Peruvian convent becomes luxury hotel

25th Jun 2012

A 16th century convent in Peru's ancient Inca capital, Cuzco, has been converted in to a luxury 55-suite Orient-Express hotel.

The Palacio Nazarenas hotel sits on an ancient site with a rich 8,000 year history in the city of Cuzco, Peru, located high in the Andes at around 3,400 metres.

The four year restoration project revealed much of the convent's history, which can now be seen throughout the hotel.

Glass floors in the hotel's spa allow guests to view the remains of the Inca walls below, while the corridors are decorated in old colonial murals and the library displays archaeological finds unearthed from the site.

The hotel's luxurious suites contain a number of little touches to help enhance a guest's stay, including pillow menus and iPads loaded with a Cuzco city guide, and all rooms are oxygen enriched to help combat altitude sickness.

During their stay guests can find out about Curzo's vibrant history and culture from the hotel's team, which includes historians, sommeliers and even shamans, and view the many city sites that are right on the hotel's door step, such as the Residence of the Archbishop, the Plaza de Armas and the Twelve-Angle Stone.

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