Located in Cusco’s historic center, this former monastery is now a 5-star hotel.


This exquisite building was constructed in 1592 and taken over by the Spanish six years later, and it became the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. A Baroque-style chapel was added to the building during the reconstruction after an earthquake caused severe damage in 1650. It wasn’t until 1965 that it was turned into a hotel, and today it’s protected as a national historic landmark. It is a highlight among Peru travel accommodations.


Roaming the hotel is like stepping back in time. Spanish Arms Escutcheon and the image of Bishop Monsignor Juan Serricolea y Olea grace the stones of the entrance door. Grand stone archways line the building. Furnishings and doors with intricate carvings and heavy metalwork abound.

Rooms are furnished in a combination of colonial and modern styles. Beautiful wood furnishings, antique artwork and timeless marble baths envelop you in luxury. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the city or overlook the cobblestone courtyard complete with a 300-year-old cedar tree and lush gardens.

Monasterio hotel room

The hotel is home to two intimate, fine-dining restaurants. One features international cuisine for dinner while the other offers Mediterranean-style breakfast and lunches. For those on the go, there’s a deli with artisan pastries and bread filled with meats and cheeses. Relax and unwind in front of the fireplace after an activity-filled day in the Lobby Bar. Sample a local favorite: pisco—liquor distilled from local grapes.

One of our favorite Peru travel accommodations, Hotel Monasterio is a romantic retreat with old-world charm, while still offering modern services and amenities. And, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the local landmarks such as the Temple of the Sun, the cathedral at the Plaza de Armas and Inca ruins.

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