Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka
great location and great service
Thought this hotel was very good. The hotel has a desk at the airport in the arrivals hall and they take you to the hotel free of charge. On arrival at the hotel they leave you to relax on a sofa in the foyer as you drink coco tea for the altitude (tastes a bit horrid but it seemed to do the trick!) and one of their helpful staff checks you in. The rooms are a little on the pricey side but to be honest they were worth it (and we were there at an extremely busy time of year). We had a room at the side of the hotel - so were not affected by any of the street noise. But the area around the hotel is pleasant. The staff were more than helpful and the breakfast was yummy. You could arrange trips through their desk (they deal with a local tour company). The hotel arranged for a local taxi driver to escort us to the Peru Rail office at the train station to pick up our pre-booked tickets to Macchu Picchu. Remember - if you are planning to take the train for the day to Macchu Picchu independently you MUST book your tickets in advance from Peru rail (you will find them if you search the web). All in all a nice hotel. Before I travelled I was a bit disappointed that I could not get in to Monastario as it was fully booked - but Libertador is a very good alternative (and a less costly one!!)
Great Service - friendly staff!
We truly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel libertador. The staff was extremely professional, friendly and accomodating. We emailed the reservations manager our flight information before we left home and 2 members of the hotel's staff met us at the airport, carried our bags and drove us to the hotel. Once at the hotel, we sat on a comfy couch in the lobby drinking Coca de Mate tea while one member of the staff checked us into the hotel. The hotel is beautifully furnished with antiques and medieval paintings. There is an original inca stone wall along one side of the building and two beautiful stone courtyards surrounded by stone archways. Our room was charming. We paid extra for a suite, which consisted of a living room, bedroom and two bathrooms. The room was very clean and comfortable; there was a refrigerator, a safe and a balcony over-looking a very quiet alley way. We stored our bags for free at the hotel while we hiked the Inca trail. Upon our return to the hotel, we stayed in a room on the other side of the hotel (because it had an ENORMOUS jacuzzi tub). The room was just as nice as our other room though it was located along a busy street and we were awakened early to the sounds of angry drivers honking their car horns. We asked to switch to the opposite side of the hotel and were granted our request without a change in price. The one thing that really sticks out in my mind about this hotel is the friendliness of the staff. No matter whom you passed in the hall, he/she said hello and wished you a happy day. Also, when we told the hotel reception desk that we wanted to go to Pisac for the day, within five minutes (no exaggeration), they arranged for a friendly local named Pedro to take us wherever we wanted to go. The hotel also arranged for us to store our bags in their sister hotel in Lima when we had a 6-hour layover there before our flight back to the states. I highly recommend this hotel.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We enjoyed the Libertador so much that we stayed there twice (actually we stayed at a number of Summit Hotels during our trip through Peru). The second time we were upgraded to a larger room! Our first room was small, but functional. We appreciated the free shuttle from the Cusco airport. Just let the hotel know your flight information and your name will be posted on their desk at the airport!
The hotel is a bit of a maze, but manageable. The courtyards are lovely and lobby walls are Inca ruins.
Libertador is a great hotel!
The Libertador Hotel in Cusco is beautiful with an excellent staff. We arrived from Lima at the airport where a van was waiting for us. Inside the airport terminal is a hotel representative ready to assist you. Unfortunately, when I arrived in Cusco I became very sick with altitude sickness. The hotel assistant accompanied us to the hotel in the van, and personally took care of my needs. She immediately registered us at the hotel and gave my husband the name of medicine to pick up at the pharmacy to take care of my sickness. We were given a large beautiful suite. We had at least four people come by the room to see if we needed anything. The hotel is old Spanish style, but with every modern convenience. There is a large courtyard covered by a glass pyramid covering, very elegant. The breakfast was delicious with hot meats, eggs, fresh fruits and juices and several kinds of breads. This is definitely a first class hotel and we would definitely stay there again.
Great Hotel in Cusco!
Stayed at the Libertador on both sides of our Machu Picchu trip in July, 2005. On both occasions, the hotel, service and staff were excellent. The hotel is nice, offers all modern ameneties, has an excellent restaurant and is in a perfect location in Cusco. It's only a short 10 minute walk to the Plaza de Armes in downtown Cusco. We ate dinner at the restaurant several times. The food was excellent. I think between this hotel and the Monesterios, they are the only two I'd be interested in staying at while in Cusco. Can't think of anything to complain about.
Nice, but we like another one more
After 3 nights in Aguas Calientes, we returned to Cusco and stayed here 2 nights because we couldn't get back into the Novotel where we had stayed before and loved it. Novotel is 4-star, Libertador is 5-star. Mainly, because it's more fancy-schmancy. The room was fine. Nothing wrong at all. The general decor of the place was a little overdone for our taste. Generally, it's a little stuffy feeling. It's more money than the Novotel, and IMO, not as good. The only other 5-star option in Cusco that I'm aware of is the Monastario, which is around $450 per night. We ate a good lunch there, but the men's room smelled like one in a bus station.. Just because of that cleanliness problem, I wouldn't stay there on a bet.. Take the Novotel if you can.
Pay a bit extra and get a suite
We splashed out on a suite and it was worth every penny. The room was enormous, lavish and one wall was original Inca stone. The bathroom and toilet were the nicest that I had come across in Peru.
The hotel itself was beautiful with many antique pieces of furniture throughout. The staff spoke excellent English and were very helpful.
The food in the restaurant was excellent with a large choice.
Top Cusco Hotel --5 Star
I just returned from a trip in Peru and this hotel was our base while in Cusco. The hotel picked us up at the airport even though we had not notified them of our arrival. Our rooms were spacious and well decorated. The staff was second to none-they arranged private tour to Sacred Valley, picked up tickets for us to go to Puno, and called us by name after the first day.
This hotel is also close to the Plaza de Armas so you can walk to all down sites.
You can't go wrong here.
Very Nice Hotel (and it is a 5 star not 2)
from A TripAdvisor Member
Good hotel with decent service. The rooma are a bit small but very clean and well decorated. We stayed at another 4 star hotel one night in Cusco and hated it (see another review Hotel Picogala) and did a survey. Our choice was between this hotel and the Novetel. Both looked good but this was a bit better value for the money (even though it was about $20 a night more)
How can this be highly rated?
Stayed there during a week in Peru including Cusco, the Sacred Valley Machu Pichu and Lima. The absolute worst hotel in the bunch with non-functioning toilets and invisible staff. The concierge was never at the desk during the two and a half days I stayed there. They also allow vendors to bug you right outside the door day and nite. Also stayed at the Hotle Monasterio and it was a delight. I would stay somewhere less expensive and hope for something more pleasant. Did find the building architecture interesting.
When checked in at noon, and got a room with a view of a wall, I asked to be moved and there was no accomodation made for me even though I was staying for more than one nite - paying a high rate.
Top Local Tips for Cusco
Riding the Vista Dome to Aquas Caliente was a wonderful trip, however, if i could go back and redo the trip I would have set aside an entire day just for Machu Picchu. Riding the train for three hours, then taking a 30 minute bus ride up the mountain left very little time to see the place before we had to get back on the bus for another 30 minutes, then on the train for another 3 hours. The best thing to do is to stay either at the Machu Picchu Santuary and Lodge or some where in Aquas Caliente so that you can just wake up in the morning and spend the entire day at the beautiful Inca sight. I was very very dissapointed as the lack of time I had and wished I had been given this advice.
Take heed of all the advice and take things slowly
Try doing the city ridding a horse!!