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Hospitality

Our foremost priority at the Antigua is taking care of our guests. It means that all of our staff are attentive to the needs of everyone who stays with us. Wether it be a bell-boy who helps you to your room, a server in our restaurant, or a housekeeper who prepares the daily turn-down service. We want you to feel at home; welcome to the Antigua.

Sustainability Practices

In-Room

No bottled water, only filtered water in a glass pitcher

Recycling bins provided to separate general waste from recyclable materials

Radiating water heating system, instead of high-energy air con system

In-Bathroom

Amenities provided in refillable dispensers

Soap bars wrapped in recyclable paper

Towels washed upon request

Spanish-style shower-heads reduce water consumption

Restaurant & Kitchen

All to-go packaging is biodegradable

Metal straws provided for cocktails

Linen napkins instead of paper

Separation of oils for reuse

Separation of food waste for animal feed

Recyclable goods separated

Hotel

Filtered water station with a UV and carbon filter at hotel entrance for guests

All print material is on recycled paper

Solar panels for all of our kitchen and laundry hot water use

Biodegradable detergents and laundry chemicals

All plastic thrash bags are biodegradable

Valle Sagrado Verde Project

The Antigua Casona San Blas donates S/1 to Valle Sagrado Verde for every guest that stays with us. It is a small act, that has a big impact. Stay with us and help the Sacred Valley return to its lush state.

Read more about Valle Sagrado Verde here.

one tree planted
for every guest

AWARDS

This Is the Only Place to Stay in Cusco!

My hospitality/PR career of 35 years left me very picky, especially when it comes to accommodations and service. This is the first time I have felt a hotel truly earned a rating of excellence. It was my first two days of a two-week journey in the Andes when I checked into Antigua Casona San Blas. From the first moment I was treated with TLC. Grace was absolutely top notch at the front desk; kind, helpful, surpassing all of my expectations. And Alfredo in the bar, where I ate the two best meals of my entire journey was attentive, fun, and absolutely professional - all at the same time! I loved my room, hot water bottle waiting for me, breakfast blew me away. I have never had more amazing food/service in any of the five-star resorts I represented. And fresh water, saving all that plastic! There are too many incredible details to list. Oh, did I mention how affordable this magical place is? Yes, that too. How I longed to go back, not one of the so called highly rated hotels (including another that my tour group booked in Cusco - terrible experience) we stayed at for the rest of the trip came even remotely close to my experience here. You should open a hospitality school, service and genuine hospitality was non-existent in almost all of the other hotels I stayed (much higher rates). Bravo to you all! Take a well-deserved bow!

October, 2022
TripAdvisor

Cuzco’s hidden gem; flawless

We spent two nights here and couldn’t speak any higher of the experience. The hotel is very well decorated and it was clear that a lot of thought had gone into every part of the guest experience and the attention to detail and care from every member of hotel staff was second to none. We were particularly impressed by the complimentary hot water bottles and tea brought to our room every evening; the filtered water provided in our room every day; and the care taken to be sustainable wherever possible (for example, filtered water was provided in a jug rather than in plastic bottles). We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.

October, 2022
TripAdvisor

PERFECTION

This hotel is perfection! The architecture is gorgeous with careful attention to details. Location in San Blas makes it so easy to walk everywhere. The staff were all kind and helpful, arranging a cab to the airport as well as holding our bags for 4 days while we hiked the Inca Trail. The night we returned, our bags were waiting for us in our room. The room was beautiful and well appointed. Our nightly tea service and bed turn down was such a nice treat! The breakfast options were plentiful. We are vegan and there were several delicious options. The outdoor lounge area was also excellent. Blankets were readily available if it was chilly, or they lit the fire pit. I’d highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Cusco.

October, 2022
TripAdvisor

Hospitality

Our foremost priority at the Antigua is taking care of our guests. It means that all of our staff are attentive to the needs of everyone who stays with us. Wether it be a bell-boy who helps you to your room, a server in our restaurant, or a housekeeper who prepares the daily turn-down service. We want you to feel at home; welcome to the Antigua.

