Palacio Nazarenas
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Convent Turned Luxury Hotel: Palacio Nazarenas
This hotel, Orient-Express' fifth in Peru, completely blew me away. Officially opened last month, the 55-suite property is housed in a former 16th century convent turned chic retreat and features Cusco's first outdoor pool. It is right next to Hotel Monasterio, the original luxury mainstay in Peru, and an easy walk from the artsy San Blas neighborhood and Cusco's beautiful main square. All rooms are pumped with oxygen to combat possible altitude sickness from being at 11,000+ feet. The furniture was commissioned from local artists, butlers roam the halls to cater to every whim, and a small spa uses native Peruvian ingredients in its treatments. Despite the modern luxuries, the architects and archaeologists that worked alongside them were careful to maintain the whitewashed adobe walls, original fountains, and Inca ruins, which can now be seen under glass. Two nights here to explore Cusco is the perfect start before visiting Machu Picchu.
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