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“A good base in Cusco”
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Amaru Hostal
Ranked #35 of 171 Hotels in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 July 2014

My wife and I stayed in the Amaru Hostal while traveling in and out of Cusco during our June trip (high season) to Cusco, the nearby Sacred alley, Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu. The hotel is in the colorful San Blas neighborhood, which is 4 blocks above the main Plaza del Armas. The streets leading to the hotel are narrow and cobbled and very charming with lots of eating/drinking options (e.g. Cicciolina for Italian food, or Museo de Pisco, for… pisco, and food), as well as shopping venues. The hotel itself is very colonial, pretty simple, but clean and comfortable. They offer Matte the coca all day for free (not a very tasty version of this drink, but it helps when you are out of air at the first few days), laundry services, and they will keep your luggage when you go out on excursions. We made a reservation at first for three nights, then left to travel in the Sacred valley coming back for one night (since the Amaru Hostal I was fully booked they deferred us to the Amaru II, which is two blocks away and similarly charming, and moved our luggage there to wait for us), then we went on a track for 3 days and came back for one last night at the Amaru I, again meeting our luggage waiting for us. Everybody in the Amaru spoke good English, were very helpful with information, with suggestion for travel agencies , places to eat, cab prices etc. and made the place a fantastic base in Cusco. If I visit Cusco again, we will definitely return to the Amaru Hostal.
A comment about reservations: you can contact the hostal directly and save yourself $10 a night by not using booking.com
One down side was the wifi, which you could get good reception of only around the lobby, relatively rarely in the room itself. Not that it mattered that much.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Great location, room size and quality varies greatly. Stay one - double room had three beds and no closets/dresser, awkward. Stay two - single room had an enormous bed and changing room, luxurious! Some rooms have really nice bathrooms, some have simple shower stalls. Ground floor rooms can be a bit noisy. Views of the garden and mountains beyond are amazing. Plenty of heat, hot water depending on time of day and number of people using at same time. Breakfast is good, nice pleasant service. You might have to climb to get to the hotel if you arrive in a van not a car as the cobbled hill it's on is very narrow. Lots of personality and flavor!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

If you like originality, Amaru Hotel offers a beautiful setting and very close to the Plaza de Armas. The hotel is an old colonial home, so the rooms vary immensely. When our group stayed at the hotel, my husband and I accessed our room by climbing 10 steps and then arrived in a spacious bedroom that overlooked the mountains and city. Others in our group had other type of rooms. There are two lobbies to sit and relax, if it's warm enough. Breakfast included eggs, rolls, juice, coffee or tea, fruit, all tasting very good. The heat is turned off in the afternoon until 7:00 p.m., and again after 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Plenty of warm blankets keep the patron toasty, and the bed was very comfortable. The one drawback was that only cold water was available in the sink, but the shower had hot water. The Amaru is an older hotel, so you must appreciate the ambiance and accept it's shortcomings.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank traveler59012
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This was a great stay, and it was very comfortable, but we were expecting a hostel, not a hotel! There was no sort of community kitchen or common room, really, but I guess that you can say that we were pleasantly surprised. We just wished that it had been advertised in a different way. The beds were very comfortable, there were good showers, they had a decent breakfast, and it was in a great location. The wifi was pretty sketchy and not effective, but it didn't affect my family and I too much. Also, the "hostel" controls the heat in the rooms, which was fine, but it wasn't always great. One tip: I advise one not to go to Cusco during the month of June. It is crazy. There are tons of parades and such going on all month, and there's music and (really loud) fireworks going off from 7:30 am to about 1:00 am. If you're into that, go for it! But if you love your peace and quiet, I would suggest a different time of year for you in Cusco. (It is Inti Raymi and the Cusco New Year--very important for the people)

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Petra R
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

My son and I spent 4 nights at the hotel, spaced out by trip to Machu Picchu and the Manu Rain Forest. The hotel was wonderful, clean rooms, close to Plaza de Armes and some of the rooms have wonderful views of the city.

We stayed in three different rooms, all very comfortable. Breakfast is included and very tasty. The staff is the best we found in Peru. Very accommodating, very good English and always available.

Just loved it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank APCSNL
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed at Amaru Hostal in April 2014 for 3 nights before our 4 Day Inca Trail Trek, and then 1 additional night after the trek. This place is hands-down, no questions, the BEST place to stay in Cusco (and extremely reasonably priced place as well) !!

First, let me start by saying that they offer a free shuttle service from the airport....which was very convenient (the hostal is only about a 5 min. drive from the airport). They were polite, friendly, and extremely helpful with any questions...whether it was restaurant recommendations, tour companies, calling taxis, laundry-service, calling airports (as my girlfriend's checked baggage arrived a day late from Lima), they were so helpful. Most importantly -- if you are planning any of the overnight treks out of Cusco, the hostal will tag, and safely secure your baggage for you while you are on your trek....free of charge. This was a HUGE help for us....

The hostal itself is beautiful....with amazing views from the second floor, and a courtyard with free tea at all times. They also have a basic (but GREAT) buffet style breakfast (complimentary) every morning. They also allow you to check-out one of the many travel books they have in their library for free....which came in handy for us as we were exploring Cusco.

There is free Wi-Fi, however, it is on and off depending on where your room is located (as other people staying at the hostal have stated). I found that the Wi-Fi connectivity was perfect from the court-yard, and our room (room 210). We had a VERY CLEAN corner room and it was AWESOME! Flat screen TV, hot showers, huge comfortable bed, and even a second floor with ANOTHER bed (and amazing views out of the window). The Wi-Fi connection was also great from this room....so if you can request room 210, DO IT! There was also a balcony area right outside of the room with lounge chairs and a table, where I relaxed and had a beer or coffee while taking in the views.

The hostal is maybe a 2 min walk from the Plaza de Armas, restaurants, bars, tour companies, etc. It was near everything....we did not have to take a cab at all while there. We also were near a very busy café (Jacks Café -- great spot!)....so did not feel unsafe at all, even while walking back to the hostal at night....the location was very central.

This place has it all! We were so glad to have stayed here.....!

Room Tip: Room 210 -- Great Wi-Fi Connection, hot water, terrace area outside of the room, amazing views, and...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

After doing a four day trek to Machu Picchu, the Amaru Hostal was total luxury. The rooms were great. Showers were hot. The hostal staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was handy and nice. The location was perfect for seeing the city. The views from the hostal were great too.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Lou B
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Address: Cuesta San Blas 541, Cusco 001, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Cusco
#17 Family Hotel in Cusco
#23 Business Hotel in Cusco
#28 Romantic Hotel in Cusco
Price Range: £31 - £58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Amaru Hostal 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two blocks away from the main plaza in the hearth of the ancient district of San Blas. Colonial-style house with gardens and the best views of the city. Friendly and professional staff, confortable rooms and yummy included breakfast. ... more   less 
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