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Palacio del Inka: Luxury Meets History

500-year-old mansion turned 5-star boutique hotel has the sacred Qorikancha temple right at its doorstep
by Gina Cronin

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 Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), 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:

 

Guest Rooms

The enchanting guestrooms have been impeccably refurbished while holding to their regal antiquity. All rooms are complete with a private marble bathroom, pillowtop 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 Qorikancha out their window. 

King bed with black headboard lined with golden. Red curtains.

Classic King Room. Photo by Palacio del Inka.

Services

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. 

Courtyard dining. Romantic setting with white tablecloths and engraved wooden chairs at Palacio del Inka hotel.

Inti Raymi Restaurant. Photo by Palacio del Inka.

Spa

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. 

Perspective from behind the indoor waterfall of the hydrotherapy pool

Hydrotherapy Pool. Photo by Palacio del Inka