Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
What We Love
- Location in Cusco’s historic heart, just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas
- A daily breakfast of fresh bread and pastries, homemade preserves, eggs to order and more
- The city’s first outdoor heated swimming pool
- Free WiFi and use of iPads loaded with city guides
What To Know
- Cusco is 11,000 feet above sea level, but the oxygenated suites reduce the risk of altitude sickness
- Members will be charged a 18% IVA tax by the property upon check-in that is exempt to foreigners of Peru. To avoid this fee, be sure to provide documentation at the time of check-in
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- A mandatory $360 New Year's Eve Gala Dinner charge per person for those staying on December 31 will be collected on property
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
From the impressive Incan stone doorway and colonial-era wooden santos to the exquisite frescoes and a centuries-old fountain, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas puts its mezmerizing history (and some of the 80,000 artifacts discovered during the restoration) on full display. The pretty central courtyard has whitewashed adobe walls and hand-carved wooden balconies, and there’s a sun-drenched swimming pool and patio for unwinding after exploring Cusco.
Bed and Bath
Unlike those in many colonial-era buildings, the suites here are bright and airy, with lofty ceilings, four-poster beds and wooden floors adorned with thick Persian carpets. Some suites have their own Incan stone walls, uncovered during the restoration; the more contemporary comforts include in-room bars, espresso machines and Bose sound systems. The enormous bathrooms have underfloor heating, acres of Peruvian marble and deep tubs.
The on-site Senzo restaurant has a strict food-miles policy; it grows its own vegetables at an organic farm in the Sacred Valley. The innovative dishes are infused with local produce — think tangy salmon ceviche, purple corn chips, black quinoa salad, Andean trout and suckling pig. For further indulgence, head to the Hypnôze Spa for an aromatherapy massage using Andean herbs selected by a local shaman. Some of the six treatment rooms have glass floors looking down to carefully preserved Inca ruins underneath.
In the Area
Cusco was once the center of the Incan Empire, and today it’s the gateway to adventures in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Get a dose of culture at Cusco’s cathedral and ancient churches, and the Incan Qoricancha, the temple of the sun, as well as the Museo de Arte Precolombino — a treasure trove of pre-Columbian artifacts. Shop for stylish alpaca scarves and knitwear at Kuna and Sol Alpaca, feast on New Andean cuisine at Calle del Medio (which overlooks the main square), and sip inventive cocktails while learning the history of Peru’s signature spirit at the Museo del Pisco bar.
How to Get There
We had a wonderful couple of single day stays here before and after trekking which were sadly too short to be able to enjoy all the hotel has to offer. The staff were extremely professional, remembering names and preferences and breakfasts were delicious.
My husband and I were extremely impressed by the gorgeous accommodations and excellent service Belmond is known for. We appreciated all the little touches and thoughtful extras from the staff. We were saddened to fall ill on the last day of our stay and missed our chance to check out the spa and dinner restaurant. That said, the hotel was incredibly accommodating and helpful as we tried to heal away from home.
We absolutely loved this beautiful hotel. We stayed here twice during our holiday in Peru. On the first occasion we arrived at 11.30 am and unexpectedly our room was ready which was really helpful. What an amazing room. A huge bathroom with his and her basins and two separate wardrobes in a dressing area. Beautifully appointed with a big walk-in power shower and a large bathtub. There was a coffee machine and a kettle in the room and the mini bar was complimentary including a decanter of dark rum and one of Pisco. Talking of Pisco, a butler came to give us a Pisco Sour demonstration in the room at a time of our choice! The bed was huge and so comfortable with top quality linens. We had dinner in the Senzo restaurant and the menu, service and food quality were all excellent, although it wasn’t very busy so lacked a little atmosphere. Breakfast is served in the same restaurant, light and airy overlooking the beautiful pool (you can eat on the pool terrace if you wish), buffet style, lots of choice with good coffee and individual hot items like omelette or eggs Benedict to order. There are not enough superlatives to describe the ambience and tranquillity of this place. It has quiet courtyards with lovely plants, wooden colonial style balconies and beautiful furnishings. The hotel looked after our luggage while we were in Machu Picchu and when we returned for just one night, we were given a beautiful suite. What an amazing experience! Every single member of staff went out of their way to make us feel special. This is one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed in, anywhere in the world, and was definitely one of the highlights of our fabulous trip to Peru.
A converted monastery in a beautiful square - Palacio Nazarenas a mere stones throw away from Plaza de Armas. Reminiscent of Place Dauphine or Place Vendome in Paris. The hotel is/was beautiful and tastefully renovated and restored. Service was impeccable and the breakfast abundant. I cannot speak to any dinner service, since I did not dine at the restaurant, but the butler and room service were equally flawless.
From the moment we arrived at the hotel, the staff took extraordinary care of us. Victor the butler was gracious, helpful and the utmost professional. Edgar made sure we were taken care of every day when we left the hotel, providing bottled water, my-fi and phone chargers to take with us. Elizabeth in the spa gave a great massage, and the housekeeper (sadly I did not get her name) took note of our preferences and proactively delivered them every night. Elvis in the restaurant was delightful and provided a great dining experience.
The property is beyond special and immaculately maintained. Unique and gorgeous buildings that have been restored to perfection with special touches everywhere you look. It's truly a delight of the senses just being in the hotel, and the warm, exceptional staff elevates that to the highest degree. One of my all-time favorite hotel experiences, the Palazio Nazarenas receives my highest recommendation!