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
Impeccable service from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. The hotel itself is breathtakingly gorgeous in the rooms and shared areas. They offer many cultural activities as well including a Pisco sour class and free walking tour. The breakfast buffet is unbelievable including plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free eaters. I think we stayed at breakfast for two hours!! The beds are also so comfy and very clean. If you want a luxurious stay in Cusco, stay here.
This property is amazing in its historic significance, but if you take this away, this hotel does not equate to a Luxury Collection Hotel. While the staff at the front desk and concierge were nice and helpful, we found there to be terrible service at the breakfast at the hotel. We also found the restaurant and the rooms to be poorly decorated and dated (think 1980's or 1990's) along with a super small bathroom. The location is superb but there are other choices with same or better location.
Outstanding accommodations with rich history. Walking distance to major attractions and restaurants. Excellent breakfast buffet. Service was impeccable and requests were always dealt with in a timely fashion. Excellent bar with great Pisco sour lesson. Waldir was very helpful and provided helpful information.