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“Clean and quiet with gorgeous views”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of SAUCE Hostal

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SAUCE Hostal
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Ollantaytambo
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Round Rock, TX
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Clean and quiet with gorgeous views”
Reviewed 10 March 2008

I spent three nights at Hostal Sauce. My room (#15) had a beautiful view of the cloud-draped mountains and stepped terraces of the Ollantaytambo ruins. Early in the morning you'll hear a rooster crowing in the distance and cows being led up the cobblestone streets by their owners. The small channel of water running next to the hostal provides the constant, relaxing sound of a little brook. It's the perfect Sacred Valley experience.

The bathroom was clean and modern. The water pressure was excellent and hot water was available 24 hours a day, which is a great luxury in a small village like Ollantaytambo. Although the rooms can be chilly, a space heater is included in the price of the room. You just have to ask for it at the front desk. Although the nights were cold when I was there, the duvet and blankets on the comfortable bed kept me warm.

Breakfast was a mixed bag. There's a buffet table laid out with cereal, teas, yogurt, bread, cheese, and jam. One of the staff made me scrambled eggs on my first morning. On the second morning, what was labeled as orange juice was actually watered-down lemon juice and no eggs were available. The same was true on my third morning. It's more of a continental breakfast than the advertised "American" breakfast.

Perhaps it was because I was there in the off-season, but there was no little clay pot souvenir mentioned in other reviews.

Be sure to bring your immigration card with you - that little form you fill out on the flight to Peru. I was told I wouldn't need it again until my flight home, so I left it with friends in Lima to keep it safe. Turns out Hostal Sauce needs a photocopy of that card and it's a bit of a problem for them if you arrive without it. I had to fax a copy of the card to them when I returned to Lima.

The staff speaks very little English, which is not a problem unless a problem arises or you have a complicated question. They are pleasant and try very hard.

  • Liked — Located just off the town square
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled solo
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3 Thank artmachine
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California
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2008

Just stayed at Hotel Sauce one night in Feb. and loved it. Our rooms were spotlessly clean, as was the newly tiled bathroom; we had all the hot water we could use, and there were nice touches as mentioned by other reviewers, like the chocolates, the "buenos noches" cards and miniature souvenir clay pots on the pillows. Our windows had stunning views of the ruins. It was warm and inviting. When the power went out (all over town), we were immediately brought candles and matches. Even with the power out, we found a restaurant practically next door (El Chausqui) with a wood fired oven (great vegetarian pizza--we went back the next day for lunch). The only thing that might be a downside for some--our daughters are both quite fluent in Spanish, but had a difficult time understanding the Spanish of the man at the front desk when we were there. However, he seemed to understand our needs and be eager to help, and when I asked if I could buy more water, he immediately RAN across the street and purchased some for us. We thought the breakfast buffet was great--simple, but with enough choices, including eggs and pancakes. The lobby/ breakfast area, also spotlessly clean, has a kiva and several small couches, and one whole large wall decorated with hundreds of typical Peruvian woolen hats, their colorful patterns providing both interest and warmth to the area. The ruins are an easy walk down the hill, the main square an easy walk up the street. We had contacted the hotel by e-mail prior to our trip, and always got prompt responses. At our request, they had arranged for a driver to pick us up at our hotel in Cusco, and drive us to other Sacred Valley sites on the way to Ollantaytambo. We had to rearrange the dates for all of this once we arrived in Cusco due to a major strike that would be shutting down cabs, trains, etc, and when we called, they were very accommodating in helping us reschedule both our rooms and the driver. We loved this charming little hotel, and would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, charm, views, convenience of location to ruins, town
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank elizhd
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Melbourne, Australia
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115 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2007

Having read earlier reviews, we were a little nervous about our impending stay at Hotel Sauce. After a death defying trip in a tuk tuk up the main road from the train station, we hurtled into the courtyard of the hotel and staggered out of our "vehicle" rather thankfully. The lady at reception was polite but reserved, until we spotted her kitten, "Valentina". Then it was all smiles as we traded cats names and talked about our own pets.

