Luxury hotels in Cusco epitomize this city's rich and multicultural history.
Once the capital of the Incan empire, Cusco is now the pride of Peruvian tourism, boasting some of the best activities and cultural tours as well as exceptional culinary experiences. Accommodation in Cusco is some of the finest to be found on the South American continent.
In this guide, I will look at some of the best luxury hotels in Cusco according to traveler opinions as well as highly esteemed awards.
Looking for a day tour? Here are my 5 favourite day tours around Cusco:
- Rainbow Mountain day trip
- Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour
- Sacred Valley day tour
- Humantay Lake day tour
- Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu entrance tickets
See more Cusco day trips.
Cusco Luxury Hotels
Over the years, some of the city's most iconic buildings have been restored as hotels. Staying here is an immersion into Cusco’s past. Of course, you won't need to sacrifice any present-day comforts during your stay!
The 7 Best Luxury Hotels In Cusco
Here are the top 7 best luxury hotels in Custo - and in no particular order. Each one holds its own unique charm. You will have to decide for yourself which is your favorite of the lot.
Palacio Del Inka - Marriott Luxury Hotel Collection
Palacio Del Inka is a luxurious property infused with Peruvian culture. Service here is without fault with staff members going out of their way to make your stay exceptional.
You can take a lesson in making your own Pisco sours at the bar. The hotel also offers guided tours of this historic property.
If you are battling with altitude acclimatization, oxygen is available on request. You can also make local calls free of charge. The Palacio Del Inca is partnered with a reputable travel agency which makes it convenient to arrange tours.
- Access to gym and swimming pool (at an additional charge)
- ATM and currency exchange service
Price: Suites from $400
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Located in the heart of Cusco, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas was built on top of ancient Incan walls. The building was originally a convent.
Despite the centuries, the inside of this hotel is very modern. Facilities are accessible to guests with disabilities.
Palacio Nazarena offers a wide range of activities. With salsa lessons, cooking classes, and even yoga available, you may not have time to leave the property.
Guests can also relax at the Hypnoze Spa. The center specializes in aromatherapy using local herbs and flowers.
- Courtyard with a swimming pool
- Disability friendly
- In-house activities
- Restaurant and Bar
Price: Suites from $700
Belmond Hotel Monastario
Right next to Palacio Nazarenas is Belmond’s second Cusco property - the Hotel Monastario. This hotel is wrapped around a courtyard with a 300-year-old cedar tree in the center, making it the perfect spot for high tea in the afternoon.
The hotel boasts one of the best private art collections in Cusco. You can take a guided tour of significant works. If art’s not your thing, there are also cooking classes. On some evenings, the hotel hosts opera performances. The romantic setting makes Monastario a popular choice for honeymooners.
- Art collection
- Landscaped courtyard
- Spa and wellness center
Price: Suites from $1200
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
The Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is located inside a refurbished mansion built in the 16th century. The building was declared a national monument in 1980.
The interior design stays true to its origins with crystal chandeliers and carefully curated antiques. Suites are beautiful and spacious with vintage paintings in gilded frames decorating the walls. The fresh lilies in vases are a nice touch too.
A highlight of Aranwa Cusco is the Mishti Gourmet restaurant. Here, you can try traditional local dishes with a twist. There is also a bar serving tapas and a variety of Pisco cocktails.
- Cocktail Bar
- In-house fine dining restaurant
- Whirlpool bathtubs and waterfall showerheads
Price: Suites from $280
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
As the name suggests, El Convento Cusco is another restored convent. The 16th-century architecture is offset by elegant and modern interiors.
There are two exhibition halls with artifacts from the surrounding Incan ruins. The hotel is very close to some of Cusco’s most famous art museums like The Museum of Religious Art and the pre-Columbian Art Museum.
The bathrooms are particularly stunning with their marble finishings. Each room has a comfortable workspace, which is ideal for combining travel with business.
- Museum of Peruvian artifacts
- Spa with Andean-inspired treatments
- Fine dining restaurant
- Disability friendly
Prices: Suites from $430
Palacio Manco Capac by Ananay Hotels
Palacio Manco Capac sits on the slope overlooking Cusco’s historic center. The property was used by the Spanish in the 1600s. You will still find most of the original woodwork embedded in the architecture.
This luxury property is suitable for families with spacious rooms and excellent views over the gardens. There are friendly alpacas on the property, and you can also explore the nearby hiking trails with your kids.
- Complimentary breakfast
- Common area with open fireplace
- Airport shuttle service
Prices: Suites from $230
Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
The Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa is a historic building that was restored fairly recently to its former glory. Casa Cartagena opened in 2009 as an exclusive accommodation and is only two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas.
Rooms have their own private balconies overlooking the courtyard. There is an oxygen-enriched ventilation system which keeps guests feeling their best, even at Cusco’s high altitude.
The in-house Quya Spa has a special hydromassage pool. Their spa therapists use Vegan-friendly products during treatments.
Casa Cartagena offers a personalized butler service. Your butler can help with everything you need, from unpacking to arranging tours.
- Outdoor pool
- Fitness center
- Business center
- Butler service
Price: Suites from $360
Where to stay? Here are 5 more of my favourite luxury accommodation options in Cusco:
- Costa del Sol Cusco (close to Cusco Main Square)
- Sonesta Hotel Cusco (close to Velasco Astete Airport)
- Casa Andina Premium Cusco (excellent views of Limacpampa Square)
- Hilton Garden Inn Cusco (located in historic city centre)
- Hotel Hacienda Cusco Centro Historico (excellent facilities and terrace rooms)
See more Cusco luxury accommodation options.
Thanks for reading my Luxury Hotels in Cusco article! Whatever you end up doing in the historic capital of Peru, I only hope that you do it in style with a luxurious stay in some of the best hotels on the continent.
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