Best Hotels of 2012
Opened in June, this luxury, 55-suite historic hotel was a long time in the making – 400 years, in fact. The former 16th-century Carmelite convent took four years to restore and convert simply because so many archeological treasures were found during the excavation. Some of those artifacts, including an 18th-century statue of the Archangel Gabriel and original Spanish colonial friezes, have been incorporated into the high-end décor. It seems only fitting, in what was once the capital of the Inca Empire, that the luxury boutique includes local touches throughout the hotel. Glass-covered floors expose Incan stonework and traditional Andean ingredients are used in pampering spa treatments.