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Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco & The Sacred Valley

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Right beside the lively Cusco central square is Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This welcoming retreat combines centuries-old charm with luxury hotel service. Guests can browse the hotel’s extensive art collection, unwind with an invigorating massage in the spa room, or just soak up the atmosphere over coffee in the courtyard. It's an ideal base from which to discover the delights of Cusco. Just step outside and take in the vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants.

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  • rooms

    With an enviable position in the centre of Cusco, each of the 122 rooms and suites at Belmond Hotel Monasterio serves as the perfect retreat after a day spent exploring the city. Rich wood furnishings, antique artwork and architectural quirks add to the historic atmosphere. Modern comforts abound with luxurious marble bathrooms, LCD TV’s and iPod docks. The original architecture and design of the monastery remain largely unchanged, so rooms reflect their origins as homes of Jesuit seminarians. No two are alike and all vary in size and format.

    Some rooms can be enriched with oxygen to combat the effects of Cusco’s high altitude.

    Superior Rooms

    The 19 Superior Rooms feature warm and inviting Spanish colonial décor, king-size or twin beds and luxurious marble bathrooms. They offer views across a cloistered courtyard or the hotel’s beautifully restored exteriors are sure to inspire.

    Dekuxe Rooms

    There are 82 Deluxe Rooms featuring charming colonial interiors with additional space to luxuriate. Windows look across the courtyard or over the cobbled streets of Cusco. Elegant bathrooms offer shower only.

    Junior Suites

    The 15 Junior Suites can be configured with king-size or twin beds and enjoy city views, separate sitting area, and supplemental oxygen. Set over two levels.

    Presidential Suites

    The 4 Presidential Suites are configured with a king-size bed, spacious living room, marble bathroom, private patio or balcony, separate bath and shower and are oxygen-enriched.

    The Royal Suites

    These 2 decadent suites offer a king-size bed, private terrace, courtyard views, separate living room, marble bathroom with separate bath and shower and are oxygen-enriched.


    All rooms and suites offer:

    • Complimentary WiFi
    • Buffet breakfast
    • Telephone (with an extension in the bathroom)
    • Central heating
    • Minibar
    • In-room safe
    • Cable TV/DVD
    • Hairdryer
    • 24-hour room service
    • Laundry services (at additional cost)
    • Bathrobe
    • Nightly turndown
    • Iron/ironing board on request
    • Daily newspaper

  • facilities & activities

    Head to the Beauty Salon for expert treatments or the Therapy Suite offers Andean massage, reiki, shiatsu and aromatherapy treatments.

    Two iMac computers with internet access and webcams are available for guests’ use in the Lobby

    Whether you’re into white-water rafting or a four-day trek through the Sacred Valley, there’s plenty of fresh-air fun just outside the hotel walls. The team can arrange guided cultural tours, classes in traditional crafts or an afternoon cooking regional specialties with the chef.

  • dining

    Find internationally inspired Peruvian cuisine and a captivating atmosphere at the hotel’s restaurants and bars:

    El Tupay Restaurant - open for dinner (6:30pm-10:30pm), offering globally inspired Peruvian cuisine. Three times a week the restaurant stages a vibrant opera night featuring Cusco’s best tenor and soprano.

    Illariy Restaurant - perfect for breakfast in the cloisters overlooking the courtyard with live guitar music (5am-10:30am). Classic Peruvian and international dishes served at lunchtime (11am-4pm). ideal for an al fresco-style lunch

    The Lobby Bar - elegant, colonial-style atmosphere; ideal for sampling coca sours or pisco sours and other exotic cocktails. Live jazz and blues three times a week.

    Deli Monasterio - artfully prepared, home-baked breads filled with delicious meats and cheeses, tempting cakes and pastries and exquisite teas and coffees.

    Dining at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas - guests are welcome to enjoy the restaurants and bars at this stunning sister hotel.

  • family

    For larger families the hotel features interconnecting deluxe rooms and many are oxygenated to combat the signs of altitude.

    Belmond has launched a series of activities for its younger guests aged 5-12yrs visiting Peru. Each experience draws on Peruvian culture for inspiration so for example Belmond Hotel Monasterio offer childrens cookery class with one of the hotel chefs. Lasting one hour and taking place in the hotel’s Tupay restaurant, children will be taught how to make Peruvian sweets such as cookies made with quinoa flour, one of the main ingredients used by the Incas.

  • location

    Superbly located in charming Plaza Las Nazarenas, the hotel is just a hop and skip through lovely cobblestone streets to the main square. Within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums and other reminders of Cusco's majestic past yet just 15 minutes from the airport (flights hourly from Lima, daily from Puno, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado and La Paz) and train station (serving the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu as well as the Andean Explorer to Puno).

    Please be aware that at 3,400 meters (11,152 ft) a.s.l. some visitors to Cusco do feel the effect of the high-altitude. We recommend spending your first few days in the Sacred Valley to acclimatise before heading to Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu and then spending time in Cusco, as the latter is the highest in altitude. If you do experience problems, keep well-hydrated, rest and seek medical attention (oxygen is usually given to combat the effects and is available at this hotel - just ask for assistance).

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