About this listing
Hola! An opportunity to stay in our lovely Cusco house in a beautiful double room with an outstanding view across the city & valley. We are located in the popular San Blas area, close to the centre, and walking distance from Cusco's main sights.
Please read everything before booking. Even if you have read one of my other listings, sometimes they are different.
Discounts for long-term stays, please ask.
Our beautiful double room is furnished and overlooks the city of Cusco and the valley beyond. We are in a quiet residential area, a breath away from beautiful San Blas, with its ancient cobbled streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere. This is the most charming part of Cusco and has every amenity, relaxed bars & cafes, writers, musicians & artists. Five minutes walk more and you're in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco's bustling centre. We are within walking distance of all Cusco´s major archaeological sites and away from the noise & pollution of the dirty suburbs. With our fast wifi, hot showers & lovely people from all over the world, Casa Mirador is the perfect place to stay.
We offer travel advice, restaurant advice, help getting around Cusco. We know the local area & people and you'll soon feel like Cusco is your home too.
***Update June 2015*** New rooms available (see my profile.) We're installing a 2nd internet connection and have installed a 2nd water tank to shield us from the dry season when Cusco water regularly switch off the water supply in a bid to conserve water.
This is a quiet but social house, with 7 rooms plus the new house beside and a great mix of people from all over the world: Europe, America, Peru, Australia, Japan, etc... Some work here, some are just passing through. But together we keep the place nice for all of us and it´s a friendly place. If you are looking for a home for your stay in Cusco then this is the place for you. If you prefer to be waited on hand & foot in a formal environment, then please try the Monestario Hotel!
Full use of the house, including:
well stocked kitchen including blender & oven
very hot showers in all bathrooms
bathroom adjacent to bedroom
good quality wifi throughout the house
huge veranda with amazing views across Cuzco
cozy living room & dining area
cheap laundry 30 seconds from house.
help with local information
... and of course the company of all the wonderful people who live here
Discounts for long term renters.
Rooms are furnished with storage, desk, bedding and a bedside unit. Bedding includes a duvet, rare in Cusco. All rooms are private and have a lock.
Interaction with Guests
We can provide local information and help with your stay in the area. If you would like, we can sometimes show you some of the key areas in the town.
You can choose how much you want to socialise with the other people who live here. We sometimes go out together and there are 3 common areas, the living room, the veranda and the kitchen. We usually find that people who like socialising meet together, but if you prefer your stay to be a bit quieter, then you can retire to your room. The choice is yours.
The property is located in a quiet & safe residential area with small shops & huge Inka stone and garden where people sit and relax. There is private security patrolling the area at night and it is one of the better areas of the city. There is very little traffic here so there are no honking horns and the air is fresh. But you are close enough to walk to all the major places of the city. 2 minutes walk away is beautiful San Blas. With its ancient cobbled streets and cosmopolitan atmosphere, it is the most charming part of Cusco and has every amenity, relaxed bars & cafes, writers, musicians & artists. Five minutes walk more and you're in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco's bustling centre. We are within walking distance of all Cusco´s major archaeological sites and away from the noise & pollution of the dirty suburbs.
San Blas market 3 mins walk.
San Blas square 3 mins walk.
Plaza de Armas 10 mins walk.
Sachsayhuman 20 mins walk.
Temple of the Moon 20 mins walk.
Transport to Pisac & Sacred Valley 10 mins walk.
Bus to airport 5 mins walk.
Taxi from bus station or airport around 4-10 soles, depending on how good your haggling is!!
Cusco is built in a valley between 2 mountain ranges. Most residential areas are up from the centre, as this house is. We usually walk to & from the town, but when necessary, taxis can be hailed to bring you home. From the road there are some steps up to the door so if you have mobility questions, please ask.
Other Things to Note
Sorry for the strict cancellation policy. Because our rooms are often taken on a long term basis, cancellations hit us hard so we have to implement this.
Please note that although there are 2 walls with windows in the room, a new structure is being built outside one window. This window is very small. The majority of the work has already been completed, and is mostly internal now. The views from the room through the other window remain outstanding.
