Our family, my wife and I and our two sons, ages 18 and 21, stayed at El Albergue for three nights at the end of July, 2011. We loved it, Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley area. Through El Albergue, we had arranged to be picked up at the Cusco airport by a driver (Eloy) and a bilingual guide (Paull). Paull helped us secure Machu Picchu tickets in Cusco and then we headed to Ollantaytambo by way of Pisac where we visited their market, ate at Cuchara de Palo Restaurante (good food; reasonably priced), and enjoyed the festival in the town square that happened to be taking place. Like the locals, we danced and drank Cusquena beer.
After the long day that started in Lima, we checked into Rooms 15 & 16 at the El Albergue. The rooms were new, spacious, comfortable and clean with quality beds and warm down comforters. Showers had good pressure and lots of hot water. We couldn’t ask for anything more. We woke up the next morning to a stunning view from our front window and porch of the snow capped Veronica Mountain fronting a beautiful blue sky. After breakfast, we met Paull and Eloy for a day long tour of the Scared Valley that included stops at Chinchero, the salt mines near Maras and the Moray archeological farming site. With a good buffet lunch at the El Maizel Restaurant in Urubamba, we had a fantastic and educational day. Paull was a super guide. He was born in Ollantaytambo and has lived there his entire life. He is very knowledgeable and is passionate about this area and Incan life. If you are thinking about having a guide, Paull is your man.
A quick comment on the Scared Valley (the land between Pisac and Ollataytambo): don’t miss it. Many folks fly into Cusco, take the train to MP, spend a day or two there and then take the train back to Cusco. The Sacred Valley was the rural heart of the Inca Empire, it has wonderful Incan ruins, quaint towns, stunning views of the Andes and should be a separate “segment” of your trip to Peru.
Back to the El Albergue, the staff was very friendly and helpful, especially Natalia, at the front desk. We dined at the El Albergue Restaurant and it was super. They had a nice variety and the service was great. The included breakfasts were served there as well. They make mighty fine Pisco sours and each day offer a happy hour special of 2 for 1 piscos. The onsite flower gardens are beautiful and the short walk to and from our rooms were always very enjoyable. We usually stopped and smelled the flowers! When we checked out to take the train to MP, El Albergue kept our extra bags for us with numbered tags. It was very organized. Upon our return from MP, we picked up the bags, the driver they had arranged for us was waiting and we headed for Cusco, with one stop at the Pisac Ruins, also highly recommended.
The El Albergue was a perfect place for us. It is adjacent to the train station, but do not worry about that. Once you are inside, it is very quiet and peaceful. It was our oasis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Ollantaytambo train station, El Albergue is only one train stop away from Machu Picchu and not far from many interesting attractions. El Albergue dates back to 1925 and maintains the charm and elegance of the early 20th century while offering modern day requirements such as free high speed internet and in-room telephones. Owned by artist Wendy Weeks, this hotel has beautiful gardens, delicious food and special attention to decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Hotel Ollantaytambo
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Peru - Sacred Valley