Sunday, April 22, 2012

SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel, Cuzco - Peru

Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel - exterior
I did not book our stay at the Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel in Cuzco at random. My sister stayed there last Christmas and loved this hotel and praised its generous breakfast included in the price. That made our choice easy.
Rating Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel, Cuzco Peru: BBBB (4,12 points)
  • Location: BBBB+
  • Service: BBBBB
  • Room: BBBBB
  • Breakfast: BBBB+
  • Facilities: BB+
  • Price: BBBB
Lower section of Saphi street, main square in background
 The Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel enjoys a great location in central Cuzco, just a few blocks from the city's cathedral and historic center.

The colonial style building seem, as many others found in this city,  to have an ancient Inca foundation. The base is made up from delicately carved stones.

The staff at the Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel was great, in spite of the fact that we did not speak Spanish, we were given great service, both at the reception and in the breakfast room.

Living space with quipu decoration and stone walls
We stayed in room 212, a suite with a spacious living room, bedroom and bathroom decorated in modern comtemporary style.

The living room has a small modern table and chairs, and a small leather sofa and coffee table, perfect to relax after a busy day. The back wall of the living room is made up by a massive rustic stone wall.

The adjoining white wall has a large quipu, an Inka document made with knots, and there is a small flat screen TV, one out of two in the suite.

The biggest double bed escapes the angle of my camera
The bedroom had the biggest bed I have ever seen, more than big enough for two people. It provided excellent comfort and had the most delicious white crisp bed linnen, and if you was during night you could cover yourself with the warmth of pure baby alpacca wool blankets.

In room 212 at Tierre Viva Saphi Hotel there was an open wardrobe providing storage not quite sufficient for two travelers,  but close.  There was also a safe to guard the essential passport and credit cards.

Bath room: washing area filled with our stuff
The beautiful bathroom had been renovated up to a high standard with new stone floor and tiled walls.

It had a bath tub, as well as a shower area  and a generous space for a sink and storage for all that toiletries essential when traveling.
Courtyard with fountain
The room held a very high standard, was squreeky clean and held no maintenance issues whatsoever and a great bargain at less than € 80 per night.

Including in this unbeatable price was a buffet breakfast, including bread, cold cuts, cheese, as well as scrambled eggs and spicy sausages. The buffet was served in a charming old room with old beam roof.

As well as the rich nourishing ingredients there was cereals, yogurt, and fruit for the health conscious tourist. For those with a sweet tooth there was jam to balance the aromatic south american coffee.

Art work
The score for Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel is innfluenced by the fact that the hotel has very few facilities to offer the guests. There are no inhouse bar or restaurant, no leisure facilities.

The Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel has, however, so much more to offer. It is well maintained, clean and has a great atmosphere. The hotel is located around two courtyards with beautiful fountains decorated in beige and bright blue colours as a fresh contrast. Here there was additional seating - if it is warm enough. In March it was not very tempting, at least not during the evening.

Breakfast room
Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel is therefore, as the first here, awarded a special recommendation, with a few other hotels I have stayed - and loved earlier.

Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel is inexpensive, the room is excellent, and the service is very good. This weighs up the lack of quantifiable facilities.

So we give the Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel our special recommandations as an excellent and inexpensive place to stay in Cuzco, Peru.  

Tierra Viva Hotel
Shaphi 766
Cuzco, Peru
Phone: (0)84 601317

Vis Peru March - April 2012 i et større kart

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