Stay at Palacio Nazarenas
Touching down in Cusco you savour the old Incan capital. The cobblestone charm and enveloping sense of history. Your footsteps slow. The air is thin. Exploration must wait, because you need time to adapt. Which is where Palacio Nazarenas has you covered. Cusco’s only outdoor heated swimming pool provides a place to unwind. Oxygen-enriched air flows into your suite, helping combat the effects of altitude. And slowly you realise that you’re exploring just by being in this hotel, with its original Inca and colonial features. This is a restored 17th-century palace and convent, made up to date with contemporary furnishing, elevated even further by Belmond’s service.
A quiet cobblestone plaza in the middle of old Cusco. Location really doesn’t come better than this, as you’re slightly away from the bustle but still walking distance to most Cusco attractions.
Rooms are spread around cloistered courtyards and some of the building’s history has been carefully maintained. You’ll find colonial frescoes and Incan stone, original archways and elegant fittings. However, for a complete historical immersion stay at Monasterio Cusco. Palacio Nazarenas balances the past and present, with free-standing bathtubs and various mod cons. Most important is the enriched oxygen, although the 24-hour butler service is also key.
Who is it for
The most upmarket choice in Cusco and the recommended option when you want a spa and swimming pool along with a little history. Great for all ages and many connecting suites for families.
What to do
Cusco awaits and you’ll surely spend some of your time exploring. Palacio Nazarenas also offers many ways to simply enjoy time at the hotel. The butler shows you how to make pisco sours in your in-room bar. There’s the world’s first fully oxygenated spa. Cooking classes are great as well.