Aguas Calientes, also know as Machupicchu or Machupicchu Pueblo, is the bustling town that sits below the ruins of Machu Picchu. The town was named Aguas Calientes by the Spanish as there are hot springs in and around the area.
The trains from Cusco and Ollantaytambo terminate at Aguas Calientes, and due to its close proximity to Machu Picchu, the town serves as the main resting spot for all visitors to the ruins.
Today there are literally 100s of accommodation options in Aguas Calientes. Choosing the right hotel or hostel can be confusing.
Below we have tried to simplify matters based on ours and our readers experiences of hotels in the town. We have seperated our analysis of best hotels in Aguas Calientes into three categories – Cheap and Cheerful, More Comfort, and Premium and Luxury – which will help you find a reliable and comfortable hotel that suits your budget.
Aguas Calientes Accommodation Options
Cheap and Cheerful
Hatun Wayna Wonderland (Book Now)
Hatun Wayna Wonderland, is not quite a ‘wonderland’, but is one of the most affordable hotels in Aguas Calientes where you can be assured to get a clean room and helpful service. The breakfast is pretty good too, and the location perfect!
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $45 for a family room, to $60 for a double / twin room.
Ideal for: Great for budget travellers or families looking to save a buck!
Main selling factor: 50m from the train station and close to the town centre. Super affordable. Free Wifi.
Imperio Machupicchu Hotel (Book Now)
A clean and comfortable hotel located centrally in town. Rooms are functional and pleasant, as is the breakfast. For the price this hotel is worth it, although for light sleepers the noise from the street and sometimes in lobby can be a little irritating.
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $60 for a single to $65 for a twin / double room.
Ideal for: Budget travellers who want quality at a low price.
Main selling factor: Central location. Definition of cheap and cheerful.
Other Cheap and Cheerful Hotels
- Hostal Sun Palace Inn: Clean, comfortable and affordable. ~$45-$55 per night depending on room type
- Wachuma B And B: Comfortable B&B in the centre of town. ~$50-$70 per night depending on room type
- Hostal Pakarina: Comfortable and central hostel. ~$30-$40 a night depending on room type
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (Book Now)
Located right on the River Vilcanota, Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, offers incredible views from a very central location in Aguas Calientes. Expect 4* rooms and service. In our opinion this hotel offers the best value for money in town!
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $110 for a standard twin /double room, to $170 for a superior room.
Ideal for: Anyone looking for a very good quality 4* hotel
Main selling factor: Brilliant location. Excellent service and best value for money in Aguas Calientes!
Santuario Hotel (Book Now)
Situated just outside of the main town, the Santuario Hotel offers great value for money and is definitely one of the better hotels in Aguas Calientes. Expect very comfortable rooms, lovely staff and peace and tranquility!
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $120 for a single / twin /double room, to $150 for a superior room.
Ideal for: Good for families
Main selling factor: Away from the hustle and bustle of the town but still within 5 minutes walking distance. Awesome staff and great value for money.
Other ‘More Comfort’ Hotels
- Gringo Bill’s Hotel: Quaint hotel with distinctive architecture. Central near bus and train station. ~$100-$140 per night depending on room type
- Machu Picchu Green Nature Hotel: Fantastic location and great views. Nice rooms and friendly staff. ~$80-$90 per night depending on room type
- Inti Inn Machu Picchu Hotel: Comfortable and central 4* hotel. ~$160-$210 a night depending on room type
Premium and Luxury
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Book Now)
Super luxurious hotel at the entrance to Aguas Calientes, walking distance from the centre of town, the bus station and the train station. Expect 5-star service, rooms and food. Most rooms have incredible views of the Vilcanota River and surrounding mountains. An all-round fantastic hotel!
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $280 for a superior twin /double room, to $540 for a junior suite and $850 for a honeymoon suite.
Ideal for: Ideal for couples or anyone looking for a 5-star experience
Main selling factor: Concierge service from the station, amazing food and great views. Great location!
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Book Now)
Situated in a 5-acre private mountain reserve in Aguas Calientes, this hotel provides it all – amazing service, food, rooms, great location and luxury facilities. Every little detail has been thought of. A destination on it’s own that is well worth the money.
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $500-$650 for a superior single / twin /double room, to $760 for a junior suite and $1,360 for a honeymoon suite.
Ideal for: Luxury holiday-seekers who value privacy and tranquility when travelling
Main selling factor: Unforgettable rooms with cozy fireplaces, the spa is incredible as are the private gardens and hot springs
Other Premium and Luxury Hotels
- Casa Del Sol Machupicchu Hotel: Amazing rooms and great location. Quiet and perfect for couples and families. ~$250-$450 per night depending on room type
- Belmond Sanctuary Lodge: Situated right outside the entrance to Machu Picchu. Luxury personified. ~$650-$1000 a night depending on room type
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References: (1) TripAdvisor, (2) Personal Experience, (3) Agoda, (4) Hotels.com