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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amaru Hostal Cusco
- Amaru Hostal Hotel Cusco