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
If you want a hotel that gets you to the Machu Picchu site without having to get up really early to stand in long lines for the bus, this hotel is your only choice. However, if you expect a high-end luxury hotel after paying over US$1200 a night, you'll probably be disappointed.
PROS: location, location, location. Lunch and dinner were good but not outstanding.
CONS: No bathtub in room and no hot tub in the hotel which is disappointing after a long hike. (I was told the suites have a bathtub.) Breakfast was decent but has no cook-to-order items.
The Hiram Bingham train ride is worth the cost, the service, the entertainment by Trio Sabor & Sentimiento was phenominal. We had such an amazing time and experience, Peru has topped the list of places for us to visit and see.
We loved every minute from our ride to the train station, to boarding the train, the journey to Machu Picchu, the tour guide (Pamela) and the overall journey was a special one.
This is a super hotel at the gate of Machu Picchu. The rooms are not huge but they are well appointed. It is a huge advantage not having to travel up by coach and we were in the grounds at 6.15am and walked up to the Sungate, missing the crowds and seeing the early sun light up Machu Picchu.
Staff very good and very polite. Food excellent, wine list also. Special mention for Brian the waiter. He will go far😃 The terrace for drinks and a chill out is lovely. We watched a Humming Bird on the flowers.
One small but not insignificant complaint. We were issued with beautiful suede bags as souvenirs when we were on the Belmond train going up.
These were transported to the hotel and placed in our room which was good but we found to our dismay that someone had written our room number on both bags in biro. Now, I realise that many will say ‘hah, first world problems eh’ but seriously who thinks that it is ok to write in biro on your guests new suede bag? For info I did raise this with Roberto the duty manager who didn’t seem awfully bothered and completely missed an opportunity to shine by giving us two more bags. All of which goes to show that not even the Belmond Group is perfect.
It is just such a privilege to stay within the shadows of Machu Picchu! It makes it easy to visit the ruins for the sunrise should you want to!
We booked a one bedroom suite which was very comfortable - bathroom a little on the small side and the shower was over the bath so if physically impaired you would have a problem! We also had a lovely terrace with sun loungers.
We visited the ruins the night after our stay but there were facilities to shower and change after check out which you need if travelling back to Cusco on the Hiram Bingham train!
We had a wonderful stay at the Belmont Sanctuary, which is close by the gate entrance to Machu Picchu. Once you take the 30 minute bus service ride up (along with other MP visitors who don't choose to make the over 1 hour walk to the entrance), you are at the entrance and can enter the park without making the trek up. This is the only hotel at the entrance to the park, so you are able to access the park easily (when it opens at 6am) to see the sunrise in the park. Beautiful grounds and property, fabulous service, 2 meals included in your hotel stay, and just a great way to enjoy your visit to Machu Picchu. I planned the visit on our own and our fam of four arrived on the first day on the 7AM train out of Cusco, and toured the park during the afternoon access to the park with a guide who we hired at the entrance, which was very good. The guide provided a 2 hour tour and showed us all the great photo spots and provided a great overview. We ended the day with a Pisco Sour workshop at the hotel followed by a fabulous dinner. The next day we woke up for sunrise and were one of the first to enter the park and view sunrise in the park, then returned to the hotel for an amazing breakfast. After breakfast, we returned to the park and hiked the 3 hour Mountain hike up Montana Mountain, checked out of the hotel and caught the train back to Cusco in the late afternoon. Am amazing visit to MP including the stay at the Belmont. Highly recommend if you have the time and resources!