AWARDS

This Is the Only Place to Stay in Cusco!

My hospitality/PR career of 35 years left me very picky, especially when it comes to accommodations and service. This is the first time I have felt a hotel truly earned a rating of excellence. It was my first two days of a two-week journey in the Andes when I checked into Antigua Casona San Blas. From the first moment I was treated with TLC. Grace was absolutely top notch at the front desk; kind, helpful, surpassing all of my expectations. And Alfredo in the bar, where I ate the two best meals of my entire journey was attentive, fun, and absolutely professional - all at the same time! I loved my room, hot water bottle waiting for me, breakfast blew me away. I have never had more amazing food/service in any of the five-star resorts I represented. And fresh water, saving all that plastic! There are too many incredible details to list. Oh, did I mention how affordable this magical place is? Yes, that too. How I longed to go back, not one of the so called highly rated hotels (including another that my tour group booked in Cusco - terrible experience) we stayed at for the rest of the trip came even remotely close to my experience here. You should open a hospitality school, service and genuine hospitality was non-existent in almost all of the other hotels I stayed (much higher rates). Bravo to you all! Take a well-deserved bow!

October, 2022
TripAdvisor

Cuzco’s hidden gem; flawless

We spent two nights here and couldn’t speak any higher of the experience. The hotel is very well decorated and it was clear that a lot of thought had gone into every part of the guest experience and the attention to detail and care from every member of hotel staff was second to none. We were particularly impressed by the complimentary hot water bottles and tea brought to our room every evening; the filtered water provided in our room every day; and the care taken to be sustainable wherever possible (for example, filtered water was provided in a jug rather than in plastic bottles). We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.

October, 2022
TripAdvisor

PERFECTION

This hotel is perfection! The architecture is gorgeous with careful attention to details. Location in San Blas makes it so easy to walk everywhere. The staff were all kind and helpful, arranging a cab to the airport as well as holding our bags for 4 days while we hiked the Inca Trail. The night we returned, our bags were waiting for us in our room. The room was beautiful and well appointed. Our nightly tea service and bed turn down was such a nice treat! The breakfast options were plentiful. We are vegan and there were several delicious options. The outdoor lounge area was also excellent. Blankets were readily available if it was chilly, or they lit the fire pit. I’d highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Cusco.

October, 2022
TripAdvisor

COMMUNITY

The Antigua Casona San Blas is proud to support Xapiri Ground, EcoHuella, Café Orígenes, Diego Nishiyama, and Tui Anandi. This page will update as we integrate more deeply with those doing good around us.

Community Partners

What is Xapiri Ground?
[from xapiriground.org]

Xapiri Ground is a non-profit organization dedicated to grassroots work with the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Our projects focus on art, culture and sustainable economy.

We believe that economic sustainability is fundamental for the autonomy of rainforest communities and the protection of their ancestral territories.

How does Antigua help Xapiri Ground?
The Antigua is proud to host and display one of Xapiri's private collections. The art and artifacts of this collection were specially chosen by the founders of Xapiri Ground. This exhibition is free to view in the hotel gallery.

The Antigua was happy to host a varied list of talented artists and speakers in 2022, who presented and displayed featured works at Xapiri Ground. The Antigua will continue to host artists, activists and others who come to Xapiri Ground to exhibit their works.

Our Honored Guests List
Antonio Manquid Jiménez Tafú
\ Matsés
Margarita Flores Perez
\ Matses
David Diaz Gonzales
\ Shipibo-Konibo
Chonon Bensho
\ Shipibo-Konibo
Pecón Quena
\ Shipibo-Konibo
Neyra Pérez Rodríguez
\ Iskonawa
Dalia Guimarães Inuma
\ Iskonawa
Teresa Rodríguez Campos \ Iskonawa
Elías Rodríguez Campos
\ Iskonawa
Matías Aguayo
\ Chile

The Antigua and Xapiri Ground partnered to create Xapiri Ground Art Suites, a special collaboration with Xapiri Ground, featuring a curated selection of Indigenous art and artifacts specially chosen for three suites.

