Luxury hotel brand JW Marriott is opening its first property in Peru, the JW Marriott Cusco.
This October luxe hotelier JW Marriott is opening a 153-room hotel in Cusco, at an altitude of 11,154 ft (3,399 m) above sea level. Cusco is Peru’s most popular tourist destination given its proximity to Machu Picchu, a world-renowned archaeological Inca site. Machu Picchu was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1980s.
Other nearby landmarks include the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca sites of Kenko, Puca Pucara and the market towns of Pisac and Chincheros.
The hotel facilities will also include a fitness center and a 3,300 square foot (306 square meter) spa with dry saunas, steam rooms and a relaxation pool. The hotel will include an in-room supplementary oxygen system to alleviate altitude adjustments.
The number of tourists visiting Peru continues to grow, with a reported increase of around 11 percent over the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. Cusco, one of the favorite tourist destinations is to get a new airport, expected to be ready by 2017, as announced by the government in July.
The region is also attracting more luxury hotels. Such is the case of the Palacio Nazarenas, a 55-suite hotel offering a spa and an outdoor pool which opened this June. The Aranwa boutique hotel, a restored colonial building, opened in 2010, offers rooms equipped with intelligent oxygen system, gardens and a soon-to-open spa.