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Dream Stay: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Oh, how we wish we could lay our weary heads here: Check out the jaw droppingly-gorgeous JW Marriott El Convento in Cusco, Peru. We know, you wish you were there too. 

The five-star property is one of the city’s newest hotels and it’s located jut two blocks from the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). Built on the site of a 16th century San Agustin Convent, the property was meticulously restored over eight years. So though you have every convenience of a modern hotel, you’ll still see and feel all the history that came before it. 

More than hotel, the 153-room property is basically a museum you can spend the night in. You’ll find pre-Inca walls in some of the guest rooms and archeological and artifact exhibition areas to wander through. There are even daily tours of the convent. 

Pre and post tours (yes, both), you’ll want to check out the Pirqa Restaurant, which serves creative takes on traditional Andean cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss the trout ceviche, the classic lomo saltado, or the causa rellena. After dinner, grab a nightcap at the Qespi Bar. No trip to Peru is complete without a pisco sour!

And because the best way to know a city is to eat your way through it, we suggest signing up for one of the hotel’s many foodie offerings: cooking classes and mixology lessons at the restaurant and bar; dine al fresco with a traditional pachamanca the Scared Valley (a pre-Inca way of cooking that involves baking in an “earth oven”); or take a seasonal culinary tour and handpick crops.

If all the fun leaves you exhausted, don’t worry. Your room has everything you’ve ever wanted: marble bathrooms, plush beddings, stunning views. The rooms even come equipped with oxygen-enrichment systems to help you acclimate! So take a deep breath and relax, it doesn’t get better than this. 

 

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