Rooms here begin at $310 per night, which includes a very large breakfast buffet and property-wide WiFi.
What we liked:
· Free and fast WiFi despite the thick stone monastery walls.
· The commitment to preserving the historic building. You definitely won't mistake the Monasterio for a chain hotel.
· Extra amenities like the private chapel, al fresco courtyard dining and lobby lounge coca tea.
· The complimentary breakfast buffet opened very early (5am) for guests heading out on tours and the spread was large, with the additional option of the ordering a hot entree.
· The concierges are extremely experiences in arranging Machu Picchu tour and train ticketing.
· El Tupay restaurant was awesome for ambience, cuisine and value (we paid $50 for one person, totally binging on foie gras and such).
· Turndown service includes pillow chocolates (which are becoming quite rare)
Things to note:
· The extra $48/day charge for oxygen enriching the room (optional).
· Rooms of the Superior category (the lowest) are small with little chance of a view, but they were monk's quarters once...
· The monk chanting you can occasionally hear in the courtyard? It's piped-in music.
· It can get pretty chilly at night, depending on the season. Check the wardrobe for extra-thick blankets.
Disclosure: We stayed as a guest of Orient-Express but all photos and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher]