Arrival Experience: Located in Aguas Calientes, where trains bring travelers to the famed Native American ruins, Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel has an admirable position as the closest bus stop to the bottom of the mountain. As a result, it is a formidable alternative to the more expensive Sanctuary Hotel atop the mountain. Many passengers booking the Inca Rail experience opt to stay at this partner hotel, which organizes transfers to and from the train station and bus rides up the mountain. The modern lobby is swanky with Peruvian design appeal. Modern artistic accents mark the lounge area and bar, which face the gushing river across the road.
Dining: The main restaurant serves three meals a day, and many rates include all meals. Breakfast is typically served buffet style while lunch and dinner are offered a la carte. The menu is notably Peruvian, and the culinary team has their own spin on local ceviche and pisco sour recipes. In fact, guests can attend cooking demonstrations for these dishes. A complimentary afternoon tea takes place in the mezzanine foyer where guests can sip coca tea to quell any altitude sickness and fresh cakes.
Accommodations: In the modern guest rooms, tiled floors and cream-colored walls mark the bright spaces. Wooden headboards on king or queen beds and area rugs that match the colorful alpaca bed throws are pleasant touches. Free wireless high speed Internet, flat-screen cable TVs, mosquito protection, and small sitting areas are in all rooms. Family rooms add third beds in corner nooks rather than less comfortable rollaways or sofa beds. Bathrooms have modern above-counter bowl sinks, a nice stash of basic toiletries, excellent lighting and vanity space (rare in this town). Suites up the ante with living space and amenities, and river-facing rooms are among the most popular. Many have their own terraces from which to survey the activity and hear the gushing water as they slumber.
Amenities: The fully equipped Aqlla Spa tempts guests with massage and beauty treatments using local products s. A whirlpool, steam room and sauna are also available. Pets are not allowed here. Room service is always an option, but connecting rooms are not. This full-service hotel is the best in town and competes fiercely with the Sanctuary atop the mountain. While it does not have immediate access to Machu Picchu, it does provide closer proximity to the train station and active main valley town that many tourists prefer. It is advisable to book a visit to Machu Picchu from Cusco or the Sacred Valley directly with Inca Rail to score discounted rates here and for the entire packaged visit.