Home > Destinations > Central-South-America > Peru
Related topics: Peru,Accommodation, Activities-Attractions, Central-South-America, Cusco-Machu Picchu, Destinations, Food-Restaurants, hotels, luxury hotels, Restaurants, Sight-seeing, spas, Supplier Information, Trip Types and Activities

Casa Cartagena

May 7, 2010 By: Pamela McCourt Francescone Luxury Travel Advisor
 


 

The Courtyard at Casa Cartagena
The Courtyard at Casa Cartagena. The hotel has only 16 suites in four different categories.

 

Chances are anyone visiting Cusco, Peru, the ancient Inca capital, will stay just long enough to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and take a city tour. Now there is very good reason to stay longer. It is Casa Cartagena, a 17th-century residence which its Italian owner has restored, leaving original features like the stone walls in view, and adding trendy molded designer lighting and contemporary Italian furniture. Proving, yet again, Italians do it better.

The 16 suites, (the largest in Peru at 430 to 1,292 square feet) in the old and the new buildings have built-in oxygen systems to help with soroche or altitude sickness, and come in different shapes and color schemes. Nine have private balconies and they all look onto the flag-stoned and grass patio, which takes on a fairytale atmosphere at night when the large illuminated globe in the center glows like a toppled full moon.

Owner and General Manager Stefano Boetto (sboetto@casacartagena.com; 011-51-8426-1171) says the hotel was designed with families in mind and recommends the six Master Suites in the old building (860 to 1,075 square feet), which can sleep four to five. In particular, book Suite Nos. 10 and 11, which are connecting, and Suite Nos. 12 and 14, which are bi-level.

Top Digs: The best of the best is the 1,614-square-foot Royal Suite with an arched stone terrace, which has been converted into an elegant living/dining room. The bedroom area is on two levels with a large Jacuzzi and a bathroom behind the king-size bed on the lower level, and two queen-size beds upstairs where there is a second bathroom and a small massage room.

The 1,292-square-foot Presidential Suite, also in the original building and with a private balcony, has a long living/dining room, a TV room and a Jacuzzi behind the king-sized bed.

For families with small children, we suggest Suite No. 5 in the new building (one of the eight 430-square-foot LP Suites) for its cheerful red and white-striped walls. Note: This room opens right onto the patio. For honeymooners, pick Suite No. 10 in the old building, with a bright yellow wall behind the bed, traces of the original frescoes, a small living room and a balcony.

All suites have high ceilings, dark wood floors, desks, dining tables, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning and heating, and cordless telephones (local calls are complimentary). Nice Touch: The Peruvian aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres served in the suites at sundown.

 

Luxury Properties Suites
Four of Eight Luxury Properties Suites have private balconies.

 

The bathrooms are spacious with WCs and separate bidets behind a sliding glass partition, bathtubs and separate shower stalls. And ladies will appreciate the oodles of space for personal bottles and jars on the dark wood units around the sinks.

Concierge Cersar Oliart (coliart@casacartagena.com) arranges the butler service, airport transfers and personalized guided tours. Tip: He is the one to ask about events and shows in town and for the best shopping.

One reason to stay longer is to indulge in the Qoya Spa which has an XL Jacuzzi, a sauna and an all-glass wall looking out on the hillside bohemian district of San Blas, which, at night, becomes a twinkling crib. Spa Manager Ninet Rodriguez (nrodriguez@casacartagena.com) says relaxing massages are popular and so is the Metaphorical Massage consisting of head, hand and foot treatments.

Luxury travel advisors would do best to book at least two months ahead, but six months out is best for the Easter Holy week, Christmas, New Year’s and the June Intiraimi winter solstice festival week. Note: Keep Fido at home; pets are not welcome.

For VIP requirements, contact Boetto or Assistant General Manager Jose Carlos Canales (jcanales@casacartagena.com). They will also advise on availability if your clients want to take over the entire hotel.

Dine Time: In the mid 1900s, La Chola Restaurant was a haunt for both artists and intellectuals alike. Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda wrote some of his poetry here and Che Guevara is said to have been a patron. The Lomo saltato a la Cartagena signature dish and cui, or roast guinea pig, are two of the local favorites on Chef Darcy Rene Quispe’s fusion Peruvian-international menu. Note: Ask for one of the small tables out in the patio if you are looking for a romantic dining experience. Meals can also be arranged in the privacy of one’s suite or out on the balcony.

The homey lounge has a wood-burning stone fireplace.  Quirky Touch: The three sinks in the restroom are green, white and red, the colors of the Italian flag! For eating out, Boetto suggests the nearby Cicciolina, which specialises in tapas, Mediterranean and Peruvian Andean cuisine, and has a well-stocked wine cellar.

