The Palacio Nazarenas
There are two hotels of note in Cusco both by Orient Express. Palacio Nazarenas is the newer hotel and Hotel Monasterio the original. We chose to stay at the newer Palacio Nazarenas and weren’t disappointed. The hotel is a series of courtyards with suits and rooms tucked away discreetly within the original buildings. There is a more modern part which overlooks the swimming pool and restaurant. As you would expect, the staff are charming and extremely helpful, and the rooms are exquisite particularly the Nazarenas rooms which include original features such as archways and exposed brick work. Wonderful alpaca blankets on the beds.
There is a well run and very pleasant spa and we were able to obtain a male therapist at very short notice. The eating options were a little out of step with the rest of the building, being in the more modern addition over looking the pool area - the food at breakfast was good, but the restaurant lacked ambiance in the evening. There are plenty of other charming eating options in Cusco and I guess it would be a shame to be limited to your hotel. The hotel also has the original chapel from the convent that previously occupied the building, which is well worth looking at – as does the Hotel Monasterio next door, which has a pleasant cloister and a more traditional dining room.
The location of both hotels is almost next door to each other in a quieter but very central part of the city. Almost everywhere within the city is a short walk.
Tips for Cusco:
Try to plan your itinerary so you haven’t any trips or anything planned for your first day this will help your acclimatise and reduce any effects of the altitude.
On your first day walk slowly and take things slowly again this will help you acclimatise
There are some really cute backstreet areas of Cusco – BoHo type cafés and shops.
Also don’t miss the large indoor food market
Check them out.
Please read my other trip advisor reviews of this trip: Hotel B Arts in Lima, the Hiram Bingham train, the Palacio Nazarenas and the Hotel Rio Sagrado.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Would the nuns in this converted 17th-century convent have approved of the pisco sour cocktail-making stations? Anything is possible, given the diverse incarnations of this contemporary urban retreat. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas was built on Inca foundations and became a palatial private home in the 1500s. It was owned by the conquistador Mancio Serra de Leguizamon—a warrior who is said to have gambled and lost the gold Inca image of the sun from the Coricancha temple. The Jesuits converted the building into a school in 1644, which itself became a convent in 1715. We’ve preserved all that’s most precious here: you’ll find original Inca stonework, colonial frescos and gold-framed paintings collected by the nuns. At the same time you’ll discover the best of the new world within our walls. We’ll look after you in the most elegant way possible, whether your idea of relaxing is taking a morning yoga class or an evening salsa lesson. ... more less
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