Hotel Monasterio was a monastery until the mid-1990s when it was renovated into a luxury hotel with about 125 rooms. The architecture, paintings and courtyard all remain well preserved and unique. The main courtyard has a 300 year old cypress tree--perhpas one of the few that size and age in Cusco--and is beautifully planted and available for a sunny breakfast. The indoor breakfast dining room looks out on the courtyard and the service and spread of foods is a wonderful start to the day. Service and concierge are very good as you would expect--but don't always get in top hotels. The location in the center of Cusco is a tucked away small plaza very close to the main center but also including a wonderful museum and another super-luxury property also owned by Orient Express. Suffering from altitude sickness, we appreciated the rooms with oxygen option for an extra $45.
Yes, this is expensive for Cusco but such quality in any other major world city would be 2-3 times the price and it was worth the experience and comfort.
- 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