They say location is a key element to any hotel's success—which means in Peru, few places can beat the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. The only hotel adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, the intimate, 31-room property sits right at the gate to the citadel complex, allowing guests to visit at their leisure (like in the early morning and late afternoon, when the crowds are thinner), or multiple times in one day. This is also the place to be if you want to hike Wayana Picchu; only a certain number of hikers are allowed each day, and Sanctuary guests have the advantage of easy access to the early-morning ticket line.
Since everyone else visiting Machu Picchu has to come up to the site from the town at the base of the mountain (or straight from the train station), it is an exclusive luxury to be able to see parts of the ancient site from the hotel's garden, and to be able to soak hiking-weary limbs in an outdoor hot tub just steps from the where the Incas worshipped. There are also plenty of other perks: comfortable rooms with satellite TV and WiFi; a one-room spa offering Inca-inspired therapies; and the Tampu Restaurant—open only to hotel guests—serving dishes made with products from the on-site orchards.
Complimentary WiFi, movie library, international dial from room, radio/alarm clock with docking station, cable TV, iPod dock
Views of Urubamba River, courtyard
Tampu Restaurant - Serves international and Peruvian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, exclusively for hotel guests; Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant - daily lunch buffet featuring International and Peruvian dishes; El Mirador Snack Bar next to entrance of the citadel
Tampu Bar - Open from 7 am to 10 pm, serves beverages from soothing muna tea to traditional Pisco Sours
The Lodge - Offers massages and aromatherapy treatments based on ancient Inca techniques
Day Room - Space for guests to rest and refresh while waiting for train departures, equipped with toilets and showers; Orchid Garden - Tranquil garden featuring native plants and flowers, including many orchids; Heated plunge pool located in garden offers magnificent views of Machu Picchu
Rooms feature king size or two twin beds, marble bathroom with shower, and some offer private patio with courtyard views.
Deluxe Mountain View Rooms
Rooms feature views across Urubamba River, king sized bed, marble bathroom with shower and mountain views.
Deluxe King Mountain View and Terrace
Rooms feature views across Urubamba River, two twin sized beds, marble bathroom with shower, and mountain view.
Suites feature king-sized bed, separate living area that leads out onto outdoor terrace with mountain views, and marble bathroom with shower.