When planning a trip, we always make time to choose the perfect hotels before booking.
But how do you know if a hotel is good enough or not? Of course, we always browse through Tripadvisor and other hotel websites for comments and tips. But ever since we started blogging, we’ve noticed that the best advices for accommodations come from our fellow travel bloggers. Because those are the people who have been roaming the world for years. And who have traveled so often that they can actually compare the numerous hotels of a specific destination, and give truthful reviews.
For our upcoming journey through South America, we’ve decided to ask other travel bloggers to share their favourite hotel in Peru with us, and to explain their choice. And here’s the contribution of five travel bloggers.
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Vicky from Spud on the Run
Mama Yacchi Hotel in Colca Canyon
Mama Yacchi is in the tiny town of Coporaque, nestled within the Colca Canyon. The hotel makes a fantastic base to explore the natural beauty of the area.
The hotel is built across one floor, and has a cosy and inviting feel which embraces Peruvian art and culture. They have a garden with hammocks, so on a sunny day you can kick back and enjoy the views of the mountains that surround you. The evenings can drop chilly, but the rustic bedrooms are equipped with big blankets and heaters to help keep you snug.
The small town doesn’t have a restaurant but the chefs at Mama Yacchi have you sorted with an array of Peruvian specialities to choose from (including vegetarian options). They have a wonderful dining room with huge windows, so you can enjoy your food and admire your location.
We really loved our one night stay at Mama Yacchi. It was a great place to get off the beaten track and relax. We went there as part of a Colca Canyon tour but it is possible to visit independently. The hotel promotes ecotourism and if you are travelling without a guide the friendly staff will be happy to help you plan your activities to make the most of your stay.
The best part of our stay? We loved the food, we loved the views, but the highlight was Inti, the hotel’s baby alpaca! He’s really friendly, and our whole tour group fell in love with him!
Norman from Années de Pèlerinage
The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu
The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu was my favorite hotel in Peru. The price tag (over 1,000 US-Dollar a night) is certainly something hard to ignore. But relaxing in a steaming hot tub while enjoying the spectacular view of the ancient Inca ruins was truly a priceless moment.
The complimentary pisco sour made me feel like in heaven. The rooms might have been small, but all other hotels are located in the small town of Aguas Calientes some 400 meters below. Guests in the Sanctuary Lodge, on the other hand, can literally drop out of their beds and be the first to see the sunrise in Machu Picchu. If that is not special, I don’t know what is!
Nicole from Travelgal Nicole
Tierra Viva San Blas in Cusco
Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel San Blas is located in the heart of San Blas, Cusco’s most artistic neighborhood, also called the “Artisan’s Neighborhood”. I think it is the best hotel in Cusco as its location is perfect for exploring Cusco, just four blocks from Plaza de Armas, and fine dining experiences just outside the door.
The hotel is an old colonial building built in the traditional adobe construction. Every attention to detail has been made with the rooms being cozy and comfortable and the best part is that it is $85/night. And that includes breakfast and free wifi. With just 24 rooms the hotel is quiet and personable.
Stefan and Sebastian from Nomadic Boys
Sol y Luna in Urubamba, Sacred Valley
Our favourite hotel in Peru is the gorgeous Sol y Luna, located in the Urubamba village in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
This is a Relais & Châteaux hotel, so you know you’re going to be spoilt rotten here. The rooms are small houses called casitas. Each casista has a private terrace, spacious living room area, cosy fireplace, large bathtub and a few with private hot tub.
The hotel grounds include a spa, outdoor pool with Jacuzzi next to it. This was the highlight of our stay – laying back relaxing in the Jacuzzi with the backdrop of the Andes mountains in front of us.
The Sol y Luna also has two restaurants, each serving up delicious gourmet food, with one of them located on a horse ranch so you can watch the shows while you eat.
Rachel from East To West
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in the Amazon Forest
I stayed at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in December 2017. And it was by far one of the most different, coolest places I have ever stayed at. The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica consists of 34 bungalows and is completely within a reserve of the Amazon Rainforest. There is no wifi or internet anywhere near the hotel, you are completely secluded within the jungle.
The Inkaterra is also special because it prides itself on being an eco-friendly hotel… So much so that they turn off their electricity from 2-5AM and as well in the afternoon too. The bungalows don’t have real walls and are closed off by screens only. The beds are surrounded with mosquito nets as well. You fall asleep listening to the night animals and wake up to the birds chirping.
Everything is very natural. They have an abundance of excursions, offered all catering, to the least adventurous people to the most. Lastly, their food was fantastic. Of course you eat in the same restaurant on the hotel premises the entire time. But they did an amazing job of having vegetarian options and changing up the menus daily. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking for an eco-friendly nature secluded getaway deep in the Amazon Rainforest.
What do you think of these hotels?
Would you consider staying in one of these when you travel to Peru?
Or if you’ve already been to Peru, which are your favorite hotels and would you suggest them?
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