Fodor's Expert Review Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

Entrance to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Peru

This upscale hotel at the entrance to Machu Picchu puts you closest to the ruins, a position for which you do pay dearly, but nowhere else can you sit in a hot tub, sip pisco sours or tea, and watch the sunset over the ruins after the last of the tourists depart each afternoon. The rooms come with top-of-the-line amenities, and the decor was completely upgraded in 2015, giving the rooms a lighter and airier feel. While expensive, the all-inclusive rates include meals from the restaurant and bar, which is exclusive to hotel guests. There is an additional restaurant that has an excellent international menu and serves a popular US$40 buffet lunch which is open to the public.

PROS

  • prime location at ruins' entrance with no need to wait on line for bus
  • personalized service
  • all-inclusive
  • views of Machu Picchu

CONS

  • double the price of other luxury options in Aguas Calientes
  • small rooms and bathrooms

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Views
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 084-211–094-hotel | 01-610–8300-in Lima | 800-237–1236-in North America

HOTEL DETAILS

31 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals

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