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 cannot say enough nice things about this hotel (and I feel like the word "hotel" diminishes the quality of this place). It was, as my title states, the nicest hotel we have ever stayed at in our entire lives! The rooms were amazing: large with incredible canopy beds and even more amazing bathrooms. The amenities were endless: from an open honor bar to Pisco Sours made in your room (which was SO fun). The breakfasts were delicious: including an extensive buffet and made-to-order items. The location is excellent: walking distance from the main square of Cusco. The staff is very helpful: providing us directions to various locations as well as bottles of water and umbrellas. Oh, I should add that, knowing it was an anniversary trip for us, the management even surprised us with a bottle of champagne and an amazing assortment of incredible fruits! One word for this place: classy!! My wife and I simply cannot say enough about this beautiful hotel. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a luxury experience just minutes from the center of Cusco.
This property is an oasis in the historic city of Cusco. The features within the property of wood craftsmanship, stone work and ponds are stunning. The service is outstanding. We arrived late but we our room featured hit water bottles to warm our are bed, fresh flowers, champagne and treats to celebrate my wife’s milestone birthday. The complimentary breakfast features many local delicacies and breads. We have stayed at a few Belmond properties and this is one of the best!!
This hotel is simply extraordinary. The historic facilities and grounds are incredible but it’s really the fantastic staff and their consistent attention to detail that made our stay so special. Also the hotel’s restaurant served really superb meals.