- 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
- Historic hotel with central location
- Onsite dining
- Charming unique rooms
- Belmond service (formerly Orient Express)
- 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
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, Holiday has been a huge success and we have thoroughly enjoyed it all, such a wonderful experience. Many thanks for all your help. Best wishes, Leona
Leona L reviewing Family Holiday: Inca Trail and Amazon on 18 August 2023