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The World’s 10th Best Hotel is a Bargain on Points

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The TripAdvisor Top 25 hotels list just came out (thanks, George) and it’s full of the usual suspects: Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and a collection of independent hotels. In other words, fork out the cash.

With one exception, #10: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Then I noticed it’s an SPG Category 5, meaning for as low as 48,000 Starpoints you could have a 5 night vacation in a World’s Top 10 hotel.

The downside: You’ve got to get to Cusco, Peru. Fortunately, award flights on LAN are pretty easy to come by as it’s a Oneworld partner, meaning you can book via American Airlines, USAirways, or Avios.

Would you fly to Peru for Tambo del Inka (and Maccu Picchu)? Have you been? Please share in the comments.

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17 thoughts on “The World’s 10th Best Hotel is a Bargain on Points

  1. Kenny

    There is also good award availability to CUZ using United miles, and you can put together a ridiculously cool trip by positioning to Mexico/Caribbean first.

    Like U.S.-Costa Rica on Southwest, Costa Rica-Cuzco(stopover)-Guayaquil(destination)-Cancun for 20K United miles total, Cancun-U.S. on Southwest or using Avios.

  2. ucipass

    That hotel is really nice, one of the best I have stayed at (perhaps the Conrad Tokyo or the Park Hyatt Sydney are nicer overall). I actually spent 3 days there relaxing before going up to Machu Picchu. It is the perfect place to get used to the high altitude (lower than Cusco). Food prices are very high and you can go outside to eat somewhere. BUT I got a nasty food poisoning from outside food, so be careful where you eat.
    Service here is AMAZING!

    1. Paul

      Thanks for the review – looks a reasonably decent place. Just booked three nights next year on our way to Machu Picchu and our Galapagos cruise – 12K is a great value considering I was just about to book the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas property in Cusco (number 5 on the TA list) at $600/night (which, to be fair, seems a lot nicer than the Inka).

      Gritti Palace Venice is on that top 25 list (#16) and is another SPG property – a decent deal @ 30K/nt – but they only seem to release award rooms a few days in advance so very hard to plan.

  3. Laura

    On one of my work trips to Lima, Peru, I booked a long weekend to Cusco on a budget. Be careful where you book. The hotel I stayed at turned off the heat at 10pm every night. I had to put on every piece of clothing I had with me and I still froze. I’ve been traveling for 15 years much on miles/points and this was one of the worst choices I have made.

    This SPG Hotel looks amazing!

  4. Trevor

    I totally want to go to see Maccu Pichu, and that seems like a good value for the points (SPG), but I’m not sure I would travel someplace just for the hotel… I haven’t done that in like 6 months! (lol).

    Looking at the link, I was awfully surprised that 2 in the 25 were in Cuzco, and a further 2 in the top 25 were in Mauritius. Not surprisingly, I think 3 were in the Maldives and I lost count of how many were in UAE.

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  6. PedroNY

    Great find, thank you for posting! I was reading that list and couldn’t find a single hotel that can be used on points — it’s great that you found this one.



  7. Sheila

    My family visited in 2010. It is by far the best trip we have taken so far. We stayed at Tambo del Inka on points, flew there on miles using BA Avios. We did the Inca trail in 4 days. My 2 daughters age 10 and 13 at the time still talk about this trip. I was a little worried whether it would be too difficult for them. They loved it! Spent 2 days in Cuzco, 4 days Inca Trail, 1 day recovery, 4 days Amazon jungle and one day in Lima. Love, love, love Peru!!

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