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Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Peru, Central + South America
136 Calle Palacios
Tel: 51 84 24 1777's insider take:

Born as the 16th-century seminary of San Antonio Abad (itself built on the site of a former Inca palace), the Monasterio is one of Peru's most gorgeous hotels. Because the original architecture has been largely preserved, no two of the 127 guestrooms are alike. They range in size from the monastic (these were monks' cells, after all) to the presidential, in the form of sprawling suites. But each is well-appointed, blending modern facilities with Spanish colonial (heavy wooden shutters that swing open to reveal the city's copious supply of cupolas). Most rooms can be oxygen-enriched for a small surcharge, to help low-altitude-dwelling lungs (you're at 11,600 feet here). Another comfort enhancer to consider: Any of the soaks on offer from the resident Bath Butler. One good choice is the Qeros Bath, which comes with a glass of coca sour, a Peruvian cigar, scented candles, and antistress bath salts.—Abbie Kozolchyk

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 93.2
  • Design: 94.3
  • Food: 90.7
  • Location: 96.7
  • Rooms: 89.6
  • Service: 94.7
This national historical landmark, a former seminary and university, is set two blocks from the main square. The former monk cells are "average-size, functional rooms but a little dark, with one small window high on the wall." "Professional, courteous staff remembered us and greeted us by name." El Tupay Restaurant's breakfast buffet "had many items to choose from, including fresh fruit from the area."

(126 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
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