A place where history meets modern, the JW Marriott El Covento Cusco is as fascinating as it is beautiful. Rich in history, the hotel has been built on ancient Incan ruins and the building was once a 16th-century convent. Staying here is like staying inside of a museum. The original Incan walls comprise the lower levels of the hotel and some of the rooms even have views of the original Incan wall from the window. The hotel also offers daily group tours of the San Agustín Convent and the two hallways that feature Peruvian artifacts!
The service was unlike anywhere else I’ve ever stayed. Every person we encountered was super friendly, genuine and helpful. They went above and beyond to search and find a power adapter for my laptop after mine blew up!
Chandelier with 65,000 Swarovski crystals symbolizing the sun hangs at the front desk area upon arrival.
The original floor of the San Agustín Convent is located in the lobby area.
Rooms featured cozy and warm earth tones with modern elements throughout, as well as stunning views of Cusco rooftops from all of the windows.
Huge perk: All of the rooms are equipped with a supplementary oxygen system available upon request for only $20 USD per room, per day. It’s well worth it as you will surely experience the effects of high altitude sickness upon arrival. The oxygen in our room made all the difference and provided us with a good night’s sleep.
Who needs a spa when you have one in your hotel room?! The bathrooms made quite an impression with marble and granite touches and powerful rain showers. But they do also have a gorgeous spa on the property.
The hotel features Piraq restaurant for fine dining and Qespi Bar for drinks and breakfast.
The breakfast bar was one of the best I’ve encountered in South American hotels with tons of choices of juices, cold and warm dishes with cold cuts meat/cheeses, fresh baked breads and yummy pastries. My favorite was the Egg Station, where you can order eggs any which way you like.
We dined at the hotel’s elegant fine dining restaurant which featured excellent food and service. The ingredients were fresh, and every dish had a local touch. Michael, our server was so warm and friendly as well as knowledgable. He even helped us visualize the ingredients in our meals by bringing out a sample of the corns and spices used. Pictured below is the lamb dish slow cooked over 48 hours and the Peruvian drink, Chicha morada, a sweet beverage made from purple corn along with a kernel for good luck!
Located just a 5 minute walk from the historic Plaza de Armas square, the JW Marriott is situated in an ideal location.
The best way to get to Cusco is with LAN Airlines via the city of Lima. Tip: grab a window seat! This was one of the most scenic flights I’ve ever taken. The mountains of Peru are simply breathtaking. Flying with LAN is an efficient and smooth way to get around South America, as the airline is timely, the service is great and all of the planes we boarded felt fresh and new.
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Dame Traveler was invited as a guest by LAN Airlines and JW Marriott Cusco. All opinions are my own.