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“Small, Quiet, Basic hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Andean Moon Hostal

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Andean Moon Hostal
NW California
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71 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Small, Quiet, Basic hotel”
Reviewed 19 December 2011

We spent one night here after visiting Machu Picchu. The room was clean and basic. There was a TV, but it did not work. There is no wi-fi or any internet connectivity. The beds were okay, comfortable enough, but we were pretty tired after a day of hard hiking. The location is excellent as it is about 2 minutes from the main plaza. It is a bit of a walk from the train station, however. There is no breakfast.

We stored our bags during the day and went to tour both the town and adjacent ruins. We decided to go back and get a few items out of our bags and the doors were locked with no one around. We knocked but got no response. We went and had some lunch, came back an hour so so later and someone was at the desk. It seems this is a very small business, so if they have to do some shopping or run errands the doors get locked.

There is nothing wrong with this hotel. I might try to find one closer to the train station, if only to minimize the walk after our long day in Machu Picchu.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

Very nice, quiet, pretty hostal a few minutes from the main square. Near restaurants and grocery stores. My room had two beds with about 30 pounds of blankets, a private bathroom with hot shower, a chair, table, large bamboo shelving unit, a working TV, and a balcony opening out to one of the ancient cobbled streets with a view of the Inka ruins. Wooden floors, rustic feel, simple but pleasant decor. Seems very secure. There was a jacuzzi downstairs that didn't seem to be in service.

I did not try the continental breakfast so I don't know how that was (continental breakfasts are usually dull in Peru so I prefer to go out for something spicy). They don't sell much here, just bottled water and Cusquena beer.

If you go here, check out the restaurant El Alcazar a block away on the same street, which had great food and vegetarian options. Too bad they don't have a listing on this site.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2010

The location is great - within 2 minutes walking distance of the Ollantaytambo ruins and the main plaza - and 15 minutes walk to Ollanta Station.

Ollantaytambo is a small town - and if this place wants to compete well with other hotels/hostals in the area, they need to step up their game just a little bit.

We stayed in room 4 for one night and the bathroom desperately needs to be repaired. Our shower flooded the bathroom floor each time we took a shower - no matter how we adjusted the shower curtain or direction of the shower head, the stall would flood and water would drain out onto the bathroom floor. In addition, the lock on the bathroom window (which leads directly out into the outdoor hallway) is missing. I had to use a curtain pin to secure the window shut.

We also found the staff to be a bit too relaxed. When we gave them our passports (required when checking into a hotel in Peru), and they had them stacked hours later on the reception counter - essentially out in the open, and available for anyone to snatch.

When my Mom and I came down to the dining room for breakfast - approx a couple hours after a large group had left - every table in the room had not been bussed yet. It was a messy sight. Although, our server immediately set up a table for us and brought out our breakfast, she didn't clean up the surrounding tables.

Andean Moon has alot of potential, but we feel there's alot of room left for improvement.

  • Stayed October 2010
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

If you go to this hostel, make sure there will be somebody at the reception.
We came at midnight from Machu Picchu and we had left our bagage there the day before. They knew we were arriving on that date at that time. When we arrived at midnight there was nobody waiting for us. We spent more than 30 minutes knocking on the door and nobody opened the door. The day after we asked why nobody was there and they didn't even said "sorry".
We went to Chaska Wasi, which is cheaper and just next to it.

I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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52 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2009

We stayed here in May 2009 as part of a GAP Inca Trail trip. This is a cute rustic little place - very compact and basic. and would suit someone who is just looking for a place to rest their head and nothing more. Good location just minutes walk down a passage to the main square. We also had breakfast here which was also very basic but good enough for our needs - they don't have an actual restaurant, but there is a little dining room between the rooms.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Burford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2008

I found this after looking at a few other places it town, and it was one of the nicest places I stayed in all of Peru.

Just up a cobbled alley north of the main little plaza, Andean Moon looks a new hotel and has lovely rooms that have been really nicely decorated: wooden beams, pictures on the wall, little lamps and a decent sized bathroom and lovely wool blankets on the beds, that combine to make it feel really cozy. Plus there's TV (local) and even a DVD player in the room plus a stack downstiars to borrow.

I paid 30 Soles ($12) a night for a twin room for myself, which was a bargain to me. And as for noise, Ollantaytambo is a pretty quiet place at the best of times, and the hotel is tucked away on a little alley that only saw a few people, a horse and the odd dog while I was there.

  • Liked — Small, cozy rooms
  • Disliked — Small swing doors at the front!
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
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sydney
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 11 May 2008

Tossing up where to stay in Ollantaytambo for a few days, I chose the Andean Moon Hostal, more based on the name than anything. I couldn't find any reviews for it...this should have been the first warning sign. We got to town and had to ask quite a few people where it was...
I had forgotten to write down the name of the street. Eventually someone pointed us in the right direction. Down some back streets just off the main plaza, being careful not to step in the numerous piles of dog poo. The hostel itself doesn't look too bad initially...but after a few hours you start to notice how badly built it is...then we realised that the toilet, while fairly clean, did actually stink a lot. The room was basic, it had a TV but it was a bit pokey. The thing that really did us in was trying to sleep that night. Now, I don't know about you, but the two things I want in a hostel room are cleanliness and peace and quiet. We got neither. We were woken up about 2am by people coming home from a party, walking and talking loudly down the back alleyway, which the hostel backs onto. Then the next morning at 6am by children yelling and screaming in the house next door. This is a residential area, so be warned, if you like your hostels quiet...this is not the place for you. The hostal has only been open for about a year and I'm sure they don't really have much of a clue how to run a guesthouse. We smartly packed up and left the next morning, heading instead to Las Orquideas where we got what travellers want, a good night's sleep. Take note Andean Moon staff, you could learn a thing or two from these guys.

  • Liked — It is fairly close to town...
  • Disliked — Did not get what a traveller wants...a clean quiet room
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Andean Moon Hostal
Address: Calle del Medio, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Ollantaytambo
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Ranked #30 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Ollantaytambo
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Andean Moon Hostal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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