Situated on the outskirts of Cusco’s historic center, Palacio Manco Capac is a luxury four-star boutique hotel from small Peruvian chain Ananay. A former republican home built over the remains of the palace of the Incan ruler Manco Capac, the central historic house has been in use since its construction and the property has spectacular panoramic views over the city.

Palacio Manco Capac

This converted home has gardens and towering eucalyptus trees, surrounded by authentic original Incan runs and platforms. The intimate hotel is located behind San Cristobal Church and walking distance from the archaelogical ruins of Sacsayhuaman. The greenery and small size of this property make Palacio Manco Capac a tranquil option in Cusco where you can escape the city.  The cozy dining-room-meets-lounge feels like you’re in a sumptuous home, rather than a hotel.

Hilltop Location

Nestled in the hill side, the location wins points for its views – and you can take advantage of these even if you’re not staying in the property.  The hotel offers exclusive private BBQ lunches or dinners outdoors ontop an Incan wall, or fine-dining inside in the dedicated dining room with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. It’s only a short ten-minute walk from Palacio Manco Capac to one of the entrances to Sacsayhuaman ruins, a must-see site in Cusco. However, what goes up must go down. So, while it’s a quick walk downhill to the main Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city – which you can see clearly from the grounds of the hotel – it is an uphill walk back up. You might prefer to take a taxi if you’ve had dinner in town.

The Rooms

With just twenty two rooms, the service at Palacio Manco Capac is personalized. The original house offers five rooms – these are the best in the property and includes the two junior suites. There are also three garden view rooms in the same central building. In addition, a new-build block behind offers an additional seven simple cosy rooms, where four have garden views (don’t be suprised if you spot a llama out your window) and three with views towards the cityscape.

Each of the original five rooms has an elegant and tasteful design with unique colonial touches. The newer rooms are simpler and smaller. All include satellite TV, free Wi-Fi access and a private bathroom with organic amenities as well as a bathrobe and slippers.

Events & Dining

After a long day of activities, relax in the peaceful garden with a coca tea atop the remains of the former-inca palace.  The restaurant serves delicious, traditional Peruvian dishes expertly mixed with international flavours in the cosy dining room, complete with a fireplace for chilly evenings. The hotel is also home to the cubo dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views of the city. This can be hired on a private basis for special events or meals.