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Frankly, thanks to its location as the only hotel next to Machu Picchu, this could be a hole in the ground and we’d still recommend it.

As a Belmond property, Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is far from a hole in the ground. There are just 29 rooms and two suites tastefully decked out with Peruvian touches. Several have terraces and access to the hotel grounds.

Although none of the rooms have views of the Machu Pichu itself, some look out across to Huayna Picchu, the peak that makes such a dramatic backdrop to the ruins in the classic photographs of Machu Pichu.

Tampu Restaurant has spectacular views of the dramatic mountain scenery, and serves excellent examples of Peruvian cuisine, arguably the most fashionable style of cooking in the world at the moment. Sister Restaurant Tinkuy specialises in lighter lunches.

Local guides can be arranged through the hotel to explore the surrounding area of Machu Picchu. The citadel of Machu Picchu is also a haven for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. However should guests want to sample some shops, cafes and hot springs, the town of Aguas Calientes is only a short bus ride away.

For those looking for a bit of R & R the lodge offers a range of massages and aromatherapy treatments, as well as a full wellness exercise programme.

Why We Love It
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The hotel is a mere five minutes walk from the entrance to Machu Picchu, so guests can pop across at first light safe in the knowledge they will have beaten the inevitable crowds to one of the world's most famous views.

Will, Original Traveller

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