By booking a Xapiri Ground Art Suite you are helping protect the art and culture of the Amazon.

What is Valley Camp?
[from valleycampperu.org]

We support youth development through outdoor experiences in the Cusco region and beyond to build strong, resilient leaders for a better future.

How does Antigua help Valley Camp?
The owner of the Antigua is one of the board members of Valley Camp, acting as one of the organizations financial advisor's.

The Antigua Casona San Blas donates S/ 1 per student who participates in one of our yoga classes to Valley Camp. We also host a monthly event in Exhala Yoga, were all the proceeds go to Valley Camp.

What is Ecohuella?
[from alianzaandina.org/ecohuella]

Since 2017 The AASD has been partnering with Escuela Agroecologica Ecohuella. Co-founded by three siblings, Julio, Yesica, and Yanet Nina Cusiyupanqui, Ecohuella, is a specialty school for campesino farmers providing hands-on trainings and workshops that respect the Quechua language, local learning styles, and traditions.

How does Antigua help Ecohuella?
Our in-house restaurant, Piedra & Sal, buys speciality organic produce from Ecohuella including tomatoes, greens, and others. Our food and beverage team is continually exploring new, and fresh, ingredients that can be incorporated into our menu.

What is Café Orígenes?
[from cafeorigenes.org]

Café Orígenes is a coffee company with the mission to disrupt the coffee trade in Peru in order to truly benefit farmers and their communities. We do this through direct coffee sales, full transparency, and coffee that goes beyond organic and fair trade. Enjoy the best Peruvian specialty coffee and join our movement.

How does Antigua help Café Orígenes?
Our in-house restaurant, Piedra & Sal, brews all of our coffee with Café Orígenes beans. You can purchase coffee in 250 gram and 500 gram bags and support Café Orígenes.

Who is Diego Nishiyama?
[from diegonishiyama.com/en]

Following my family lineage of photography, I am a third-generation [cusco born] photographer. I grew up in dark rooms, testing and using cameras of all kinds, developing and testing my abilities with different film techniques. Photography is the blood in my veins.

I specialize in nature and landscape photography, but I work in all types of photography media.

I also direct photography tours of Cusco and Peru, and work for various media agencies. I collaborate with magazines, books and various publications. I have also held multiple exhibitions of my works in Cusco and Peru.

How does Antigua work with Diego?
Diego provides the Antigua with media content for all out digital and print material. We have been working together since 2018.

Who is Tui Anandi?
[from instagram.com/tui_anandi]

Tui Anandi (1992) is a Brazilian photographer from Paraty. He was a key member of the creation of Xapiri in 2015, and as the primary field photographer, has been on various expeditions to document the lives and artisanal processes of the Matsés, Shipibo, and Matsigenka communities.

As a native Brazilian having lived and worked around Indigenous communities since a child, his passion is documenting the plight of the Indigenous identity in the modern world.

How does Antigua work with Tui Anandi?
The Antigua and Tui have worked together to create special selections of photos, like our Sal de Maras or Ancient Ruins of Peru series. Tui is currently working on a series documenting the use of the Peruvian batan for our restaurant Piedra & Sal.

COMMUNITY

The Antigua Casona San Blas is proud to support Xapiri Ground, EcoHuella, Café Orígenes, Diego Nishiyama, and Tui Anandi. This page will update as we integrate more deeply with those doing good around us.

Community Partners

What is Xapiri Ground?
[from xapiriground.org]

Xapiri Ground is a non-profit organization dedicated to grassroots work with the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Our projects focus on art, culture and sustainable economy.

We believe that economic sustainability is fundamental for the autonomy of rainforest communities and the protection of their ancestral territories.

How does Antigua help Xapiri Ground?
The Antigua is proud to host and display one of Xapiri's private collections. The art and artifacts of this collection were specially chosen by the founders of Xapiri Ground. This exhibition is free to view in the hotel gallery.

