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Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, Peru
Voted the Best Hotel in South America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Belmond Hotel Monasterio deserves every accolade that comes its way. Built in the 16th century as a monastery on Inca foundations, this cloistered compound is located amid the historic splendor of Cusco, Peru. Most notably, the hotel serves as an ideal base for exploring the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. Much of the original architecture of Belmond Hotel Monasterio remains intact, paying homage to its original seminarian occupants. In keeping with its intended purpose, the rooms and suites feature a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings, with a gallery of religious art gracing the walls. Because of the high elevation, 11,000 feet above sea level, many of the rooms are equipped with an oxygen supplementation system for your added comfort.
Discover each room, hallway, and passage at the hotel, where every undiscovered nook seems to hold legendary secrets. Abutting the main square and courtyard is Illariy Restaurant, a dining retreat adorned with original paintings and art that serves distinctive Peruvian and international cuisine. Morning meals are taken in El Tupay Restaurant, and mixologists at the Lobby Bar are skilled at creating refreshing libations with the shake of a wrist. And if you are in the mood for a more private experience, simply ring for room service round-the-clock. Just a few blocks from Cusco's central square with the cathedral and many prominent museums, Belmond Hotel Monasterio provides an idyllic place to discover everything the region has to offer.
Location of Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Nearest Airport: CUZ
Amenities for Belmond Hotel Monasterio
- General Information
- 112 Guest Rooms
- 2 Restaurants
- 24-Hour Room Service
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- Laundry Service
- Art Collection
- In-Room Amenities
- Direct Dial Telephones
- Hair Dryers
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Satellite Television
- Individually Designed Rooms
- Mountain Biking
- River Rafting
- Meeting Rooms
- Business Services
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Belmond Hotel Monasterio
I first stayed at the Monasterio over a decade ago (not reviewed), and was looking forward to my return - the second time around, the Monasterio was even better than I remembered: a distinctive heritage property with flawless service and beautiful rooms. Location: The Monasterio is in the heart of Cusco's old city, a short walk from the major sights and surrounded by dining and retail (Belmond has another, smaller, "Palacio" property next to the Monasterio). Design and rooms: The hotel is in a thoughtfully-renovated 16th-century monastery, with interior courtyard gardens and dramatic public areas, including a striking chapel and vaulted rooms used for dining. On my first stay, my room appeared to be a former study or perhaps even a small chapel, with very high ceilings; this time around, we were in a more traditional room with relatively low ceilings. Amenities are all comfortable and modern. If you're interested, ask in advance about options for staying in one of the more architecturally distinctive rooms. Food: The breakfast was one of the best I've had anywhere, with a generous buffet augmented by an impressive range of entrees available for order. There is at least one restaurant, a bar, and a coffee shop/deli, as well, although we didn't have anything except breakfast in the hotel. Service: Service is where the hotel really stands out. Special thanks to Pedro, Jean-Pierre, and Wilfred. I waited until the last minute to decide when we were going to visit Machu Picchu (details below; not recommended!) Everyone on the team seemed to genuinely care about their work, and took sincere pleasure in providing attentive, professional service. I was really grateful to the concierge team for pulling together the Machu Picchu itinerary on short notice. Visiting Machu Picchu: Yes, you can visit Machu Picchu in a (long) day trip from Cusco. February is the low season, with intermittently rainy weather, so we were lucky to be able to make our reservations at the last minute. In general, however, I strongly recommend making arrangements through the hotel in advance, especially since daily attendance at Machu Picchu can be capped. Here's the set-up: During the rainy season, trains are not able to run all the way from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the small town outside Machu Picchu. Instead, guests leave Cusco early in the morning for a two-hour bus ride to another train station, and then pick up the train for an additional two-hour trip to Aguas Calientes, where you can pick up a bus shuttle for the short trip to Machu Picchu. Everything is clearly marked and arranged - you just need to buy tickets in advance. Guests arrive at Machu Picchu late in the morning, and have around 2-3 hours to explore Machu Picchu and eat lunch before returning to Cusco by train and bus. The entire package makes for about a twelve-hour day. For us, two hours was plenty of time to see Machu Picchu itself, although it's not long enough for those who want to do any hiking or climbing in the vicinity. Some options: PeruRail has several train options. We took the VistaDome, which is very comfortable. The more lavish Hiram Bingham train offers a higher level of indulgence - at a cost of around $800/passenger, I believe. For lunch, we booked one of the two restaurants at the Belmond property right next to Machu Picchu. Our lunch was fine, but expensive and not especially memorable. The restaurants are next to a parking/bus staging area outside the hotel, and there isn't really a view of Machu Picchu. I'd recommend going to one of the many causal restaurants in Aguas Calientes. At least in the low season, professional guides are available for hire outside the entrance to Machu Picchu at a much more affordable rate than if we'd booked a guide in advance through the hotel. It is possible to stay in Aguas Calientes, of course - as noted, Belmond and many others have properties in the area. Overall, the Monasterio is a fantastic place, and one of the most memorable heritage hotels I've experienced.
ShiMoke - Washington DC, District of Columbia
We loved our rooms at the Belmond Monasterio. So wished we could have stayed longer. The church on site is extraordinary, and the grounds and hallways make you feel like your a princess in a castle. Our rooms windows opened onto a balcony that overlooked a court yard. It was so peaceful and quaint. Definitely stay here it is worth every penny for the unique experience. The breakfast was displayed with so many yummy choices. You will feel pampered here. The city is fun to explore but reading a book in the courtyards is also recommended. You can walk to city center to explore so easily from here. We were here Christmas Eve and they had a huge Market in the town square. Christmas morning Santa arrived to the hotel courtyard. My teenage daughter even took the opportunity to have a selfie with Santa.
Char Z - Texas
though we aren't fan of classical/historical hotels, we were recommended to stay here ...and we are so glad we did! this place was like a museum in itself. it's, as a matter of fact, a national heritage. though the city of Cusco was beautiful and enriching, walking around the hotel was also a great experience. we were a little concerned with high-altitude (astonishing 11,000') but we were able to rest well (very, very comfortable beds) and the staff were always concerned about our stay.
Tabishii - New York City, New York
I stayed here while traveling solos with Linblad/National Geographic. It was close to the town square, shopping and restaurants. My room was perfect and very comfortable. The restaurant was excellent and the morning buffet was to fantastic. I donâ€™t know what I could improve on the 2 night stay here.
Beth C - Baltimore, Maryland
we entered through a gigantic gate and were greeted by someone who was dressed like a monk offering refreshments in the middle of what looked like a spectacular Baroque style chapel with gold plated picture frames and magnificent paintings. Gregorian chants could be heard in the background and added to the atmosphere. This hotel has incredible artwork everywhere, including the rooms; add to that a beautiful courtyard where you can have breakfast or lounge around under a gigantic and ancient cedar tree. Our room was terrific and opened up to a small balcony with a table and chairs.The bathroom was great with double sinks which you don't find often at any hotel. The location is right in the historic part of town and just about everything worthwhile is in walking distance. A little bakery is next door to the hotel. We had dinner at the hotel in their lovely restaurant with immense windows that offer views to the courtyard. The service was a bit slow but the food good as was the breakfast (not as elaborate as what we had at the Miraflores in Lima but substantial). What added to the mood was 2 Opera singers who sang famous love songs arias (it was Valentine's Day). the hotel offers free oxygen for those who are impacted by the altitude. The service staff was first rate. Treat yourself to something special.
Marion W - Seattle, Washington