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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My wife and I have a wanderlust that is quite unquenchable and thus we stay at a lot of hotels. We like to splurge on those and I can quite easily attest that the Palacio Nazarenas is the best property we have stayed at in the last 10 years.
Location is wonderful, with it being one block from the Plaza and from San Blas but Cuzco, or at least the tourist section, is small so, while this is a positive, it is minor. However, everything else is a superlative. The building and grounds are splendid, serene, clean, beautifully maintained. The rooms are larger than most studios in San Francisco (where we live), the bed was the most comfortable we have slept in and we loved the alpaca hot water bottles used to warm the sheets at night. We ate at the restaurant, visited the bar, used the pool and the spa and every person we interacted with, employees that is, could not have been nicer, more attentive and helpful. I am assuming that the goal is to make you feel like you are the most important guest in the hotel and that is absolutely achieved.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough and am looking forward to staying at another Belmond property as soon as is humanly possible. Thank you to everyone at the Palacio Nazarenas for having made our stay in Cuzco so wonderful.
This incredible hotel is situated in a former nunnery, adjacent to another Belmond property in a former monastery. The rooms are well appointed, the hot water bottle in the bed each evening was a wonderful touch during the winter months, breakfast included many choices both available to order and via buffet, and the pool area was lovely. The location was central to many sights in the area (cathedral, shops, restaurants, museo de chocolate). The staff is kind, friendly, and ready to serve.
An absolutely magnificently resorted hotel in the heart of Cusco . Outstanding service and very attentive and helpful staff. We very much enjoyed out stay, the food and the ambience of the hotel and the city.