The Antigua was happy to host a varied list of talented artists and speakers in 2022, who presented and displayed featured works at Xapiri Ground. The Antigua will continue to host artists, activists and others who come to Xapiri Ground to exhibit their works.

Our Honored Guests List
Antonio Manquid Jiménez Tafu
\ Matses
Margarita Flores Perez
\ Matses
David Diaz Gonzales
\ Shipibo-Konibo
Chonon Bensho
\ Shipibo-Konibo
Pecon Quena
\ Shipibo-Konibo
Neyra Perez Rodriquez
\ Iskonawa
Dalia Guimaraes Inuma
\ Iskonawa
Teresa Rodriguez Campos
\ Iskonawa
Elias Rodriguez Campos
\ Iskonawa
Matias Aguayo
\ Chile

The Antigua and Xapiri Ground partnered to create Xapiri Ground Art Suites, a special collaboration with Xapiri Ground, featuring a curated selection of Indigenous art and artifacts specially chosen for three suites.

By booking a Xapiri Ground Art Suite you are helping protect the art and culture of the Amazon.

What is Valley Camp?
[from valleycampperu.org]

We support youth development through outdoor experiences in the Cusco region and beyond to build strong, resilient leaders for a better future.

How does Antigua help Valley Camp?
The owner of the Antigua is one of the board members of Valley Camp, acting as one of the organizations financial advisor's.

The Antigua Casona San Blas donates S/ 1 per student who participates in one of our yoga classes to Valley Camp. We also host a monthly event in Exhala Yoga, were all the proceeds go to Valley Camp.

What is Ecohuella?
[from alianzaandina.org/ecohuella]

Since 2017 The AASD has been partnering with Escuela Agroecologica Ecohuella. Co-founded by three siblings, Julio, Yesica, and Yanet Nina Cusiyupanqui, Ecohuella, is a specialty school for campesino farmers providing hands-on trainings and workshops that respect the Quechua language, local learning styles, and traditions.

How does Antigua help Ecohuella?
Our in-house restaurant, Piedra & Sal, buys speciality organic produce from Ecohuella including tomatoes, greens, and others. Our food and beverage team is continually exploring new, and fresh, ingredients that can be incorporated into our menu.

What is Café Orígenes?
[from cafeorigenes.org]

Café Orígenes is a coffee company with the mission to disrupt the coffee trade in Peru in order to truly benefit farmers and their communities. We do this through direct coffee sales, full transparency, and coffee that goes beyond organic and fair trade. Enjoy the best Peruvian specialty coffee and join our movement.

How does Antigua help Café Orígenes?
Our in-house restaurant, Piedra & Sal, brews all of our coffee with Café Orígenes beans. You can purchase coffee in 250 gram and 500 gram bags and support Café Orígenes.

Who is Diego Nishiyama?
[from diegonishiyama.com/en]

Following my family lineage of photography, I am a third-generation [cusco born] photographer. I grew up in dark rooms, testing and using cameras of all kinds, developing and testing my abilities with different film techniques. Photography is the blood in my veins.

I specialize in nature and landscape photography, but I work in all types of photography media.

I also direct photography tours of Cusco and Peru, and work for various media agencies. I collaborate with magazines, books and various publications. I have also held multiple exhibitions of my works in Cusco and Peru.

How does Antigua work with Diego?
Diego provides the Antigua with media content for all out digital and print material. We have been working together since 2018.

Who is Tui Anandi?
[from instagram.com/tui_anandi]

Tui Anandi (1992) is a Brazilian photographer from Paraty. He was a key member of the creation of Xapiri in 2015, and as the primary field photographer, has been on various expeditions to document the lives and artisanal processes of the Matsés, Shipibo, and Matsigenka communities.

As a native Brazilian having lived and worked around Indigenous communities since a child, his passion is documenting the plight of the Indigenous identity in the modern world.

