Belmond Hotel Monasterio
What We Love
- Staying in the heart of historic Cusco, just a block from the Plaza de Armas
- This wonderfully preserved monastery is full of Inca and colonial history
- Pisco sours in the lobby bar
- Some rooms are enriched with extra oxygen to ward off altitude sickness
What To Know
- Cusco is 11,000 feet above sea level; give yourself plenty of time to adjust (water, oxygen) to the altitude
- All rooms have a different style and layout; some of the Superior Rooms feel small, at 269 square feet
- El Tupay restaurant can be pricey but is worth the splurge
- There is a mandatory $350 New Year's Eve Gala Dinner charge for adults staying on December 31
- A 10 percent service charge per room will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
If these walls could talk. It’s not typically the first thing you think of at a hotel, but few, if any, are infused with history on the scale of Cusco’s Belmond Hotel Monasterio. The collision of cultures that this Spanish monastery, built in 1595 atop an Inca palace, witnessed is first revealed when you enter from the Plazoleta Nazarenas, where walls of original Inca stones give way to the hotel’s regal doorway, which is still graced with Spain’s coat of arms. Exploring the hotel’s history could easily occupy a full day. Its story is told in the exquisite art that adorns the walls and the stone columns that rise from a series of inner courtyards, with the main cloister protecting a 300-year-old cedar tree. It also houses a Baroque chapel decorated with works by Cusqueña artists.
Bed and Bath
Despite its age, this hotel’s 126 rooms and suites, originally the dormitories for the Jesuits stationed here, are far from monastic — they are, in fact, supremely comfortable. No two are exactly alike, but all are decorated to reflect the building’s colonial and Catholic heritage: burned yellow walls hung with religious art, and antique wooden beds, tables and chairs. Window shutters open to reveal views of the courtyard or the red tile rooftops of Cusco, which sits a dizzying 11,000 feet above sea level. Few travelers will have experienced such heights, and in some rooms, the hotel will pump pure oxygen into your room to ward off altitude sickness.
The service here is as superior as the hotel is historic. Your luggage is whisked away upon your arrival, so you can sit with an energizing coca tea or pisco sour in the lobby lounge while the front desk deals with check-in. The hotel’s two restaurants veer from the traditional, combining local ingredients with chef Federico Ziegler’s French sensibilities at El Tupay. Hearty breakfasts and light lunches are served at Illariy, which looks out through floor-to-ceiling windows into the main courtyard. The concierge services are knowledgeable and comprehensive, though you’d be well served to plan your explorations of Cusco and the surrounding archeological sites well in advance — there’s half a millennia of history to explore, after all.
In the Area
Cusco’s ancient alleyways and cobbled streets were made for exploring on foot. Don’t miss the Plaza de Armas and its 16th-century cathedral, the Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), and the artists of the San Blas neighborhood. The extraordinary Incan ruins of Sacsayhuamán and the market town of Pisac are also within easy reach. Shop for stylish alpaca scarves and knitwear at Kuna and Sol Alpaca, and silver jewelry at Ilaria. Feast on Novo Andino cuisine at Limo, which overlooks the main square, and sample inventive cocktails at the Museo del Pisco bar.
How to Get There
After a long journey, we were greeted with cocoa tea to alleviate altitude sickness. We were checked in quickly and room was spacious and immaculate.
The concierge went out of his way to cater to whatever we needed.
They boxed a delicious breakfast for us on the morning we had an early excursion.
Organized rides quickly for us and went above and beyond.
Great location to walk to main tourist area too.
Traveling to South America can be trying, due to issues with water, changes in food and the high altitudes. This lovely hotel was a place of serenity and restoration on our journey. Our room was spacious and clean, the bathroom gorgeous. The location is also excellent, right in the historic center of Cusco. We also enjoyed several meals here, which were outstanding. The staff is cheerful and accommodating. We cannot say too many good things about our visit here!
My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio at the end of our Peru trip and our only regret is that we didn't stay here longer. The property is stunning, full of history and perfectly located close to the main square. There are lots of activities to do at the hotel - Opera dinners, Pisco tasting, a small church and beautiful paintings everywhere.. we never wanted to leave the grounds. The staff are ALL super helpful. Special thank you to Daniel who went out of his way to help us check into our flights (we were having problems with our airline) and he also helped us make reservations for things to do around town. Boris and Fredy made the most delicious drinks and were always happy to recommend local things for us to do. Every staff member greeted us by name and provided exceptional service from the minute we checked in until we departed. We were blown away by the hospitality of this hotel. We hope to be back soon!!
The Hotel Monasterio staff treats all of their guests like royalty. They care for your every need. We arrived at the hotel after the Two day Inca Trail. Our luggage arrived prior, it was so nice getting to the hotel and having our luggage in our room waiting for us. The breakfast was included with our room. The breakfast buffet was very extensive with fresh fruits, cereals, breads, pastries, and hot breakfast items like vegetables, meats, and potatoes. You could also order additional breakfast items from a menu, cooked to order which was also included. I enjoyed the Eggs Benedict so much that I order them two of days we were there. The omelet I ordered another morning was also very good. While we were there they had Opera singers at dinner on Tues, Thurs, and Sat. We ate in the restaurant on Tuesday evening and really enjoyed the opera performance. The breads they served were very tasty. I had the mushroom risotto which was also very good. The portions were large and I was unable to finish my meal. The location is good and within walking distance of most of the keys sites/ museums. I would highly recommend this hotel if you are staying in Cusco.
What a beautiful hotel. It was formerly a monastery. To start the grounds! There is a small church on the property and incredible ORIGINAL art through out. The staff is amazing and it is located in a great area with access to the town. Everything is walking distance. We enjoyed the monks chanting in the morning on our way to breakfast. Breakfast was complimentary. It was delightful! We enjoyed a beautiful dinner there as well. The property itself is like a museum with so many things to see. The history itself is incredible.