My partner and I decided to treat ourselves to the Palacio del Inka in Cusco after a strenuous 4-day hike to Machu Picchu and it couldn't have been a wiser choice!
The hotel's original structure can still be seen throughout much of the hotel and upon entering you are greeted warmly with a luxurious fragrance and incredibly plush surroundings that continually remind you that you are in Cuzco. The decor is top-notch featuring a warm, inviting color-palette throughout, the rooms are comfortable with huge beds and plush linens - our room had a balcony which overlooked an enchanting courtyard with bubbling fountain.
Since we were both incredibly busy before travelling to Peru, we failed to book Spa and massage appointments, which was the primary reason for booking at Palacio del Inka as the Spa photos are beautiful. Upon arriving to our room, we immediately reviewed the Spa menu which is expansive and can be overwhelming. We decided to seek out the assistance of our impeccable Concierge, Roger, who imediately enveloped our needs and made them his own - he has a tough job dealing with so many different personalities and I commend him for a job well done (A few American travellers had just arrived and were already giving him problems and complaining about everything, which he handled with exceptional courtesy and professionalism). With his help, the Spa was able to accommodate us with 2 Hydro Therapy Massages at a promtional rate (89 Soles each!!!) as well as a pampering, yet therapeutic massage for one of us that evening and the other the next day before our taxi to the airport. Carmen, the Spa Manager, was delightful in ensuring we made the most of our experience during the Hydro Therapy Massage, and we were both treated with care during our Swedish massages by Sonia and Cristina (go for the orange scented oil!).
Dining at the bar with Eva as bartender was an extroadinary experience as she watched over us carefully, but allowed the 2 of us to dine privately and enjoy each other's company. She, too, has a way about her that was gracious and nurturing...even when yet another set of grumpy American's arrived to express their discontent (it's not a Motel 6, so no, there are no ice machines down every hall). Eva and her colleague quickly tended to the grumpy guest, offering to walk the glasses of ice they demanded back to her room for her, which inevitibly soothed the patron. (It boggles my mind that people behave this way, expecially when travelling to other parts of the world - how embarrassing for us.) However, we ourselves quickly returned to our munchies of a club sandwich, mini-pizzas of arugula and prosciutto, and the quinoa-crusted chicken fingers (delicious) - the roasted corn and fresh potato chips were also fantastic bar snacks that were served along with our drinks.
All in all, this 1-night stay was filled with content, caring, pampering, wonderful experiences that were curated meticulously by Roger, Carmen, Sonia, Cristina, and Eva. Two New Yorkers went home incredibly relaxed and satisfied, longing for a return to the Palacio del Inka, and we couldn't be happier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palacio del Inka is a part of Starwoods Hotel and Resort. Guests staying here may be eligible to use their Starwood Prefered Guest (SPG) points according to what is stated on their webpage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Libertador Hotel Cusco
- Cusco Libertador Palacio Del Inka