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Ninos Hotel Meloc
Ranked #21 of 165 Hotels in Cusco
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3 hotel reviews
“Excellent staff”
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Good value for money. Staff is really helpful. Stayed before and after visit to machupicchu, two different rooms,both ok. 3 breakfast options beginning great and adding eggs yoghurts at each level.
Unlocked storagearea available, good free wifi. Doors/windows are somewhat thin so don't expected complete silence.
Main entrance locked all times, quick response when using doorbell.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Best hotel in Peru by miles.

Fantastic rooms. Excellent staff. Really good food. When our bus to Bolivia was cancelled (at 2am), they let us in without a booking, and put us in a taxi round to their other hotel which had space.

Stay here!!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

I knew this would be my favourite hotel long before I even got here just based on the premise behind this place but once we arrived it was a bonus to find that it's actually a gorgeous hotel with lovely airy and clean and stylishly decorated rooms. A woman named Jolanda was so overcome by the plight of the street kids in Cusco while on holiday there in 1996 that she quit her job, sold everything she owned and came back to Peru on a mission to help these kids. She eventually ended up looking after 12 boys and because she wanted to be less dependent on donations she started this hotel. There are now 2 hotels and restaurants and it's all not for profit. I honestly would have been happy to sleep on the floor in order to support this place but it truly is gorgeous. The courtyard is a beautiful sanctuary to sit in, the hotel is in a great location (about a 5 minute walk to Plaza de Armas) and the restaurant here is amazing. The best food I have eaten anywhere. Fresh and delicious and everything is amazing value. Don't even consider staying anywhere else in Cusco. And please spend as much money here as possible or better still leave a donation if you are able to. Staff are also all really friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: I looked at most of them and they are all equally gorgeous. Just depends on if you want to be upstai...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

This was an excellent hotel in a quiet part of Cuzco not far from the Plaza de Armes and good restaurants. My wife and I stayed here for a few days using it as a base to go to Machu Picche and Puerto Maldonado in Amazonia. This hotel is beautifully appointed in a tasteful Spanish style (the usual door in the wall opening to a lovely court), moreover the proceeds of this hotel (there is a Ninos 2 so ask for Ninos 1) supports the care of orphans and the rooms have their names. Rooms are large, well-decorated with comfortable beds, heating and good bathrooms with plenty of hot water. Continental breakfast in the nice dining room is excellent and other meals can be purchased at a good price. Staff were friendly and very helpful, especially with getting taxis (can be a problem elsewhere so ask the cost of the fare first). We had a great stay with breakfast for under $US 50 for a double! They were most efficient as we were dropping in and out during our stay. For a great visit to Machu Picchu, this is the place to stay and also take a walk to the Plaza de Armes and then turn right down Av el sol to Inca Connections travel (on the right)..they are the best for this trip (hola Mercedes!)

Room Tip: Upstair is best...the buildings are old and have wooden floors so don't walk too heavily
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

