Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
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Once part of the Inka Temple of the Sun, Palacio del Inka has a long and storied history. Constructed in 1438 the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) was the vision of Inka Pachacuti, who conquered the Chancas, incorporating them into the Inkan Empire. Along with the temple, he built a number of adjacent structures, which today remain as walls within hotel. As the temple’s antechamber, it could only be entered shoeless out of divine respect.

The completed house featured a wide courtyard with archway galleries on three sides, a passageway, Doric columns, iron rosettes on the heavy wooden door, and sculpted reliefs. The main entrance of the mansion also included an archway with four busto sculptures: one of de Salas, one of his son, and one each of their respective wives. These works bestowed the house with the name for which it has been known for the subsequent five centuries: the House of the Four Bustos. Additionally, on the top archway, the family’s coat of arms still resides, pinnacled on both ends.

Today, the house serves as the heart of Palacio del Inka. The Palacio underwent its first renovation in the 19th century, and a century later it debuted as an inn, lodging travelers from alto Peru. By the mid-20th century it had transformed into the Museum of Viceroyal Art, before returning to a hotel in 1973.

In 2012, the hotel underwent a yearlong renovation, during which time every detail—from the carpeting and curtains to the furniture and wallpaper—was custom-made to reflect and embody the property’s rich culture and singular history. In May 2013, upon completion, Palacio del Inka became a member of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Luxury Collection.

Its 17 suites are decorated primarily with colonial and baroque elements and feature hand-painted ceilings, paintings from the Cusco School, and beds with elegant headboards. Each oxygen-enriched suite has its own, unique Quechua name and a view of the main courtyard.