Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
What We Love
- Fresh flowers in the bathrooms
- The colored lights and music that are part of the uniquely relaxing spa experience
- The free oxygen treatments, which help alleviate the headaches that can come with the high altitude
What To Know
- There’s no air conditioning
- Guests can take a pisco sour class at the bar every night—something to impress your friends with at home
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
Built inside an enormous, 500-year-old colonial mansion, the Palacio is now one of the city’s destination hotels—and a perfect reprieve after your journey to Machu Picchu. When you come back to Cusco, footsore and tired, you’ll relish the Luxury Collection beds, extensive spa (with heated lounge chairs and a hydrotherapy pool), and cushy red-leather armchairs in the dimly lit Rumi Bar, where bartenders prepare refreshing pisco sours. The hotel’s got atmosphere in spades, from preserved colonial details like stone arches and courtyards to the dark red carpets, artfully stained wood, and collection of ceramics and paintings. The Inti Raymi restaurant leans heavily on Andean ingredients (you’ll be feted with some of the hundreds of different Peruvian potatoes and can try guinea pig if that’s your thing) while the outdoor tables invite guests to linger over the extensive buffet breakfast when the sun is shining. The restaurant opens at 4:30 a.m.—a nice bonus for those looking to get an early start on their trek to Machu Picchu.
In the Area
If you’re in Cusco, you’re interested in Incan history, and the hotel is just across the street from Koricancha, the Incan temple to the sun. It’s worth checking out, even if, since most people visit Cusco on the way to or from Machu Picchu, you might have had your fill of ruins. The Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square, is a five-minute walk and the Sacred Garden, a lush green space, is even closer. For gifts and souvenirs, stop by the Center for Traditional Textiles, which supports indigenous weavers and sells stunning fabrics. The Iglesia de Santo Domingo, beautifully lit by candles in the evening, is right next door to the hotel and dates back to 1534.
How to Get There
We had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Palacio del Inka in Cusco on our way to Machu Picchu. The hotel itself is historic, elegant and beautiful but that wasn’t the best part. The staff was just amazing. From the time we arrived until we left we were treated like royalty. Special mention to Wilbert our waiter in the lounge. His service was just exceptional and he went out of his way to make sure we got just what we wanted. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and look forward to returning
Everything you would expect from a 5 star luxury collection hotel. The service is top notch. Cedric in the bar is an excellent bar tender and gives an interesting and informative pisco sour lesson. Would recommend this hotel, the 5pm history tourgiven by the concierge staff, and the pisco lesson to all.
After Multiple Flights from Hawaii to LA to MIA. Finally arrived to Cuzco with warmest greetings from hotel staff members. Unable to acclimate to high elevation here they kindly offer oxygen therapy with no charge. Awesome service . Highly Recommended
Had a foot reflexology treatment with Ruth at the spa. It was very relaxing. Ruth was very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend doing any treatment here. Loved it! I just might try another.
It was just WOW!!! Everything from the location to the reception to the service to the rooms to the food - just everything.
This used to be the Inca king’s palace & hence sits right across the Sun Temple - the most important building in Cusco city. What awaits you inside is not even imaginable.
Its historical & quaint & at the same time modern & exquisite. I stayed there for 3 nights & had the most wonderful experience.
If you want to experience palacial luxury please try Palacio Del Inka but only if you have a couple of days in Cusco beyond Machu Picchu. Else, its a waste of money & the place.