Orient-Express Hotels Opens Palacio Nazarenas in Peru
By Kerry Medina
June 17, 2012 9:14 PM
Orient-Express Hotels opened the Palacio Nazarenas, the latest addition to its portfolio of hotels and trains in Peru. An all-suite boutique hotel, this urban retreat and former 16th century convent in Cuzco features 55 oxygenated suites, Cuzco’s first outdoor infinity pool and a gourmet restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist.
During the excavation process, architects and archaeologists uncovered Inca treasures, including an original Inca sandal, which are now showcased at the hotel. The Library serves as a museum for all the artifacts discovered over the course of the four-year project, and each day a “Chit Chat” session will be held where an expert shaman, sommelier or historian will speak with guests about the history, art and culture of Cuzco. Original Inca walls that were discovered have been carefully preserved beneath the glass floors of treatment rooms at the Hypnôze spa. Murals and friezes on the walls of Palacio Nazarenas are rare survivors among the artworks from Cuzco’s Spanish colonial days.
Each suite is provided with a full cocktail making set, with instructions and a recipe book. The 55 suites at the boutique property include the deluxe Z-Collection suites category. Each with their own defining characteristics, such as an original Colonial arch or original Inca niches, suites from the Z-Collection have views of the Ausangate mountain in the Andes or the San Blas neighborhood. The Nazarenas Suite, formerly the Abbess’ retreat for private prayer, boasts a hand-crafted ceiling of gold-embellished roses.