Best luxury hotels in Cusco 2022
Near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes (the Southern Sierras), this Peruvian town inhabits a mystical setting. As the ancient capital of the Inca Empire (then known as the “navel” of the earth) and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere, it is rich in archaeological remains as well as Spanish colonial architecture. This has secured its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many use Cusco as a launch pad for trips to Machu Picchu, but it’s also worth browsing the plazas, markets, and museums, offering a colorful glimpse into life past and present in Peru.
Monastery, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco
A former monastery, this Belmond property overlooks the city’s red-tiled rooftops, with 122 rooms and suites. A superb symmetrical courtyard sits in the center, its cloisters woven with alleys, flowerbeds, a fountain and a 300-year-old cedar – as well as one of its two restaurants (the other is located in the romantic arches of the building). Or you can pick up and take out charcuterie and canapes at the bar. The hotel offers an amazing Andean Bath Butler service, art tours (it houses one of the finest collections of 18th century religious art in the city), cooking classes and pisco lessons .
Inkaterra La Casona
The Cusco property of Relais and Chateaux is a 16th century colonial mansion, one of the first homes of the conquistadors, which has been carefully restored to retain its original glory. Ideally located on the Plaza de las Nazarenas, it has only 11 beautifully appointed suites arranged around the central patio, decorated with a mix of antiques and works of art. Sustainability is key to Inkaterra La Casona’s philosophy, with ‘zero carbon’ organic products and local suppliers who support biodiversity. Chef Rafael Casin operates a farm-to-table dining facility. Its cuisine respects indigenous ingredients and culinary traditions served in an atmospheric setting with exposed stone walls.
Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection hotel, Cusco
Immerse yourself in the five centuries of history between these four walls, located opposite QoriKancha (the Temple of the Sun). The building is itself a historic monument, filled with stone archways, 195 pieces of original Hispanic art, and ornate gilded antiques. Rooms are decorated in a traditional colonial style, ranging from double rooms to one-bedroom and family suites. Its Andes Spirit Spa contains the city’s only thermal circuit, with treatments using Germaine de Capuccini. Palacio del Inka has two restaurants – Inti Raymi and Rumi. And the hotel is home to very cute and fluffy alpacas.
Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique
As much a museum as a hotel, this 16th-century mansion houses an impressive array of chandeliers, pillars, polished wood and stone floors, antique furniture, and more than 300 colonial artworks, some of which are priceless. 43 rooms come with an innovative smart oxygen system, iPod docking station, DVD player, minibar, organic toiletries, bathrobes and slippers — some have wooden canopy beds and lounges. Visit the UNNO spa to regain balance of mind, body and soul. Dine at Mishti for a taste of Peru and Khasikay Bar for tapas and pisco-based cocktails.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
If you want access to a pool, book a room here — it’s one of the few hotels in town to have one, alongside a sensory shower, steam room, and sauna. Designed to impress, the JW Marriott El Convento features a crystal-covered lobby and a large open-air courtyard. Guests can take daily guided tours of the Inca artifacts in the basement, browse its modern art exhibits, and dine on Andean dishes at Pirqa (kids get a special menu designed for little ones). The rooms are unique, all with a lot of technology. Some suites have a balcony or terrace and one of them has an original Inca wall.