Hotel Rumi Punku *** Cusco, Peru

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TripAdvisor Popularity Index : # 5 of 109 hotels in Cusco

Footprint South American Handbook, 2011: 3-star hotel A genuine Inca doorway leads to a sunny courtyard, comfortable rooms, helpful staff, safe. Highly recommended.

Fodors: A massive stone door –that is what Rumi Punku means in Quechua – opens onto a rambling complex of balconies, patios, gardens, courtyards terraces, fireplace and Inka wall scattered hardwood floors and comfy beds covered with plush blankets. The top level dinning patio has stupendous view of the city below.

Lonely Planet Review

Recognisable by the monumental Inca stonework around the entrance, family-run Rumi Punku (literally 'stone door') is in a stylish, older colonial house with a rooftop terrace and gardens. Rooms have been steadily rising in quality and cost in recent years, but are worth the asking price.

At night the exterior of Rumi Punku is dramatically lit, and you'll be mesmerised by the beauty of the ancient stones. Most of the cosy rooms have cable TV, central heating and thermal blankets, wooden floors with throw rugs and private bathrooms with 24-hour hot water. Unusually, the guesthouse offers triple, quadruple and even quintuple rooms, which can bring the asking price per person down dramatically. When it comes to service, Rumi Punku provide a grab-bag of extras, such as a generous breakfast buffet and soon a Finnish sauna and whirlpool tub. Feel like mingling with your fellow travellers? Head for the satellite TV and game lounge, which also has a fireplace. Or need to escape and recharge? Climb up to the roof for city views that stretch toward the Andes.

Review by author Sara Benson

Lonely Planet Discover Peru Guide 2011: A gem of a place ,recognizable by the monumental Inca stonework around the entrance, Rumi Punku (Stone Door) sprawls up and down trought a stylish complex of old colonial houses, garden and terraces. The rooftop terraces and other outdoor areas are utterly charming.Rooms ooze comfort, with central heating, wooden floors and European bedding.Sauna and jacuzzi are available for a minimal charge.

Footprint Peru 2009: A genuine Inca doorway leads to the sunny, tranquil courtyard of this 3-star hostal. 28 large, clean, comfortable rooms, helpful staff, safe. Highly recommended.

Lonely Planet web site, 2008: "Recognisable by the monumental Inca stonework around the entrance, family-run Rumi Punku (literally 'stone door') is in a stylish, older colonial house with a rooftop terrace and gardens. Rooms have been steadily rising in quality and cost in recent years, but are worth the asking price.

At night the exterior of Rumi Punku is dramatically lit, and you'll be mesmerised by the beauty of the ancient stones. Most of the cosy rooms have cable TV, central heating and thermal blankets, wooden floors with throw rugs and private bathrooms with 24-hour hot water. Unusually, the guesthouse offers triple, quadruple and even quintuple rooms, which can bring the asking price per person down dramatically. When it comes to service, Rumi Punku provide a grab-bag of extras, such as a generous breakfast buffet and soon a Finnish sauna and whirlpool tub. Feel like mingling with your fellow travellers? Head for the satellite TV and game lounge, which also has a fireplace. Or need to escape and recharge? Climb up to the roof for city views that stretch toward the Andes."

Footprint South American Handbook, 2010: A genuine Inca doorway leads to a sunny courtyard., clean, comfortable rooms, helpful staff, safe. Highly recommended.

The Rough Guide To Peru, 2010: A friendly establishment built on an old Inca Temple site and in one of Cusco's nicest streets. The rooms have private hot showers, are stylish for the price, plus there's access to kitchens, a patio, a comedor and a sitting room with a fireplace. best booked in advance in high season. price includes breakfast.

Footprint Peru Handbook, 2009: A genuine Inca doorway leads to a sunny, tranquil courtyard. 20 large, clean, comfortable rooms, helpful staff, safe. Highly recommended.

Cusco and the Inca heartland, 2006: A genuine Inca doorway leads to a sunny, tranquil courtyard. 30 large, comfortable, clean rooms, with private bathroom and 24-hr hot water (doubles US 60.00 per night) helpful staff, safe deposit box and luggage storage available. Highly recommended.

Frommers web site, 2010: A glance at the name or address of this idiosyncratic family-owned hostel will give you an indication of its strong connection to Cusco's Inca roots. The massive portal to the street is a fascinating original Inca construction of perfectly cut stones, once part of a sacred Inca temple. (The door is one of only three belonging to private houses in Cusco, and elderly residents of the city used to do the sign of the cross upon passing it.) Inside is a charming, flower-filled colonial courtyard with a cute little chapel and gardens along a large Inca wall. The clean bedrooms are ample, with hardwood floors and Norwegian thermal blankets. The top-floor dining room, where breakfast is served, has excellent panoramic views of Cusco's rooftops. The hostel is on the way up to Sacsayhuamán, but only a short walk from the Plaza de Armas. Rumi Punku, by the way, means "door of stone" in Quechua.

Footprint Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, 2009: A genuine Inca doorway leads to a sunny, tranquil courtyard. 20 large, clean, comfortable rooms, helpful staff and safe.

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