best hotel suite Machu Picchu

I had to do a little digging to extract some info from the discreet staff at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Peru, but it turns out the lead singers of two of the biggest rock bands in history slept here.

This would be suite #40 of Villa Inkaterra, a secluded house on a hillside that has two rooms connected by a common entryway. When Bono of U2 and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones made their bucket list journeys to Machu Picchu, this is the bed they slept in. (No, not at the same time…)

The same reasons that make this the top place for celebrities to stay make it a place that anyone with the cash to fund a special experience will appreciate. It’s a spacious suite on the inside, with plenty of lounging room, a fireplace, and a writing desk. The large bath is big on its own, with dual sinks, a shower big enough for two, and a soaking tub looking out on the boulders and plants outside. Hidden in those rocks is an outdoor shower and around the corner is a private heated plunge pool that nobody else can see. Come on in and take a look around:

I experienced Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for the second time while on the Lares Adventure tour with Mountain Lodges of Peru. They also use this hotel for their lodge to lodge Salkantay trek. The hotel was sold out while I was there and some of the other guests were with high-end companies like Cox & Kings and Backroads. The resort attracts an older, moneyed crowd, but be advised it’s not a great choice for the mobility-impaired. (Neither is Machu Picchu itself, so try to go while you’re young!) There are lots of flagstone paths and stairs to navigate and rooms are separate buildings scattered around the grounds. If you’re in a wheelchair, one of the other top area hotels might work out better.

If you don’t mind some stairs though, this is one of the top properties in South America. Not just because of the good rooms and service, but because the grounds function like a nature preserve, with a whole menagerie of birds and butterflies around at all times. If you go on a birdwatching tour here, you won’t have to walk very far.

If you book this place yourself, do it well in advance, especially from May through September. It’s actually easier to get in if you’re with a tour company that has already blocked out rooms.

See our full review of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.