An old monastery and Inca site, the gorgeous suite-only Palacio Nazarenas sits right in the heart of one of the world’s most mystical cities, Cusco. If it’s not the altitude (3,400 metres above sea level), it will be the beauty of this place to leave breathless.
All the restaurants, bars and cultural attractions are within 10 minutes’ walking distance. The airport is a quick 15 minutes’ drive, while it takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Poroy train station (where Belmond’s Hiram Bingham train leaves).
Rarely I’ve experienced such a peaceful and intimate atmosphere: every corner of the hotel invites guests to relax and enjoy Nature – the manicured garden of the cloister and the gorgeous Andes on the background.
The finest artisans of the country have contributed to add Peruvian touches to the hotel’s beauty – all perfectly blended with Belmond’s classic elegance.
Also check-in procedures are completed in the room, and the whole process doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
Service at the restaurant was timely and precise.
Belmond’s extra care for the guests is evident, and it goes much beyond the pillow menu or the cellphone with free local calls that they provide you with. A small touch I particularly appreciate is the Belmond bulletin (served daily together with my coffee), with a selection of world news and an overview of the daily activities on program at the hotel.
I stayed in a City View Studio Suite, from where I could enjoy a spectacular view over the city and the majestic mountains around it. This is definitely the room category I recommend.
The design is elegant but nothing opulent or hefty, with a predominance of bright colours and natural elements (beautifully carved wooden furniture, the original bricks found in many of the Suites located in the old wing, or the natural light which plays a central role in the upper rooms).
I was tired and hungry when I got to my room, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the big canopy bed and the minibar desk furnished with coffee machine and beautiful bottles of local liqueurs – all topped by a delightful welcome platter with a selection of local cheese, bread, jams and fruits.
Everything from the minibar is included in the room rate, and so is the oxygen-enriched ventilation system to combat the symptoms of high altitude.
Another thoughtful touch is the under-floor heating system in the bathrooms – probably the one perk that sensitives to cold like me go into raptures about!
All bathrooms have separate sinks, and several suites (but not all) feature beautiful freestanding tubs.
Fluffy bathrobes and luxury toiletries including natural products, sunscreen and lip balm are the cherry on top.
The room is bright and spacious, so it never gets overcrowded. The soft sound of a traditional harp played live in the room welcomes you as you open your eyes (and stomach) to the delicacies of the buffet. A celebration of tropical fruits, local cereals, home-made jams, freshly baked cakes and pastries…plus a whole à-la-carte menu (at no extra price) with a rich selection of eggs and much more.
By the way, breakfast can also be enjoyed in the privacy of your room (again, no extra charges…ah!). To accommodate the needs of those leaving early for their treks, breakfast service starts at 5am.
Focusing on authentic recipes from Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Senzo restaurant is one of the city’s most acclaimed “new-Peruvian” restaurants of the city. The atmosphere is chic but not too stiff – perfectly enjoyable both for a romantic tête-à-tête or a dinner with fellow travellers.
The menu is inspired by the traditional specialties of local home cooks and street food vendors, based on fresh ingredients sourced from small producers.
The hotel’s Hypnoze Spa is a true temple of relaxation – 5 treatments rooms, indigenous products and tailor-made therapies to adapt to every person’s needs and wishes. The ultimate treat, especially after a day of treks and visits…
The beautiful original chapel has been left untouched, and it’s used today as location to host meetings or special events.