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We keep saying you'll find the best deals at a newly opened hotel, and here's a case in point. Having opened only a year ago, the JW Marriott Cusco is still a little under-the-radar in this highly trafficked travelers' town. As a result, rates at the five-star luxury hotel are going for decidedly un-luxurious prices.
Advance reservation rates (made at least 15 days in advance) in November start at $225. Even more tempting is a $259 per night package that includes accommodations in a "Classic Inca Room," breakfast buffet for two at Pirqa Restaurant, a $30 spa credit per stay, and an oxygen system activated in room. Usually the oxygen costs extra - and, given the altitude in Cusco, you'll probably want it.
At an altitude of 1,154 feet above sea level, the JW Marriott Cusco is the highest property in the world for the hotel brand. The 153-room property was built on the grounds of a colonial monastery, and features original pre-Inca walls. More than 3,000 pieces of ancient ruins and artifacts, including ancient Killke structures and the remains of a ceremonial burial, were uncovered during the excavation process prior to the hotel's construction - visitors can see them in a specially created 900-square-foot showroom. If you want to learn more about the building's history and renovation, you can join one of the free tours that leave every evening from the front desk at 6 p.m.
The hotel also has an on-site spa and a ground-floor library stocked with a selection of literature that ranges from classic novels to historical tomes. You can dine on modern Peruvian cuisine at the on-site Pirqa restaurant and sample a pisco sour at the Qespi Bar. The JW Marriott Cusco is steps away from the Main Square, the Cusco Cathedral, San Blas Neighborhood, and the Indian Market - and just a train ride from Macchu Picchu.