- Elegant historic hotel
- Tranquil central location
- Beautiful gardens and heated pool
- Personal butler service, lovely activities
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is an elegant, upmarket hotel located in a former 17th century convent in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cusco, southern Peru. This unique hotel offers 55 beautifully appointed suites complete with a personalised butler service, a spa, a gourmet restaurant, and the city’s only outdoor heated swimming pool. The property will appeal to travellers seeking a highly comfortable, urban retreat complete with outstanding service.
Cusco has long attracted visitors en route to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, and the hotel sits conveniently in a peaceful yet central location, just behind the main square in Cusco, and only 15 minutes from the airport.
Guest areas include an informal restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which offers both contemporary and traditional Peruvian cuisine. The hotel has a lovely outdoor heated pool surrounded by loungers, with an adjacent pool bar serving refreshments and light meals. Traditional afternoon tea is available in the picturesque courtyard gardens, surrounded by ancient fountains, and indigenous plants and herbs. A converted chapel serves as a cosy guest lounge, complete with computers, widescreen TV, and a snooker table. There is a library, a gift shop, and a relaxing spa and Jacuzzi.
Activities include complimentary yoga, salsa lessons, and free tasting sessions of the national liquor, Pisco, a fine grape brandy dating back 500 years. Cooking lessons can also be arranged.
The accommodation comprises 55 stylish suites, artfully blending ancient Inca stonework, colonial architecture, and high-tech comforts. Cusco is located at 11,000 feet above sea level, and each room receives oxygen-enriched air through its air con system, to combat potential altitude sickness. Suites range in size from junior to larger one bed units with separate lounges. All have a king size or twin beds, a lounge/dining area, and a spacious marble bathroom with underfloor heating, plus a shower and separate bathtub. Many suites have a private balcony or terrace and all have tranquil views over the courtyard or garden. Some suites located on the hotel’s higher floors enjoy atmospheric views towards the city’s artistic hub of San Blas. All units benefit from 24- hour butler service, plus a complimentary minibar, hot drink facilities, satellite TV, air con, and free Wi-Fi.
Although children of all ages are welcome, the hotel doesn’t organise child specific activities. One guest up to five years of age stays free of charge when sharing with parents, and little ones under 8 years receive a soft toy as a gift. Connecting rooms, cots, and additional beds can be provided, subject to arrangement.
- Historic, eco-friendly property
- Centrally located in Cusco
- Walking, horse riding, motorbike excursions
- Upmarket boutique hotel steeped in history
- Well located for exploring Cusco
- Lovely central courtyard
- Butler service, spa, gym, yoga, cookery class
- Historic property with contemporary touches
- Excellent central Cusco location
- Near main square, museums, markets, cafes
- Excursions further afield available
- Historic, characterful boutique hotel
- Close to 'Plaza de Armas' main square
- Beautifully-presented rooms
- Good value for money
- Central Cusco location
- Attractions within walking distance
- Great mid-range option
- Charming guesthouse
- Central location
- Good Value
- Colonial courtyard
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019