We stayed at Novotel both before and after our trip to Machu Pichu. We picked the hotel as the price was super-reasonable (we booked 4mos in advance) and wanted a location near the main sights of Cusco. With its proximity to the Plaza de Armas and Coricancha, we knew this is where we wanted to be. Also, we came during the Easter Holy Week, so were able to enjoy the processions and parades w/in the Plaza de Armas.
Note that there are two 'wings' to the hotel. There's the original structure from, say, the 1800's, and a newer, more generic wing. I'd recommend the original structure which appears to be the original owners residence. Within this wing, you'll find better views of the streets, quaint rooms with shuttered windows, hardwood floors, and doors overlooking the main terrazzo. The 'other' wing is what you'd expect with most new construction hotels. Nothing necessarily 'special'.
We dined here on the first night. Service wasn't great at all, so I had reservations when my meal arrived. However, the aji de gallina was fantastic. Okay, it was the first time I'd had the dish, but I was hooked! After that meal, I tried aji de gallina several more times and nothing compared to the quality of the dish at Novotel.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Breakfast