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
BOTTOM LINE -- First, yes, I know this hotel is expensive. But, it is worth every penny/dollar and is a "MUST" (assuming you can get a room, because it is small and intimate and sells out fast). You are investing much time and money to get to Machu Picchu (which is even more incredible than you think). So, do it right. And, the only way to stay AT Machu Picchu rather than down below in the Valley, is by staying at The Sanctuary Lodge. And, you'll be glad you did. More detail below -- but think of this. When we visited Machu Picchu, it rained in the afternoon - which meant that the buses from below were not allowed to bring visitors from below (which is everyone, except for those who stay at The Sanctuary Lodge). So, many came from great distances to visit Machu Picchu -- and missed the entire experience -- because they did not stay at the actual site. Staying at The Sanctuary Lodge guarantees that this won't happen to you. It is literally the ONLY game in town. And, it is also literally at the entrance of Machu Picchu. Wow!
MORE DETAIL -- Visiting Machu Picchu was a "bucket lister" for us -- and it exceeded our already-lofty expectations -- magically. An unforgettable experience -- and The Sanctuary Lodge (and the people/team working there) were a big part of that. My wife and I had an incredible experience.
Everything exceeded our expectations -- Machu Picchu was other-worldly -- and the Sanctuary Lodge experience was incredible as well. It is expensive -- but it is worth every dollar! The location is amazing of course. The food and drinks were top-tier, gourmet and stunningly prepared (and, remember, all food and drink are included in your price -- which is an important consideration). And, the service and attention to detail were wonderful. They treated us as family (more than simply transient guests).
So many wonderful people to thank on the team over there. But, special thanks and mention to Augusto (who paid attention to every detail and question in advance of our trip), Antonio (in the bar) -- great mixologist, great guy (his enthusiasm was infectious ... not to mention his Pisco Sours!), and Michael in the restaurant.
My wife and I hope to do it again -- together with our children perhaps next time (or they will go alone). Either way, all of us will always stay at The Sanctuary Lodge. It is the ONLY choice.
One more thing. Do the hike to the top of Machu Picchu (the mountain itself), which is much higher than "the other" more popular hike. It gives you a much more breathtaking view of the ruins down below. BUT, it is grueling and more difficult than you think. So prepare for that. The team at The Sanctuary Lodge can help arrange it for you.
The service and location can't be beat. To be a few steps from the entrance to Machu Picchu is really nice. We booked a Suite and a Deluxe Room. Our bill was $5,000 USD for one night. Now that is all of your meals; but undeniably expensive for fairly basic rooms (even the Suite) That being said, I still recommend staying here 1 night. The convenience of being right there to start early and finish late is worth it. And the service is very personal with great attention to detail.
Spent 1 night here after coming off the Inca Trail, situated 50m from the entrance to the site, v friendly and efficient front desk staff who immediately knew and remembered our names.
Our room was v comfortable if a little small, clean and v well maintained, a large bed, bathroom also a little small and it contained the luggage area which was a little strange, I would assume that this reflected that the hotel is old, not that it looked it in decor or maintenance. Our room had a terrace and chairs and access onto the main garden which was pleasant area to relax in.
We ate in both the buffet and a la carte restaurants for lunch and dinner and the food was excellent, interesting menu, food was well presented, was v tasty and large portions. Special mention to Antonio behind the bar who looked us and served some excellent cocktails. Breakfast was outstanding with a huge buffet and freshly cooked hot food.
Overall we found this an excellent hotel, small but comfortable rooms, excellent restaurants serving good quality food with super staff.
Many thanks for making our stay so memorable.