How does Antigua work with Tui Anandi?
The Antigua and Tui have worked together to create special selections of photos, like our Sal de Maras or Ancient Ruins of Peru series. Tui is currently working on a series documenting the use of the Peruvian batan for our restaurant Piedra & Sal.

SUSTAINABILITY

Here at Antigua Casona San Blas, we want to do everything we can to protect our environment. This means separating recyclable goods from waste, providing filtered water instead of bottled water in the bathroom, encouraging guests to reuse their towels, and not requesting linen changes for an extended stay.

It also means creating a network of green service providers that help us offset our footprint, and contribute to the health of our planet.

Sustainability Practices

In-Room

No bottled water, only filtered water in a glass pitcher

Recycling bins provided to separate general waste from recyclable materials

Radiating water heating system, instead of high-energy air con system

In-Bathroom

Amenities provided in refillable dispensers

Soap provided in refillable dispensers

Towels washed upon request

Spanish-style shower-heads reduce water consumption

Restaurant & Kitchen

All to-go packaging is biodegradable

Metal straws provided for cocktails

Linen napkins instead of paper

Separation of oils for reuse

Separation of food waste for animal feed

Recyclable goods separated

Hotel

Filtered water station with a UV and carbon filter at hotel entrance for guests

All print material is on recycled paper

Solar panels for all of our kitchen and laundry hot water use

Biodegradable detergents and laundry chemicals

All plastic trash bags are biodegradable

Sustainability Practices

In-Room

No bottled water, only filtered water in a glass pitcher

Recycling bins provided to separate general waste from recyclable materials

Radiating water heating system, instead of high-energy air con system

In-Bathroom

Amenities provided in refillable dispensers

Soap bars wrapped in recyclable paper

Towels washed upon request

Spanish-style shower-heads reduce water consumption

Restaurant & Kitchen

All to-go packaging is biodegradable

Metal straws provided for cocktails

Linen napkins instead of paper

Separation of oils for reuse

Separation of food waste for animal feed

Recyclable goods separated

Hotel

Filtered water station with a UV and carbon filter at hotel entrance for guests

All print material is on recycled paper

Solar panels for all of our kitchen and laundry hot water use

Biodegradable detergents and laundry chemicals

All plastic thrash bags are biodegradable

Valle Sagrado Verde Project

The Antigua Casona San Blas donates S/1 to Valle Sagrado Verde for every guest that stays with us. It is a small act, that has a big impact. Stay with us and help the Sacred Valley return to its lush state.

Read more about Valle Sagrado Verde here.

one tree planted
for every guest

Sustainability Partners

What is Regenera?
[from regenera.earth]

Measure
People and organisations measure, reduce, and compensate their environmental footprint, while supporting regenerative actions.

Organise
We dedicate 80% of the income to actions in the field, and 20% to technical and community support.

Act
Communities and other rural land managers sustainably produce, protect, and restore, taking care of Nature.

Impact
Nature, by regenerating itself, neutralises our environmental footprint and the environmental impact of our cities.

How does Antigua work with Regenera?
The Antigua began working with Regenera in October, 2022. Regenera provides us with carbon offsetting services. Since October, 2022 the Antigua is proud to announce that our carbon emissions are being offset 2:1 making us a carbon positive business. Stay with us and guarantee that your travel's in Peru are being offset!

What is Valle Sagrado Verde?
[from vallesagradoverde.org]

In 2020 the families, communities and companies of the Sacred Valley have been strongly affected by the covid-19 pandemic and the consequent economic crisis. Much of our economy depends on tourism, the complete cessation of this industry has led us to rethink many of our objectives and also motivated us to work on strengthening our communities and environment.

With the dream of a Green Sacred Valley we see the opportunity for a more prosperous and healthy future.

We invite our friends and clients to participate as well. They can do it by donating directly to the reforestation program or acquiring services and products from our partner companies. In this way you give us a hand now, we will take care of you as soon as we can and all together make the world a better place.

