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“overpriced as everywhere in Aguas Calientes”
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Hostal Chaska
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“overpriced as everywhere in Aguas Calientes”
Reviewed 3 October 2009

We spent 2 nights at Chaska hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Remarks:
1. they said they would come to pick us up at the train station, but they did not show up, so we had to find the way ourselves
2. our room had a window on the corridor without a lock, that is you could open it from the corridor and enter the room from there.
We asked to change to another room, but that was not possible apparently that night. However, they changed us the room the day after.
3. they promised early breakfast at 4.30 (to go to Machu Pichu as ealy as possible), which eventually was 20 minute late
4. the door of the bathroom in the room locks if you open it wide (because the button that locks the door touches the wall). Thus if later you close the door from the room, you will stay locked out of the bathroom, which may be a problem if you suffer from tourista during the night, to better pay attention!
General comment: the hotel is not worth the 55$, which probably applies to any hotel in Aguas Calientes, but it is not bad either.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

We spent three nights at the Hostal de Turistas Chaska in May 2009. The three-night stay worked out great because it allowed us to spend two full days at Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes is not known for great low-cost hotel options, and we would recommend the Hostal Chaska given the other choices. We thought the price was reasonable, and the location is excellent, only about a block from the train station, facing the river, and within easy walking distance of many shops and restaurants.

Our room was small and didn’t have a view or much natural light because the hotel doesn’t have a courtyard. Since we spent the daylight hours at Machu Picchu, it didn’t matter much. There are a few rooms with a nice view of the river at the front of the hotel (see photo). The shower had hot water, but the water pressure can get very low when others are showering. Our room had a small closet, which was helpful.

The hostel served a good breakfast (Peruvian bread, eggs to order, juice, and coffee or coca tea) at whatever hour we requested it. They also prepared a box lunch for us to take to Machu Picchu. (The box lunch wasn’t really necessary because the snack bar at the ruins had very good food. It’s expensive by Peruvian standards but so is everything at Machu Picchu.)

The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful, and the service was excellent. When we asked for advice selecting a restaurant, the hotel manager walked with us for two blocks to show us one she recommended. If your legs are tired after climbing Huayna Picchu, there’s also a good restaurant almost right next door to the hotel.

The town of Aguas Calientes seems to get a bad rap on websites such as TripAdvisor, but we enjoyed our time there. It’s a small, quaint town with no cars (since there’s no way to get there except by train). That, plus the narrow streets, the various bridges across the river, and the friendly people make it an interesting place to explore in the evening. After dinner, we walked up to look at the hot springs (a bit of a hike) and would have tried them if our swimming suits hadn’t been back at the hotel. The tourist market next to the train station is decent, and the prices were competitive with similar markets elsewhere in Peru.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

They didn't know anything about the reservation from this site. In the Hostal Chaska it is normal, I think. On the other hand, the price is to expensive in relation to services that they offer us. The breakfest is poor. And, finally, when we tried to pay, we knew that they hadn't credit card. A hostal like this, much more expensive than others, need to acept VISA!!! It was a bad experience that we lived in Peru.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Hostal Chaska
Address: Av. Hermanos Ayar, Machu Picchu 30, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Machu Picchu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
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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