Belmond Monasterio Cusco

Belmond Monasterio Cusco

A breathtakingly beautiful place to sleep, eat, drink, and just be. After dark the candlelit courtyards look like a romantic film set.

The cobbled Plazoleta Nazarenas is one of colonial Cusco’s best addresses. The cathedral, Plaza de Armas, main convents, churches, and many of the city’s finest eateries are within walking distance.

As impressive as any Venetian palazzo, the Monasterio is more sumptuous than its clerical name suggests.

Housed in the 16th-century Seminary of San Antonio Abad — which occupied the site of an Inca palace — it’s a marvel of stone masonry, colonial escutcheons, Cusco-school artworks, and arcaded walkways. Walking around feels like a museum visit — and non-guests do pop in to ogle.

All rooms feature handsome wood furnishings, exquisite artwork, and interesting architectural details. King-size or twin beds and marble bathrooms are standard, as are LCD televisions, iPod docks, and in-room Wi-Fi.

Air-conditioning is available on request — though Cusco is a cool city. Rooms can be enriched with oxygen for those suffering the effects of thin air. Most bedrooms face the courtyard.

Two restaurants offer Mediterranean and Peruvian haute cuisine. Candlelit tables are arranged outside for dinner and there’s opera singing on some nights.

The Lobby Bar is great for a pisco sour or pre-dinner cocktail. A delicatessen sells take-away artisanal breads and pastries. Breakfasts are lavish buffet spreads.

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