Located right next to the lost city, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is Machu Picchu's only hotel, and it will remain so because National Heritage has no intention of allowing any more hotels here.
The Lodge isn't grand or extravagant, which is justified as any attempt to compete with Machu Picchu's charisma would be an inappropriate folly. The stone floors in the hotel's light and airy private dining room, mimic the stonework of this national monument, but apart from that, it is appropriately minimalistic and understated.
Machu Picchu is not a view you can take in one go. Not only does the city have many sides and facets, but the Incas also built a fantastic array of smaller guard houses and observation platforms which in turn provide a completely different view of this extraordinary city.
The rooms are small and simple. The real focus is on the view and the location which is extraordinary considering you are sleeping next door to one of the world's most evocative ruins.
There is a small restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it is a cosy, intimate affair which works because all the guests are bonded by the extraordinary common experience of being privileged enough to gain exclusive access to Machu Picchu after its public access hours.
The Tampu Bar is a magical spot to hang out, drink pisco sours and meet people from all over the world who have the same love for travelling as you do.
No hotel on earth is situated in a more privileged location.
Cusco - Peru
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