The Hotel Monasterio is Cusco's finest 5-star hotel. It was originally built as a monastery in 1592 on the site of the palace of Inca Amaru Qhala and is now part of the Belmond (Orient Express) group.
This 122 room hotel is a national historical landmark, preserving its colonial renaissance style whilst providing the luxury, elegance and comfort of a modern 5-star hotel. The heart of the hotel is a central courtyard with a fountain and 300-year old Cedar tree surrounded by gardens and stone cloisters.
The rooms are decorated in a combination of Spanish colonial and modern styles and equipped with telephones, central heating, cable TV, minibar, internet access and safety deposit box. The majority of the rooms are deluxe rooms, and there are also one-bedroom and junior suites. Most of the rooms are oxygen enriched to help combat any problems caused by the high altitude.
The Hotel Monasterio has two restaurants offering a mixture of international and local dishes. Illariy Restaurant overlooks the main courtyard and specialises in international cuisine with Mediterranean flair. It is open for breakfast, which is a generous buffet including fresh fruit juice, hot drinks, homemade bread and pastries, freshly cooked pancakes and eggs cooked to order, and lunch, which can include organic salads with edible flowers, and Peruvian sauteed beef tenderloin. Weather permitting, breakfast and lunch can be take open-air in the courtyard. The sophisticated El Tupay restaurant is open for dinner, and features live operatic performances three times a week. Dishes can include warm crayfish ceviche, Pumahuanca trout, suckling pig or T-bone steak. Drinks are served from the lobby bar, which also offers canapes in the evening. Room service is also available 24-hours. The hotel also owns the adjacent Deli Monasterio - a mixture of bakery and bar, with freshly-baked goods and savouries and 25 Peruvian and international craft beers.
Additional services include spa treatments ranging from Thai massages to aromatherapy. For an added indulgence the hotel offers a bath butler service with candles and aromatic salts, or rose petals, candles and champagne for a touch of romance!
Open: Belmond Hotel Monasterio is open all year.
Location: Hotel Monasterio is in a quiet setting just a little way from Cusco’s main square. It is about a 15-20 minute drive from the airport, which is 5kms away.
Rooms: There are superior and deluxe rooms, one-bedroom suites and unior suites. There are 122 rooms and suites in total, all with private marble bathroom. Rooms have views of the courtyard or city, LCD RV, iPod dock andWi-Fi. Air conditioning is available upon request and some rooms can supply oxygen enriched air to combat any signs of altitude sickness. Suites have sitting areas, DVD players and all are air conditioned, and the two-storey junior suites have a private terrace or balcony.
Activities: Many of the city’s major attractions are within walking distance of the hotel. Hotel staff can arrange tours of the city and environs, plus cultural trips, cookery classes with the chef, pisco tasting, and a tour of the hotel’s art collection housed in the chapel. You can even be a chef for a day, shopping in Cusco market then returning to the hotel to cook a three-course meal with the product you chose, while the bartender creates a cocktail from the fruit you bought.
Facilities: The hotel has 2 restaurants (see below), a deli selling cakes, breads, meats, cheeses and craft beers, and a lobby bar. A soothing Andean bath is available and massages can be arranged. The courtyard with its fountain, 300 year old cedar tree and cloisters is the core of the hotel.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables. El Tupay Restaurant specialises in international dishes, with dinner sometimes complimented by live operatic singing. Illary Restaurant is located in the cloisters round the main courtyard and in the courtyard itself. It serves Mediterranean-based cuisine and is open for breakfast and lunch.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are special cookery classes for youngsters and treasure hunts can be arranged for children.
Health: Cusco is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and suites.
The vast majority of the hotel staff comes from the local community. Some hold positions of authority and all are encouraged to make suggestions to improve the hotel. The hotel has taken steps to promote water conservation among its employees and customers. The Monasterio has also provided financial support to local charities in addition to selling locally made items.
"Nice historical hotel, well located"