About this listing
300 year old colonial house 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas. HOT Shower, awesome location, helpful advice! AND to top it off Bill and Nic are the hosts. You have privacy and a locals advice at the same time. Luxury Mini-Apartment!
Read our reviews and see what others think about staying with us.
We go out of our way to make sure you have an amazing time in Cusco and make great memories.
This mini apartment is located inside of a 300 year old colonial house in the center of Cuzco on Saphi. Many airbnb listings in Cusco are hotels and we are proud that we offer you a real apartment inside of a real house, the way airbnb was meant to be. This home has been owned by the same family for the last 300 years. You will find many decorations from colonial times decorating the patio area and sleep on a bed that has a 100 year old carved frame.
You can walk out the door and be in the main square in only a few minutes. It's also ideally located near all the transport hubs.
There is a garden area where you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee and a gorgeous patio where you can sit an enjoy a glass of wine. It also has a comfortable living room, and a kitchenette with a microwave and a kettle for making coffee or tea. There is a mini fridge as well. The bed frame is hand carved and has been in the family for 100 years.
There is Wi-fi and HOT showers!
We live in the city center as well and you can ask any time to come over and get advice or get help planning your trip.
Most people are looking for the best experience in Cusco during their time here, we can help you accomplish that, we know the city, the best restaurants, the best day trips, the coolest bars, and how to arrange almost any trip on any budget. If you would like to do paragliding, 4 wheeling, the longest zip line in the world or one of the many awesome treks here in Cusco, hiking Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequiroa, Inka trail, and Inca jungle, we can set it up. We have done it or know someone who has. (If you have not planned to have a few days or more in Cusco you will wish you did, so plan accordingly. There is lots to do in and around the Cusco area.)
We also ride some killer secret single track that we are more than happy to take experienced bikers on. We can also take you on our personal tour called A Day in the Life.... showing you Peru outside of the tourist spectrum. Our F B page has all kinds of pics of that tour and people who have done it. It is an all day experience and only runs on Sundays.
If you need a ride from the airport or bus station let us know, we can organize that for you, it costs 20-25 dollars, someone will drive there, wait, wait some more, hold a sign and even hold your hand if your scared, and then will get you to our house safe and sound without you having to haggle with the taxi drivers who love fresh tourists. However, if you find managing things like taxis in foreign counties no big deal take one here for 10-15 soles.
Our neighborhood is in a safe part of town very central and close to the Plaza de Armas. You can walk from this apt to all the sites in the city. It's always advisable to take a taxi if you are out late at night. They can drop you off at our door. It's a 3-4 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas. At rush hour however, you can walk faster than a taxi.
You can walk, take a cheap taxi for about $1.50 or take a public bus, which is an adventure in itself, zip your pockets. We know how to get just about anywhere here, so we can make sure you are getting on and taking the correct buses.
If you arrive before the 1:00 check in time and want to leave your bags at our house on Centenario, feel free. Also, if you need a place to leave things while you go on some big trek or to Macchu Picchu for the night you can do that too at our house on Centenario.
Wifi, hot showers, and a plethora of great restaurants, local ruins, and more....all while staying in a 8th generation Cuscquean house two minutes from the main square.
There is a small kitchenette with a microwave and mini-fridge. There is no stove just so you know in advance. We provide real Peruvian coffee that you can make with the electric kettle and the french press.
Interaction with Guests
Our home is on Av. Centenario, also in the city center so it is easy to get together if you want. We always have you come to our house first and we go over to the apartment together. Then after that we can email, whats app or talk by phone. You get privacy and our advice anytime you want.
The apartment is two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, which if you stay in Cusco you want to be nearby. Although so close it is a quiet street and the police commissary is next door. Everything in Cusco where you want to visit is very close, it's a perfect location.
Yes, taxis are dirt cheap, 3.50 soles in the city center, 5-7 around the outskirts. 10 to Ollantaytambo. Inquire for more details.
Other Things to Note
We offer specialized, all inclusive trekking, real mountain biking, and off the beaten path adventures, if you want to do some really cool stuff in Cusco, stay with us and inquire.
~It's a shared patio in the back and in the front, please be respectful of others using the patio.
~No unknown guests in the house
~No smoking inside the apartment
Loved staying in this apartment the night before departing for Machu Picchu -- sorry we couldn't have stayed longer! We didn't get to meet Bill and Nic but their delightful son showed us to the place and Nic was very responsive to questions. Apartment is clean, quiet, with good hot water and comfy bed.
The apartment was in a great location - only a few blocks from the main square. The apartment was small and cold, but many blankets were provided on the bed as well as a space heater. Nic and Bill left a list of helpful information and restaurant recommendations - we tried five of the restaurants and loved them!
Bill & nice were great. Great dining suggestions, we even ran into them one night at one of the suggestions they gave us. The apartment was exactly as expected. Very centrally located. Lots of dining options near by and close to the main square and tiendas for necessities. It's CRAZY cold at night in cusco. But the space heater helped.
Nic was so awesome! We had some travel hiccups and she helped us work through them. It really made us relax. I hot to go out to dinner with her and hear all about her family's adventures in Peru. Super knowledgeable about how to best use one's time there. Both the apartments at the Colonial City Centre were very nice. Nic showed us both so we could store our luggage while we walked around and waited for flight departure. We felt very comfortable and loved being so close to the Plaza de Armas. Everything was in walking distance. I would definitely stay with Bill and Nic again and for a longer time as they are leading tours and adventures in the countryside which sound amazing. Such good people!
They were responsive when I called them and very welcoming. They gave us a free meal when we arrived. The place was great: beautiful, great location, clean, etc...
We verbleven 3 nachten in een van de appartementen van Nic en Bill in het centrum van Cusco. Geweldige plek op een boogschut van Plaza de Armas. Het enige minpuntje is de gelimiteerde watervoorziening in de avond, eigen aan dit stukje van Cusco.
Gelukkig, de gastvrijheid van Nic en Bill maakten dat we ons MTB avontuur in de Sacred Valey met een heerlijke warme douche konden afsluiten bij hen thuis!
Bill and Nic were wonderful hosts! The apartment matched the description online: clean, well stocked, convenient location, safe area. It was comforting to have Nic welcome us when we arrived in Cusco. She gave many great restaurant suggestions and even helped us book a tour of the Sacred Valley. She was also available to answer our questions about Peruvian culture, etc. I highly recommend staying with Bill and Nic. It will definitely make your visit to Cusco very pleasant and worry-free.
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About the Host, Bill And Nic
We moved to Peru with the desire to help in a third world country. We were complete volunteers for the last seven years. We both worked in schools for the poor. We arrived with minimal Spanish and a one year old. I would have to say we have come a long way since then. Not only are we fluent in Spanish but Bill has picked up Quechua from the locals he worked with in Andahuaylillas. Although we spent most of our time helping the poor we also took out time to search out some of the best single track, sweet day hikes, good camping spots and do the big treks around here. We love adventure and family which is why we do lots of family adventures.
We are both from Buffalo, NY but moved to Durango Colorado after we got married. We now live in the city center of Cusco Peru, ten minutes walking to the Plaza de Armas. We have decided to offer travelers a nice, safe, and relaxed stay in our house during their time here. After hearing about Airbnb from a friend, we thought it would be great to offer some of our extra rooms to the traveler who tires of cheap hotels and rowdy hostels. You should feel free to have a nice, safe, and relaxed stay in our house during your time here. We know the area, have done the trips, and know the best ways to enjoy Cusco, and its wonders. Plus we can help you do some off the beaten path stuff if you'd like. You'll be happy you stayed with us. Families are welcome!