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El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Ollantaytambo
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We had a good stay here, although some of the other reviews seem a little overly-positive. The hotel is nice - rooms are fairly spacious, pretty clean, has nice gardens (was expecting them to be larger though), and OK views. It's convenient to the train station but to get to the main square takes about a 20 minute walk (a little too far) - so I think you'd want to use the little taxis they have waiting at the start of the road.

We stayed here 2 nights. 1 night we got room 7 or 8. 1 night we got room 14. Both were nice. The windows had wooden panel shutters that didn't always close properly or fully and we had to prop one of them closed with a vase. Also be aware the locks to the rooms are kind of weak, but we weren't really worried about safety in that area so no big deal.

We didn't have any huge issues with train noise being towards the back of the property, but there were 1 or 2 loud ones that passed through in the early morning. Not a deal breaker.

The bathrooms were average. Hot water was good in one room but seemed to run out in the other room. Water pressure was fine.

We ate at the restaurant in the hotel 2 nights. First night it was just OK - we ate the pasta with pomodora sauce and the vegetarian stuffed pepper with the brownie for dessert. Second night it was better - we ate the pasta with I think a mushroom/butter sauce and the quinoa salad and apple crumble. Don't expect 5 star food though. But it's an easy, convenient, and good option for dinner. There is also a musician who plays the harp and other instruments and we really liked his music. It set a nice atmosphere.

Hotel staff was OK. If you are looking to plan a visit to Maras/Moray/Salinas/Chinchero/Cusco, don't plan it through the hotel as they will charge $100+ when it should just cost 80-100 soles.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

This is a great little town to use as a base to go on to Machu Picchu as well as spend time at the ruins and in the valley.

We stayed at the El Albergue for convenience. We thought it was near the railway. It's actually on the platform! To be honest ,we thought initially we had made a big mistake boooking in this place, however, as you walk through the front door (off the platform) you walk into a beautiful peaceful foyer and gardens. Our room was set in the gardens with a small outside sitting area. The bedding and room was really comfortable and clean.

We had a meal there, which was lovely. The only suggestion is do not but the very overpriced and ordinary cappachino,

The town is lovely.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2012 via mobile

Do not miss Ollantaytambo on your journey to Machu Picchu, and for sure do not miss this little gem of a hotel. There are tranquil gardens, nice balconies and a restaurant to die for. And you just cannot beat the location. As others have said, it's literally at the station. We stayed in room 14, and was happy with the bed, the shower and environment.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

It is directly inside the train station which means the sounds of trains come at all hours. Rooms are very bare and basic. My daughter was not happy the only lock we had on the door was a padlock. I thought that was funny. The convenience of the hotel being right in the train station is great if you are leaving or coming from Machu Picchu. Excellent on site restaurant.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

It took long time to get hot water in shower. Meanwhile, the floor into the shower space got flood with freezing water, because the drain was too small.
There was not a TV, and the wifi signal is weak. The noise from the trains goes untill 22 h. I would'nt comeback.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

this is one of the sexist little inns I stayed at while in Peru. very nicely done rooms, gardens, and food is great. don't be put off by it being directly adjacent to the trains, the distrubance is very minimal.

Room Tip: second floor rooms have a superior view over ground floor.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

The El Albergue hotel and restaurant are definitely worth stopping off in Ollantaytambo for. It's quite difficult to find unless you are coming by train; the entrance is directly off the platform, but instead of stepping into a ticket office, the entrance opens up into a lush and secret garden, enclosed by lovely 1920's colonial buildings. The service is great, the rooms are simple but somehow quite luxurious, and the restaurant is fantastic - with fresh produce from their farm. And they do the best chocolate brownies - and Pisco Sours - in Peru. We only spent two nights here, but would dearly loved to have spent another week. We loved it.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Ollantaytambo Train Station, Ollantaytambo 080108, Peru
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Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Ollantaytambo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ollantaytambo
#1 Family Hotel in Ollantaytambo
#2 Green Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Price Range: £50 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — El Albergue Ollantaytambo 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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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