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Ninos Hotel Meloc
Ranked #26 of 171 Hotels in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 February 2009

Short story: I want to live at Niños.
Long story: We are pretty strict budget travelers, and there are some real deals to be found in Cusco. However, I was playing around on the internet more than a year before we even booked our tickets to Peru, and I came across the Niños site. I knew that even though it was at the top end of our budget, when we went to Peru, we would stay there. The fact that the extra tiny bit of money that we were paying was going to go to an amazing cause, and that was even before we got there and saw this place in person. It is one of the most charming places I've ever been in my life. It is simple, stylish and ... well, it's just perfection. We stayed in a smaller room and used the shared bathroom, which I would recommend to anyone. The shared bathrooms are immaculate at all times, as is the rest of the hotel. Great hot water and water pressure, which wasn't always the case at other hotels we stayed at in Peru. The bed was comfortable and warm, with good linens and great pillows.
And the staff, oh, the staff. They are outstanding—easily the friendliest group we met anywhere. They were eager to help, always kind and friendly and accommodating. We ended up spending extra days in Cusco because we liked it so much. We're usually of the mindset of "a hotel is just a place to sleep," but Niños gave us a whole new perspective. Nights by the fire with a book, some tea and some cookies are an especially fond memory, as are the delicious breakfasts.
If you stay here, take the time to go visit the Niños Project—just ask at the front desk and it can be arranged. It's a touching experience and it gives you a great understanding of the difficulties that so many children in Peru face. It's an impression that will never fade.
I can't recommend Niños highly enough—I would actually make a trip back to Cusco specifically to spend more time at this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2009

Our family of 4 stayed at Ninos 2 for our first 5 days in Cusco. We booked a quadruple room directly thru the hotel's website/email.

Basically, this is a nice, clean 2-star hotel with outstanding service and friendly staff. Rooms surround a lovely open-air courtyard. The location is a bit far from the main tourist area, but with cab rides at less than a dollar, who cares?

Our room was spacious and clean (comfortable beds), but a bit spartan, with little storage space and only one electrical outlet. It got a little bit cold at night, and though there were plenty of blankets to keep you warm in bed, the little space heater provided didn't do much to warm the room. We were there in the summer, so it wasn't bad, but I'm not sure I would want to stay here in the winter!

The good:

plenty of hot water - almost too hot!
excellent free wifi internet
friendly and helpful staff
cheap same-day laundry service

The not-so-good:

rooms a little drafty and cold at night
noisy floorboards, poor sound insulation
a bit expensive for the room quality.

The noise was probably the biggest issue for us - very creaky floorboards mean you can hear everyone moving around. Also, you hear the doorbell ring every time somebody wants to come into the hotel. The hotel was only half full when we were there, so it could be worse during the peak season.

Still, not a bad option in Cusco.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 January 2009

We stayed here just for 1 night. We booked a double room, but we were given a room with 3 beds on check-in (Amilcar room). The room was very spacious and the beds were comfortable. There was a heater provided to warm up the room, and we didn't have any issues with the hot water.

The location is great - very central to the main plaza. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I'd recommend this hotel for an overnight stay in Cusco (especially given the low price).

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2009

We stayed at the Ninos Hotel (on Calle Meloc) for 3 nights (2 before the Inca Trail, 1 after). We absolutely loved this place. It was probably the best place we stayed at our entire vacation. The rooms were clean and cozy and they provide you with a heater which makes it nice and toasty. (And yes, there is running hot water). It is also within walking distance to many things in the center of town.

The staff are so nice and helpful. They assisted us with contacting tour guides and a ride to the airport when our scheduled car didn't arrive. The food in their little cafe is good and very reasonably priced. They also sell bottled water and sodas for you to take. The laundry service is also very good and Ninos can lend you a hair dryer if you didn't pack one. They will also store your luggage while you go trekking.

It was so wonderful to come back to this place after being in the woods for 4 days. It was like coming home.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 December 2008

All the positive things people have to say are true. We loved Ninos. The rooms are cozy and clean. The staff is polite and helpful. The courtyard is beautiful and a wonderful place to relax with a book or take in breakfast. The food was very good and reasonably priced (only had breakfast). We had laundry done twice while there, and they did a great job for a very reasonable price (s/4 per kilo if I recall correctly). Oh, and they have a book exchange, which is think is a great touch. Be quick, though...I saw a book I liked but wasn't quite done with the one I was currently reading...when I went back a few hours later, it was gone! We didn't have problems with noise like others mentioned, but then we came ready with earplugs and it was low season, so the hotel was not full. Honestly, the only negative I can think of was that our shower curtain wasn't big enough to wrap all the way around, so we had a very wet bathroom on more than one occasion. This was minor, though. I highly recommend Ninos. Is it a luxury hotel? Certainly not. But, for $40 US/night, it's an amazing value. And you are supporting a wonderful cause to boot. Don't pass this place up!

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2008

Ninos Dos was wonderful. The rooms were clean and cheery, and the people working there were great. We were greeted with coca tea (much appreciated) and immediately fell in love with the serene courtyard, where you can order and eat breakfast and lunch. We also loved the story behind the Ninos Hotels and that they are working for such a good cause. There was a pleasant stream of kids coming in and out all day, and you could hear the sounds of happy kids in the back, private portion of the hotel. The one downside is that, especially on the weekend, it can be quite loud back there. I hate to even call it a downside because it sounds like everyone is having such a good time. But the good times started early, so sleeping in was not an option. No biggie. We were in Cusco; we had lots to see anyway.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2008

safe, secure, very clean rooms. all for a very reasonable price.

book ahead as rooms fill up very fast. service was excellent and the staff very helpful. be aware that rooms on the first floor are accessed only by steps so if you are older then may need help with your luggage.

taxis all know ninos hotel one and two which makes it easy to return to at night.

  • Stayed: November 2006
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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:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Cusco
#15 Romantic Hotel in Cusco
#17 Family Hotel in Cusco
Price Range: £36 - £42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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