We stayed here for 3 nights total (1 before Machu Picchu and 2 after), and were lucky to get the penthouse room for all 3 (I think room #24?). We were considering other hotels closer to the main square for about $100 a night but I'm glad we chose this place instead.
- Great location. Just a 5 minute walk from the main square. Others mentioned that it was an uphill walk but honestly it only starts turning uphill towards the very end 1/2 block - the rest is mostly flat or just a slight slope that isn't bad at all. The San Blas area is quite charming and has restaurants, shops, etc.
- Cheap. We paid $60/night.
- Nice staff. The staff was both helpful and very friendly to us.
- Clean. Both bedroom and bathroom were very clean.
- Penthouse room was spacious and had great views. There were 2 beds - 1 single, 1 double/queen as well as a little chair/sitting area in the corner. Lots of windows offering great views both in the day and night. No idea how other rooms compare.
- Free breakfast was fruit with yoghurt and cereal grains on top (tasty) + your choice of eggs.
- We didn't have any issue with noise from other rooms but maybe the ground floor rooms are worse?
- Free coca tea. And you can buy bottled water from the front desk (small or big bottles) at a decent price which was convenient.
- For the penthouse room, be aware that there are some steep stairs to get up to the room after going through the front door. Gets a little tricky with luggage but the staff helped us with luggage most of the time and I'm sure they would help if you asked.
- Can get a little cold in the rooms if it's a chilly night. You need to pay $3 a night extra for a small space heater which only works OK. We only had 1 night where we really needed the heater and took the covers from the other bed as well. The other 2 nights were OK without a heater but the weather was only mild.
We did also use their laundry service which was an OK price and convenient.
All in all i would definitely stay here again but would of course request the penthouse room since I'm assuming it's one of the nicer ones.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two blocks away from the main plaza in the hearth of the ancient district of San Blas. Colonial-style house with gardens and the best views of the city. Friendly and professional staff, confortable rooms and yummy included breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amaru Hostal Cusco
- Amaru Hostal Hotel Cusco