The room was simply furnished, poorly lit and cold, until we asked for, and received, a space heater. The bathroom was very good (although cold !). Plenty of hot water.

When we woke in the morning and opened the curtains, we had a fabulous view of the ruins. Just gorgeous.

Breakfast was simple, but all very fresh and we were asked if we would like a freshly made pancake or omelette. Despite limited choices, it was one of the best breakfasts we had in a Peruvian hotel (finally, bread rolls that didn't make your jaws ache !)

I'd happily stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Allcorners
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Minnesota
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28 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2007

The whole place was great. We had the best view out our window of the ruins. It is a nice little town and Hostal Sauce is in a great location. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast was very good. The only bad thing was a dog that kept barking in the night - but that isn't really the hotels fault.

It really is a great little hotel. Just make sure you get a room facing the ruins. Enjoy.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank MinnesotaPat
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210 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2007

Ollytambo has'nt moved on for what appears100 years, but thats good. Hotel Sauce is well placed just off the main plaza. It is a bit pricey but when we opened our room curtains and saw the terraces of the ruins it was worth every penny. the staff try hard but are a little shy. Overall its fine.
Whilst there go to cafe heart, have afternoon tea, scones with jam and cream with a pot of tea. It is a charity cafe and worth the visit,

  • Liked — location and views
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
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3 Thank headgreenkeeper
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Nova Scotia
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155 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2007

Hotel Sauce was the most expensive place we stayed in on our three week trip to Argentina and Peru. It was also the nicest in terms of bedroom facilities and breakfast. We paid $US89 for a room with a view of the fortress. The view is wonderful.

It was cold when we arrived and we found a portable heater had been placed outside our room for us. There was also a fire in the fireplace.

The staff were very quiet, but polite. The lady in charge was helpful in arranging for a private taxi tour of the valley. I was amazed that I was able to do this in my limited Spanish and even more amazed to hear her speak English to us when we were checking out!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank maryann-ns
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Las Vegas & New Jersey
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53 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2007

We stayed at Sauce April 25, 2007. Entering the dusty town through an uninteresting Plaza, Ollantaytambo looked like a place where time stood still. So we were surprised that the lobby of Hostal Sauce was bright, cheerful and rustic modern. For us, that's as good as it got.

The young women at the reception desk were not very friendly or helpful.

Our room, #12, had a great view of the town and the ruins. The small room was rustic, but not terribly pretty. The pictures we took make it look much better than it was. Terra cotta walls, some logs on the high pitched ceilings, antique dresser and night tables that were way too high for the bed. The lighting was awful, only 25w bulbs. The bathroom was modern, with a tiled vanity and shower, newer faucet, low modern toilet The weather was cold, and the room and bathroom were FREEZING, and there was no heat, not even a space heater. I spent the night shivering, when I wasn't in the bathroom looking at all the gnats and moths that covered that room.

The breakfast was awful: unripe papaya and grapes with seeds, watered-down orange and apple juice, pourable yogurt for the fruit, ice-cold scrambled eggs (they had never bothered to light the Sterno to keep them warm), some sort of sesame-covered gooey granola, and coffee so muddy that no amount of milk could lighten it. My husband asked if they make omelets, and after an eternity spent trying to get the server (who spoke no English) to understand what he wanted, he got his omelet. But when we got up to leave they asked us to pay for the it. We should have been told in advance.

The temperature in the attractive lobby was about the same as our room: ice wouldn't melt. Yet not once was that lovely adobe fireplace turned on.

At $79, we felt the hotel was definitely overpriced in comparison with other, nicer places we stayed in in Peru and Bolivia, and I definitely would NOT recommend Sauce, despite what others have written.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of heat
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Sukki007
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Additional Information about SAUCE Hostal

Property: SAUCE Hostal
Address: Ventiderio 248, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Ollantaytambo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Ollantaytambo
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — SAUCE Hostal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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