How does Antigua work with Valle Sagrado Verde?
The Antigua Casona San Blas donates S/1 to Valle Sagrado Verde for every guest that stays with us. Every night booked helps protect our beautiful Andean landscapes from fires, and helps reforest areas that were once abundant groves.

The Antigua team participates in an anual tree planting outing coordinated with Valle Sagrado Verde.

SUSTAINABILITY

Here at Antigua Casona San Blas, we want to do everything we can to protect our environment. This means separating recyclable goods from waste, providing filtered water instead of bottled water in the bathroom, encouraging guests to reuse their towels, and not requesting linen changes for an extended stay.

It also means creating a network of green service providers that help us offset our footprint, and contribute to the health of our planet.

Sustainability Practices

In-Room

No bottled water, only filtered water in a glass pitcher

Recycling bins provided to separate general waste from recyclable materials

Radiating water heating system, instead of high-energy air con system

In-Bathroom

Amenities provided in refillable dispensers

Soap provided in refillable dispensers

Towels washed upon request

Spanish-style shower-heads reduce water consumption

Restaurant & Kitchen

All to-go packaging is biodegradable

Metal straws provided for cocktails

Linen napkins instead of paper

Separation of oils for reuse

Separation of food waste for animal feed

Recyclable goods separated

Hotel

Filtered water station with a UV and carbon filter at hotel entrance for guests

All print material is on recycled paper

Solar panels for all of our kitchen and laundry hot water use

Biodegradable detergents and laundry chemicals

All plastic trash bags are biodegradable

Sustainability

In-Room

No bottled water, only filtered water in a glass pitcher

Recycling bins provided to separate general waste from recyclable materials

Radiating water heating system, instead of high-energy air con system

In-Bathroom

Amenities provided in refillable dispensers

Soap bars wrapped in recyclable paper

Towels washed upon request

Spanish-style shower-heads reduce water consumption

Restaurant & Kitchen

All to-go packaging is biodegradable

Metal straws provided for cocktails

Linen napkins instead of paper

Separation of oils for reuse

Separation of food waste for animal feed

Recyclable goods separated

Hotel

Filtered water station with a UV and carbon filter at hotel entrance for guests

All print material is on recycled paper

Solar panels for all of our kitchen and laundry hot water use

Biodegradable detergents and laundry chemicals

All plastic thrash bags are biodegradable

Sustainability Partners

What is Regenera?
[from regenera.earth]

Measure
People and organisations measure, reduce, and compensate their environmental footprint, while supporting regenerative actions.

Organise
We dedicate 80% of the income to actions in the field, and 20% to technical and community support.

Act
Communities and other rural land managers sustainably produce, protect, and restore, taking care of Nature.

Impact
Nature, by regenerating itself, neutralises our environmental footprint and the environmental impact of our cities.

How does Antigua work with Regenera?
The Antigua began working with Regenera in October, 2022. Regenera provides us with carbon offsetting services. Since October, 2022 the Antigua is proud to announce that our carbon emissions are being offset 2:1 making us a carbon positive business. Stay with us and guarantee that your travel's in Peru are being offset!

What is Valle Sagrado Verde?
[from vallesagradoverde.org]

In 2020 the families, communities and companies of the Sacred Valley have been strongly affected by the covid-19 pandemic and the consequent economic crisis. Much of our economy depends on tourism, the complete cessation of this industry has led us to rethink many of our objectives and also motivated us to work on strengthening our communities and environment.

With the dream of a Green Sacred Valley we see the opportunity for a more prosperous and healthy future.

We invite our friends and clients to participate as well. They can do it by donating directly to the reforestation program or acquiring services and products from our partner companies. In this way you give us a hand now, we will take care of you as soon as we can and all together make the world a better place.

How does Antigua work with Valle Sagrado Verde?
The Antigua Casona San Blas donates S/1 to Valle Sagrado Verde for every guest that stays with us. Every night booked helps protect our beautiful Andean landscapes from fires, and helps reforest areas that were once abundant groves.

The Antigua team participates in an anual tree planting outing coordinated with Valle Sagrado Verde.