We stayed here for only 2 nights, but we soaked in every minute of it! As soon as we pulled up behind the House, we were in awe of the backdrop of the surrounding hillsides. The architecture of the building helps immerse you into the valley; the windows in the main room allow you to appreciate it as much from the inside as you would from the outside. Brian and Gabriel greeted us warmly and oriented us to the House, and the dogs greeted us just as enthusiastically as they did! The location was perfect for us as a base to explore the Sacred Valley-- we went to Ollantaytambo as well as to Machu Picchu from there. If we had been a bit more adventurous and had more time to explore, we would have used Brian's very detailed instructions on the inexpensive local buses to transport us to and fro, but because we had such limited time we hired private taxis with the help of the Green House (which can get expensive but just know what you need to budget for).
The bedroom was our tiny sanctuary-- not that we needed a separate one from the grounds. The bed was super comfortable, especially with the hot water bottles at our feet to keep us warm at night. The showers were hot, and we refilled our drinking water for a nominal fee from the cooler in the main room.
After reading so many wonderful reviews about Gabriel's cooking, we decided to eat at the Green House every opportunity we had. The complimentary breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, juice, eggs, warm bread, a spread of 3 jams and butter, and freshly-pressed coffee with steamed milk-- the best coffee i had in Peru! On the morning of our trip to Machu Picchu, we elected to have a packed lunch in lieu of breakfast, and Gabriel woke up insanely early to prepare our lunchbags of sandwiches, fruit, cookies, and candy, as well as to make us some of that extra-spectacular coffee to start us on our day. The charge for dinner was modest considering the quantity and quality of food. Our dinners both nights were 3 courses and stuffed as to the brim, were beautifully presented (we paused to take pictures!), and were absolutely delicious. Of note, I'm a vegetarian and Gabriel was easily able to accommodate my needs in all the meals.
What makes the Green House so special is the personalized touches and the way that Gabriel and Brian find a way to connect with you no matter how short your time is there. I am sure that we will never find a place like it again wherever we go, so we'll just have to go back there as soon as we can!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here at The Green House we cater to each individual need, offering assistance with many activities. We offer a unique and tranquil resting place, welcoming every type of visitor. We invite you to come disconnect and recharge with us away from the hustle of everyday life. We offer free use of communal kitchen, Meditation/healing room offering an array of services such as massage-reiki-accupuncture-energy work, library, Internet, common area with games and fireplace, laundry service, Daily menu prepared with our own home-grown organic vegetables, transportation available, free Tourist information and helpful tips. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Green House Peru Hotel Sacred Valley
- The Green House Peru Sacred Valley