Mama Simona Hostel is cute and quaint. It has a very homestyle comfortable feeling and is located on a quieter street within 5-7 minutes walking distance from the Main Square. The staff are extremely polite and helpful (from arranging for a taxi to assisting with local phone calls). They are also very hard-working as the communal areas and washroom are always clean. For the four of us, the rooms we stayed in pre-Inca Trek were 2 private bedrooms. Both rooms and bathrooms were spacious and clean. Post-Inca Trek we stayed in 2 bunk-bed rooms. Again relatively spacious and very clean. The added bonus was that all the beds were comfortable with warm duvet covers too. I wasn't expecting that for a hostel! However, the water pressure for the showers is a bit weak but there is hot water. I tried to avoid showering between the typical 10pm-12am, which worked out well for me.
The free daily breakfast consists of bread with jam/butter, and a fresh juice. Coca tea available all the time from the dining room as well as the lounge. For an additional 3.50 sols you can also get an omelette or a hot ham with cheese sandwich. We tried both and they were delicious. We also noticed that the kitchen is for communal use for lunch and dinner times. It looked a little small but everything including the fridge looked very clean and well-organized. I encourage other travellers to make use of the kitchen as it can sure save a lot of money and time. Or maybe meet new friends, cook together?
But for dining out, we really recommend eating at Kushka..Fe Cafe Restaurante, Inka Grill, Limo and Jack's Cafe. All are within walking distance from Mama Simona Hostel.
Nothing about Mama Simona Hostel made us uncomfortable or unhappy during our stay. We were very satisfied and glad to have chosen this place. We will happily recommend to others, too!
One tidbit that sort of annoyed me however, is the lady from the travel agency within Mama Simona Hostel. She seemed very pushy with her tour packages and the prices are clearly way more expensive. Just be sure to do your research, first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel is named after the sacred peak Mama Simona – the only female mountain deity among twelve others surrounding Cusco. Mama Simona Hostel is like a good conversation over a cup of coca tea rather than a wild party; a comfortable and welcoming refuge away from the standard “just-another-hostel” kind of place; simple wooden furniture and lots of room rather than cramped kitschy interiors. Staying with Mama Simona is like being invited into the warmth of a Peruvian home. ... more less
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