Belmond Hotel MonasterioCusco, Peru
Owned by the Belmond group and located in the heart of Cusco, just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the Hotel Monasterio is a converted monastery, which dates back to 1592. The vaulted stone ceilings and cloisters of the public areas impart a real sense of history, whilst the 122 rooms/suites are well appointed with colonial style furnishings and all the mod cons you would expect in a top hotel. Some rooms also have a oxygen systems on payment of a supplement, and many of the rooms are quite different from each other, reflecting the historic nature of the building.
The core of the building is centred around a beautiful colonnaded courtyard with a 300 year old cedar tree as the focal point. There is also an impressive gilded chapel replete with original colonial era religious artwork where you can escape to for some peace and contemplation, and if you need more afterwards, you can book into the on-site therapy suite or beauty salon. The main dining room, El Tupay, serves international cuisine and is located in a spacious room with stone vaulted ceiling and connecting sitting area for pre dinner drinks. A second less formal dining area, Illariy, is in the cloisters and serves modern Peruvian fusion cuisine and light lunches.
This is a popular hotel and deservedly so. The food and service here are particularly strong. We recommend taking the ‘art-cook-opera’ evenings on certain days of the week. This involves a 45 minute tour of the hotel with a focus on the artwork in the communal areas, followed by a cookery class and dinner in the El Tupay restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine accompanied by a Soprano and a Tenor singing opera.
Due to the previous purpose of the building, there is a large variation in size and specifications of the rooms at this hotel. We can certainly help you to navigate this to get the most from your stay; whether you have a specific budget in mind or would like to take advantage of one of the 5 VIP suites with their own private courtyard.