Marriott have lifted their elite branch, JW Marriott, to new heights with the opening of JW Marriott Cusco, the brand’s first hotel in the heart of the South American Andes.
Perched 11,154 feet above sea level the new landmark hotel offers 153 guest rooms spread across six floors, a signature restaurant, specialty bar and lounge, full-service spa and meeting space for up to 130 guests, all steps away from 13th century historical sites. The hotel itself, built upon the site of the 16th century colonial convent of San Agustin, retains a distinct sense of place with original walls dating back as far as the Inca Empire and exterior columns arranged to stand in their original positions via meticulous GPS mapping.
Despite the aesthetic focus on historical preservation, the JW Marriott Cusco’s guest rooms belong thoroughly to the modern world. Equipped with luxury bedding and the latest technology, including oxygen-enrichment systems available in all rooms upon request these beautifully appointed spaces blend the luxury and local culture into one seamless experience.
A similar hybrid can be found in both the hotel’s main restaurant, Pirqa (the Inca word for “wall”), serving modern Peruvian cuisine in a setting inspired by Inca’s ancient architecture, and the Quespi Bar where pisco sours reign supreme. In addition, the adjacent Nina Soncco Lounge offers dining alongside a cozy fireplace while The Spa at JW Marriott Cusco, inspired by the Inca calendar and their ancient rituals, offers traditional treatments such as the Andrean Mud Wrap and Anta Situwai Purification Massage.
“As the new anchor in luxury accommodations in the Cusco Historic District, JW Marriott Cusco showcases the rich culture of this globally renowned destination, delivering the comfort, elegance and service that luxury travelers associate with the JW Marriott brand,” said general manager Heinz Prelle.
And with JW Marriott Cusco located a mere three hour train ride from Seven-Wonders-of-the-World member, Machu Picchu, while boasting all of the above and more, we are inclined to agree.