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A historic hotel is elevating the standard of luxury accommodation in Peru's ancient Inca capital

An historic hotel is elevating the standard of luxury accommodation in Cuzco, Peru's ancient Inca capital high in the Andes. The Palacio Nazarenas has been converted from a 16th -century convent, on a site that dates back 8,000 years, and reopens 15 June 2012 as a 55-suite Orient-Express hotel. The building's rich history was revealed during a restoration project that took four years. Beneath the spa's glass floors can be seen the remains of Inca walls, and ancient artefacts unearthed by archaeologists are on show in the library. More recent murals from colonial days adorn the walls of the corridors, while the rosy hues that run throughout are a nod to the original ceiling in the Nazarenas Suite, which is decorated with roses. All suites are all oxygen-enriched to help with the symptoms of altitude sickness - Cuzco is at around 3,400 metres - and include little luxuries li...

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