on July 27, 2009
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. It is certainly not for everyone but for those who can afford it, the hotel is a great base for exploring the area. The cost of US$850-1440 per night is a good indication that this is something special. It is not stuffy, however; just casual and intimate.There are two suites and twenty-nine rooms, twelve of them with an amazing view of the mountains. The rooms are equipped with telephone, satellite TV with VCR, hair dryer, minibar, safety-deposit box, and radio/alarm clock with docking station.There is the option of dining in two restaurants or in your room. With a maximum capacity of 72 people, Tampu Restaurant Bar features natural materials such as stone and wood, in keeping with the overall environmentally harmonious style of the Lodge. You can enjoy the wonderful views of the majestic surroundings while you try dishes from an International or Peruvian à la carte menu. This is a stylish and modern space which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a bar which is open from 7.00am until 10.00pm. Food is of a very high standard and price is not a consideration for those who can afford the room cost.Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant is quite different. It offers a daily lunch buffet which is open to guests of the Lodge and visitors to Machu Picchu. I certainly don't recommend it for lunch during peak periods when the lines of day trippers at the buffet can be daunting. The restaurant, with a capacity of 200, offers pleasant surroundings at other times. The lunch buffet offers a wide variety of International and Peruvian dishes, a selection of salads, main courses and desserts. We thought it was well above most standard buffets.Every evening, Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant features evening multimedia presentations of the Machu Picchu Citadel and the beauty of its orchids. Despite the cost, the hotel is extremely popular and at certain times of the year you need to book 12 months ahead. The property is operated by the same company that runs the 5-star Monasterio Hotel in Cusco and I am told it helps to get a room if visitors use both properties.
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