Did you know that the Sacred Valley of the Incas is the ideal place to relax when you are journeying to Machu Picchu? If you didn’t know, then we invite you to read this post in which you will find lots of valuable information about the best hotels in the Sacred Valley.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the entry way to Machu Picchu. It is one of the most beautiful and most fertile valleys in all of Peru. The climate is always mild. The valley is characterized by its amazing tourist sites, its numerous traditional towns, and its fantastic views. Above all, there is an exquisite selection of some of the very best hotels in Peru. These are located in the traditional towns of Pisac, Calca, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo.
If you are looking for a pleasant hotel in a magical place which far from the noisy city, we recommend that you book your lodging in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Not only will you enjoy the warm weather, but you will also have very easy access to the main tourist destinations of the Cusco area: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and many more.
5-Star Hotels in the Sacred Valley
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is built in the modern hacienda style. It is located on the flanks of the imposing mountains of the Vilcanota Range. The grounds of the hotel encompass some 40 hectares. It is the perfect place to enjoy the wide open spaces, relax in the peaceful atmosphere of the Valley, and begin your exploration of the marvels of Cusco.
The rooms and the independent cottages afford a wonderful view of the Sacred Valley and of the surrounding mountains. The design of the rooms is based on the cultural history of the area. Plus, the rooms are furnished with colonial furniture and lovely handicrafts which only add to the enchantment which you will find at this unique hotel.
Besides the beautiful rooms, the hotel allows its guests to harvest organically grown produce which has been planted in the nearby ecological fields. Among the products which the guest can harvest are: quinua, Urubamba white corn, medicinal herbs, and a large variety of potatoes.
- Location: Km. 65 on the Cusco-Pisac- Urubamba highway.
Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection
The Tambo del Inka is part of the Luxury Collection Resort & Spa chain. The hotel is part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts franchise. It is located in Urubamba on the banks of the Urubamba River. Within the hotel is the train station from which you can catch your train to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection has every feature that you would expect to find at a 5-star luxury resort hotel. There are 128 rooms which are all luxuriously decorated in an Incan motif. There is a heated swimming pool, a sauna, a steam bath, a gym, a spa offering private treatments, and lots of open space.
At the Tambo del Inka it is also possible to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, receptions, reunions, and any other social activities, all with an exclusive and luxurious touch of the mysterious Andes. You will also find a fine restaurant, and a conference center seating up to 250 people.
- Location: Av. Ferrocarril, Urubamba.
Belmond Hotel Río Sagrado
This is a very exclusive and a very luxurious Andean style hotel. Here you will be able to experience the majesty of life in the mountains. It is an oasis that is infused with the spirit of the high Andes Mountains. It is located beside the Urubamba River, and it is surrounded by exuberant gardens.
There are only 10 luxury rooms, 8 exclusive junior suites, and 2 villas. Its rooms are adorned with beautifully woven Andean tapestries in vibrant colors. In the weavings you will note intricate flower patterns and everything is handmade using naturally grown, local materials.
The rooms are divided into 4 separate blocks, and they all have magnificent views of the river or of the mountains. One funny thing about this hotel is that the rooms do not have televisions. This is because one of the hotels main attractions is to keep its guests away from the hustle and bustle of the city and of technology.
- Location: km 75.8 of the Cusco – Urubamba – Ollantaytambo road.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness Center is an exclusive hotel that has colonial style rooms which are decorated in a modern and minimalist way. It is located on the banks of the Urubamba River, on the fertile land of an old 17th century Colonial estate.
The hotel has 115 modern colonial style rooms. Of these, 74 are deluxe double rooms; 20 are colonial rooms; 6 are suites with views over the river; there are 3 suites with a view over the artificial lake; 10 junior suites; 1 colonial suite; and 1 Presidential suite with an area of more than 500 sq m.
Within the hotel you can take a tour through the history of Peru. There are colonial carvings, oil paintings from the Cusco School of artists, and other works of art where modern and Andean elements are mixed together.
- Location: at the former Hacienda Yaravilca, between Calca and Urubamba.
4-Star Hotels in the Sacred Valley
Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado
The Casa Andina Premium Hotel is located in the picturesque little town of Yanahuara. The hotel has a very cozy natural environment, modern facilities, games for children, and even a sheep farm.
