Palacio del Inka, Cusco

A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cusco. Rooms are decorated with gold trimmed headboards, brass lamps and floral artistry.

Once the 16th-century home of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conqueror of Peru, Palacio del Inka is steeped in history. Today its statement design oozes Iberian style; authentic portraits, huge rugs, handsome stone arches and cobbled courtyards. In terms of size, the hotel is spread over a number of buildings. In terms of location, it couldn’t be better – a mere five-minute meander to the main square.

Rooms continue with parador glamour – deep sinking beds, gold trimmed headboards, brass lamps and floral artistry. All this along with the usual mod-cons such as iPod docking systems.

Head to the bar for a pisco-making lesson and dine in the restaurant overlooking the courtyard. Expect upscale Peruvian dishes accompanied by wine selected by the resident sommelier.

Relax in the subterranean spa with a state of the art hydrotherapy pool, several treatment rooms, a sauna and a spa. Note the gym – a rarity in Cusco.

Why we like it

  • Dating back nearly five centuries
  • Five-minute walk to the Plaza de Armas
  • State-of-the-art spa

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