Please remember that this is a home, not a hotel, even if you're only staying a few days. It's actually several homes all within the same building. Many people live here long-term and we all live our own lives. In order that the house runs nicely for all of us, we all clean up after ourselves...you too! We have a cleaner that comes in once a week, so there are no chores, just respect for all the guests and that we all want a nice place to stay. And it is. Almost everybody that has stayed here has respected this and we are so grateful to them.
That goes for noise too. Most of us socialise, but not all at the same time, so keep noise to a minimum if you come in late at night or leave early morning.
Please keep your room in decent order and respect the items provided. Damages must be paid for. You are renting the room as you would in a home, not a hostel, environment. Your room will be clean when you move in, and equipment is provided for you to maintain this. If you don't have time to clean your room then you can ask our cleaner and pay her independently.
Similarly with bedding, we provide this, and a towel if you need one, but we don't have enough for spares, so if you are staying long term, you can launder the sheets as needed.
No smoking in the house.
And, enjoy your time in Cusco!om you:
Respect for other people in the house - ie: quiet during unsocial hours and tidy up after yourself in the common areas.
You will be given space in the kitchen for your food, but as this is a shared environment, your washing up must be done straight away so other people can use the space too.
There is no maid service here!
Please keep your room in decent order and respect the items provided. Breakages must be paid for. You are renting the room as you would in a home, not a hostel, environment. Your room will be clean when you move in, and equipment is provided for you to maintain this if needed.
And, enjoy your time in Cusco!
Great location (once you figure it out!) - truly less than 10 minutes walk from town. Incredible views from the room. Comfortable bed. Friendly people from all over staying at the house make it fun.
Downsides were temporary issues with water and Internet (which JJ worked valiantly to fix), and guests are supposed to clean up after themselves, not always successfully. Still, loved the atmosphere, will stay here again.
Cat was a wonderful host! We had lunch the first day and she showed me around the city so I could handle it on my own in the future. Then I had my privacy and ability to explore Cusco on my own! They have a nice international mix in the household that were all very friendly, it made for a very unique and enjoyable stay!
Staying at Cat and JJ's was exactly the experience I expected to-a-tee - and largely due to their very honest and detailed description of the house. Cat was right there to welcome me when I arrived (later than I had anticipated) - and we all know that there's nothing like slipping into a bed with clean sheets after a long journey! They were also very attentive when it came to other aspects that make for comfortable living, ie. hot water, cleanliness, and WiFi. If there was ever an issue, they were on it.
Also, the location was absolutely fantastic. Just a quick (but steep!) walk from San Blas Plaza, I was never wanting for great food if I didn't feel like cooking. And the view...wow.
Beyond the house, both Cat and JJ were exceptional hosts. Not only did they invite me out to go hiking and to parties where JJ was DJing, but they were also at the ready to answer any and all questions I had about moving around and being in Cusco.
Staying with Cat and JJ was very pleasant but too short ! I only stayed two days .I arrived in the middle of the night and they were there to welcome me. I met the other of the house and we had all together very interesting discussions.
They are very nice,funny and can give you advices about the town !
It will be a pleaseure to see them again.
A very different experience from the party hostel scene-This room was quiet, private and comfortable with a beautiful view. The trek up from the plaza may leave you panting, but if what you desire is a place apart, this room is worth the hike.
Cat y J.J son unosanfitrones muy atentos. Las habitacione son cómodas y tienen unas vistas espectacularesde cusco. El emplazamiento genial, tranquilo y seguro. Muy cerca del centro, en un barrio lleno de encantos, zonas de ocio y muy cosmopolita. Recomendamos 100% la experiencia.
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About the Host, Cat
Hi we are a friendly international house, with people from the UK, Norway, Luxembourg, USA, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, etc. My husband and I came from Britain and fell in love with Cusco. We wanted to rent a house and stay here, and when we saw this one we knew that it was the one for us. We spent 2 months bringing up to standard, eg by ripping out the old 'Cusco' electric showers, and fitting brand new and super-hot ones, decorating, and building a kitchen with modern amenities where people who love cooking feel happy. The result is something unique in Cusco, a house where people live because they want a real home, and where people take pride to keep it clean and tidy for us all to use.
We have a variety of interests, but one thing is constant: that we love travelling & meeting people. This is a relaxed & sociable house. You are welcome to join us.