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Casa de Wow!!!
Ranked #4 of 33 Ollantaytambo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 January 2014

First thing you have to know: casa de wow! is not a three star hotel, and the price is accordingly low and very affordable. Bathrooms are shared, and there is one bathroom for each floor (3-4 rooms). But this is such a fantastic place. The rooms are really artistic and cozy. The owner is incredible friendly, and very helpful – it might be very handy if you speak Spanish, his English is very basic. The breakfast is great. And if you have a front side room, you will have a nice view on the Ollanta ruins! The only negative point for me were the thin curtains, combined by street lightning in front of our room, making it difficult to sleep with a lot of light. I doubt you can find better in this price range, so if you travel on a budget don’t hesitate and sleep here!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Casa de Wow was great. We stayed in October and it was more than we had hoped for. Our room was great with a beautiful view of the ruins! The building is so artistic and creative. Wow's creativity is seen throughout the casa. Wow was a spectacular host. We feel truly blessed to have met him. He truly cares about the guests. We had booked two nights but ended up adding on an extra night because we enjoyed Casa de Wow and the town of Ollantaytambo so much! We would highly recommend staying at Casa de Wow. We fell in love with this place!
Melissa and Todd A.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

It was a great week end in Ollanta at the Casa de Wow. Simple, clean, coloured, arts and a lot of love and nice atmosphere. We felt completely at home!
The kitchen is very well equipped and furnished with full variety of teas and coffee, very hospitable dining table for group up to 8-10 pax...The rooms are especially decorated with different colors and arts, the beds are simply divine, all hand made by Wow. Our room had a view of the ruines with the sounds of the water down the main walking...it was delicious!!
dulcis in fundo, there is a little stairs to the small roof top, and from there the view of the ruines an the mountains is stunning.
Breakfast is always served with fresh warm bread and home made jam, plus fruits, and eggs...
definitely i will go back soon!
strictly recommended !

Room Tip: Rooms are all cleaned with great mattresses.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at casa de wow for 2 nights and enjoyed it very much. Our room was nice and clean with very comfortable beds. We had to leave at 5am to take the train to Machu Picchu one morning but Wow was kind enough to have breakfast to go ready for us in a paper bag consisting of bread, hard boiled egg and juice. He always invited us for tea in the kitchen when we arrived back at the house at night. We would stay here again!

  • Stayed: November 2013
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1  Thank ling726
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

I love Casa de Wow. From it's sweet location to the cheerful colors to the warm welcoming owner... it all was above and beyond my expectations.
Ollanta is picturesque and the hostel is a short walk from the plaza along cobblestone walking streets. The narrow streets are lined with adobe walls that provide glimpses into the resident's courtyards via wooden gates. At night, ornate lanterns provide a warm glow to the streets and the sound of running water is constant and soothing because of the irrigation canals that run through the whole town.
So the Casa is welcoming with it's big sign, plants, and benches out front. The Casa faces the ruins and the rooms on that side all have great views. The place is compact and cozy. The common room has a gazillion dvds to watch, comfy sofas, and a big ol' library of local interests.
The kitchen is a bit small for doing your own cooking but the town has so many tasty restaurants and the hostel serves breakfast in the a.m. so there wasn't much need for doing my own cooking.
Laundry service and wifi are available. Winn and Wow gave lots of helpful advice about everything a traveler could need.
I had no set itinerary and didn't know how long I would stay. I loved the town and the hostel so much I just kept adding nights and I think I stayed a total of two weeks all told. I'm pretty sure I stayed in almost every room. Rooms are compact but not cramped. Each room is painted a different vibrant color and the wool blankets on the beds add to the festive feeling. Lots of sky lights let in natural light. The beds are hand-built by Wow from local trees. Feels like sleeping in a tree house. :) I just had a really great time at Casa de Wow and hope that I can go back someday.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, depending on what you need some are better than others. The 3 rooms upstair...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Michelle V
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Casa de Wow! did not disappoint. The name and its owners’ bios drew us in, and we never read reviews until after we booked it. We arrived on foot from the Plaza de Armas to find a warm and inviting entrance where Sonia graciously greeted us. While she spoke almost no English, communication was not an issue as she let us know that Ronald, Wow’s nephew and B&B manager while Wow and Wynn were occupied with other ventures, was out then led us up the spiral staircase to our room. The furniture Wow created, especially the bed, was awesome, and the bed was every bit as comfortable as it was lovely art. While we did not have a window to the outside, we had a skylight directly above our bed, which was a great way to stargaze at the end of a long day. In our room, we found a handy list of tips and instructions, written in English and Spanish, to help us enjoy our stay. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet, we NEVER ran out of hot water, and the Wi-Fi was super-fast and dependable. The room did not have a television, but the communal sitting room had one as well as a small library and other amenities for guests. Breakfast, prepared by Sonia, didn’t start until 8:30--- inconvenient for early birds but other breakfast options were available--- and it was a fantastic opportunity to sit at the large communal table in the kitchen with Sonia and chat with other guests about their travels and lives, the only place we stayed where guests actually interacted. We met the most amazing people at Wow!--- couples and singles of various ages traveling around South America and even the world for months--- and I think it is the positive energy of this sweet little B & B that drew us all together. Based on the entries in the guestbook, I would say that Wow! often works like a magnet to draw interesting and eclectic travelers together. On the afternoon of our arrival, we settled in to our room for a bit then headed out to eat and explore. When we got back to Wow!, Ronald had returned, and he proved to a wealth of information. In fact, he helped us a lot during our stay, such as arranging for an English-speaking reasonably priced guide, who was also his friend, to take four of us on a tour of the ruins. He not only provided us the B&B’s handout for guests, which was map of Ollantaytambo on one side and a list of recommended restaurants, bars, sites, shopping, ATMs and other very useful information, he sat and talked to us for quite some time about the history of the area, the things to do and see in and outside of town and other subjects all the while engaging us in conversation and answering our questions. I would definitely recommend Wow! to other travelers. The only criticism I specifically have about Wow! is that our room was never cleaned during our three days there. We didn’t need clean towels or other services, but it would have been nice to have the bathroom trash can emptied since it was the receptacle for used toilet paper. I also have one caution: if you wish to go horseback riding and you want the Wow! staff to arrange it, do not wait until the last minute to decide, and, if you do, make sure you get a firm price and details about the outing. Ronald had told us about his friend who provided such tours, but he was unavailable when we decided we wanted to ride horses. Instead, Ronald called someone from a list of guides. This guide did not speak English, gave us the briefest of instructions about the horse and was cranky when we were unable to get his horses to follow instructions, yacked on his cell phone while taking us up the mountain, rushed us through the ruins in less than 15 minutes, insisted on taking pictures for us and they were crap, gave us a 3 hour ride when we were expecting about 5, and, when we returned, demanded $200.00 rather than 200 soles (about $70) price we had been given. Ronald was out, and poor Sonia didn’t want to get in the middle of it, not that I blame her. She called Wow! in from the family corn fields, but he was unable to sort it out. So, Peter gave the guide 200 soles, and told him that he would have to work something out with Ronald later. He left pissed. In the end, we gave him another 100 soles, and, frankly, this was my least favorite event on the whole trip. I wish we had gone to Salinas instead.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We were really looking forward to our stay here, as it had great reviews not only on TripAdvisor, but from my daughter who stayed the previous year and raved about it as a "must stay".
I wrote asking for suitable rooms me, my wife, and my 80-yo mother, and got confirmation back.
We arrived at the station around 8:30pm, and I was surprised that no-one was at the station to meet us, the only place in our 7-weeks of travel in South America where we weren't met, however we figured the rough map from the web-site must be enough to see us there safely. And it would have been, in daylight, but not at night, and we were convinced to take a taxi - as far as the Plaza de Armas anyway - from there the streets were too narrow for a taxi, but the taxi driver helped carry our luggage and lead us on the 5-minute walk to Casa de Wow.
However on arrival there was nobody who spoke English, and after some back and forth Spanish between Wow and the taxi driver we were told that they didn't have room for 3 adults, only for a "baby, up high", and then Wow walked us back through the town to another place on the Plaza de Armas, which he said was owned by his family and equivalent.
It was just ok, rooms on top of an internet kiosk, very noisy, with trucks, buses, taxis and Tuk-tuks outside the window which started beeping making sleep impossible from around 4:30am. Instead of the wonderful tours we had been told Winn would organize for us, they found a "English speaking" guide who charged 100 Soles for a 2-hour tour in which, despite his best efforts, communications were severely lacking.
I've now read a couple of other reviews in which this sort of problem occurred, and it seems that sadly something has gone very wrong with this place. Based on our experience I certainly could not recommend it.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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casadewow, Owner at Casa de Wow!!!, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2013

