Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the Palacio del Inka in Cusco joined The Luxury Collection portfolio following an extensive $15-million renovation. With this opening, Starwood expands its footprint in Peru where it now operates six hotels and resorts, including three under The Luxury Collection brand. The Luxury Collection brand portfolio continues to grow in the region, where it now has 11 hotels, from Argentina to Mexico.
Owned by Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco is in the ancient capital of Peru, Cusco. Palacio del Inka is located directly across from the preserved ruins of the Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun. With a Spanish Colonial façade, Palacio del Inka was originally part of the Incan civilization in the early 15th century and later designed and inhabited by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. The hotel reflects Cusco’s culture, architecture and design.
The two-year project was led by Latin America architectural and interior design firm Caparra Entelman & Asociados, in collaboration with local artisans, craftsmen and the community.
Palacio del Inka has 203 guestrooms, including 17 Casa de los Cuatro Bustos Suites. The ancient walls are still part of the structure, while the interior design, paintings and furnishings evoke Peru's colonial past. The suites have 13-foot ceilings and textiles, and all guestrooms have custom-designed carved wooden doors, chests and writing desks which complement vintage paintings and mirrors.
The spa at Palacio del Inka creates a residential atmosphere using grained tornillo woods, varnished in a dry dark green, for the spa’s furniture, common in traditional Cusco houses. The gold patina doors and the gilded tones of the wallpaper complement the local Travertine Angelica marble of the spa suites. The spa offers a signature treatment called Qoricancha, a body therapy that wraps the skin in 24 karat gold.
The Inti Raymi restaurant offers international cuisine, incorporating seasonal and local Peruvian ingredients. Local artisans were commissioned to restore the arches that connect the restaurant to the courtyard patio, which is at the heart of the hotel. Rumi Bar has an original Incan wall at the center, draped with silk and velvet curtains and accented by iron chandeliers. The bar has a wine and cocktail menu.
Palacio del Inka has five event spaces with seating capacity for up to 400 guests, all of which have been restored by local artisans to re-craft the original ceilings and recreate a Damascus-like design aesthetic with hues of sand and silver brought to life by the natural light, which bathes the spaces.