JW Marriott Cusco Submerges Groups into Peruvian History

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Built on the site of a 16th century colonial monastery, the new 153-room JW Marriott Cusco in Peru brings the area’s Inca traditions to life. As you make your way around the luxury resort, you'll view traditional Peruvian history in almost every aspect, from the décor in the meeting space, the cuisine served at Pirqa restaurant and the spa service menu inspired by ancient rituals.

The historic site was designated by the Peruvian government as a National Cultural Heritage landmark and some of the guest rooms still house original walls that date back to the Inca Empire.

“JW Marriott Cusco was built on a colonial monastery and houses exhibition areas with original Inca artifacts that were found during the excavation. This submerges groups in the rich culture of the destination without setting foot outside of the hotel,” says Cecilia Rispa, sales executive. “We offer daily guided for our guests to tell them more about the fascinating history of the site where the hotel was built.”

The 1,442-sf Panaka room (its name is associated with the royal lineages of Inca families) hosts up to 130 guests amid the stone walls that decorate the meeting space. At the front of the room, a large screen is lined by three frames on each side that were designed by artisans from the Peruvian city of Ayacucho. They are made of Humango stone, which is finely carved to allow light to shine through, says Rispa.

The hotel’s Pirqa (Inca word for “wall”) restaurant serves modern Peruvian cuisine, sourcing regional ingredients such as quinoa, yellow potatoes and chocolate from Quillabamba. Similar dishes are also featured in the Cusco culture-inspired event menus.

“We offer extensive authentic event menus inspired by traditional and native ingredients. For example, two of our buffet menu options are the Inca’s Sacred Path and the Machu Picchu New Seven Wonders menus, which feature a variety of trout dishes in traditional Peruvian sauces,” says Rispa.

For attendees looking to take a break, the Spa at JW Marriott Cusco features treatments such as the Andrean mud wrap and Anta Situwai purification massage that are based on the Inca calendar and magic rituals that revolve around it. The 3,229-sf spa also houses a relaxation pool, whirlpool, dry sauna and steam chamber.

The property is located in Cusco’s Historic District, with attractions such as the main square, Cusco’s cathedral, Church of the Company of Jesus and the Indian market nearby. Planners can also book off-site adventures to Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, which is just a 3-hour train ride away. The Inca-built structure is located 7,000-feet above sea level and was deemed the Lost City until its discovery in 1911.