Sitting next to the lively Cusco central square, the Belmond Monasterio Hotel is a former monastery and national monument dating back to 1592. This beautiful Spanish edifice is built on top of an ancient Inca palace, as seen by the walls of original Inca stone that give way to the hotel’s regal doorway. The hotel’s history is enhanced by the stunning art that adorns the walls and the stone columns that rise from a series of inner courtyards, with the main cloister protecting a 300-year-old cedar tree. There is also a baroque chapel decorated with works by Cusqueña artists.
Each of the 122 rooms and suites has a wonderfully unique character, reflecting the monastery’s charm and elegance. Rich wood furnishings, antique artwork and architectural quirks add to the historic atmosphere, while window shutters open to reveal views of the courtyard or the red tile rooftops of Cusco, which sits a dizzying 11,000 feet above sea level. The hotel’s two restaurants offer a refined culinary experience with El Tupay serving classic international cuisine featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and Illariy serving hearty breakfasts and light lunches, along with stunning views across the verdant courtyard. The exquisite food, combined with the historic building and impeccable service, make the Belmond Hotel Monasterio a perfect Peruvian destination.
What we love about Monasterio, a Belmond Hotel, Cusco
- Take a walk to the Plaza de Armas and its 16th-century cathedral, the Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun) or visit the artists of the San Blas neighbourhood.
- Sink in front of the roaring fire at the hotel’s lobby bar in the late afternoon and enjoy the smooth sounds of the city’s finest Jazz musicians, along with a traditional pisco sour.
- Call on your personal Bath Butler to prepare an indulgent bubble bath to end a day of exploration.