I believe this is the finest, dreamiest place to stay in Cuzco. It was an event never to be forgotten, just like nearby Machu Picchu. My Sister and I were here the nights of January 26th and 27th, 2012 and we felt pampered and cared for. The Monasterio is centrally located to wonderful shopping and close to many Cuzco points of interest. I took numerous pictures of this elegant hotel because it felt like a destination, a pivotal location of ancient mystery. Also, every need was thoughtfully considered and I will explain some of these here. < We were greeted with utmost courtesy upon exiting our taxi at the front entry by finely dressed gentlemen, and shown the coco tea to drink for elevation dizziness in the lobby and then taken to the check-in desk. Then after being escorted to our room we found a delicately arrayed tray of local goodies and fruits. The bathrooms are tiled with matching pottery accessories and fresh flowers are at the sink. The toilet paper is folded with a hotel seal and the finest L'Occtiane soaps, lotions, lip balm and shampoo are there to use. It is spotlessly clean! Fine stationary and pens are at a beautiful carved writing table that looks out over the courtyard. The beds are extraordinary and one feels like she is on a cloud when going to sleep. It is so quiet you can hear a pin drop! There is genuine art on the walls and tables, The stairs are of ancient stone and the oldest, largest cedar tree is lit at night in the main courtyard. The morning buffet is extraordinary with so much variety you can hardly take it all in visually, let alone try everything whilst a well dressed guitarist plays classical Spanish music. Every kindness is given to grant happiness and comfort. All wait staff is finely dressed in nearly formal attire, courteous, helpful and almost every one speaks English to some degree. People from all over the world stay here and we met many. Flowers are everywhere in vases and in gardens. The main lobby of the hotel is beyond description and at night you can sit in luxurious chairs in the bar area sipping Pisco Sours to your hearts content.(only one or two because Pisco Sours are strong!) A person just has to experience it all to believe it. There is a certain feel to this place that I can only explain as spiritual. Interesting things happen here, out of the blue, just like you are guided or there is a purpose to it all.
We received extra effort and consideration when our reserved and paid for taxi did not arrive to take us to the airport the departing morning. The staff graciously got us there and we were escorted to the plane as if we were royalty by the Monasterio staff working at the airport! This could have been a very bad situation for us but it turned into a happy ending. I am so grateful for this entire wonderful experience at Hotel Monasterio and will not forget it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right beside the lively Cusco central square is Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful retreat combines centuries-old charm with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites-all clustered around a tranquil central courtyard. The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cusco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving 'new Andean' cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monasterio Hotel Cusco
- Hotel Monasterio