Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Address: Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, 5184, Peru | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, is near Temple of Ollantaytambo, Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu), Intihuatana Stone, and Moon Temple.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsBelmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

    Reviewed by pfln

    I want to come back.

    Reviewed Jul 12, 2015
    by (7 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Small but very comfortable and relaxing. Excellent food and impeccable service throughout the lodge. The best place to stay to appreciate MP to the max.

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    Reviewed by edbennett

    Hiram Bingham Train

    Reviewed Sep 10, 2014
    by (10 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Wonderful view of Machu Pucchu. Right outside the main gate. We have left the Uruabamga Valley and have reached the jungle area. Very green and it is not the rainy season yet. The Hiram Bingham Train is wonderful. Dining car, bar car and live music.

    Tiff and I at Machu Picchu
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    Reviewed by connieeasley


    Reviewed Jul 29, 2013
    by (8 reviews) Newport Beach, California, United States , United States Flag of United States

    Right at the base of Machu Picchu! It doesn't get any better than this. Staying anywhere else is just not the Machu Picchu experience.

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    Reviewed by quelfurtado

    No words

    Reviewed Jun 21, 2013
    by (2 reviews) Belo Horizonte , Brazil Flag of Brazil

    The hotel is simply incredible. Starting from the staff who treats you as if you were from the royal family! whatever you ask for, they get you. Food is spectacular and is included on the price. you can have whatever you want - even a bottle of wine for "free"!
    the room is also really good but nothing in special. although they go to the room a lot when you are not there to organize you clothes and stuff. very thoughtfull.
    the highlight for me is the spa outside with a particular view to machu picchu. surreal. worth every cent. and you can order drinks and snakcs while hanging in there enjoying the view. sth only the sanctuary can do for you!!
    The proximity with machu picchu is incredible. this is the only hotel up there on the moutains so you get to be the first to arrive in the city to see sunrise and get to be the last to leave! no need to worry on bus timing!

    tip - this hotel is one of the luxury hotels so you have a visa infinity you can pay the cheapest fare and get an upgrade upon your arrival:[keyword]=sanctuary+lodge&search[persist_parameters]=0&search[ignore_keyword]=0&availability[adults]=2&availability[children]=0

    yes the hotel is expensive, but if you have a chance and the love for machu picchu, go do it! even for one night! it is worth it!

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    Reviewed by janehudon

    Our stay in Machu Picchu

    Reviewed Mar 28, 2013
    by (13 reviews) , Canada Flag of Canada

    The hotel is right by the entrance to Machu Picchu. It is quite nice and very conveniently located.

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    Reviewed by astrosqueak

    Staying at the Sanctuary Lodge

    Reviewed Feb 22, 2013
    by (3 reviews) Denver , United States Flag of United States

    The Sanctuary Lodge sits right at the entrance to the site. Modestly built but luxuriously run, it is all about two things: service and location. It delivers on both. Food is freshly prepared and delicious, served in the light and airy dining room. In the evening there are panpipe players. Our room, one of the suites, had an orchid garden overlooking the mountain. I might also have opted for the ground floor rooms which share a common grassy courtyard. Best of all is the evening access (and technically morning, too - though we slept in) to Machu Picchu, when you can leisurely explore the site after all of the others have left.

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    Reviewed by storylady7

    Elegance in small places

    Reviewed Jun 1, 2012
    by (3 reviews) Jupiter, FL , United States Flag of United States

    This monastary was reconfigured and they get a lot of bang in very little space. It was peaceful, serene and just what was needed after a day on the mountain. Thank you for your service and excellent cuisine!

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    Reviewed by mckbergin

    It costs an arm and leg - but do it!

    Reviewed Oct 16, 2010
    by (9 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    There is no doubt that staying at the Lodge was an extravagance. We paid $825USD/night, but that does include 3 meals, all drinks (inc alcohol and minibar) a spa and immediate access to the MP gateway very first thing in the morning.
    Remember - you've come a hell of a long way and made a huge effort to get to Machu Picchu - and this place makes it something truly unforgettable!
    As a hotel its pretty good - but you're paying for the location! The alternative is to stay down in the town (which looks good, by the way). However staying in town means an extremely early walk (abt 3am) to be up at the gates when they open at 6am. The first buses don't arrive until around 7.30am.
    Staying at the Lodge means rolling out of bed at 5.30 and being first in line at 5.40. And you can then come and go to the site as you please throughout the day.
    If you can afford it - even if it means a stretch - don't think, just do!

    Mornings get very busy when the first bus arrives
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

    Very Special!


