Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
What We Love
- The rate includes buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch and a la carte dinner
- Location next door to Machu Picchu makes visiting the heritage site a snap
- On-site hot tub has mountain views
- Innovative, gourmet Peruvian cuisine using home-grown produce
- Massages and yoga sessions help muscles relax post-hike
- The hotel stocks a telescope and digital binoculars for stargazers and birdwatchers
What To Know
- The Lodge is up the hill from Machu Picchu town and the Aguas Calientes train station, and is only accessible via public bus; there are no taxis going to the Machu Picchu complex
- Property is about 8,200 feet above sea level, so guests often feel effects of the high-altitude
- Only 2,500 people are allowed entrance to the Machu Picchu complex each day, so book tickets in advance; the Lodge can also arrange for guides
- Check-out time is 11 a.m., but a day room is available for those departing by a later train
- The daily buffet lunch at Tinkuy is open to non-guests and can fill up quickly with hungry park visitors
- 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 mandatory $315 New Year's Eve Gala Dinner charge per person for those staying on December 31 will be collected on property
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
With a stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, you’ll be in the mountains and minutes from Temple of the Condor and Machu Picchu. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Huayna Picchu and Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 31 guestrooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Make use of convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and tour/ticket assistance.
Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage.
How to Get There
One cannot under-appreciate or over-exaggerate the prime location of this hotel. There’s nothing like it!!! A day spent at Machu Picchu is physically and perhaps even emotionally exhausting. To be able to walk out of the Citadel and avoid the long line for the bus back down the mountain (sometimes as long as 2 hours) is nearly as special as the Citadel itself. The service and food are also equally impressive and top notch. Highly recommend 3 things:
1. Getting on the meal plan to over-eat at your leisure.
2. Go the free Pisco Tasting at 6. The bartender is super fun and personable.
3. Schedule a cocoa tea leaf reading with the Shaman. You may be surprised but won’t be disappointed.
The hotel was fabulous, and the location is just perfect for going out a bit later than others on your first day and earlier than others on the second day. The best part of the hotel was Antonio, the head barman. He made sure that we had a great time and kept us well entertained. I was with 16 other people, and all of us loved staying here.
This Sancturay located at the entrance of the park is worth every penny. As you walk through the corridors you can admire kinds of orchids I have never seen before. The staff is a 10 stars; extremely sweet, helpful and welcoming which is what really made the difference for us. Luxury is to be expected from a Belmod hotel but the location and warmth of its staff are priceless. The room was spacious, the pillows were great...you need those for a good sleep AND they had direct tv in English with on demand. Although, tv is the last thing you will want to do when you can hear the silence of the night while sitting on their common area garden, set up over looking the mountains. There is also an orchid walk with over 70 different kinds of orchids. The food was outstanding. Absolutely delicious and the best quality we have had so far in Peru. Macho Picchu is a bucket list for many people and if it for you as it was for us, you have to include this sanctuary. It made everything so much easier and magical. Best honeymoon present.
There were many positives to staying at the Belmond: Someone greeted us at the train and helped us get onto one of the buses very quickly...The rooms were clean and nice, and I appreciated that there were snacks available in the room (as there is no where to buy a snack once there). I also thought it was great that on our departure day, we were able to sit in the garden and use the bathrooms to freshen up, before heading back to town to catch our train. It was also great that they transported our luggage to the train!
On the other hand, they were doing some renovations while we were there, so only one restaurant was open. As a result, I'm not sure if there is normally another area to sit and have a drink or a cup of coffee, but there was not much of a downstairs lobby or bar area to sit and relax outside of your room. And, as other people have stated, the vans are outside the hotel ALL Day! I realize the hotel can not control for that, but since the hotel charges quite a lot for a one night stay, it would have been nice to not hear the vans or smell the gas fumes all day. In that sense, I think the word sanctuary does not really match this hotel.
Overall, I am glad to have stayed, as it was so easy to get in and out of the park. I purchased tickets to go in the day of my arrival and again the next morning, as I was there in the rainy season. As a result, I only had to take the buses roundtrip one time!
I stayed at the Sanctuary Lodge for two nights with my family while we visited Machu Picchu. It is absolutely to recommend if you can get a reservation here. This hotel sits within the national park, and is literally right outside the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. It is not possible, as far as I know, to get closer if you wanted to. We hiked down into this beautiful place, and arrived as the sun was setting. We were all pretty tired and were very happy that we did not have to take a bus into the nearby village to check into a hotel there. Our luggage had been sent along from our previous hotel, another Belmond, and was already waiting for us upon our arrival. We had only to fill out a few papers and scan passports, and we could go straight to our rooms. These are basic, but the water is hot and the water pressure in the shower is great. The food in the restaurant is excellent, and the pisco sours are of course outstanding. In general, the atmosphere is quite convivial because all the other guests are basically just like you: tourists, vacationers, hikers, people who all traveled a long way to see a world wonder.
I found this hotel to be well-run and well-organized. I did not feel that anything was out of control or amiss during our stay. That is important because this hotel has literally thousands of people passing through it on any given day. I would come again, and I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone thinking of traveling to this region.