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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Machu Picchu
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Belo Horizonte, MG
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Great location!”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

If you are traveling mainly to go to Machu Picchu, this hotel is ideally located at its entrance.
It is quite expensive, though, so I expect something nicer. As it is run by Orient Express I was expecting a 5 stars hotel, though it looks more like a lodge. But anyway, it is worth staying if you don't mind spending a bit more.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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oeperu, Director General at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Dear guest

Thank you for helping us to improve our services with your comments. The commitment of Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is to give the best to our guests and your overall impressions about your stay in our property are very important to us.
Based on our regular’s guest’s comments, their experiences may be very different from yours. However, it is crucial for us to know the reasons why we couldn’t achieve your expectations, so we can take special attention everyone.

Indeed there are other hotels in the town of Aguascalientes but none of them offer the privilege to overnight nestled in the flank of Machu Picchu Citadel. Indeed you may decide to overnight in town, but considering the time consumed by the bus trip means that between the line to purchase your bus ticket, the second queue to get to the bus, the half an hour trip to get from the town of Aguascalientes to the Citadel, all round trip, it will take away an average of two hours on your visit of Machu Picchu Citadel. Also, staying in our property offers to our guests the freedom to enter and exit the Citadel as many times as they wish during the day in order to lunch, refresh or rest for a while before to continue the discovery of Machu Picchu. Also, around 6.00 am a couple of bus have may arrived but you are still among the very first traveler in entering to the Citadel and may enjoy the site still almost empty.
We deeply value your comments and will keep on with all the efforts and focus, carrying on with the reinforcement of our service quality with the firm determination to always correspond to the great treatment that our Trip Advisor reviewers always rank.

Sincerely,
Marc Yeterian
General Manager
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We had a wonderful time at the lodge. It was especially memorable due to efforts of the staff - most notably Daniel and Jose. They were quite helpful during our stay there. We weren't able to keep our morning appointment at Huayna Picchu due to heavy rains. Nevertheless, they were able to go and ensure our entrance at a later time. Overall, the whole staff were exceptional. We were glad to have been there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

The proximity of the Sanctuary Lodge can't be matched. While some staffs might take that for granted, you will find here that every need is attended, every courtesy is extended, and in an elegant environment. Be considerate of language barriers, although the staff makes a considerable effort to accommodate all visitors from everywhere. And while tourists who stay elsewhere create a stream of busloads disembarking past my breakfast table, I enjoyed a sumptuous and leisurely breakfast before enjoying the grounds. Highly recommend. Worth the price of the stay.

Room Tip: This is a small place. All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Honestly, I didn't like this hotel. Despite their very high price for accommodation, the service was so bad that I felt irritated. It's true that they have a unique place next to Machu Picchu ruins, but that's all. If I have another opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, I'm sure to stay in Aguas Calientes because there has no inconvenience for bus transportation from that town to MP.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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oeperu, Director General at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for helping us to improve our services with your comments.

Based on our regular’s guest’s comments, their experiences may be very different from yours but, however, it is good to know the reasons why we couldn’t achieve your expectations, so we can take special attention to each one.

Hotels located in in the town of Aguascalientes, none of them offer the privilege to overnight nestle in the flank of Machu Picchu Citadel. Also, in the case you overnight in town, the for concerning prices none, our hotel is an all-inclusive and offer the privilege to overnight on a platform of the Citadel when our guests do not suffer any noise disturbance from evening to morning as they overnight “alone” in this Sanctuary. Also, in the case you overnight in town, you may suffer from the noise a town generate until late at night, also the time consumed by the bus trip means that between the line to purchase your bus ticket, the queue to get to the bus, the half an hour trip to get from the town to the Citadel, all round trip take away an average of two hours on your visit of Machu Picchu Citadel. Also, staying in our property offers to our guests the freedom to enter and exit the Citadel as many times as they wish during the day in order to lunch, refresh or rest for a while before to continue the discovery of Machu Picchu.

We can guaranty you of our permanent commitment in keeping on with all the efforts and focus, reinforcing our renowned service quality with the firm determination to always correspond to the great treatment that our Trip Advisor reviewers use to rank.

Sincerely,

Marc Yeterian
General Manager
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Visiting Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience. We wanted to see it at its best and decided to hike in on the one day trail, so we arrived at MP quite tired, but thrilled, around 1530. Spent some time just gawping and then had the joy of just walking into Sanctuary Lodge, rather than 25 min. bus to AC, find hotel etc etc.
Next day, up at 0530 to be at the gates at 0600 for sunrise at 0630, again without an hour's travel /waiting up from AC. Had the official 2 hour tour, spent another couple of hours and completed the experience by 1030 as many others were arriving.
And the deal we had at the Lodge was all in - food, drinks, the lot (through Lima Tours but presumably generally available) - hence we felt our decision to splash out was absolutely right.

Plan your time at MP as late as possible in your trip to give best chance to be acclimatised - we saw too many who struggled having 'gone up' from Lima to MP at 3300m.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Machu Picchu is breathtakingly beautiful and this hotel is right at its side. For this reason alone, I will go back and stay here again and again whenever I come back to visit Machu Picchu.

The hotel has friendly and efficient staff, clean and cozy rooms and the restaurant food was quite good. Considering how busy they were (we were there just before Christmas - highest peak season so it was fully booked and the restaurant was extremely busy), we received pretty good service overall. But nothing regarding the hotel itself was extraordinary except for the location and the view! If I was going anywhere else and paying at this rate, I would be very picky and demanding in terms of what I am getting in return, but we were very happy to get just what we have gotten (the superb location right next to Machu Picchu and the reasonable service etc). We arrived in the early evening just before the gate was closed so we were able to go in to the citadel to have a quick glance at the ruin and returned next morning to admire it in full scale. We watched the sunrise there and came back for breakfast and then headed back there again. It would not be so convenient if we were staying in Aguas alienates, also, it would have taken away the mysterious feel that one gets being at Machu Picchu.

Room Tip: We had a Deluxe Mountain View Terrace which I highly recommend. The terrace looks at the Huayna Pic...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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78 reviews
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I know this place is pricy, but it is well worth it. Machu picchu is very difficult to get to. The location of the sanctuary allows you to really experience this wonderful place. We got up early both mornings to watch the sun rise over the citidel. Afterwards we were able to walk back to the hotel for a great breakfast. We secured a wonderful guide( edgar). He gave us an easy yet very imformitive tour of the ruins. Stay here! You will not regret it.
Special thanks to Daniel , he could not have worked harded to help us during our stay.

Room Tip: I do not believe there is a great deal of difference in the rooms. We had a delux mountain view and...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Address: Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5 | Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu 5184, Peru
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Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Machu Picchu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Sanctuary Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge enjoys a unique location just steps from the entrance to Machu Picchu; it is the only hotel beside the Inca citadel. This charming mountain retreat, set in orchid gardens, is the perfect place to relax, from early in the morning to magical moonlit nights. ... more   less 
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