    I liked this hotel and felt very privileged to stay here. I read some bad reviews beforehand but was pleasantly surprised. I think many improvements were made in the years since it opened. It didn't remind me of the pre-fab shed that someone described. The restaurants were pretty, particularly the a la carte one reserved for guests only (glass sunspace, fireplace, cozy chairs in the bar), and the food was great. We had a standard room in the main building, which although small, was very attractively decorated (king bed, small table and chairs, TV, minibar, bathroom (shower only). The linens and toiletries were nice, and I loved both the afternoon snack and the burning candle that was left at the evening turndown. Perhaps the upgraded rooms in the new building at the back of property were larger, and they had direct access to the patio and garden with teak tables/chairs and 2-person cushioned loungers. I felt that it was worth every penny to be right onsite, although the hours for visiting MP (and the prices) aren't any different for hotel guests than for the general public. The room rates are expensive, but consider that it includes three meals and all taxes (in 2005 anyway). And the food was really good! They rose to the occasion and presented wonderful multi-course meals. I didn't feel isolated or "stuck" like others had mentioned, although I did only stay for one night (two would have been ideal, but only one was available). One thing I wish I knew beforehand: there are Lodge porters just after exiting the train station who transfer your luggage to the hotel. Conversely, they also deliver it back to the exact train car that you travel home on so that you can spend some unencumbered time in Aguas Calientes without dragging your bags around. If I ever return to MP, I would love to stay again.

    Loved this hotel!


    This hotel was well worth the money. We stayed in the standard room and felt that it was nicer than the "ruins view" rooms - which did not overlook the main ruins. Our room overlooked a fantastic tropical garden with waterfalls, butterflies, ferns and flowers - a real garden of Eden - with the misty peaks behind it. We did not feel very hungry on our first lunchtime and the hotel agreed to swap the included lunch to the following day - so we ate our massive dinner in the evening and then finished with the massive lunch before getting the afternoon train back to Cusco. I would agree with other reviews that one should avoid the "cafe" side with the buffet lunch - why have a buffet lunch with hundreds of daytrippers and backpackers when you can sit in a beautifully serene dining room, waited on, with a view of the ruins and mountains and eat a fantastic a la carte menu - for no extra charge!

    We went into the ruins at night-time - the only ones that night - in fact according to the log book kept by the guards there had only been four people do this in the last three weeks! So very exclusive! The guards were a bit reluctant - but knew we were entitled to - so we stood our ground and insisted. This meant we were able to watch the sun go down and the full moon rise over the mountains, whilst sat in the ruins! Magical - although a little spooky as it gets dark very quickly! - When we decided it was time to go back to the hotel the entrance gate was all locked up - and we imagined having to spend the night - as there was a sheer drop to climb around the entry booth. We shouted and shouted and eventually attracted attention and got let out. However nothing could spoil such a magical memory.

    The hotel is beyond words amazing - with a feeling of an Agatha Christie novel in the evenings - with a mixture of people dressing for dinner or wearing their hiking boots - no-one seemed to mind, it was all very relaxed. We felt it was worth the hundreds of dollars as we feel we had an amazing experience - also the faces of the handful of backpackers that had walked for days to get to Machu Pichu for dawn on seeing a bunch of well rested and freshly breakfasted hotel guests stroll in to the ruins ready for dawn also! (the buses do not run for hours) To put the cost into perspective - if we had booked the Inca trail in the UK it would have cost the same price for two people as a double room at the Sanctuary Lodge - and I know which one I prefer!



    This hotel surpassed our expectations. We were upgraded to a suite and it was nicely furnished and updated with everything you need. Our terrace looked out over the groups during the day which was ok for several hours but after 3pm the place is yours. Fork out the money and enjoy!

    I agree with the other glowing reviews. This place is worth it. Be sure to have lunch in the smaller restaurant as the buffet is mobbed with daytrippers from Cusco and Aguas Calientes.

    The only hotel near the ruins


    The Sanctuary Lodge really is the perfect way to see Machu Picchu. We were able to go over to the ruins for both sunset and sunrise. Amazing. Here's my thought about whether to have a view of the ruins or not. It's about a hundred dollars extra for the ruins' view room. But here's the news. You can't see the ruins from the hotel. There are a couple of Inca terraces behind the hotel. Maybe that's what they were calling ruins. We had requested a ruins' view and didn't get it. What we got was an amazing view of the mountains. So pick the less expensive room. It will be wonderful.

    Absolutely Fantastic Hotel


    At first I was thinking a lot if my decesion to folk out US$475 per night for this hotel. Now on returning from the trip I say - Absolutely worth it a wonderful hotel with Fantastic staff. Here is my experience.

    1. The check in was very quick, I got to my room as everything was as expected 5 star quality.

    2. The staff were more than polite, anyone saw you anywhere in the hotel they always stopped and wished you "Buenos Dias" can we help you.

    3. The front desk was very knowledgable on Machu Picchu on anyhting that I wanted.

    4. The maid who stopped and asked if I wanted extra towels. She lit a candel in the room, provided extra drinking water & also extra stationary & a book mark to use when I left.... absolutely very courteous.

