JW Marriott Hotel Cusco, Peru – Review

By Ramsey Qubein on 3 October 2013
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Located in the San Augustin Convent, a historic 16th century structure in the heart of Cusco’s hotel courtyardcolonial town center, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco is one of the newest and most attractive hotel properties in town.  American travelers will feel most comfortable here due largely to the familiar ambiance and quality of service they’ve come to expect from the JW Marriott brand.

The hotel is a convenient waypoint for tourists making the four-hour train and bus ride to Machu Picchu, the 15th Century iconic Incan site that remained hidden from Western Civilization until its 1911 rediscovery by explorer Hiram Bingham III. Many travelers combine their visit to Cusco with work trips to Lima while others explore one of the premier archeological sites in the world.

The former convent’s courtyard, through a massive set of wooden doors, leads to a stunning stone-floored and brick-walled interior. Colorful artwork from the colonial period lines the walls, and directly behind the reception desk lies a beautiful floor-to-ceiling chandelier. To truly appreciate the history of the former convent, stop by reception for a property tour, which runs daily starting at 6 p.m.

Reception staff was welcoming and efficient, eager to offer a cup of coca tea (or the more common variety).  Coca tea is a mild stimulant and similar in effect to the chewing of coca leaves by the native population. Its consumption is encouraged for new arrivals to aid in warding off the effects of altitude sickness, which include headaches and a queasy stomach).


Four elevators  whisk guests to upper levels or down to a lower level where rooms provide courtyard access.room 3  Hallways enhance the period atmosphere by the tasteful use of colonial artwork. Rooms feature hardwood floors, large armoires, flat-screen HDTV, and an armchair by a side table.

The bed was topped by puffed-up duvets, which are the perfect complement for those cool Cusco nights.  Electrical outlets are conveniently located above the nightstand and the alarm clock had a charging station for smartphones. Adjustable bedside reading lights are ideal for late-night guidebook perusing.

Spacious closets with safes, coffeemakers with local coffee, and robes and slippers, with plenty of space left over for a fair amount of luggage, made settling in a breeze.  A full-length mirror by the door is sure to be appreciated by those concerned with their appearance.

The well-lit marble bathroom included both a soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower stall.  Several personal care items were provided, including a toothbrush and toothpaste, cotton buds and cotton balls, and a makeup mirror.

Turndown service delivered treats, such as dark chocolate-covered cashews and ample supplies of bottled water (staying hydrated is another way to combat altitude sickness).

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