JW Marriott Cusco lobby

We skip a lot of international chain hotels on Luxury Latin America when deciding which ones are the “best of the best” in a given city. Too often the versions in Santiago or Mendoza look the same as the ones in Newark or Dallas, which is not the kind of place we want to highlight for leisure travelers heading to an exotic location. They’re meant for business travelers who hate surprises when they’re trying to get a deal done.

This JW Marriott that opened last year in Cusco is a different story though. Just look at that reception area at the top! It’s in a former convent near the historic center, along the lines of some better-known ones that have had great success with this concept. It’s just three blocks from the main plaza and has even made use of some Inca stone walls on the property, including in a few suites worth splashing out for. Thankfully it was restored with care, so you definitely feel like you’re in Peru when you enter.

This being one of the newest hotels in the city though, you can expect some very well-appointed rooms that keep you comfortable, full of oxygen, and entertained.

All the latest technological amenities are in evidence, from 42–inch LCD cable TVs to iDocks, and, of course, the 5–star basics: robe and slippers, coffeemaker, minibar, electronic safe–deposit box, and bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs. Signature Marriott bedding, plus anti–noise windows, insure a quiet and comfortable night’s sleep. Complimentary bottles of drinking water and daily newspaper are provided, although if you want to connect to the Internet from your room, it will set you back an additional $10 per 24 hours (Wi–Fi is free in the public areas).

Yes, it’s kind of ironic that a hotel chain known to be aimed at business travelers is one of the few in Cuzco that charges you to get connected and check your e-mail. Hopefully this waning trend or charging for the communication equivalent of hot water will finally go away for good soon.

There’s no gym here, but that’s rather common in this city topping 10,000 feet in altitude. Just walking around is a workout enough for most people. There is a full spa here though for massages and treatments, with an indoor relaxation pool.

Naturally you can earn or cash in Marriott points for this, which is a big plus for business road warriors taking a break with a significant other or their family, chilling here for a while on their way to Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley.

See our full review of JW Marriott Cusco in Peru.