Best luxury hotels in Peru 2022
The ancient site of Machu Picchu, steeped in mystery and history, is a frequent inclusion on many to-do lists. But Peru’s main attraction is just one of the reasons to make the long journey to this magical South American nation. The country – which borders Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile – is home to a total of 12 UNESCO sites and has a rich cultural identity; the Andes, the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail must be visited during a trip to Peru. While flying in cities like Lima and Cusco, you will notice a unique buzz. So stay a while to experience their delights and an exciting, cutting-edge culinary landscape.
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
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.
Miraflores Park, a Belmond Hotel
Its clifftop perch by the ocean offers epic views from the Belmond to Lima — best enjoyed while swimming in the rooftop heated outdoor pool, sheltered by tall glass railings (those who want their own private and terrace can reserve the presidential suite). And if you prefer to view a water feature, walk down to the pond, where you can see its resident turtles bathing. The Zest Spa offers welcome massages after hot days of exploring and you can eat at three venues; Tragaluz, the 11th floor Observatory and the Belo Bar. Miraflores Park has 89 rooms in total and is set in verdant gardens – a glamorous high-rise urban sanctuary.
Hotel JW Marriott Lima
The Marriott’s wide-but-narrow glass exterior is a landmark against the ocean horizon. Like Milaflores Park, it’s surrounded by greenery, with easy access to the beach — its large windows allow guests to be exposed to those lovely views as often as possible. Indeed the vast majority of its 300 rooms face the sea. Parents can book connecting rooms and there are three accessible rooms. The hotel has two restaurants, one specializing in ceviche and sushi, the other in Peruvian-Western fusion cuisine with a children’s menu.
Hotel Country Club Lima
Dating from 1927, this building is a Peruvian cultural monument; guests are greeted by palm trees, a grand white facade, and polished marble floors in the lobby. It is in the San Isidro district, a residential area away from the central hubbub, allowing for a more refined and classic ambience conducive to total relaxation. Guests staying in one of the 83 rooms and suites enjoy exclusive access to the hotel’s Lima Golf Club and Yaku Spa, and can dine at its fine-dining establishment, a four-time winner of the Summum Award for Best Restaurant in Lima. , Parrot.
Hotel AC by Marriott Lima Miraflores
Located directly on the promenade and connected to a shopping center, the AC Hotel puts you in the heart of the popular district of Miraflores. A car will pick you up for the short trip from the airport, then on arrival the 24-hour front desk will arrange a ride for you to one of the 139 rooms; all offering laptop-compatible safes, soundproofing, pillow-top mattresses, power showers, designer toiletries, and Netflix. The AC Hotel by Marriott also features an on-site art gallery, a rooftop terrace with stunning ocean views, and restaurants such as Saladero, Insumo, and AC Kitchen.
Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima
Stay at the ten-story Hyatt Centric in the city’s business district – a quiet neighborhood with olive groves, where embassies, ruins and the best restaurants rub shoulders. 254 rooms (all with workstations, 55-inch HDTVs, and blackout curtains) showcase Peruvian crafts and artwork, while a rooftop pool with its glass balustrade and cushioned lounge chairs is the perfect place to relax. Also on the top floor is the chic Celeste Solar Bar, inspired by New York’s hotspots. The French-Peruvian bistro, Isidro Bistró Limeño, serves incredible ceviche and there’s a delicatessen, Awake, for snacks and coffees.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Enjoying the enviable status of being the only accommodation to be located at the entrance to Machu Picchu, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is a very convenient and suitably luxurious place to stay. Guests have the option of enjoying breakfast on the terrace while admiring the orchid gardens before taking a short walk through the national park. There are 32 rooms to choose from, most of which have their own patio where you can dine in style. The on-site Tampu restaurant offers great Peruvian cuisine, like stuffed alpaca and fish ceviche, while guests who are particularly hungry after a day exploring the ruins can feast on the Tinkuy buffet restaurant. A range of activities are available on site, from outdoor yoga and massages to Pisco tasting sessions at the bar.
Hotel Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Located on the bank of a gently flowing river in the charming town of Aguas Calientes, Hotel Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo offers rustic-chic accommodations along with excellent in-house guides. The hotel is located in a densely forested reserve at the foot of the misty mountains and is a true paradise for nature lovers. The resort is made up of low-rise colonial-style buildings, which are connected by a series of rough cobblestone pathways, while interiors are stylish with subdued lighting and decor and pops of color provided by Andean and tartan alpaca blankets . True luxury seekers will want to make sure they book one of the villa’s huge bedrooms, which are outfitted with wood-burning fireplaces, large dining areas, and comfortable living areas. The on-site Café Inkaterra has a thatched roof with palm fronds and offers guests views of the railway line while enjoying dishes such as causas, lomo saltado, and alpaca meat.
Hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu
This elegant establishment has a reputation as one of the best hotels in all of Peru due to its sumptuous rooms and gourmet dining options. The hotel sits on the edge of Aguas Calientes and offers guests stunning views down the steamy valley to Machu Picchu. Polished wooden floors and hardwood furniture found throughout the hotel are accented by colorful Peruvian rugs and bright, bold paintings. Guests are treated to huge marble bathrooms, while the rooms that overlook the valley are particularly stunning and shouldn’t be missed.