King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, his wife Máxima, his mother Princess Beatrix, accompanied by the Dutch Royal Family in full, booked the 11 suites of Inkaterra La Casona during their trip to Cusco just a month ago.
During their three-day visit to the Imperial City, the Royal Family visited the Main Square and Awanacancha town, where they acquired many alpaca wool accessories. They also had the chance to travel to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo and the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. It was the second time that Prince Beatrix visited Peru. About 30 years ago, during an official visit, she had the chance to visit Arequipa – and has fond memories of the destination – and Cusco. Queen Máxima was also delighted with her experience in Cusco and promised to return one day soon with her mother.
All members of the Royal Family were kind and generous, and in every moment grateful for our hospitality. They were fascinated by the local history surrounding Inkaterra La Casona and the hotel itself. Cultural patrimony of Cusco, this 16th Century manor house had Spanish Conquistador Diego de Almagro and Libertador Simón Bolivar after his victory in the Battle of Ayacucho way back when. Recent guests include Antonio Banderas, Bono and Mick Jagger. Inkaterra La Casona has been meticulously restored, with special emphasis on the original design to reveal the culture and traditions from the last four centuries.
Dining on vegetarian risotto, avocado with shrimps, quinoa tabbouleh, stuffed rocoto pepper and trout tempura whilst enjoying our country’s drink of choice pisco sour, the royal family were charmed with our gastronimic offering and ended up having all meals in the hotel throughout their visit. Before checking out, the King asked for a photo with all of the Inkaterra staff. At the cooks’ arrival, the Royal Family granted them a big applause. It was a charming moment that demonstrated why the Oranje-Nassaus are one of the world’s most beloved monarchies.
Hopefully we’ll welcome them again at one of Inkaterra’s properties in the near future!