plaza de Armas is a 10-minute walk—passing en route the Santa Clara church, San Francisco Plaza, great shops such as Alpaca III, nice little restaurants. And 10 minutes away is the Poroy Rail Station from which trains depart early to Machu Picchu.
Terra Andina is intimate and stylishly appointed hotel, modern but retaining its colonial atmosphere and charm, known for its attentive and caring multi-lingual staff. The boutique property accommodates guests in 31 rooms: Standard, Superior, Deluxe and Suites. All are non-smoking; decorated with colonial-style furniture and modern fabrics in Andean colors. And all rooms feature cable TV, telephone, free high-speed Internet and safe deposit box; they also have private bath with shower and tub, plus Terra Andina amenities. Standard rooms have twin beds, while Superior rooms are more spacious and add queen or king beds fitted with 450-thread-count linens and goose down comforters, 32-inch LCD TV, frigo-bar, in-bathroom telephone, bathrobe and slippers, flowers and a fruit basket. All those amenities and more come to guests occupying the largest Deluxe rooms and Suites; they are treated to upgraded bathrooms fitted out in Carrara marble vanities, hydro-massage bathtub, and bath accessories by Bulgari.
American breakfast, featuring a grand buffet of hot and cold dishes, is included in the hotel rates, and guests occupying Superior and Deluxe rooms can order a-la-carte breakfast at no extra cost.
Fine dining is one of the pleasures of staying at Terra Andina Hotel, whose head chef and assistants have trained with chefs from Lima’s renowned Le Cordon Blue culinary school, together blending international techniques and traditions with Peruvian ingredients and specialties. The Colonial Patio restaurant, romantically set in the hotel’s colonial courtyard, is well-known for serving up a delicious and lively gourmet experience, focused on traditional Peruvian cuisine. Highland soups are lunchtime favorites, while one of the chef’s signature dinner dishes is Alpaca Terra Andina—alpaca tenderloin (or beef if one wishes) marinated in Andean herbs, seared in pisco brandy and served on a bed of quinoa risotto and yellow peppers.
Social areas include a relaxing lounge where guests gather to chat, to browse a book from the library, sip coca tea or a pisco sour from the lobby bar. Two complementary P.C.’s are available on the lounge-lobby level, and WI FI access is also available hotel-wide.
Terra Andina offers a particularly warm welcome to its guests with a complementary transfer from the airport to the hotel (with advance notice). Additionally, Concierge, 24-hour Reception, laundry and dry cleaning, medical assistance, business center, small meeting room with audio visual equipment, luggage storage and security guard are among the other services and facilities available.
And looking to provide its guests with the most memorable of Cusco experiences, Terra Andina maintains an active and creative travel desk, assisting guests with arrangements for half- and full-day tours, ranging from guided walking tours of Cusco, to Indian Markets and archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, to day-long and overnight excursions to Machu Picchu. When making hotel reservations, guest arrangements can also book ahead for touring in and around Cusco.
Room rates 2013, including American breakfast and service charge, are the same for single or double occupancy: Standard room—$149; Superior room—$199; Deluxe room—- $279, and the Suite cost is $319. The cost is $50 per night when adding an extra bed for triple occupancy. Drastically reduced rates are available to Tour Operators selling Peru.
Rates are subject to a 30% surcharge during the following holidays: Inti Raymi (June 22-27), Independence Day (July 27-29), Christmas (December 24-26), New Year: December 31-January 1).
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