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
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Historic mansion turned Machu Picchu reprieve in the heart of Cusco, with atmospheric rooms, a stellar spa, and preserved colonial details
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.
Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
Plazoleta Santo Domingo No 259
How to Get There
Flights are available to the Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The property does not offer private transfers to/from CUZ, about three miles away. Taxis are readily available at CUZ; rates vary.