 

The Three-Level Qoya Spa
The Three-Level Qoya Spa has a view of the Artisan neighborhood of San Blas.

 


What do you think of this Article?
 



April 21, 2014

unitedclub_0

April 18, 2014 | News

Heathrow's Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal is set to open in early June, with United as its first tenant. Take a look at what the airline's luxury... more >>


AQ04101_0

April 18, 2014 | News

The two companies, already partnered at the MGM Grand, have formed a joint venture to design, develop and manage luxury nongaming hotels in... more >>


dubai_stockxchng_thumb

April 18, 2014 | News

Summer in Dubai doesn't have to just be sitting by a pool or a beach. Here are some (mostly indoor) activities for all kinds of visitors, especially... more >>


shangrilalhasa_0

April 18, 2014 | News

Inside the hotel, the lobby pays homage to elements found in traditional Tibetan culture. The visual anchor of the lobby lounge is a 21-foot... more >>


Ocean Point at Maho

April 18, 2014 | News | By Joe Pike

Luxury Travel Advisor just returned from St. Maarten, where we were treated to a private tour of the site that will eventually be home to what we... more >>


car_0

April 18, 2014 | News

The service is now offered in 30 key cities globally, up from 10 in the past. more >>



Mexico0

April 17, 2014 | Deal

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the ID Travel Group, the luxury tour operator is inviting agents to take part in a series of 30-day Challenges... more >>


beaurivagepalace

April 4, 2014 | Deal

​The Beau-Rivage Palace is offering a Easter package for guests staying between April 11 and 27 that includes egg hunts, visits from the Easter... more >>


April 2, 2014 | Deal

In London, the Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments has a special Spring Family Break offer that includes accommodations in one of the property’s deluxe... more >>


ClubRoom_resized_0

April 1, 2014 | Deal

This package offers access to the exclusive Club Lounge and the hotel's spa. more >>


ritzdovemountain_0

March 28, 2014 | Deal

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has introduced two new packages for the season, Spring Break and Spring Returns, inviting travelers to enjoy... more >>


jademountain_0

March 27, 2014 | Deal

If travelers book the package for a minimum of five nights they will receive one night free in categories sky, star and moon. This offer is valid... more >>



ESPA’S co-ed Meditation Room is the perfect getaway for ultimate relaxation.

April 9, 2014 | Article | By Jena Tesse Fox

Exploring over-the-top Vegas Spas to energize, pamper and relax. more >>


Residences on Grace Bay, Grace Bay Resort, Turks & Caicos

April 8, 2014 | Article

Luxury Travel Advisor has named the 2013 winners of its prestigious Awards of Excellence. more >>


matthew upchurch

April 8, 2014 | Article | By Ruthanne Terrero

When Luxury Travel Advisor last profiled the organization in 2005, Virtuoso had 305 member agencies comprising 5,200 agents who generated $3.6... more >>


The Douro River Valley is considered to be the center of Port Wine production.

April 8, 2014 | Article | By Susan J. Young

Quaint destinations in France, Germany, Austria and Portugal await river cruisers. more >>


April 8, 2014 | Article

Here’s a summary of some of the latest developments in the global hotel industry. more >>


BANYAN TREE YANGSHUO will combine Chinese history with a contemporary resort vibe in all its accommodations.

April 8, 2014 | Article | By Meagan Drillinger

Banyan Tree Yangshuo, set in Fuli Town along the Li River, will have 142 suites and villas that combine classic Chinese history with a contemporary... more >>



HotelRoom-Hyatt

April 7, 2014 | Blog | By Jena Tesse Fox

In response to an essay complaining about how hotels have changed for the worse over the past few years, here are just a few ways that they've... more >>


lionking

April 2, 2014 | Blog | By Jena Tesse Fox

Passengers on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Sydney were treated to an impromptu concert by cast members of Disney's The Lion King. more >>


DSCF5005

March 24, 2014 | Blog | By Jena Tesse Fox

LTA's Jena Tesse Fox had the opportunity to check out the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. Here's what she saw... more >>


broadway-in-nyc-by-night-760045-m_0

March 6, 2014 | Blog

Coming to New York in March? Here are some of the newest shows that are slated to open or begin previews so you can say you saw it first... more >>


delposto_0

February 18, 2014 | Blog

So you're coming to NYC, one of the best foodie cities in the East...but you're avoiding gluten. No need to suffer! Here are five Manhattan eateries... more >>



Planners

 


Family Fun in Hawaii    kapaluabay.jpg   By:   Joe Pike

Luxury Travel Advisor brings you a quartet of resorts that will surely impress VIP families heading to the Aloha State. View


Staying in Shanghai    shanghai.jpg   By:   Pamela McCourt Francescone

Experience the ultimate luxury experience in Shanghai’s best of hotels and resorts. View