JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The hotel is an inspired combination of contemporary comforts and ancient architecture (impressive Inca stonework and a stunning colonial courtyard)
- Centrally located, just a few short blocks from Cusco’s main square
- Sumptuous marble bathrooms have both tubs and powerful rain showers
- Sipping a pisco sour in Qespi Bar
- The enormous spa has a heated indoor pool and offers a range of Inca-inspired treatments such as the Purification Sacrifice, which includes a warm chocolate wrap
What To Know
- Extra in-room oxygen (available for a fee) will help combat altitude sickness
- Children are welcome, but the hotel is better suited to couples
- Members will be charged a 18% IVA tax by the property upon check-in that is exempt to foreigners of Peru. To avoid this fee, be sure to provide documentation at the time of check-in
- A 10 percent resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
From the enormous 16th-century doorway to the opulent lobby, the hotel’s artful blend of old and new makes a bold first impression. After a painstaking six-year renovation, interiors reflect the 16th-century convent’s multilayered history, with impressive Inca stonework, a stunning colonial courtyard (the largest in Cusco) and a restored church wall in the modern Peruvian restaurant.
Bed and Bath
The 146 spacious rooms and seven suites mix contemporary comforts with tradition. Beds have luxe linens topped with handwoven throws, and 42-inch LCD TVs sit harmoniously alongside Spanish colonial–style artwork and dark wood furniture. Some rooms even have their original Incan stone walls. The sumptuous marble bathrooms have both tubs and powerful rain showers and are stocked with sweet-scented Aromatherapy Associates lotions and potions.
Peru is one of the world’s culinary hot spots, and the Pirqa restaurant serves up a contemporary take on local cuisine, with ancient architecture as a backdrop. Or try a more traditional approach to local fare, sitting around the open fire of the cozy and informal Nina Soncco Lounge before indulging in a pisco sour, Peru’s signature cocktail, in the Qespi Bar. After a hard day’s sightseeing, wind down at the 3,000-square-foot spa, with its sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and heated relaxation pool. Or try one of the treatments inspired by such Incan rituals as the Purification Sacrifice, which includes a warm chocolate wrap.
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
This hotel was a beautiful place to stay during our 1st time in Cusco! Our check-in was seamless and the concierge and excursions staff members made it so easy to schedule a last-minute half day trip to the Chinchero District, Maras, and Moray.
The in-house experiences were numerous - unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to do them all. Panchita the baby alpaca was very cute and the women who were with her were so nice and took awesome pictures of us. Fredy the bartender made great pisco sours and gave a great brief class about the history of pisco - it was evident how passionate he was about Peru's national spirit. The salsa class on Saturday night was so fun - the 2 instructors made it easy for everyone to have a good time. After dancing, it was great to wind down the night with fireside s'mores in the courtyard.
Also, the hotel was a short walk to Plaza De Armas, San Pedro market, Qorikancha, and many other museums. If you're at a reasonable fitness level you can even hike all the way to Saqsaywaman from this hotel in a reasonable amount of time!
We experienced great service from every staff member we interacted with. We already want to come back to Cusco and would love to stay here again!
The service is excellent at the restaurant and food quality very good. We had a good quinoa salad and fish lunch. Nice neighborhood, shopping and atmosphere. Cuzco center is a bit much with constant hawkers, this was a nice retreat.
My family and I stayed here while acclimating before Machu Pichu. Meyson was by far the kindest, sweetest and most accommodating staff member amongst the trip. He remembered all of our names (there was 15 of us) and made us feel at home. He gave us tips and suggestions on our trip in general in Peru. He is a hard worker who loves his job and deserves to be recognized. Aside from Meyson, the hotel is very hospitable. We had a young girls birthday and they made a special cake with a celebration in honor of her. The front desk is always a warm welcome. I highly recommend staying at this hotel.
Love that Marriott restored this historical convent into a spectacular hotel. The beautiful historic courtyard and public spaces were enjoyable. The location can’t be beat as it’s a block from main square. Was a bit disappointed in rooms on lower level. Although packed with Marriott comforts felt like I was in a basement room which it was! Luckily the bar and other spaces are great so no need to be in room except to sleep.
The JW Cusco is in an excellent location. Only a 3-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas (main square of Cusco). Prior to arrival, Fernando upgraded me to the Luxury Suite with a terrace. It was beautiful! The Luxury Suite was around 800 sqft and had 2 bathrooms and a spacious living/dining room. The terrace was large and overlooked the center courtyard. The room was very nice and the hotel is just beautiful in itself. I also had a chance to use the Spa facilities and they were top-notch. The JW Cusco was a great hotel and well worth the use of 35,000 Marriott points a night.