"The Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco Hotel" Peru Hotel Tip by traveldave
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In Cuzco I stayed at what is considered one of the city's top hotels, the Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco Hotel. Although it is expensive, the cost was included in a very good package deal I booked which covered the entire trip.
The hotel is located across from the Santo Domingo Church and Convent. Many of its luxury suites overlook the church, which is illuminated at night and provides a wonderful view. There are a total of 254 rooms and suites, all beautifully decorated with Spanish-style stucco and wrought-iron fixtures.
Guests can dine in the hotel's Inti Raymi Restaurant which features cuisine based on Andean ingredients, such as quinoa (a grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds), a variety of vegetables grown in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, numerous types of potatoes, and lamb and trout from the region. International and Asian dishes are also featured on the menu.
Refreshments are available in the Kero Coffee Shop, and the Rumi Bar is a good place for drinks after sightseeing in the Cuzco area all day. The bar is especially known for its Pisco sours.
Unique Qualities: The Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco Hotel is situated in an old Spanish colonial mansion that was built on Inca foundations. One of its former residents was Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conqueror of Peru. It has been renovated, and the floors in the lobby and the hallways are covered with beautiful Spanish tile. The building wraps around a central courtyard which has a fountain at its center. The lobby and hallways feature Inca and Spanish art, and are decorated with Spanish-style stucco and wrought iron.
There is a large pot of mate tea in the lobby (supposed to help overcome the effects of the high altitude) which is available at no cost to the guests.
The hotel is centrally located and is within walking distance of the main sights of Cuzco.
At the time of my visit, the son of one of the hotel staff, dressed in traditional Inca clothing, added a touch of local color to the hotel lobby.
Price Comparison: most expensive
Directions: The Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco Hotel is located at Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259, a few blocks east of the Plaza de Armas of Cuzco.
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