Another reason to stay at this hotel is because of its wonderful restaurant called Alma which features living cuisine. The restaurant combines traditional local ingredients into healthy and delicious dishes. The buffet breakfast varies according to the season. There are national and international dishes available too. On special dates or when it is requested by guests, the restaurant organizes events based on typical dishes.
In order to better enjoy the sunsets, we recommend that you book rooms with mountain views or with a view over the gardens. It will be the best choice you can make. You will really enjoy your stay here.
- Location: Yanahuara, Sacred Valley
Hotel Sol y Luna
This hotel reflects the richness of the original Andean culture. It belongs to the Sol y Luna association which was created to finance educational projects in the area. Its facilities are spacious and comfortable.
What really stands out in its villas and bungalows are the fine finishes and the local style decorations. There is an outdoor pool, a spa, and two top flight restaurants. There is a cellar for private dinners, and also a horse ranch for those who would like to ride around the area.
When you stay at Sol y Luna, not only will you have a wonderful time, but you will also be supporting a non-profit organization which strives to improve the lives of the Andean children.
- Location: Urubamba.
Explora is an all-inclusive hotel which has a presence throughout South America. It was formed with the goal of helping travelers explore destinations of great cultural value and that are extremely beautiful. It also strives to link the traveller with the time and the space which surround them.
The Explora Hotel is located between two mountains on one of the oldest estates in the Sacred Valley. There is an exceptional view of the Valley and of the surrounding mountains. There are magnificent Incan terraces, and there is also the Pumacahua Bath House which features a wonderful spa housed in a 17th century mansion.
One more reason to stay here is the great food. The exquisite cuisine is inspired by Andean customs and prepared using a great variety of fine local products and ingredients.
- Location: Km. 67 on the Cusco-Pisac- Urubamba highway.
Another 4-star hotel to keep in mind for your stay in the Sacred Valley are: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay, San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta, Hotel Pisonay Pueblo.
3-Star Hotels in the Sacred Valley
La Casona de Yucay
This is a colonial style hotel located within a venerable, recently remodeled mansion. It is in the pretty little town of Yucay which is close to Urubamba. It is a wonderful place to time-travel and get a glimpse into colonial era life in the Valley.
La Casona de Yucay has 56 rooms and fantastic views of the mountains and the hotel gardens.
You will love the Tika Restaurant where they prepare some of the tastiest food in the Sacred Valley, using ingredients grown right on the property.
- Location: Km. 67 on the Cusco-Pisac- Urubamba highway.
Hotel Royal Inca Pisac
The Royal Inca Hotel Pisac is located just 3 minutes from the Pisac Crtafts Market, and is on the outskirts of Pisac. It is built upon the foundations of an old colonial hacienda. It has all the amenities to assure you a safe and comfortable stay.
The rooms feature rustic style furniture. The rooms are heated and have color TV’s. Some of the rooms even have fireplaces and wonderful views of the mountains and fields.
However, it should be noted that it is not the rooms that stand out the most, but rather the facilities of the Club Royal Inca. It is the only hotel in the Valley that has an indoor Olympic size swimming pool, along with soccer fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, barbecue grills, games for children, and more.
- Location: Pisac.
Other 3-star hotels in the sacred Valley which we recommend: Inti Ñan Hotel, Hotel Hatun Valley, Hotel Tornado Urubamba, Casiopea Villas Sacred Valley, Hotel Villa Urubamba, Villa Higuspucro Valle Sagrado, Kuychi Rumi Bungalows, Casa Colibrí Lodge, Sacred Dreams Lodge, Hotel Mabey Urubamba, Las Casitas del Arco Iris, Madre Tierra Resort.
Air BnB in the Sacred Valley
Air BnB in the Sacred Valley All up and down the Sacred Valley there are a lot of houses, condominiums, and villas that are surrounded by beautiful gardens. These homes and condominiums offer lodging and meals to the traveler through Air BnB. This form of lodging can be found from Pisac to Ollantaytambo.
Economically, an Air BnB is very accessible, but quite often the level of service leaves much to be desired. But it all depends on traveler and whether he prefers a fine hotel which guarantees first class service, or an Air BnB.
If you are planning a trip to Cusco, we recommend that you reserve your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.