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Reviewed 5 December 2012

if you want a place with character, great views, and quiet, choose El Balcon. It has a great breakfast and we loved the staff. We had some problems with hot water one night, and a poor tv connection another, but just telling them meant it would be fixed and that means everything. The travel agency associated with it, Green Peru Adventures, can offer you great advice and we found Roland to be very knowledgeable and honest about what we could expect and what he recommended. The view from El Balcon is great, it's like living in a garden and museum, quite lovely! We did have an issue with the price creeping up but pointing it out fixed that, just a warning.

Room Tip: top floor has best views but there are a few more stairs
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank lee3nan
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

I highly recommend this hotel in Cusco. The site is beautiful. The staff is super accomodating. Prices are slightly higher for the area, but worth it for what you get. A staff member of the hotel met my flight and picked me up from the airport to get me to the hotel. They had a full breakfast included each day with all day tea service (Mate de Coca for altitude ease). Dinner was also available if one wanted. I loved everything about my stay there!

Room Tip: We had the Premium Family room which was 2 rooms with 3 beds total for $145 per night. This gave us a little privacy.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Alex K
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

I stayed here twice on work trips and was always very happy - the rooms are large and the balcony setting atmospheric - I wouldn´t recommend it for families with toddlers though.
The breakfast is very good, but even better is the room it is served in - a great place to also chat or even work in the evenings.
Since there are only a few rooms it can fill up easily, but that also means that the hotel never seems crowded.
It is in a hidden steep street - away from the noise in the centre, but easy to get to the main square on foot only a few blocks down.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

What a great place. Minutes away from the Center of town, but yet totally peaceful. What a fantastic view of the city from the balcony . Friendly and very helpful staff for whatever questions we had. Good food. A beautiful garden, very nicely decorated rooms and comfortable beds. They stored our luggage for free and we could travel light to Machu Pichu and other places, but we always came back to our "home away from home". I highly recommend this place!

Room Tip: Beautiful panoramic views from the upstairs balcony rooms
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank karnds123
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

El Balcon is so fantastic, they collect you from the airport for free, have free wifi and a yummy fresh breakfast. The rooms are clean, big, comfy and really colonial feeling with hot, powerful showers and safes.

The location is great, close to the Plaza das Armas and its balcony has stunning panoramic views over all of Cusco. Get a bottle of Cusquena beer and watch the sun go down!

They also have a travel office who are really helpful and great for booking day excursions with as well as a very cheap laundry for all your rank clothes after the Inca trail!!

Hostel really doesn’t sum up El Balcon, it’s much more than that, except for the price which is so cheap! I really can’t recommend it enough.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank L_Austin_2017
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