luxury Orient Express Nazarenas

The Orient-Express company has a major presence in Peru and they’ve added another jewel this year with Palacio Nazarenas, a former convent turned hotel next to their famous Hotel Monasterio.

Yes, there’s a male/female thing going here: a former convent and a former monastery. But now the sexes can mingle freely and use the facilities at either when staying at one luxury hotel or the other.

For guests at both, the final realization of this long-planned project is a boon because Nazarenas adds two elements that were sorely missing before: a heated outdoor swimming pool and a full spa. There just wasn’t room for either at Monasterio, but with the new building they were able to fit them in.

The rooms—all listed as suites—are larger too, making this one less of a booking risk. Here’s what our writer who stayed there had to say:

The suites themselves come in four categories, from chica (small) to two master suites, which are up to quadruple the size of the junior suites. The ultimate experience in the hotel would have to be in the Nazarenas Suite, with its hand–carved wooden ceiling worthy of the chapel of a nobleman.

Nonetheless, all suites come with the trappings that add up to a truly luxurious stay. Beds are king–sized, unless one opts for twin poster beds. Bathrooms are appointed in marble and feature underfloor heating, to combat those chilly evenings at over 11,000 feet above sea level.

Plus they’ve upped the pampering ante by providing butler service for each room and a complimentary minibar, first used when the butler demonstrates how to make a proper Pisco Sour.

Nazarenas Hotel adds another restaurant to the mix as well, this one headed up by a well-known chef from Lima: Virgilio Martinez of Restaurante Central. Plus you’ll get to have breakfast in an evocative room that’s hundreds of years old.

This is another great jewel in the Orient-Express crown in Peru. With this company you can ride the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, head south on the Andean Express to Puno, or stay in one of their multiple hotels in the country, including a luxury one in Miraflores.

See our full review of Hotel Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, Peru.