My husband and I and a friend stayed 1 night in this hotel, as part of a Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu package which was organised by Inca World Peru, calle Suecia 300, Cusco.
They had offered us a price which included busrides, trainrides, 1 night in a budget hotel in Aguas Calientes and 1 night in Ollantaytambo,the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and a private carride with guide back to Cusco.
I had requested this travel agency by email to reserve Wiracocha Inn in Aguas Calientes and Hotel Iskay or Casa de Wow in Ollantaytambo . When we got the envelope with the vouchers in Cusco, we saw that they had booked us in Las Orquideas in Ollantaytambo.
I had read all the reviews about the hotels in Peru , and I knew I had read something unfavourable about this hostel, so before we took the eveningtrain from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes we stopped by the hostel in order to see if it was alright. Our first impression was that the rooms and bathrooms were basic but clean, there is a nice garden, and the location is close to the station.
We took the train to Aguas Calientes (and saw that the travel agency had tried to cheat us : they had charged us 45 US dollar per person per ride to and from Aguas Calientes, whereas on the tickets it said 29 US dollar to go go and 36 US dollar to come back ; after a complaint to the people of the agency we got the difference back , minus 7 US per person they claimed was a reservation fee. Afterward we discovered they cheated us again when they charged us 60 soles per person for a halfdaytrip to Tipon, Piccilacta and Andahuaylillas, whereas people on our bus who booked through other agencies only payed 30 to 35 soles. Again they payed us back the difference, but it goes to show that you really must check that you really get what you payed for when you book a tour )
When we arrived in Hostal Las Orquideas after our visit to Machu Picchu 1 day later, my husband and I got a room with a double bed in the corner on the ground floor,( I don't remember the roomnumber, but it is the room closest to the breakfastroom, opposite the front door of the hotel) Our friend had the room next door.
We slept well, until I woke from a terrible itching at 5 o'clock in the morning. I went to check in the bathroom mirror and saw that I had multiple bites underneath my upperarm and around my ankles and on my knee.
I am allergic to insectbites, and these were red, thick and itched like hell. My husband was also bitten on the arms, but not as much as I. We both took a hot shower, sealed every shred of clothing that might have come in contact with the sheats in a plastic bag and went to sit in the breakfastroom.
As soon as the staff arrived, I showed the bites and they immediatly sent for the owner. She tried to make us believe it could have been mosquitos, and pointed out that there were clean sheats on the bed (which was true) and that there were no insects to be seen on the sheats. I didn't find the spanish word for bedbugs in my small dictionary, and settled on fleas in stead of that. She then armed the staff with insectspray and let them spray the room, the matress and our luggage.
Our friend in the room next door had no complaints at all. She had slept like a rose, had had a good hot shower and had no bites. So whatever insects it might have been, the problem was only in 1 room. The breakfast was alright and the garden was beautiful, so if you avoid this one room, maybe it could be an OK hostal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer you comfortable and clean rooms with private bathrooms and 24 hour hot water, beautiful gardens and the best views of Ollantaytambo, together with all our attention and experience at your service, to make your visit to Ollantaytambo a unique and unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo
- Hotel Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo, Peru - Sacred Valley