Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu

Monumento Arqueologico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru
Entrance to Machu Picchu
31 Rooms
Traditional Elegance & Secluded
Starting at:
taxes included per/nt
Clearly the attraction here is the proximity to the ruins of the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, hidden away almost eight thousand feet up in Peru’s Andes mountains. There are other places to stay in the general area of Machu Picchu, but there’s only one luxury hotel within the protected sanctuary itself, on a mountain top literally just yards from the walls of the citadel, offering unparalleled access — you’ll watch the sun rise and set over the ruins, and have the opportunity to visit in the afternoons and evenings, after the tour groups have packed up and gone home.

Created in the Seventies as a government-run lodging, today the Sanctuary is a Belmond (formerly Orient Express) hotel; meaning that while the rooms aren’t overly large, they are comfortable and well-appointed, and the service rivals that on offer in many a big-city luxury hotel. One restaurant serves a buffet lunch to all comers, including day-trippers, while another is for the exclusive use of hotel guests, serving slightly more upmarket Peruvian and international fare.

Guided tours of the ruins are available, of course, and can be arranged by the hotel, which recommends two full days to properly take it all in. Nights are cold, and the rainy season runs from November to March — be prepared to dress accordingly.

How to get there:
A 3.5-hour train trip takes passengers from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, and from there it’s a half-hour bus ride up the mountain to the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. To travel from Cusco to the hotel by foot along the old Inca trail, allow four or five days. There are no taxis from Machu Picchu Town to the Machu Picchu Citadel; the only form of transportation is on public buses.

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Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
Monumento Arqueologico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru
Entrance to Machu Picchu

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour room service
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Wake-up service
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Cribs (subject to availability)

Need to Know

  • 18% VAT is applied at the property to Peruvian citizens only. Foreign visitors to Peru are exempted from the country’s 18% sales tax on charges for their room and food, on presentation at check in for a valid passport and Peruvian immigration card. The hotel invoice must be made out to the guest name and not a company name.
  • One child aged 7 or younger can be accommodated free of charge, if sharing existing bedding with parents. Children 8 and older can stay in extra beds paid at 77 USD per child per night.
Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 12 pm

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Uses energy-efficient heating and cooling
  • No single-use plastic straws
  • Farms organic or hydroponic produce on property
  • Sources produce from local farms
  • Creates seasonal menus from locally sourced produce
  • Offers vegan menu options
Community and Environment
  • Purchases from locally owned businesses
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in sustainability best practices
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Provides volunteer opportunities for guests and staff
  • Restores and protects natural ecosystems and wildlife
  • Measures and reduces water waste
  • Measures and reduces carbon emissions