    5. The restaurant staff were so very nice explaining each dish and ensured that you were stuffed and filled and well fed (as the hotel is full board)

    6. The day I left it was raining so I was sitting in the other restaurant just watching it rain. More than once, everytime a restaurant staff would pass they would stop by and ask if I wanted Coffee... or anything.

    7. Within half a day the day the people at the reception knew me by name and addressed me by last name.... very personal touch.

    This is true royal treatment. I have even stayed at the Peninsular Bangkok which is the Travel and Leisure #1 rated hotel in the world for service.

    I would say the Santuary lodge is on par with that hotel. I will recomend anyone to stay here just to experience the luxuary and also the wonderful view and proxmity.

    Great location


    I agree that the hotel is nothing special, but the location cannot be beat. I had a simialr experience as the poster below- After park closing we watched the sunset over the mountains form the patio- then went back into the park at night (with guards permission) = this was fantastic and somethign which can only be done from this location.

    As for the spoiling of the ruins- that is not appropriate- you cannot see the hotel from the ruins, and I am assuming the same person does not complain about the busses lined up bringing tourists in- or the facilities such as toilets and resturants provided for tourist. The biggest shame about the hotel is that the ownership is non-peruvian and the money spent here does not go bak into benefiting the country.



    I arrived by bus at lunchtime to see the ruins and the site was so crowded it was like Disney World. It was hot and uncomfortable and it meant that I was jostling for space on the paths with huge tour groups - a big disappoinment. The next day, after staying at the hotel, I entered the ruins at 5.30am and watching the sun rise over the Andes and hit the valley - quite fantastic. Apart from a few backpackers and a dog, I was alone and this was what I imagined Machu Picchu to be like.

    So really it is your choice; stay in the ugly town and get the bus up or stay in the Sanctuary Lodge and miss the crowds.

    The food was wonderful except for the "buffet lunch" which was in a separate part of the hotel opened to all and made lunchtime completely chaotic.

    I was expecting this hotel to be a corrugated shed (from previous reviews) but in fact it's a bungalow style building away from the ruins. We had rooms that opened onto a terrace with a patio, table and chairs etc, so the room never felt small. The terraced garden was really pretty with a lovely waterfall and orchids.

    Tranquil Lodge


    Sanctuary lodge is an eco friendly hotel.

    From the walkway inside the Citadel, just after entering Machu Picchu, the hotel can't be seen.

    Its in keeping, as much as is possible, with the surrounding area.

    Great hotel, service, food and breathtaking location.

    Only those who've never stayed here can criticise.

    A Disgrace


    How this orange roofed monstrosity was allowed to be built near the ruins, spoiling everyones view is beyond me. Avoid at all costs. If you're not trekking, stay in Aguas Caliente and get the bus up to the ruins, it's no problem, and hopefully this hotel will close down (and be torn down).

    Isolated Prefab Shack


    The only this hotel has going for it is its location. It is located immediately outside of the Machu Picchu ruins. The hotel's architecture, however, is prefab army shed design. If you wish to explore Aguas Caliente it is a half hour bus ride each way. Thus you are stuck here and have to eat at the hotel. The food is okay but not worth the price, neither are the rooms which are small rabbit dens.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Machu Picchu

    Late afternoon overview of the sanctuary

    A travel blog entry by pfln on Jul 12, 2015

    7 photos

    This was a long day of travel from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. I took 191 photographs, more than any other day except the one we spent in the Museo Lorca in Lima. In words, this poem in our room caught my spirit when we arrived:

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    Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

    A travel blog entry by travelingrph on Aug 27, 2015

    29 photos

    Thursday - Happy Birthday to Jimmy!!! Not gonna spend to much time writing because I'm so anxious to show the pics of Machu Picchu. It definitely lives up to the hype. We start with a tour of the ruins at Ollantaytambo. We were the first through the gate in the morning (after the workers). Then an hour and a half on a train to Aguas Callientes, then a 20 minute bus ride up to MP.

    Machu Picchu

    A travel blog entry by edbennett on Sep 10, 2014

    3 comments, 4 photos

    Finally made it to Machu Picchu. Tiff and I had been thinking about this for many years. Had a private guide and started the tour. Many, many stairs to the top. Hard to do. Toured for about three hours. Then it started to rain, then hail. I got soaked. Wonderful place. I do not know how they were able to build it in the mountains. I am going back in the morning to see sunrise.

    Machu Picchu - Our first major destination.

    A travel blog entry by ecjt on Apr 17, 2015

    7 comments, 21 photos

    Today was the start our journey towards Machu Picchu, via Santiago-Lima-Cusco-Ollantaytambo arriving about 3 pm to to catch the last of the sunlight on our first Inca ruin. For the next three days we used the Sacred Valley to acclimatise to the high altitude, and also a prelude to the main event. There are many remains of the Inca terraces through …

    Machu Picchu, Day 5

    A travel blog entry by jessicaring on Jul 27, 2012

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    Jessicaring stayed here on Jul 27, 2012 during their trip titled: Peru and Ecuador 2012.

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