Okay. I read several reviews and just wanted to reiterate. Yes, this is expensive. Yes, it was a good decision. Would I do it again? Yes. For me it was one night and two amazing days. The service was on the spot. We were extremely lucky with the weather as we had two beautiful days. One tidbit i found out... wouldn't deter me either way but if i had my pick probably wouldn't have stayed on a sunday as sunday is a free day for all of the locals and countrymen... doesn't have anything to do with the hotel more of the park... but it would probably be less crowded on any other day... The food was great and the just the being able to go to your room in between hikes or after lunch was nice. If there would have been a pop up shower or one of us was sick with altitude sickness or stomach problems... it would've been nice to have... luckily we didn't have either... The last part of the first day my wife wanted to just chill and read and i went back into the park and had to get every last drop of the amazing sites and information i could. When it was time to go and the security folks were rounding everyone up around 5:15 we went back toward the end of the property and got in the hot tub for a little while and relaxed as we watched the sun go down. Then we went and got our massages that came with the room package along with champagne that we never ended up drinking. (watch the alcohol intake) Also, i highly recommend... for just $100 more. The food there was all inclusive and i will say some of the best during our entire stay in Peru. Which is a pretty strong statement as we had several good meals. If you do stay here go outside at night and look up at the sky and see the most stars you will ever see in your life... unless you live in antartica... The next morning we woke up around 6:00 got a quick breakfast and went to watch the sun rise... I didn't really get anything out of that to be honest as i have read other reviews and a lot of folks felt the same... Next time your in Maui or if you ever go... i recommend the Mt. Haliakla bike ride instead of this one... a lot cooler... But... all in all it just gave us more time in the park. We then went to hike the Sun Gate trail and made it to the top in about 45 minutes to an hour... really a nice hike... we hiked back down and then went and grabbed lunch... everyone says the lunch is the same... wrong... if you stay here you can go into the hotel side and order a la carte and get a fantastic lunch rather than the buffet on the tourist side... i know i sound like a snob... but i am trying to let you justify this... we ate breakfast and then went back after the next hike and had lunch too and then went in the park for one more last time for about 2 hours before we had to catch our train to cusco. you have the option of doing an extra late checkout after 11 in a room out by the gardens so that you can shower... we didn't do this as we just ate an early lunch and showered and then went back into the park and found a neat spot to just chill and stare at the ruins... Between the food, service, the $100 for a couples 55 minute massage, the hot tub, convenience if it rains and being literally 100 steps to the park and not having to take the bus up more than once it was worth the splurge for me and my wife. I hope this helps and i hope you can get a reservation here as it is limited... was it the nicest hotel i have ever stayed in? no. Was it a once in a life time deal to stay on top of machu picchu with my wife that i will never forget? yes, and i am glad i did it. there are only 30 or so rooms and we lucked out getting ours when we didi in the middle of busy season down there... if you are doing peru, this really is the crown jewel of the trip. Yes there are many things i loved but this had to be my favorite part. Definitely get a tour guide in the park... we used condor travel and they were great. Keep in mind with the exception of a few things that all drinks (except for super top shelf brands) and all food are included. Also the train station suite down at the train station is super nice and is only for Sanctuary Lodge guests... it is a nice perk as well.
Hope this helps! Cheers!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge By Orient-Express Hotel Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu Sanctuary Hotel
- Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu