You need this guide to the best hotels in Cusco for families if you are going to stay in the heart of the Inca Empire in Cusco, belly button of the world! Cusco, Peru is an excellent place to base yourself for 5 days to a week. Especially if traveling with children or looking for an immersion experience with plenty of access to world-class amenities.
Cusco was our home for 10 years, and in the 5 years since we have left it’s the place that “it feels like coming home” on our frequent visits. Unlike all the other hotel reviews on our blog, we have NOT STAYED in any of these hotels. However, as the owners of a Cusco travel agency, we have visited each of these family hotels over the years (for multiple property inspections) and had clients – and some friends – stay in them. This is the best of where to stay in Cusco.
Cusco has a lot of luxury properties and, from hotel inspections, we believe that most of them would be suitable for children. We have started with the more affordable prices in this list, ending with the three luxury properties.
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Best Hotels In Cusco For Families – Budget/Economical
This is our long term ‘family favorite’. The property is top on are where to stay in Cusco list. It allows you to stay in the heart of Cusco’s historic center and close to the action, but on a commercial (not tourist) street. This modest hotel is tastefully and charmingly decorated with two rooms featuring chimneys. Families have access to a kitchen, pizza oven, and grassed picnic areas. There are rooms suitable for up to 5 people. Check here for full property details and to check current rates.
Ninos Hotel is located in colonial homes on Calles Meloq and Fierro, with a cheerful atmosphere. Proceeds from the two hotels support a Children’s Foundation, which provides twice daily meals at 5 “restaurants” in the Cusco area. These basic hotels have the choice of private or shared showers and clean, functional rooms. While the main benefit of a stay here is knowing you are contributing to a good cause, you can certainly ask if there are any activities where you can help out local children. Check here for full property details and to check current rates.
Inkarri Hostel is a good choice out of the family hotels in Cusco being that the Inkarri is about 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas. The simple rooms are centered on two big grassed courtyards with room for kids to run. Located on a narrow one way street, larger buses can’t reach the hotel and it isn’t pram accessible. However, still a good choice for families on a budget. Rooms at the back are newer/ further from the street. Check here for full property details and current rates.
The name means ‘stone door’ in Quechua, and you arrive at Hotel Rumi Punku through this Inca construction. One of Cusco’s most established mid-range hotels, there are nice rooms, a reasonably sized courtyard and lots of atmosphere! We would opt for the newer rooms, described as ‘Superior.’ Check here for full property details and current rates.
Best Hotels In Cusco For Families – Mid-Range
An older style hotel on the charming and quiet Plaza Regocijo and probably the best located hotel on the whole list. With a beautiful exterior, this hotel is a little dated but offers a newer section with connecting rooms for families or a loft section. Check here for full property details and current rates.
A property that is full of charm and atmosphere! This is a beautiful option and centrally located close to the upmarket Plaza Nazarenas. Hotel Arquelogo is a converted colonial house with many cozy rooms. For families we would opt for suites, with elegant four-poster beds or the loft rooms. Check here for full property details and current rates.
Quinua Villa Boutique is a quiet B&B with only 6 apartments in the whole complex and is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Cusco. Each apartment has a living room, kitchenette and a bedroom so you can cook a simple meal, plus have ample space inside for kids to play. Note, that this cute apartment B&B is located on different terrace levels and up from the street, so you need to have no access issues (not good for toddlers probably). There is a lovely courtyard, and you can climb all the way up for a sweeping view to town. Check here for full property details and current rates.
An apartment style hotel that is tucked away on Recoleta Street (a street we lived in for some time). This place offers a flat walk to the Plaza de Armas (yes this is important in Cusco)! This is a family style apartment hotel which offers value for money. Rooms are small and decorated in Cusco style, the gardens natural and relaxing! Check here for full property details and current rates.
Best Hotels In Cusco For Families – Luxury
The following family hotels in Cusco all fit in the Luxury hotel category as they have impeccable service, standards, AND swimming pools! They are popular with families traveling with children to Cusco.
A Marriott property with a gorgeous reception area and the indoor heated pool are two of the standout features of this, one of Cusco’s newer hotels. Traveling with small children or if you have a focus on reliable 5 class service would be reasons to choose this new hotel. The cheaper rooms are underground and this is a less personalized service than other hotels on the list. But it’s safe, secure, and the pool gets this hotel onto the list. Check here for full property details and current rates.
Casa Cartagena is still relatively new but it is one of Cusco’s most spectacular luxury properties. Build in a UNESCO World Heritage site building the redecoration is all done by a super-modern Italian designer. It has to be seen to be believed and is very, very beautiful and cool. Highly splurge-worthy. Rooms are large, the courtyard ample and with a spa where you can enjoy the warm water. Check here for full property details and current rates.
An opulent hotel that could only be described as splurge worthy! With stunning rooms that can have oxygen or the aroma of Andean herbs piped into them, this is one of the most celebrated luxury hotels in Peru. It hits this list for us because it has an outdoor heated swimming pool. Check here for full property details and current rates.
There are many other family hotels in Cusco that we would consider for a stay with children, these include:
Casa Andina Private Collection – Located in Limacpampa with great courtyards, try not to get a room on the road.
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