Hotel or museum? At the J.W. Marriott El Convento Cusco, it can be hard to tell the difference. Built atop Inca ruins and centered around a 16th-century convent, this luxury lodging features two exhibition halls full of historic artifacts, as well as an ambiance that transports you back to the legendary past of the Inca empire.
Situated less than one block from Cuzco’s famous Plaza de Armas, the Marriott offers its guests a luxury experience unmatched in all the Andes. Arcaded passageways, original Inca stonework, marble bathrooms, plush bedding: the hotel’s décor captures the opulence of colonial Peru at the height of its splendor. Whether you’re enjoying a pisco sour in the hotel bar or touring the grounds to soak in the building’s history, you’ll see immediately why Condé Nast Traveler made the Marriott one of its Top Ten Hotels in South America for 2015.