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
I spent 3 nights here, room very comfortable, bed just right , great shower good pressure plenty of hot water, I was on the 4th floor lifts ok but a bit small. Room safe did not work. Breakfast good , service very good in fact the service throughout the hotel was of a high standard. This hotel is very popular with tour groups, breakfast can get busy. Great location couldn't be better.
We booked 2 Suites for my family of 4. Both Suites were very nice. The hotel is beautiful with lots of history. The breakfast was the best we've had anywhere. The selection was extensive and the ambience was perfect. They have live music for breakfast and for dinner as well. To celebrate our anniversary the concierge set up a private dinner with rose petals, candles all over the room and floor and a violinist. It was beautiful. People walking by outside kept peering in the window to try to see. It was 4 coursers with champagne included. It was magical.
We were here for 2 nights during our ABD trip to Peru. This hotel was AMAZING!! From the breakfast buffet to the historic tour of this hotel...it was beyond our expectations. It is located right off of the center square of Cusco, so there is constantly activity. We had 2 connected rooms (1 for us, and 1 for our adult kids), and they were both really comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel again.