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
Photo of Harry Stewart
24 December 2017

With an army of cashed up but time-poor travelers flocking to Machu Picchu each day, it’s no surprise there are a plethora of fine boutique hotels scattered around the nearby hub town of Aguas Calientes. Rates may be a little higher than elsewhere in Peru, but it’s worth paying for a bit of luxury when visiting this world famous attraction. Here are the best boutiques in town.

Belmont Sanctuary Lodge

Resort, Boutique Hotel
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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 their 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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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes

Hotel
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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Courtesy of Inkaterra

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.

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes

As Aguas Caliente’s other prestigious high-end hotel, 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 boasting a stylish dining area, well-appointed rooms, and even an in-house Inca art exhibition.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

El MaPi Hotel byInkaterra, Machu Pikchu

Hotel
Map View
El MaPi Hotel byInkaterra
El MaPi Hotel byInkaterra | Courtesy Inkaterra

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.

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  • Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes

    Hotel
    Map View

    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.

    Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

    Boutique Hotel
    Map View

    As Aguas Calientes premier cabin-style boutique, 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.

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    Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    24-hour front desk
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property