Unaytambo is an historical building on an original Inca site which means that a.o. the entry door is original top quality Inca masonry. That is pretty cool. Also the rooms are still very much displaying the original old construction, wooden roof beams etc. Therefore the hotel is very atmospheric.
This however also means there are many steps and thresholds that can make you stumble, and that the wooden flooring sqeaks rather loudly when you walk on it at night. Also there are not enough power sockets for the modern mobile traveller who needs to charge all of his ipads, -pods and -phones overnight. This could easily be remedied by providing an extension cord in each room. The bathrooms are modern but rather small. There is electric heating in the rooms for the cold Cusco nights and mornings.
The service levels are very good, taxis booked come in time, have a decent safe car and the price agreed is actually also charged. Nataly also managed to get us a late reservation at the restaurant Chicha by Gaston which was pretty special. The breakfast is simple but ok, eggs are included, and it starts already at 5.30 which is handy for those going to Machu Picchu. They have water, beer and Inca Kola (which tastes like bubble gum) for a nominal price.
Wifi is included and fast, but there is not reception in every room. It was Ok in luxury room 203 but not in room 207. In room 207 we were also bothered by some street noise in the middle of the night, not so much in 203 but that may have been a coincidence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Unaytambo, meaning in Quechua "Ancient Resting Place" a doorway to the history and culture of traditional Cusco, located on one of the city's principal streets next to Qorikancha "The Temple of the Sun" where inca walls remind us of the greatness of our ancestors, chowing the whole world the richness and history of our Imperial City. ... more less
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