At time of our visit Hotel Sumaq was the newest hotel in Augas Calientes. So we got to enjoy wonderful Inca ambiance in the hotel’s crisp new-like condition.
The hotel’s location is roughly 500 yards/meters out of town at the far [downriver] end closest to where the buses start to climb up to Machu Picchu. On the plus, this makes the hotel quieter than those downtown. On the negative one has a longer walk if they want the shopping and/or tavern action of town. We found the Augas Calientes typical of towns adjacent to famous tourist spots – dirty, home to hawkers and beggars, loud, swarming with undisciplined tourists, and disappointingly leased to low quality eateries and trinket shops selling touristware destined for other countries’ landfills – so we were very pleased to be away from such ‘action’.
Our hotel room overlooked the Aguas Calientes River. The room was right by the road so during the day there was some traffic noise from the tour busses. But the stop at dark and then there is nothing by quiet. [Who is in their room during day anyway? On the way back from Machu Picchu the busses will stop and let you off. In the mornings, you can also flag them down and they will pick you up. It was quite convenient to be on the bus route.
Our room featured bright decorations in Peruvian style including common tile floor. The room was spacious. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was clean with all new fixtures.
The staff at Hotel Sumaq were very pleasant and top notch. While we were there, the entire town lost power. The hotel staff had to really hustle with candles and emergency lights. They performed remarkably. We left our bags with the hotel bellman the last day and gave instructions to deliver the bags to the train station for the afternoon train. The hotel staff executed flawlessly. At the same time, we could tell that the many of the staff were new in their positions. For instance the wine steward had the requisite towel over his arm but handled the uncorking in an awkward way. It was cute.
We ate at the restaurant at Hotel Sumaq where the food was good, but not gourmet. No doubt it was a log safer than eating at some joint in town, especially with the loss of power and possible issues with refrigeration.
The hotel had Internet in the bar in a floor above the lobby. We had it working with our laptops without any difficulty.
Our tour company managed to get wonderful price at the Sumaq. So we felt we had exceptional value as well as one of the finest places in town to stay.
- 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