The Best Boutique Hotels in Aguas Calientes, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel | Courtesy of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel | Courtesy of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel
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29 April 2021

Tucked deep in the Urubamba River Valley, Aguas Calientes is the calm before (or after) the high-altitude hike up to Machu Picchu. It’s a soothing Peruvian town with thermal baths to soak your weary muscles and nearby hikes for those who just can’t get enough of those sprawling Andean summits. Aguas Calientes is no stranger to boutique hotels either, so we’ve done the legwork for you and rounded up the best the town has to offer – book your stay now with Culture Trip.

Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel
4/5 (289 Reviews)
Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
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Gringo Bill’s Boutique Hotel is nestled just on the outskirts of town, offering total tranquility for winding down after an arduous day of hiking. Its 40 rooms have plump beds and pillows, and some even feature hydromassage baths for the ultimate post-hike repose. There’s unlimited coffee on tap and a bustling buffet breakfast to get you energized. Not to mention the pool, bar and restaurant, set on a terrace with immaculate views of the surrounding mountains.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Casa del Sol Machupicchu

Boutique Hotel
4.3/5 (393 Reviews)
Casa Del Sol Machupicchu
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Casa del Sol lies on the banks of the Vilcanota River, so, if you’d like to be lulled by the sound of flowing water, this is your spot. There are romantic suites as well as family and single rooms, all blending contemporary design with Andean patterns and colors. The bathrooms feature granite basins, and, for some extra pampering, there’s the K’intu Spa offering coca-leaf scrubs and Inca-stone massages. Not forgetting the Andean restaurant and riverfront terrace either, primed for enjoying a pisco sour.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu

Boutique Hotel
4.1/5 (655 Reviews)
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
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Taypikala Boutique’s sun-dappled rooms, with views over the mountains, are enough to warrant a stay here. The ivory and ceramic walls complement bamboo furniture, creating the perfect setting for gazing out at the majestic backdrop. If you opt for a suite, you’ll even have your own living area and whirlpool tub. The bar and restaurant offer Peruvian cuisine from the Highlands and frothy pisco sours to further elevate your stay.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Terrazas del Inca Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast
4.1/5 (566 Reviews)
Terrazas del Inca Bed and Breakfast
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For a laid-back, more budget-friendly option, head to Terrazas del Inca Bed and Breakfast just across the river from the town center. As the name suggests, there are several terraces with riverine views that are ideal for taking in the sights. The humble, homespun rooms come with feather-down pillows and yet more river views – and the intimate restaurant serves both Peruvian and Italian delicacies.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Inti Punku MachuPicchu Hotel & Suites

Boutique Hotel
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Inti Punku MachuPicchu Hotel & Suites
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Inti Punku Hotel is just 5 minutes from Aguas Calientes train station and a 15-minute walk from the toasty thermal baths in town. With a more contemporary interior than some of the other stays in the area, its 43 rooms are brightly lit and adorned with sleek wooden furnishings. There’s still a nod to the historic Andean setting, with pops of color and traditional patterns on the walls in common areas, including the Kinwa Restaurant, where you can feast on a buffet breakfast before hikes or toast adventures with a cocktail by night.

Jaya Suite Machupicchu

Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (226 Reviews)
Jaya Suite Machupicchu
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Set in the heart of Aguas Calientes, the detail-oriented Jaya Hotel dotes on your every need – its staff has even been known to greet guests at the train station. The rooms offer a touch of modern elegance, with some featuring Jacuzzi tubs, so you can take a well-deserved soak after a long day of vigorous hiking. The breakfast offers nourishment in the form of fresh fruit and baked goods, which can be packed up to accompany you on the trail.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Resort, Spa Hotel
4.5/5 (267 Reviews)
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
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Give the ramshackle huts of Aguas Calientes a miss altogether, and opt to stay at the site of the sacred Machu Picchu instead. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the great Inca citadel, this is the only hotel allowed to operate in the area, which makes it truly unique. Unbeatable location aside, guests rave about the complimentary pisco tasting session, epic mountain views and the ability to casually stroll down to the monument in the morning well before the hordes of tourists arrive.

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Free Wifi
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Hotel
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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
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Considered the finest hotel in Aguas Calientes, elegance and opulence are in abundance at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Dark wooden awnings and high ceilings give it a luxury lodge kind of vibe, while the onsite spa, Jacuzzi, and swimming pools keep guests entertained between excursions. It may be substantially pricier than other options in town, but it’s nice to know some of the profits are donated towards local conservation efforts.

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  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (418 Reviews)
    Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
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    As the other prestigious high-end hotel in Aguas Calientes, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers unbeatable views of the Urubamba River at the northern edge of town. The complex features an eclectic mix of modern and indigenous design while also boasting a stylish dining area, well-appointed rooms and even an in-house Inca art exhibition.

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    Free Wifi
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    El MaPi Hotel

    Hotel
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    El MaPi Hotel
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    For a sister hotel of the elegant Inkaterra Pueblo, the El MaPi Hotel takes a surprisingly different direction in its design. Each room is notably more contemporary, while the numerous vibrant common areas are the epitome of chic modern design. Despite coming in at around half the cost of the former, it still has all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of such caliber.

    Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (780 Reviews)
    Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu
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    For a bit of luxury with a reasonable price tag, the modern and stylish Tierra Viva Machu Picchu ticks all the boxes. Each of its 42 rooms is tastefully decorated, while an abundance of indigenous artwork can be enjoyed (and purchased) throughout the hotel. The pièce de résistance, however, is a colorful mural that spans the entire five-story central elevator.

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    Free Wifi
    Restaurant
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Laundry Facilities

    Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

    Boutique Hotel
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    Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu
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    As a premier cabin-style boutique in Aguas Calientes, the 20 odd rooms at Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu provide a high level of comfort for a very reasonable price. If the budget permits, opt for one of the suites, which have plenty of space as well as a charming balcony with breathtaking mountain views.

    Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (705 Reviews)
    Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
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    A longtime favorite in Aguas Calientes, the Casa Andina Standard is a hit for its no-nonsense modern and minimalist design. Spacious and airy rooms, a fine riverfront restaurant and a plethora of high-tech amenities make this hotel a solid midrange boutique option.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Restaurant
    Business Centre
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    Harry Stewart contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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