15 June 2012
Peru's Palacio Nazarenas is now open
Be among the first to visit our newest Peruvian hotel.
Glasses of pisco sour were raised in a Peruvian toast. Platters of Andean delights were served. Palacio Nazarenas became party central as this new hotel in Cuzco opened its giant wooden doors.
Years of painstaking work reached fruition as this former convent close to the city centre was reincarnated as a contemporary urban retreat. Restoration work was so detailed that the building's foundations were excavated by hand with spoons, cleaned with brushes, then replaced in exactly the same spot.
Now that is all part of its 600-year history as the building embarks on a brand new life. A stylish destination restaurant, Senzo, is pushing back the boundaries of Andean cuisine. Sun loungers line Cuzco's first outdoor heated swimming pool. Suites are supplied with oxygen to counteract the altitude and iPads with travel tips are handed to guests by personal butlers assigned to them throughout their stay.
Don't miss Hypnôze spa, with exotic treatments created in consultation with shamans from the Sacred Valley. Then there's the menu by chef Virgilio Martinez, a voyage of discovery through Andean ingredients supplied fresh from local farms and lakes.
For anyone keen to experience Cuzco close-up, this is the place to be. Visit as part of the new Insiders' Peru journey and local experts are on hand to show you off-piste places before you head off to Machu Picchu. This is truly Peru as you've never experienced it before.