The hotel’s 122 rooms and suites, some of which feature a private balcony or terrace, are wonderfully elegant, matching Spanish-colonial influences with more traditional Peruvian touches – think handwoven alpaca wool blankets, antique gold-framed artworks and intricate hand-painted designs. There are plenty of architectural quirks, too, original features that point to the building’s storied past. And, the marbled and mosaicked bathrooms only add to the sense of luxury and style. Suites, of course, offer more space, and some feature an appealing split-level design while views take in the city’s colourful rooftops or the hotel’s delightful inner courtyard.
As you’d expect, dining here is a real highlight. Nestled within the cloisters, the superb Illariy – open for breakfast and lunch – offers delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes made using the freshest, seasonal Peruvian produce. Then, in the evening, head to El Tupay for exquisite international fine-dining, served by candlelight under the arches. Expect everything from homemade foie gras terrine and crayfish ceviche to succulent T-bone steaks and porcini mushroom ravioli. It’s all accompanied by a standout wine list and, for three nights a week, the operatic sounds of the city’s finest singers.
And, there’s much else to enjoy, too, from Pisco sour cocktail classes to chef-led cooking lessons. There’s also a therapy suite on site, as well as a team of personal 'bath butlers', perfect for relaxing soaks after long days in the mountains. What’s more, the hotel features one of the finest art collections in Cusco, which you can explore on a tour accompanied by an expert in religious art.