Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Originally built in 1592 on the site of the Inca Amaru Kuala Palace, the building was a monastery up until 1995, when it was converted into a hotel.
This Belmond property oozes ambience, taking full advantage of its unique history, and is one of the most luxurious options in Cusco. Rooms are full of character due to the historic nature of the building and the service is excellent. As with many of the hotels coca tea is complimentary to assist with the altitude, and oxygen can be provided on request. The hotel is nicely situated a short walk from the Main Square, or Plaza de Armas.
Why We Love It
Chanting music is played as you come down to breakfast, such that you almost expect to run into a group of monks on their way to prayer.
Surrounded by the stunning Andes mountains, La Casona is a small luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Cusco.
The suites are set around a tranquil courtyard in an immaculately restored old colonial manor house and each have been decorated with colonial Spanish antiques reflecting the city's mix of traditions and cultures.
Rented either as individual suites or as a private villa, La Casona is just a stone's throw away from the central plaza and a great place from which to visit the city.
Its open fire places and heated floors are welcome in a high altitude city where nights can get chilly, and during the day, food can be enjoyed al fresco on the dining terrace, and there are day beds set up around inner patios for relaxation and sunbathing.
The chef makes creative use of fresh local ingredients to serve delicious traditional meals and can also prepare gourmet picnics for excursions.
Why We Love It
Now owned by the excellent Inkaterra group, the manor was built on Inca foundations and occupied by some of the first Spanish conquistadors.
Palacio Manco Capac
There are a handful of authentic boutique hotels in Peru that are all about history, local culture and gastronomic experiences, of which ancient republican country house, Palacio Manco Capac, is our pick of the crop.
With just five thoughtfully decorated rooms, guests are guaranteed a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with the utmost service and attention to detail. Each room features a private patio and will have a great view, whether it's the hillside, Inca walls or the interior gardens and eucalyptus forest.
If you have yet to experience Peruvian cuisine, you're bound to be blown away by the intense flavours here, and if you have, the added creativity of the dishes will surprise. The chef at Palacio Manco Capac works with as many local organic ingredients as he can get his hands on and the outcome is beautifully presented Peruvian masterpieces with hints of international influences. The restaurant itself is a laid back affair and feels more like someone's home.
You don't have to venture much beyond the property to see remains of Inca ruins and Cusco main square is a mere 10 minutes away so the location of this boutique hotel is indisputably a great base for your Peruvian adventure.
Why We Love It
The incredible views and calming ambiance make this place a great place for a spot of serenity during your Peruvian travels.