Hotel Review: SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel, Peru
The hotel SUMAQ Machu Picchu

Some places in the world are so unique that they deserve a particularly special hotel stay, and Machu Picchu is undeniably one of those places. Here is a review of the SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel.

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For my first trip to South America, I visited Peru last year thanks to a great deal found on our cheap flight deals page. Usually, my trips combine both working on the website and exploring new places, but this trip was my annual summer vacation with my girlfriend, so we had a busy itinerary in many beautiful regions of Peru, including Machu Picchu, obviously a must-see.

I visited many different hotels since I like variety and I also like to experience different neighborhoods: you will be able to see all the hotel reviews up soon.

So here’s what it’s like to stay at the SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel.

The SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel facade

 

The Hotel

The SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel is a 5-star hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru (the small town at the base of the Machu Picchu site).

It is the highest-ranked hotel in the entire area in fact.

The hotel entrance

 

Location

Once we decided to go to Peru, we knew we just had to go see the majestic Machu Picchu site, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

There are two ways to get to the Machu Picchu area, a site that is quite isolated in the Peruvian mountains: either by train or by foot. We decided to take the train, because we didn’t have a lot of time and the trek is quite long.

It was a very nice experience, with large panoramic windows on the train to enjoy the mountain and river views along the way.

Looking towards the village from our balcony

 

The village at the bottom of the actual Machu Picchu site is now called Machu Picchu Pueblo and is where most visitors stay the night before climbing up.

It was a beautiful and quaint town, with a lot of restaurants and public markets where you can buy Peruvian souvenirs, since it is obviously quite touristy.

Map of the SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel

 

Arrival and Check-in

When we arrived, we were absolutely charmed. The lobby and common area were very upscale and luxurious. Those are the two best words to describe the hotel as a whole in fact. The decor was a mix of refinement and pretty Peruvian touches.

The employee at the front desk was very helpful and gave us a very warm welcome. We had to wait a short while before the room was ready but while we waited in the lobby in the comfortable couches, an employee gave us fresh iced tea in a champagne flute and little hors-d’oeuvres. This was a nice touch that every guest got to experience on arrival.

Cocktail and snack at our arrival

 

Lobby and Common Areas

The hotel had a nice common area with a lot of places to sit, and a bar where you can order drinks throughout the day.

The hallway

 

At cocktail hour, we were invited to come to the common area and have a free local drink. That was another nice touch.

Lobby

 

Room

The room was absolutely beautiful. Everything you would expect, and then some.

The bedroom from the entrance
 
The king-size bed was extremely comfortable. I honestly wished I could’ve slept longer in it, but that’s also because we got up really early to go up to the Machu Picchu site (to kind of beat the crowds).
 
The bedroom

 

The room had a TV, a refrigerator, A/C, a nice little table with comfortable chairs and a coffee station.

Everything about it felt refined and luxurious.

Tv and sitting area

 

Our room also had a balcony where we could enjoy the majestic view of the mountains surrounding us.

Even though the room and hotel itself were amazing, these views made us want to spend a lot of time on the balcony.

View of the mountains from our room’s balcony

 

The bathroom was really nice, clean and equipped with a shower/bath combo.

The shower

 

The amenities felt very upscale and we had nice bathroom robes made available to us.

The bathroom sink and amenities kit

 

Services

A free drink at cocktail hour and a tea break were also included with our stay. Hotel employees even came through the floors with carts full of treats, bringing dessert plates directly to our room in the afternoon.

Afternoon snack offered by the hotel

 

The hotel also arranged a private tour of Los Jardines de Mandor, a beautiful protected park close by.

It was with a very nice and knowledgeable local guide, who told us all about the area and the park.

The landscapes around us during this 3 hour long leisurely trek were breathtaking. It was really worth the time, because a nice surprise awaited us a the middle of the trek, with a nice waterfall appering in the middle of the forest, after crossing this nice calm stream.

A stream just before reaching the waterfall

 

Back at the hotel, a 3-course meal was included in our stay that night. The menu gave us a good taste of Peruvian cuisine.

The restaurant

 

After they brought us a basket of various types of bread, the appetizers were served. I had chicken soup and my girlfriend had a salad.

Salad

 

For our main course, I had chicken on a bed of smashed avocado, and my girfriend had fresh pasta.

Fresh pasta

 

For dessert, I couldn’t resist getting a taste of the beautiful chocolate lava cake, with freshly made ice cream.

Chocolate dessert with fresh ice cream

 

In the morning, the breakfast was also included in the stay. The buffet had a vary wide assortment, with many hot options.

There were lots of fresh fruits, cereals, breads, desserts, and more.

Breakfast buffet

 

Breakfast buffet

 

Bottom Line

Overall, our experience at the SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel was way beyond even our wildest expectations. We felt like royalty! We would definitely recommend it if you are heading to Machu Picchu and want a unique and luxurious experience! You can use our link to book the SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel or go to the SUMAQ Machu Picchu website.

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