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“This is a nice place to spend a couple of nights if visiting Ollantaytambo” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Andean Moon Hostal
Manchester, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
71 hotel reviews
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“This is a nice place to spend a couple of nights if visiting Ollantaytambo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

Very peaceful, tranquil lodge tucked away down one of the ancient narrow Inca streets only 50 metres from the main plaza. We stayed in the low season so were able to negotiate a good price. We got a price almost half that of the normal price. I kind of felt bad but pretty much all of the accommodation in Ollantaytambo was more than what we would normally pay in Peru so we agreed on what we could afford.
The building is very old and has loads of character and charm. There is a lovely central courtyard and a bit of a roof terrace which is primarily used for drying laundry but does offer great views over the town and the ruins. Breakfast is included but is only the usual bread, jam and concentrated coffee affair. We were told we got eggs but they never appeared on the second day. Wifi is free and reliable and we found the staff very friendly. This is a nice place to spend a couple of nights if visiting Ollantaytambo, which you really should.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portales, New Mexico
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

We bought a tour to Machu Pichu and this hotel was a part of that itinerary. Upon our arrival the host was very accomodating. Very nice atmosphere. The employees also are friendly and helpful. If you don't speak spanish you will have a hard time communicating not only at the hotel but in the whole town. The shower worked well and there WAS hot water. The secret is don't turn it on full blast like you would in the U.S. A quarter of a turn is sufficient. The breakfast consists of hot coffee or tea, flat bread with jam, a glass of juice and a scrambled egg if you ask for it. Very common breakfast in Peru. Clean enough for a day or so. Common area is swept and mopped daily sometimes more often depending on foot traffic and weather conditions. There is a balcony to view the nearby ruins and mountains. We found it to be safe, secure and comfortable. When there aremany people staying there, it can get a little noisy but that is usually the story everywhere. All in all we had a very good experience and would recommend it to any traveler. Just remember YOU ARE IN PERU.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

I called the owner the night before from Aguas Calientes and asked for single rooms to which he agreed. The next day he was waiting for me at the train station. He was a very nice and polite man and remained so even though he got hammered with his brother that same night in front of us, which I thought was kind of odd. The hotel itself is very nice. It is very close to the city center and walking distance to everywhere in town. The rooms and hotel have a nice wood design. No internet in the rooms but internet in the lobby. The hot water does not work very well and this is a must in cold Peru. Breakfast is basically just like every hostel breakfast in Peru: pita bread, jam, butter, coffee, juice or tea. Don't expect to much. I only paid $20. Even though he got drunk and his brother and his brother's wife were loud drunks he was a helpful and polite drunk. It was a good night's stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2012

I stayed in this hostel in July 2012. The management of the hostel is not very professional and many things are wrong. Shower was cold, water in shower didn't go down the right way, no internet, the street underneath the windows can be very noisy, for breakfast I was given only one dry peace of bread, on the website they talk about Yacuzzy and sauna - they are not in use and look like they aren't used for a longggggg time! Or never? They look very poor and sad.
I booked three nights but after one night of sleep the owner threw me out of the hostel because he booked a big group with Americans. He even wanted me to pay for three nights! He didn't let me go without paying! In the end I didn't pay for three nights. I'm a teacher in the university, I've been very polite. I don't understand why the owner has been so rude!
Positive: young man at the door and woman in kitchen were very friendly and the wood work in the room was very nice.
There are many(over 25) hostels in Ollantaytambe. I stayed in two who were very nice and I'm for sure most hostels are good or very good. DON'T stay in this one!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Paul V
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NW California
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71 reviews
56 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kfhm
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Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank zapatistaNYC
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San Francisco, California
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39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank tarinay
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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 #29 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Ollantaytambo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Andean Moon Hostal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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