The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel in Cusco is an intimate 18th century residence in the colonial city of Cusco, Peru. True seekers of the world’s finest luxury hotels sit up and take note as this is without a doubt one of Peru’s finest luxury hotel offerings.
The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is located on what was once known by the Incas as ‘the route of knowledge’ or Pumacurco street which runs from the Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman to the Qoricancha, the main temple of the Incas. This 8,000m2 property is full of history and serves as a nice introduction to Cusco’s Incan and colonial roots with Incan artefacts and walls found throughout the hotel alongside colonial architecture and artwork.
A bunch of flowers is handed to each guest upon arrival, the type of flower specifically chosen to represent the virgins or ‘beatas’ who once lived in this monastery. The hotel was previously a ‘beatario’, built for daughters of the native aristocracy who didn’t qualify to become nuns but who could live a chaste and cloistered life here. Designer Janah Rapoport has clearly tried to maintain this history with a definite feminine feel throughout the hotel with unadorned cream walls and simple, subtle yet tasteful contemporary colonial style.
The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas boasts 55 suites ranging in size from a generous 35m2 to an expansive 130m2. Unlike sister Hotel Monasterio, you won’t find somber tones and abundant ‘pan de oro’ artwork here but low-key, understated subtle design.
All suites are sumptuous with fabulous travertine marble bathrooms complete with heated floors, Spanish showers and twin sinks. Exquisite bed linen and a comprehensive pillow menu including a selection of innovative herbal pillows from the on-site Hypnoze Spa guarantees a deep slumber while the oxygen pumped into each suite ensures the effects of Cuscos’ altitude are barely felt.
All suites are equipped with a complimentary bar, so ask your butler to teach you how to make Peru’s trademark drink the Pisco Sour in your room to enjoy at leisure! If coffee is more your style, then your personal espresso machine is on hand or if you prefer a more herbal refreshment try the herbal tea made from herbs picked in the gardens right outside your suite…
Palacio Nazarenas strives to introduce the visitor to the local culture and traditions with a host of daily activities including talks on local culture, the history of the hotel and tours of the property visiting the herb gardens and Incan ruins. A well-equipped library has a great selection of excellent coffee table books about Peru ranging from the history of all the paintings found in the hotel to the local Q’ero culture.
Five colourful patios are filled with edible flowers and herbs which are then used in the restaurant and bar to make delicious, fresh food inspired by what’s in season. Friendly and interested staff will do everything they can to make your stay unforgettable. Room rates include an excellent breakfast which we enjoyed sitting next to Cusco’s only heated outdoor swimming pool.
Best of Peru Travel Recommends:
- If it’s a nice morning, take a complimentary yoga class on Sunday, Monday or Wednesday mornings and then have your breakfast pool-side for a delightful start to the day.
- We love the Senzo Bar for evening cocktails! Don’t miss the free salsa classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and their delicious pisco sour.
- Explore the hotel property and you will find lots of little nooks where you can sit and read or just relax surrounded by local plants and trees.