Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Location: Cusco | Peru

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Using ancient Incan walls for its foundations, the Palacio del Inka, part of the Luxury Collection Hotel, dates back nearly five centuries and is a cross between a luxurious five-star hotel and a stunning living museum. A storied mansion set just across from the Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun, the hotel has taken inspiration from the surrounding rich heritage to create an atmosphere that is both charmingly old-world and chicly contemporary.
Perfect forArt lovers, hip historians and those partial to a tasty Pisco Sour.
In the knowAfter soaking up Cusco’s vibrant culture, head into the hotel’s underbelly to be embraced by the sweet aromas and soothing oils of the Palacio del Inka Spa. With water-based treatments, rooms with tiny lights that look like a starry skies and specially designed, heated lounge chairs, you are guaranteed to feel utterly relaxed and ready for a drink on the terrace.

Recommended for...

  • City Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

A five-minute walk from the main square and smack-dab in the middle of Cusco’s historic centre.

Rooms at Palacio del Inka

As well as pretty views over the delightful courtyard and quaint streets, the rooms at the Palacio del Inka are framed by dark ochre woods, handmade curtains with rainbow tassels that resemble the accessories worn by llamas and alpacas in the high Andes, exquisitely hand-painted ceilings and walls, antique tables and beds adorned with lavish gold-leaf. Once you’ve open the heavy, carved wooden door to your room, have a look at the gilded artwork and stunning tapestries that dominate the colourful walls – many of which are works by local artists.

Food and facilities

Sink into the vintage furniture at the hotel’s Inti Raymi Restaurant for the buffet breakfast of both Peruvian and international dishes that is fit for a king, your meals will even be accompanied by a live harp player. To get the best views, ask for a table on the patio that faces towards the courtyard - during the day it’s soothingly sun-drenched and at night it’s romantically transformed by candlelight. Dining in the hotel’s restaurant, it’s the ideal time to be as adventurous as you can, sampling Andean-inspired dishes of alpaca medallions and classic ceviche, paired perfectly with a South American wine.

Activities at Palacio del Inka

If you’ve just started your Peruvian holiday and the high altitude has you feeling a little shaky, help yourself to a cup of mate de coca, used in the Andes to prevent altitude sickness. Once you’ve acclimatised, it’s time to stroll a few minutes north of the hotel to the Museo de Art Precolombino and the Museo Inka to trace Peru’s fascinating history from pre-Inka civilisations to Inka culture after the impact of the conquest. After this visit, turn into the main square Plaza de Armas, home to the Cusco Cathedral, to explore the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

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