Palacio Nazarenas: A new luxury hotel opens in Cusco


On June 15, 2012, the newest Cusco hotel opened its doors. Palacio Nazarenas, located one block from the Plaza de Armas, is housed in a former convent built on pre-Inca and Inca foundations. The interior of the hotel showcases treasures from Cusco’s artistic past, including restored frescoes, paintings, and statues dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Fully restored and equipped with the best of modern amenities, Palacio Nazarenas promises guests a wholly luxurious travel adventure in the historic city of Cusco.

Palacio Nazarenas main courtyard

Planted with native Andean trees, the main courtyard of Palacio Nazarenas reflects the original structure of the convent, a UNESCO-protected building.

Because of the building’s historical significance, the making of this hotel was carried out in close collaboration with Peru’s Instituto Nacional de la Cultura (INC; National Institute of Culture). Palacio Nazarenas has a historic and a modern section. The former convent forms the historical wing and includes the main courtyard as well as a former chapel converted into a library where artifacts discovered during excavation are displayed. The modern extension features a cloistered patio with a restaurant and lounge bar overlooking an infinity-edge swimming pool. The entire hotel, from common areas to suites, is characterized by carefully designed interiors with carved wood furniture and textiles and rugs produced by weavers from the village of Chinchero.

Readers interested in learning more about the process of restoring a building in a UNESCO World Heritage city can visit the Palacio Nazarenas blog, which includes contributions by archaeologists, architects, restorers, designers, the hotel’s chef, and managers.

Palacio Nazarenas water canals

Susan, guest relations officer at Palacio Nazarenas, demonstrates an original Inca water canal, just one of the many features protected and restored during the making of the hotel.

Palacio Nazarenas has 55 suites; compared to the 120-room Hotel Monasterio, which is right next door, this hotel focuses on providing a more intimate boutique hotel experience. Upon arrival, all guests are greeted by a personal butler and escorted to their chosen suite. Each of the suites features a mini bar, sound system and satellite TV, complimentary wireless Internet, iPad, and oxygen-enriched air conditioning. Suites in the historic section have wood floors and rugs, while those in the modern extension have carpeting. All suites come with spacious bathrooms with heated marble floors.

Palacio Nazarenas suite

Suites in the modern wing of Palacio Nazarenas have terraces overlooking the swimming pool and with views of San Blas, Cusco, and the snow-capped Mt. Ausangate.

The facilities at Palacio Nazarenas truly set it apart from other Cusco hotels. Hypnôze Spa focuses on holistic treatments and offers massages, facials, body scrubs, wraps, and 4 types of aromatic baths, all using tailor-made organic products. Senzo Restaurant & Bar uses vegetables and herbs cultivated in the hotel’s gardens to highlight Andean flavors and local organic ingredients. The menu at both the bar and restaurant are creations of executive chef Virgilio Martinez, profiled by Marie Claire magazine as “the new star” of Peruvian gastronomy. Guests will also enjoy exclusive use of the hotel’s pool, which is the first outdoor heated swimming pool in Cusco.

Palacio Nazarenas modern extension

Guests at Palacio Nazarenas can soak up the Cusco sun on chaise lounges by the swimming pool.

Palacio Nazarenas is a project of Orient-Express, operator of the famed Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. For more information on booking Palacio Nazarenas and other Cusco hotels for your Peru vacation, contact one of our expert travel advisors at Peru For Less.


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Anabel has been exploring the length and width of South America since 2010. Ditching preconceptions, settling into the local pace, and embracing the unexpected are the tenets of her philosophy of travel - and life.


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