Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express
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We flew non-stop to Cusco in the morning and were met at the plane by our guide and driver, Edwin and Edison. We checked into the Monasterio Hotel which was a monastery at one time. The guide did all the work of checking in and delivering the bags. I could get used to this personal service that has been available at every point in the trip. The …
The hotel we stayed at last night was a former monastery. The grounds are beautiful and the buildings look authentic, but have been updated for the hotel . While we were eating breakfast we watched one of the local women setting up her outdoor shop selling blankets, hats, and other handicrafts. Before she opened for business she took branches, …
Today we flew from Lima, Peru to Cusco, Peru. We took a small commercial plane and the flight was just about an hour long. It is absolutely beautiful here. I love looking at all the houses on the hill/ mountains. It is very high in elevation; about 11,200 feet above sea level. Its not very easy to adjust to the altitude so we have been taking …
The ancient Inca favored many things, but cutting stone into polygonal shapes with ludicrous accuracy was way up there. Paired with the seemingly impossible megolyth-moving that took place to get it there (down the mountain, across the river, and halfway to grandmother's house) in the first place, this focus was even more commendable. But really, a …
We met our guide, Jhaninti Diaz Solorzano (aka Hani) at our hotel in Cusco after arriving from a short flight from Lima. She immediately made sure that all of our needs were taken care of.
Hani has a detailed understanding of her subject matter and constantly adds to her store of knowledge by studying as much as she can whenever she can …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Monasterio by Orient-Express Cusco
The elegant luxury of the Hotel Monasterio is only surpassed by its peaceful setting and prize collection of Cusco School paintings. Our room was beautifully appointed with hand painted detailing, a marble bathroom, deep window wells looking out across the cloisters, and oxygen pumped in for comfort at altitude. Breakfast spread was fabulous, with local cheeses, smoked trout, copious fresh breads and pastries, quiches, and fruit compotes, plus a full menu of eggs and pancakes, and served in the protected cloisters looking out across the courtyard, complete with classical guitarist. From here, you can only imagine the dinner - perfectly prepared and with perfect service. Oh, and the flambé dessert prepared in the open kitchen! Prepare to be pampered!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express Cusco
What a beautiful property! We were stunned to find that we were upgraded (free!) to a 2-story junior suite (probably because we only stayed for one night, and they could rent our standard room for a longer run to someone else). The public spaces are beautiful (bar, restaurants, outdoor courtyards). The concierge was able to arrange Peru Rail tickets to Machu Picchu for us, which was a lifesaver (we arrived too late to purchase them at the station and would have had to forgo our trip otherwise). Ilariy Restaurant was awesome--fantastic food and service. The evening turndown was the best I've ever had! Little linen mats next to each bedside with slippers, water bottles and glasses on each nightstand, fabric bag to hold the duvet, ironed/monogrammed sheets. The towels and linens were high-quality, as were the toiletries. It also seemed that every room had a welcome flower arrangement and fruit basket, along with a welcome note. Highly recommended!
Incredible hotel, what a place
If you want to stay in opulence, this is the place. It is tough to over recommend this very special hotel.
--Fantastic location just a block from the Plaza de Armas.
--An artistic and historical setting - worthy of a visit even if not staying there
--Five star, luxurious rooms with all the amenities.
--Staff and service that is world class and willing to do whatever it takes to please you. (They undertook about 10 changes to our travel plans, spending hours on this while we enjoyed the hotel and Cusco.)
--Great food and stunning common areas.
You pay for every ounce of the benefit here, but there is nowhere else like it in Cusco.
This is probably one of the most spectacular hotels in the world so I was surprised when we didn't have any hot water and the rooms were over 90 degrees at night with no air conditioning.
This is a fabulous hotel in a very convenient location near the Square.
This hotel is fantastic and beautiful. Classic original art hanging in the hallways, baroc and monastic music playing softly through the speakers in the morning. The service was excellent, the rooms vary in size as this was a monestary. The hotel offers oxygen pumped into most of the higher priced rooms for a small fee. This is worth the additional cost but make sure that you are truly getting the oxygen. The food is very costly for Peru but it is an Oriental Express Hotel so you are paying for the name as well. Their morning buffet is excellent with a large variety of offerings. Interior gardens are well maintained and lovely to sit around in good weather.
Staff is most helpful. I highly recommend this hotel for a stay in Cuzco, a fantastic city in Peru.
We stayed in this hotel for 1 night back in August 2005 and after travelling around Chile / Peru for the last 3 weeks we were extremely glad of some luxury!! I wish we could have stayed longer!
I stayed here over the New Year for 2 nights and then returned for 2 nights. The standard rooms are box like and very drab and very disappointing but the Junior Suites are really fantastic with artwork and oil paintings. It's expensive anyway so you may as well push the boat out and stay in a suite. The buffet breakfast was the best in Peru.
As this is an Orient Express hotel you may want to try and negotiate a discount with them if you are also staying at the Orient Express hotel in Lima and the Orient Express hotel at Machu Picchu as well (which I managed to do)
this hotel is absolute luxury, but very expensive. It really is beautiful and if you have the cash, it will be worth it. Rooms are fairly small, but very atmospheric.
Oh- and the coca tea was very handy
The most beautiful, serene, and spiritual hotel I've ever stayed in.
Rooms very nice.
Decor and in-room artworks are magnificent.
Service was superb
Food was excellent.
A real 'Leading hotel of the World'.
Luxury in Cusco
After living in Cusco for 2 months in a 12 foot square room in San Blas I stayed here for a couple of nights when my girlfriend came to visit. If you need 5 star luxury it's great, but it's not going to give you a Peruvian experience is it?