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
The Palacio Nazarenas is the #1 hotel in Cuzco, and it is easy to see why. We splurged on this trip, and I simply can't imagine ever staying anywhere that would exceed this stunning hotel. While the outside looks modest, the two doormen awaiting your arrival and the small bouquet handed to you by reception indicate the level of service to follow.
We had a one bedroom suite that opened up from the foyer (cue the jaw drop) into the living room; small dining table with a cheese/fruit/nut plate for us; buffet with bar, snacks, and espresso machine; large bedroom with very comfortable four-poster bed with exquisite linens; and oversized bathroom with walk in closet, huge tub, separate rain shower, and truly upscale toiletries including soap made with local flowers.
Our suite was in the old section of this restored 18th century convent. This wing has Incan ruins included in the architecture. Our suite also had beautiful artwork, niches with shutters that opened onto the courtyard, two $200 alpaca blankets for our use, the cutest hot water bottles covers with alpacas sporting scarves warming our bed, heated flooring in the bathroom; did I already say we did NOT want to leave??
Thankfully, we had some spare time the next two days to enjoy the room. Our butler (yes, he was available 24/7) saw us looking at frescoes on the wall in the courtyard, so we gave us a brief tour and explained the convent’s historical significance and, after we asked, suggested we visit the local market. Once we returned for the day, I called him for a pair of scissors and then asked him to show me how to use the espresso machine! The infinity pool and the area around it are very inviting. The staff simply cannot do enough for you. It will be hard not to put this hotel stay at the top of what we enjoyed the most in Peru!! OK, next to Machu Picchu…
As if the room needed any more touches, we received water bottles (in cloth covers) daily, and the nightly chocolates were single truffles in what looked like an engagement ring box!
The Palacio’s breakfast sunroom was charming, and the buffet selections were very good. If they're available, do try the Peruvian potatoes with their delicious yellow sauce and the quinoa pancakes. The made-to-order cappuccino was excellent. We did not have any other meals there.
The hotel is well-located for exploring the historic city center. Do make it to the local market for the best-priced (according to our butler) souvenirs. You can bargain. Also, wander up behind the hotel for a beautiful lookout over the city. The staff can provide maps, directions, and suggestions. Again, our butler was amazingly helpful. He also sought us out the morning of our departure, asked us how everything was, and wished us well.
If you want to splurge, this hotel is THE best you can do.
This is an amazing place. Every detail was well thought out. Rooms are gorgeous. Food was great. Staff was lovely. Personal touches -- we arrived with a small boy and they had prepared a toy chest and special toiletries, robe and slippers for him. It was a five star triple mint experience. I highly recommend staying here.
This is the most beautiful hotel - a converted palace. Check in was swift and I was handed a lovely posy of white flowers - such a thoughtful touch.
Our suite was stunning with a lovely balcony. Spacious room and bathroom - so comfortable. There was nothing more that could have made it better and it is not too often that you can make that comment!
All members of staff went out of their way to ensure that our stay was perfect.
Stayed 3 nights in this Belmond hotel. It’s a renovated and converted former convent and what a fabulous job Belmond have done with it. From the outside all you will see is a large doorway and a member of staff waiting patiently. Once inside the beauty of the property opens up gradually as you explore the older areas and the newer ones that have been added so tastefully. Restaurant and bar are excellent with a broad selection of Peruvian gastronomy based dishes to choose from.
Whilst here we had a walking tour around Cusco which is a vibrant and interesting city, seeped in colonial and pre-colonial history.
So a short but most pleasant stay at a delightful hotel that provides excellent facilities as well as the space to relax and recuperate from the hiking exertions of a trip to Rainbow Mountain. Probably one of the best hotels I have stayed at for its all round quality and ambience.
This property was our last stop before departing Peru- and what a way to go out on top! I don't even know where to begin. We were returning from a day at Machu Picchu and, despite our shabby appearance, were made to feel extremely welcome. The room- left. me. speechless. Our butler, Frank, was very informative and helpful. The hotel knew it was our anniversary and welcomed us with a cheese board and a special dessert to help us celebrate. The espresso machine in the room- a very nice touch. And since it was fairly chilly- the heated floors in the bathroom were a welcome addition. And I'm not sure this matters much to others- but the water pressure of the rain shower head- fantastic!
The chapel was a beautiful sanctuary and preserved the feel and respect for the origins of the hotel.
It is close to everything and a great place for a little R&R before exploring again.
I had no where else to mention this but I wanted to say that all of the tour guides we had through Belmond throughout our trip- were phenomenal! Ada, Zaida, and Jhader- a huge thank you to all of you. You helped make this an anniversary trip we will cherish forever.