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“Most charming hotel experience in 3 week trip to Peru!”

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El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Ollantaytambo
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“Most charming hotel experience in 3 week trip to Peru!”
Reviewed 6 October 2009

My wife and I stayed at El Albergue for 3 nights in late June in the middle of a 3 week tour of Peru. It was by far our favorite place to stay and we'd go back in a heartbeat. The hotel is cahrming, well-kept historic property dripping with character and a gorgeous and quiet courtyard (a bit surprising considering its location right next to the Machu Picchu train). We also loved the home made, gourmet cuisine at the restaurant on site, the wood-fired sauna, and generally excellent service. I was sick with a bad stomach bug when we arrived, and this place helped nurture my body and spirit. A special note of appreciation for LLuc, Adela and Joaquin for their attention and great service. Worth every penny!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

Friends in the UK recommended "the place right on the station platform" to us and we can fully understand why. If Machu Picchu is part of your Peru itinerary, the Albergue makes getting there all-but-painless. On the outbound journey, you really can walk straight from your breakfast table (taking their good-value packed lunch bags with you) to your reserved seat on the train. You skip the half-hour check-in at the Perurail security gate because you're already on the "train side". On the way back, it's even better: you can be sipping your complimentary pisco sour within 5 minutes of the evening train returning from Aguas Calientes and seated in the Albergue's restaurant (after a restorative hot shower and change of clothes) within 15. With luck, you may even find that their eucalyptus-powered sauna has already been fired up, so you can soothe all those tired post-trek muscles before tucking into a delicious alpaca steak and bottle of Chilean merlot... Pity the poor turistas flogging back to Cuzco by bus or train that night (or even walking 600 mts up the unsurfaced track to their hostals in Ollantay village)!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

If we didn't end our trip staying at a super chic hotel in Lima, this hotel would have been our favorite of our whole trip.

You can't tell from the oustide entrance of this hotel, but inside is a super cute and charming courtyard where the rooms are found. The hotel staff is perfection! We had an issue with our train tickets, and the next morning when we went to go solve the issue, we found that the hotel manager had already gone to the train station for us -- at 6am!

Don't forget to try their restaurant. We ate here both nights of our stay because it was so convenient and so delicious -- some of the best food on our trip. Try the trout and pastas!!

People have complained about hearing train whistles in the morning. We did not experience this because we were already up at 5:30/6am getting ready for our day. It seems as though most hotel guests were also up at this time. SO if you do plan on sleeping in on your vacation to Peru, then maybe this isn't the place for you. But, most people don't sleep in on their trip to Peru -- we didn't think we'd be getting up at 5:30 in the morning either, but somehow you just end up doing it!!!

Finally, the location is unbeatable if you plan on going from Ollanta directly to MPicchu. The hotel is past security in the train area, which means you don't have to arrive early for your train. Instead, you can pop out and hop right on.

Oh -- one final thought. Fodors commented that this place had "huge" breakfasts. Its just not true. Actually, the smallest on our entire trip. Not a huge deal, but just FYI to all of you out there!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

We stayed at El Abergue on the way back from Aguas Calientes. It was our most pleasant hotel experience in Peru. Beautiful courtyard, expansive views and pleasant airy rooms. tThe hotel was built in the 1920's and has that feel. It's mysterious and romantic, like you're in the movie Casablanca. The restaurant next door is superior. They made the best Pisco Sours I had in Peru. And the trains don't run past 10 PM, so even if your room faces the tracks you can sleep. Just don't expect western amenities like TV's and hair dryers.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2009
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Reviewed 31 July 2009

I've traveled through Europe and the British Isles, Southeast Asia and India, and stayed in campgrounds, basic hostels, and B & Bs as well as five-star hotels. For lovely homelike comfort without the housework, El Albergue is my favorite place to date, and I'll rush back there the first chance I get. The hotel was built in the 1920s, and its architecture reminded me of the high southwest around Santa Fe: tile and wood plank floors and thick whitewashed adobe walls with dark wood framing. Rooms are decorated with old Quechua weavings and oil paintings and drawings by the hotel's owner, Wendy Weeks. Weeks, who's an American and has lived in Peru for a long time, wasn't there (she was in Seattle visiting her family). Lluc Acero and Adela Arenas, both full-time staff, were very welcoming and helpful, in the way of longtime friends. Both are very much a part of the local community of Ollantaytambo (Adela grew up there), and fluent in English. Both are warm and generous. Adela bailed my sister out without any rolling of eyes when she locked herself out of her room safe a second time. And when another member of our group discovered, after we'd returned to Cusco, that she'd left her folding cane in the hotel's van, they had it delivered to our hostal the next day. This was a kindness really beyond the call.

Things I loved: Our room was very clean, and smelled of cedar wood. The shower was great, and the water HOT. In the late afternoon, Lluc would fire up the eucalyptus sauna, which is off a private garden at the far end of the hotel's inner courtyard/garden, and would have a complimentary pisco sour waiting for us when we came out. The albergue's restaurant serves delicious food, from quinoa soup to homemade fettucine, to alpaca steaks, and feels like a favorite neighborhood cafe. Every afternoon, the smell of chocolate chip cookies and brownies--which are served from the hotel's espresso bar on the train platform just outside--fills the lobby and surrounding spaces. For catching an early morning train to Machu Picchu, it couldn't be more convenient--the hotel is literally at the train station, but somehow not noisy. And the sack lunches they packed us for the day--including sandwiches, fruit, juice, energy bars, two cookies and a brownie--contained more than enough food for the round trip.

Other pleasures of our stay: through the Albergue, we hired a great guide and excellent driver, Remigio, who pick us up at the airport in Cusco, took us on a four-hour tour of sites (the Chinchero Sunday market at the ruins at Moray) en route to Ollantaytambo and, on the return trip three days later, took us by the town of Pisac where we spent a couple of hours enjoying the opening of their 3-day Virgen de Carmen Festival. Adela also arranged for us to take a tour of Patachancha, a village outside of Ollantaytambo, which is involved with a nonprofit group called Awamaki that gives support to local weavers for their work using traditional textile techniques.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

We stayed three nights. We felt at home in the quiant architecture of this historic hotel. White stucco, dark wood beams, shutters and doors. Simple furnishings and Windy Weeks beautiful paintings adorning the walls. We enjoyed the courtyard and therestaurant served wonderful meals and delicious breads. Best shower I had in Peru.
The service was wonderful. Oh I was concerned about it being right at the train station. The trains do not run at night and the times your hear a whistle only adds to the charm. After touring the sacred vally for five days i am convinced it is the best place in the valley. The location is perfect. We had two drivers hired through the hotel and they were great. We love this place.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2009

We stayed at the Albuergue with our two young children and found the staff friendly and helpful. The rooms were very clean, well decorated, comfy warm beds and great hot showers. Food was delicious. We also very much appreciated their commitment to reducing waste by not offering plastic bottled water and encouraging guests to use re-usable water containers that they can fill up with purified water.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Property: El Albergue Ollantaytambo
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 Family Hotel in Ollantaytambo
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ollantaytambo
#2 Green Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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