On day 3 we took the Vistadome to Machu Picchu Puebla (Aguas Calientes) and were pleased to see a representative from the Sumaq M P Hotel waiting to collect any baggage that we did not want to carry to the lost city on the bus. Even though minimal baggage is allowed on the train it was very convenient to be able to leave it in trust to the hotel and not loose time on our adventure, so off to the bus we went. After touring the ruins upon request of our guide Beri the bus dropped us near the hotel (for some essentials shopping, like a can of oxygen) rather than where we boarded. At the Sumaq M P we were directed to wait in the lounge area where we were served a fresh drink and snack while registration was brought to us rather than standing at the front desk, after a busy day at Machu Picchu this was quite welcome.
The Sumaq is right on the main road and the rooms although not as elegant as some we stayed in were very clean, of good size and comfort. Most of all from the room point of view, it was the view I enjoyed. Our 3rd floor balcony gave us a clear view up and down the street, the mountain across the road and the rushing Urubamba (Vilcanota) River. The street below is a little busy with buses and small town like but the sound of the rushing river drowns out any annoyances. Personally I like to see the people, the city, and the culture. In the flowering trees across the road I saw the largest hummingbird I have ever. The location of the Sumaq on the edge of the city to Machu Picchu by bus is very convenient.
Without a doubt the food and service at the Sumaq restaurant was excellent. I have included some pictures of the trout dinner with this review. I can honestly say it was the best dinner I had on our eight-day adventure, enhanced by three Pisco Sours which are delicious!
On day 4 the bus picked us up right at the door of the Sumaq M P hotel and off we headed with our guide Beto for day two at the ruins of the Lost City of the Incas. Upon our return to the city we got off the bus at our lunch restaurant and then toured through the market leaving our bags to be transferred to the train station by our guide. As night approached it was time to take the Hiram Bingham Dinner Train (an expensive but worthwhile treat I allowed myself) back to Cuzco.
Would I stay at the Sumaq Hotel again, yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SUMAQ - Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family hotel with ample experience in the luxury hospitality business in the country. Experience that makes Sumaq a hotel dedicated entirely to its guests. In addition to its exclusive service, it offers a privileged location in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, on the banks of the Vilcanota River near the main tourist attractions. The Aguas Calientes train station is just a ten-minute walk away, and we provide bus service from the door of the hotel to and from Machu Picchu for our guests. Highlights: •Privileged location: Staying at Sumaq means enjoying Machu Picchu’s most beautiful landscapes, where you will find lush vegetation, enormous mountains, valleys, the Vilcanota River, a waterfall and ancient trails. •Creative cuisine: Enjoy our exclusive haute cuisine that features traditional Peruvian dishes prepared with exotic ingredients from southern Peru. •Passion for service: Our staff is the main element that gives Sumaq a warm and friendly atmosphere, with attention to your needs. •Co-existence with the local culture: Immerse yourself in the outdoor activities prepared especially for you, in which you will experience the authentic traditions of our neighboring communities. •Support for sustainability: Sumaq guides its staff and guests in its mission to protect the environment and the social setting. Our sustainable practices have been verified by the Rainforest Alliance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sumaq Hotel Machu Picchu
- Sumaq Machu Picchu