Palacio del Inka Must-Stay. Cusco oozes history. Cusco was the historical heart of the Inca Empire(the largest empire in pre-Columbian America) from the 13th to the 16th century. And the five-star Palacio del Inka is no exception. This hotel, formally a huge colonial mansion, was claimed by Gonzalo Pizarro in 1533. Gonzalo was the brother of Francisco Pizarro, the Spaniard conquistador who led an expedition that defeated the Inca Empire.
Palacio del Inka, a Starwood property, stands sentry in the center of Cusco. Within a minute of the hotel’s entrance, is 16th century Iglesia De Santo Domingo, the Incan ruins of Qurikancha, and the archeological park of Kusicancha. The hotel is less than a ten minute walk to the Plaza de Armas, the historic center of Cusco. And the San Pedro Market is a fifteen minute stroll, where you can eat with the locals.
After the evening train from Machu Picchu, I was glad to arrive at the hotel. I was greeted by the handsome lobby. Candles flickered on a thick wooden table adorned with antique vases and cases.
Within moments of checking in, I was escorted to my room. A comfortable bed awaited me for that evening’s sleep. A desk stood by to serve as my work station with speedy complimentary wifi. A compact balcony greeted the star filled sky.
An incredible spread was provided at breakfast. I gorged on fresh food from the bakery, homemade guacamole, and fresh juices and fruits. Consider sipping a coca tea or two, to fight the effects of the higher altitude.
Before sleep, retire to the handsome Rumi Bar for a drink and a snack. A Pisco Sour is the perfect antidote to a long day of exploring Cusco in the stately and comfortable bar.
Palacio del Inka is a perfect solution for staying in Cusco based on luxury, location, comfort, and service.
Disclosure: I was an invited guest of the hotel. The statements expressed are my true thoughts.
Palacio del Inka Must-Stay.