Rest your body and spirit at this 500-year-old mansion, considered a historic landmark and the epitome of luxury lodging. Located in front of the sacred Coricancha (Temple of the Sun) in Cusco, Palacio del Inka hotel has the most important religious and cultural center of the Inca Empire right at its doorstep. In addition, the Plaza de Armas, an extraordinary meeting place surrounded by shops and restaurants and distant mountains, is just 11 minutes by foot.
Enjoy this video of Palacio del Inca hotel, shot and edited by Ian Burke:
The enchanting guest rooms have been impeccably refurbished while holding to their regal antiquity. All rooms are complete with a private marble bathroom, pillow-top mattresses with cozy duvet bedspreads, cable television, 24-hour room service, writing desks and sumptuous oversized armchairs.
The different suites add such options as private balconies, walk-in closets and spacious living rooms. Some rooms have courtyard views, others look out to the cobbled streets, while a select few have the privilege of Coricancha out their window.
The boutique hotel is like a museum, holding 60 original paintings from the pre-Inca, Inca and colonial periods. This completes the prized ambiance as you make your way to the many onsite services. One such service is the distinguished Inti Raymi restaurant. Here you can sample regional and world cuisine, featuring locally-sourced Andean ingredients. You can dine inside with Andean pottery, textiles and stone accents abound, or take to the romantic stone-lined courtyard.
Relax and recharge at the plush yet mystic wellness center. Here you can visit the hydrotherapy pool, sauna, or gym with free weights, exercise equipment, TV and infused water. The Andes Spirit Spa offers additional services like body scrubs, facials, body wraps, foot baths, massages and more. This space offers the deep renewal you need before reemerging to explore majestic Cusco and surrounding areas.
Gina loves the hidden turquoise rivers of the Andes, the magical pink dolphins of the Amazon, and the lush ocean-view parks of Lima. She finds Peru to be the most inspiring country in the world, and has been exploring and writing about this sacred place since 2014.