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Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru

Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru
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High in the Andes, more than 3000 metres above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. At the heart of Cusco is the 16th-century Hotel Monasterio, originally built as a monastery in 1592 and now one of the world's finest hotels.

Hotel Monasterio, an Orient-Express Luxury Hotel, is the ideal base from which to discover Cusco and the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu, which can be reached via a spectacular three-hour train journey.

History of Hotel Monasterio

The Monastery was originally built in 1595 on the site of the palace of Inca Amaru Qhala. In 1598, it was founded as the Seminary of San Antonio Abad by the sixth Bishop of Cuzco, Monsignor Antonio de la Raya, to train Catholic priests.

The building was seriously damaged by the earthquake in 1650, and upon restoration the beautiful Chapel was added. It is decorated in the indigenous Baroque style with gold-plated pictures frames and truly magnificent paintings by the best artists of the Cusquenian Art School, depicting scenes from the life of San Antonio Abad.

In 1692, by papal edict from Pope Innocent II and the Royal letters Patent issued by King Charles II, the seminary became a Royal Pontifical University. However in 1816, a royal decree from the King of Spain rescinded this authority and the institute reverted back to being a seminary until, May 30, 1965 when the building was remodelled into a hotel.

In May 1999, Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises took over the management of the renamed Hotel Monasterio.
The Hotel remains a national historical landmark, protected by the INC (National Institute of Culture) and has retained its characteristics and charm. It is a splendid model of the colonial Renaissance style, consisting of three sections in different levels. The heart of the Hotel is the central courtyard with its soft fountain and 300-year old Cedar tree surrounded by gardens and the famous stone cloisters.

The stones around the huge wooden entrance doors looking on to the Plazoleta Nazarenas still bear the Spanish Arms Escutcheon and the image of Bishop Monsignor Juan Serricolea y Olea.

Hotel Facilities

The Hotel Monasterio is only a ten-minute drive from the airport and just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco's central square, where the cathedral and most important museums are located.

This unique hotel museum is an architectural treasure built on Inca foundations with a beautiful chapel adorned with extraordinary gold ornaments.

It combines the solemnity of a colonial monastery with the luxury, elegance, comfort and excellent quality of a modern five-star hotel.

Getting to the Hotel Monasterio

The best way to get to the hotel is by car, which normally takes between 15-20 minutes. Hotel Monasterio can provide a car transfer service from the Airport to the Hotel Monasterio for US$28.

You also can take a taxi provided by a company. Rate per service US$10. The nearest car rental company (located at the arrival lounge of airport) is AVIS.


Hotel Monasterio has 126 rooms many of them with charming views of the city, the colourful rooftops of Cuzco or the beautiful inner courtyards of the hotel.

The decoration and furnishings combine the best of modern and traditional Spanish colonial style. Magnificent examples of religious art adorn the walls. The presence of the past is ever present, even as you are pampered by every luxury and modern comfort.

All rooms are equipped with:

* Telephone (with an extension in the bathroom)
* Central heating
* Minibar
* Personal in-room electronic safe
* Cable TV
* Fire detectors
* Hairdryer
* Superb furniture

Laundry and Room Service are available 24 hours a day.

The original architecture and design of the Monasterio has not been significantly altered, and thus the rooms do reflect their origins as a home for Jesuit seminarians. There are no two rooms alike and they all vary in size and format.

Oxygen Enriched Rooms

Cuzco is situated at a height of 3,300 metres (11.000 ft). In order to counteract the effects of altitude, the Hotel Monasterio has introducing an oxygen supplementation system in most of our rooms.

Dining & Bar

Hotel Monasterio offers various dining option for its guest. Illariy Restaurant, which is adjacent to the Main Square/Courtyard, is open for lunch and dinner. El Tupay Restaurant is the location for our well known Buffet Breakfast and our Saturday Inca Dinners. We also offer 24-hour Room Service.

The Lobby Bar boasts a large variety of the best quality liquors, cocktails and refreshments, which our skilled bartenders are pleased to prepare for you.


Hotel Monasterio offers coffee breaks, cocktails and gala banquets, according to the occasion.

There is a choice of rooms for meetings, receptions and congresses, all of which are provided with audio-visual equipment, fax and Internet services.

The most spectacular venue for weddings, meetings and conferernces is the Chapel of San Antonio Abad at the Hotel Monasterio.

Posted on 01/20/09 under: cusco, peru, hotel,