Hi and thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you were not able to stay with us at Casa de Wow!!! and that the alternative place we recommended was not to you liking... especially since your daughter had been with us and gave us rave reviews. We make it clear in our website and other places of promotion that we have a spiral staircase and bunk beds in our twin or triple rooms... usually not appropriate for elders. We are sorry we did not re-check when you were making your reservation... for the triple room we reserved was a bunk bed and Wow made the call that it was not suitable for your party and in thinking of your interest thought it best to escort you to another hostel. Again we regret that the other hostel wasn't to your liking and because of that we are re-evaluating whether to continue using it as one of our rec's.

In our three years plus of operation we have only had a handful of requests to meet guests at the train station. Because we are such a small BnB with a very small staff we logistically cannot meet everyone who comes to stay with us and thus far this has not been an issue. If guests have expressed concern ahead of time through email then we have offered to send an escort but at an extra cost to compensate for their time. Very few guests have ever needed this service. Ollantaytambo is very safe and easy to navigate be it day or night.

We are not sure about your experience with the guide you mentioned... assuming it was a connection that came through the other hostel since you did not stay with us.

Again... thanks for taking time to give feedback. We are sorry we were not the correct fit for you and your family. Saludos cordial, Winn

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Address: Calle Patacalle, Ollantaytambo 08471, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Ollantaytambo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Ollantaytambo
Price Range: £19 - £29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best of Both Worlds is what you get at Casa de Wow!!! Created by Winn and Wow - a North American woman (Atlanta, GA & Asheville, NC) and a South American man (Ollantaytambo) - one might call Casa de Wow!!! a cultural bridge providing its guests with a unique and enriching experience. The comfort and luxuries of the North are combined with the relaxed down-to-earth atmosphere of Peru, in particular the tranquility of Ollantaytambo and the creativity of Wow, who is an incredible artist (thus the nickname).So come join us..... and relax, as you sit atop our eucalyptus benches listening to the running waters of the Inkan aqueducts while you marvel at the stunning view of the ancient Inkan monuments. The location of our Casa is ideally situated on a cobblestone pedestrian street in the "old town" section of Ollantaytambo, just five minutes from the Plaza and all attractions. In the morning, enjoy a tasty breakfast including local organic jams. During the day, we'd be happy to help you organize unique excursions to magical local sites that are off the beaten path. In the evening, enjoy a cup of warm tea from our kitchen, watch a DVD in our cozy living room or gaze at the stars from our rooftop nook. Finally, retire to our beautiful and traditional Wow-crafted beds for a good night's sleep. Once you've stayed with us you will know why we're called "Casa de Wow!!!" ... more   less 
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