I booked this hotel based on a recommendation by a friend who had visited two years prior. He had nothing negative to report, and once he explained the philanthropic nature of the hotel, I booked it immediately.
We went to Peru in August to hike the Inca Trail. Ninos Hotel accommodates hikers regularly, and is set up to store luggage while you're gone for the length of the hike (for us, 4 days). The hotel is quaint and has a no-frills quality, but is perfect for this sort of trip. The hotel was spotless, and our rooms were restocked regularly. We didn't have to harass the front desk for anything.
We loved the hotel's restaurant; so much so that we decided to eat breakfast here regularly and we also chose to dine here for some dinners. There were a couple of periods of the day when we were lucky enough to see the children who were there to be fed and organized for school. Depending on which room you are in, you will have a chance to hear them playing in the part of the hotel which is inaccessible to guests. We had five in our group, so we had a total of three rooms. Two of them faced the courtyard where the children played, and the other was completely out of earshot of the children's squeals. For those of you who would be bothered by the noise, simply ask for a room out of earshot - they exist.
The hotel is a ten minute walk from the main square, so you can get away from the tourist traps and noises of late-night debauchery. There is a market within a five minute walk away, and if you like to cab it, the hotel will arrange it for you.
The front desk is very friendly. The only warning I have is to make sure that if you plan to pay for anything in American dollars or if you plan to exchange money in Peru, bring crisp, clean bills. They will not take anything torn, worn, or slightly marked. Several years ago, a counterfeit bill scheme arose which endangered the bank's integrity in producing legitimate bills, so they are very cautious about accepting foreign bills. Ask your bank for clean, new bills if possible. We knew this beforehand and still ran into trouble when exchanging money and paying for goods/services. Of course, this is not a complaint against the hotel. They have to scrutinize the bills to make sure the bank doesn't reject the money they receive from guests. It also helps to familiarize yourself with Peruvian soles so you can identify counterfeit bills and avoid getting scammed yourself. We did not encounter this.
Another caveat is that Cuzco is known for running out of water at times. We had heard this from the locals, but we didn't believe it until it happened, only once, for us at the hotel. I don't know if Ninos is situated away from the problem, or if it isn't really that big of a deal, but if you hear about it, know that we only experienced it once.
If you book this hotel, know that you are getting a great deal, a wonderful home-away-from-home, and most importantly, you're supporting the unfortunate children of Cuzco who are lucky enough to have encountered a woman who started these hotels to offer them food, education, and medical care. If I ever return to Cuzco, I will book Ninos again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2012

Ninos 1 (there are 2) We stayed two nights at this hotel once before machu picchu and once after and we were given the same room. The location is a walk from the square and as you arrive you may wonder if you are in the right place but when you get inside you will be pleasantly surprised - shabbychic charm.

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- hotel has a cause, if you have take the tour of the program they are running. It is not a "sell" at all and really is a great story
- service was good, we mistakenly overpaid the first night when we returned they gave it back.
- the front door is locked visitors must use doorbell to get in
- wifi is good (in courtyard, can be sketchy in the rooms)
- food was above average. Loved the pumpkin soup, coffee, coca tea on arrival (made with leaves not a bag), and great cookies.
- room was big enough and clean. They provide towels and soap

Cons
- no hairdryer (wasn't even available at the front desk, we were tol it was at the other Ninos.
- walk not particularly safe at night to the square
- we were told the restaurant would be open at 6 but on both days up until 6:15 was not open
- only one pillow, you can ask for a second. Beds are hard as well.
- we had cold water one day at night and the am but the second visit was fine.
- noisy because of street noise make sure to close your window if you are a light sleeper and facing the street. (request a room not facing the road perhaps)

  • Stayed January 2012
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East Meadow, New York
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

This was the last stop on our Peru adventure, and I was very surprised by how much we got for so little (I don't think we payed more than $50) and it all went to charity. I loved the courtyard! Perfect place to take in the afternoon sun, have some tea and catch up w the outside would on the free wifi or just read a book. Our room was simple, but it was surprisingly large, the bathroom was rather larger for Peru, clean and you could tell it was recently done in a modest manner. I could see how staying on the street side would be noisy but we faced the courtyard and had no problems. As far as taking a shower the water situation wasn't like it is in my house in the US, but I never expected it to be, the water heaters just don't heat as many gallons as Americans are used to in most parts of the world I've been to.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ninos Hotel Meloc
Address: Calle Meloc, 442 | 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cusco 051, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Cusco
#15 Romantic Hotel in Cusco
#17 Family Hotel in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ninos Hotel Meloc 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All profits generated by Ninos Hotel go the Ninos Unidos Peruanos Foundation that provides food and education to up to 600 underprivileged children of Cusco. As a guest of our hotel, you can visit the foundation premises everyday and make extra donation if you wish. Our hotel is situated close to the Main square, called Plaza de Armas. We offer you a great variety of meals and beverages that you can enjoy in our beautiful colonial patio. You can also enjoy the city center with it's museums, restaurants, bars and many touristic highlights. Our hotel will keep your luggage in a safe place during your trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, etc. ... more   less 
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