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.
Our spacious 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 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.
Please be aware that Cusco is very cold at night in the winter (we are at a high altitude.) There is a fire included with your booking for the room. If you would like to reserve at the cheaper price, minus heater or to pay on arrival if there is one available, please book through our other listing https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1999320
Please note that leaving the fires 'on' when you are away from the house is dangerous and will incur additional charges.
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.
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 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.
Turn the fire off when you aren't in the room!
And, enjoy your time in Cusco!
Our experience staying with Cat was wonderful. The bedroom had a beautiful view and the house was filled with wonderful people. The house if filled with an eclectic mix of people from around the world. We had a wonderful time with everyone in the house. The room is not far from the main square, a 15 minute walk or less will get you to the main square. Cat and everyone in the house know Cusco very well, they have great recommendations for safe places to eat as well as how to do all the popular tours Cusco has to offer for way cheaper than you can find anywhere else. My wife and I would highly recommend staying with Cat.
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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.