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
Would give 6 stars if I could. Everyone was very nice and helpful and the services are very nice. The breakfast buffet was one of the nicest I have seen. Jesus was very helpful when we ordered food to our room, he made sure we had everything we needed and even offered to bring us coffee or teas after our meal. Wonderful experience
Ordered room service on our night before hiking Machu Picchu and Jesus gave us the best service!! He was so sweet and made sure we had everything we needed!! Also the hotel is wonderful and the stay has been perfect
I am leaving today the Palacio del Inca Hotel for a two day trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I am excited to visit these wonderful places, yet happy to know that on my way back I will return to this hotel for another two days.
The location is as good as it gets, perfect walking distance from all attractions, yet accesible by car or bus.
The style is unique and all is set with very good taste. The rooms might be a bit small, still very nice with premium linens.
Prices are a bit high, but overall worth it.
We chose this hotel because it is a Marriott property and we like to stick with this brand when we can. It lived up to expectations! From the moment we arrived, everyone was very helpful. The front desk gave us a map of the historic area, helped direct us to a restaurant for lunch, and gladly changed our large soles bills for smaller ones. We had a room overlooking the ruins which was really cool! The rooms are not huge and the bathroom is small, but it was clean and quiet.
We loved the little squares in the middle of the hotel for reading and relaxing. The breakfast buffet was wonderful and a great way to fuel up for the day!
Hotel is beautiful and has an interesting past. Like staying in a museum everything is first class. The staff are very friendly and helpful making the time at the hotel pleasant. The beds are very comfortable and everything is clean. I recommend the extra charge for the buffet breakfast plus complimentary drinks.
The location is great.