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
- Handicap Accessible
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
Beautiful historic setting near the sun temple. A 5 minute walk from the town center. Very luxurious and comfortable bedding, bath towels and robes. One of the three best hotels during our three week stay in South America. Great service at check-in.
This hotel was outstanding, from the moment we checked in with Jorge Luis and the staff to the Pisco Sour class with Darwin. Everyone went out of their way to anticipate our needs and meet them before we asked! Plenty of water on hand, a birthday cake for my guest (surprised by a room delivery), great food in the bar and restaurant, and very attentive service. They lived up to their title. A must stay if visiting Cusco.
In the heart of Cusco, this is a beautiful historic hotel. Once the summer home of Pizarro's brother, there are several areas that are part of the original structure, and artwork from the colonial period. Our room was large and comfortable. The breakfast buffet and service fantastic. They offer evening tours of the hotel, which we took and found very informative. It is close to a few historic sites, and within walking distance of the San Pedro Market. Every staff member we talked with was super!
We stayed here as part of a tour group, and we saw other tour companies as well. The location is very safe. All the staff was very helpful.
Our room included breakfast which opens at 4:30am and was the best part of our stay. They had a wide variety of Peruvian as well as traditional American buffet offerings such as eggs cooked to order, delicious french toast, and cappuccino. I would suggest including the breakfast if it is an option. We ate dinner at the hotel and it was just okay though.
Our room request was not initially granted, but was quickly fixed by the staff. We did not need an adapter, but you must have dual voltage appliances. Adjoining rooms are available, but we were not able to get one. You can hear a lot of noise between the adjoining doors though.
Our stay was short but absolutely wonderful. We had a suite with a balcony. The staff went out of their way to make us comfortable. The hotel is gorgeous and we've never seen a breakfast buffet quite like the one offered here.