Thanks to Cusco, Peru’s distinction as the historic capital of the Inca Empire, the city attracts tourists from all over the world. The city offers visitors the chance to visit numerous cultural and historical attractions, including archaeological ruins, as well as explore its winding streets where locally made goods are always on display and take advantage of countless breathtaking views. If you are considering a trip to Cusco, you’ll definitely want to stay in one of the city’s top hotels. To help you narrow down your options, here are the top 5 luxury hotels in Cusco, Peru.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Located less than a five minute walk from Lima’s Plaza de Armas, the owners of Belmond Palacio Nazarenas have taken a 16th century nun’s convent and transformed it into a stunning full-service boutique hotel that offers luxury accommodations with a historic touch. Here, opulent rooms and suites, world-class customer service, fine dining, and a relaxing spa ensure that visitors have the perfect place to come back and unwind after a day of touring the area’s top sites.
Rooms at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas range from 400 sq. ft. junior suites with a small sitting area, huge four poster bed topped with hand-embroidered silk coverlets, and balconies offering mountain views to 1,400 sq. ft. signature suites that highlight the hotel’s ancient architecture and hand painted frescos, while taking advantage of the latest and greatest in comfort and technology. All rooms include wireless internet, 24 hour butler service, and spa-like bathrooms boasting Peruvian marble and heated floors.
In addition to relaxing and enjoying all the services offered at the hotel’s acclaimed Hypnôze Spa or swimming in Cusco’s only outdoor heated pool, guests have plenty of activities and classes they can choose to take part in,such as yoga, cooking classes, salsa lessons, pisco tasting, and ceramics classes. Dining options, prepared by some of the area’s most elite chefs, range from traditional Peruvian dishes to Mediterranean and French cuisine.
The Guest House at Fallen Angel
Located in the heart of Cusco, The Guest House at Fallen Angel has only five guestrooms, earning it a reputation as the “the small luxury guest house.” It also happens to be the home of Cusco’s most flamboyant restaurant, Fallen Angel, which does more than just serve delicious food. Eating here is billed as a sensation-filled experience. The intimate restaurant usually requires reservations due to its popularity.
Situated within a 17th century colonial home, each spacious guestroom at Fallen Angel has been uniquely decorated to depict a different continent. Each charming room features an eclectic mix of furniture, opulent linens, and unique artwork by local artists designed to awaken your senses to ensure an emotional response.
The Guest House at Fallen Angel is known for having an exceptionally attentive staff that goes and beyond to ensure every guest is happy, as well as serving an outstanding continental breakfast that is included with your stay and served in your room. Although the hotel doesn’t have the amenities that are often found in 5 star hotels, everything else about the hotel more than makes up for it.
Inkaterra La Casona Relais & Chateaux
Named one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World” and voted one of 15 best hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, Inkaterra La Casona Relais & Chateaux consists of just 11 suites situated in a 16th century manor house that underwent an intense 5-year restoration project. Each suite has been meticulously decorated with original murals, colonial-style furniture, antiques, and plush textiles covering the king size beds. In addition, they have heated floors, extra-large bathtubs and fireplaces, which the staff will gladly light for you.
Despite being located in the city’s center, the hotel is a quiet oasis and employees a friendly staff that is intent on making certain every guest has all their needs met. The on-site restaurant serves a huge buffet breakfast, as well as a complimentary afternoon tea. The dinner menu includes contemporary cuisine, though several previous guests report that the hotel will make anything you want.
Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
With only 16 spacious and impeccably decorated suites, Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa is an intimate hotel set in a perfectly restored ancient building. Thanks to the hotel’s top-of-the-line furnishings and linens, as well as its world-class restaurant, lovely spa, and luxury amenities, such as butler service and a variety of classes, the hotel has received countless awards, including TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award for the last four years in a row.
All suites include a two-way oxygen enrichment system to prevent altitude sickness, soaking tubs, a LCD TV with cable, free Wi-Fi, and a private balcony. Room options range from single bedrooms to the LP Royal Suite, which includes a living and dining room, along with a private massage room, hydromassage tub, and dry sauna spread over two levels.
Qoya Spa offers a variety of services, including reflexology, an Andean steam bath, facials, and full body treatments.
Palacio del Inka
Located in restored palace that dates back five centuries, Palacio del Inka sits right in the middle of Cusco’s historic district. It, too, is a frequent award winner and is currently named a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Winner and the #1 Green Hotel in Cusco. Guests can take advantage of the dedicated concierge team, business center, gym, laundry/ valet service, and Palacio del Inka Spa, which offers treatments based on ancient practices.
All rooms have been perfectly decorated to combine the hotel’s history with a rich Peruvian personality. They range from superior rooms, with a king size bed, free internet, an LCD flat-screen TV, and outstanding street views, to 2-bedroom Family Suites that include walk-in closets, a separate work area, two 40-inch TVs, and views of the hotel’s courtyard
Onsite dining is available at Inti Raymi Restaurant, which serves regional dishes made with local ingredients, and Rumi Bar, which serves drinks and snacks.