You only go to this area to visit the ruins at Machu Picchu and it is such a historical area they have restrictions on development, so keep in mind there aren't that many hotels to choose from. It isn't one of the hotels I would have chosen on my own, but I was travelling with my Daughters' school group and this is where we where booked to stay.
It is a 5 minute walk (up hill) from the train station beside a fast flowing river and a large market area - but very relaxing too.
The Hostal Chaska reminded me of my backpacking days when I was much younger - only much nicer. Lobby area holds a TV, couches, breakfast area and FREE WIFI. There are 4 levels and no elevators, so be aware of that. Rooms where very basic with small TV (with satellite) private bathroom (sink toilet - seat and paper included - shower - with warmish water) comfortable bed with warm blankets. No phones, so our wake up call was a knock on the door.
The location is PERFECT for exploring the small town at the base of one of the most historical ruins in the world. Close to so many restaurants and a large shopping/tourist market as well as the bus stop to go up to Machu Picchu.
It isn't a 5 star hotel, but it was clean, comfortable and good for 1 night's sleep while experiencing one of the most amazing places on earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Chaska offers all the comforts of home in a rugged environment. Carpeted rooms with bath, hot water, and TV provide a welcome retreat from the austere surroundings.Out your window, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Aguas Calientes River, set among the magnificent natural surroundings of the area.Our room are very clean.Breakfast starts at 5 am, very good. The water from the river put us to sleep at night.Not noisy at all. Very centrally located. Near the river, right off the train station. ... more less
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