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“Pleasant stay in charming, casual hotel”
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Apu Lodge
Ranked #3 of 30 Ollantaytambo B&B and Inns
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Seattle, Washington
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“Pleasant stay in charming, casual hotel”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We stayed at the Apu Lodge 3 nights. When we arrived in Ollantatambo, we were surprised to learn that the Lodge was at the end of a long cobblestone walkway. Our luggage was transported to the Lodge in a cart powered by a 3-wheeled bicycle. It was all rather charming. The Lodge itself is simply but pleasantly furnished. The atmosphere is casual. The reception area is in part of a large common room with tables and chairs (also used for breakfast), a small sitting area next to a fireplace and book shelf/library. Our room was clean, simple and pleasant, with a terrific view of the Ollantatambo ruins. The queen-sized bed was very comfortable. There were plenty if blankets on the bed, including a comforter. The hot water tap in the shower was a little finicky but we had good hot showers. WIFI was a bit of a challenge. I could not get it in the room and it was “hit and miss” in the common area depending on where I was sitting. Breakfast was included in the price and was very basic (eggs on request, bread, fruit, granola and coffee). The owner was pleasant and friendly. Overall, I would recommend this charming hotel if you are going to stay in low key Ollantatambo. If you book a room here, be prepared to pay in cash (only good, untorn US bills or Soles accepted), and keep in mind that there are only 2 cash machines in Ollantatambo. Also, if you are taking the train to Machu Picchu, the train station is about a 20 minute walk away.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Lovely 1 night stay in Oct 13. The owner is from Scotland and has lived in Ollantaytambo for 10 years - building this place from scratch. Very friendly and helpful staff - all speak good English. Good breakfast of cereal, eggs and bread - and will get it ready early if you need it. We had an amazing room - 3 singles and 1 double bed for 2 of us ! Lovely clean room, sheets and towels. Boiling hot showers, lovely gardens and views of the ruins. It is down a lovely narrow footpath with Inca walls and a little stream flowing along the side. Would love to have stayed longer.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Making arrangements for our stay through emails with Apu Lodge was incredibly smooth and easy. Questions were answered promptly and thoroughly. They arranged a driver to meet us early in the morning when we arrived at the Cusco airport and transport us to Ollantaytambo. He was very pleasant and after reading so many descriptions of the drivers in Peru, we were pleased to feel safe in his care:) The driver took us to the small town square and someone from the lodge met us with a bicycle cart to help us get our luggage there. Altho we only had one suitcase each, the lodge is a short walk down the narrow, cobblestone streets and dragging luggage would have been a pain!
After almost 24 hours of planes and taxis, walking into the charming courtyard of Apu was delightful. The landscaping was beautiful, the reception from the staff and the offer of coffee/tea much appreciated! They continued to be helpful with any sort of questions and with recommendations for the three nights we stayed with them.
Breakfast was simple but sufficient-granola, wonderful yogurt, fresh fruit, local breads, eggs, coffee, tea. Filtered water for your use was a great convenience. Plenty of books to browse and a notebook full of comments and suggestions from former travelers.
We actually stayed in three different rooms for the three nights we were there! The first night we were downstairs but asked to be moved to the second floor because of the view. Also turns out that when someone on the second floor happens to be leaving early, it sounds like they are square dancing above you, so opt for the top floor! After being gone to MP for a night (and they are happy to store your luggage) we returned to yet another room for the final night. When it was time to leave, they once again "bicycled" our luggage to the square to meet our driver.
I would absolutely stay here again. We loved the entire feel of Ollantaytambo-so quiet and peaceful compared to other cities we visited in Peru. Just remember it is not luxury-if you need that I'd be looking elsewhere. The rooms were basic, there was hot water, the furnishings were adequate but it certainly wasn't five star. But the views and the staff were incredible!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

My family with two young children (2, 4) stayed at the lodge for 3 nights to acclimate to the altitude before heading to Machu Picchu.We used Ollanta as a base to visit Pumamarca, Salt Mines, and Moray. We had a transfer from Cusco airport, which was useful as the roads were wet and we didn't have to worry about finding the lodge. We checked into a family room upstairs that had nice views of the granaries. Bathroom facilities were pretty basic with a shower that had plenty of hot water. The gardens were nice for the children to explore, and the location required lots of walking up and down cobblestone alleys. It's definitely off the beaten track, and less touristy than the area down by the train station. Service was friendly and the breakfast in the mornings was varied and yummy.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Pluses: Beautiful garden, lots of sun, flowers, nice view, peaceful and quiet! Really hot shower! Good blankets. Free water and maté. They arranged private transport for us for a very fair price!

Minuses: Internet didn´t work. My room (number 4) smelled funny as if after some meal or spices. They promised to do something about it, but nothing happened. Also there was another door from my room, it was actually unlocked and led to their “staff areas” - that didn´t feel safe at all. At night I could hear every step of the people in the room above me!!!!!!!

Location: Yes, it is a little bit further from the center and cars can´t get there (our Sprinter left us at the main square). But they will bring your luggage (in a tricycle) and all you need to do is walk for 5 to 10 minutes from the main square (a fair price for the quiet). At night the path is well lighted. Location was no problem at all.

In general, the hotel looks great from outside, but I feel the rooms should be better. They need more care and cleaning (see the pictures) and better amenities (we only got soap, not even a shampoo). A safe box and better furniture would also help. However I think I got one of the worst rooms. I saw the upstairs ones and if I got one of those I would probably score 4 maybe even 5.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are nicer and you don´t hear people walking above you.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Louise N, Owner at Apu Lodge, responded to this review, 10 April 2017
Thank you for your helpful review. Since your stay we have addressed most of your minuses and can still count with all the pluses (garden, sun, flowers, views, peace, showers, duvets, free drinks, beautiful location and help with luggage from the plaza).

You are right that the room you were in needed some work, and now it is really cosy. Access to your room from the rest of the hotel is now impossible as now there is a new wardrobe in front of the door that was previously visible. It has also been blocked from the other side with insulation, wooden paneling and a bookshelf. That room is the only one with no internet signal at all still. We now supply shampoo as well as soap.

Apologies for the deficiencies with your room when you stayed back in 2013. I believe it is now one of our best with gorgeous views of the ruins and the garden from two different sides.
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We stayed 3 nights here. I was highly impressed with the hotel as we shared multiple emails back and forth prior to our arrival. They secured Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tickets for us 2 months prior to us checking in. That saved a lot of time and worry. The owner speaks perfect English and the front desk staff speak enough English. We are a lesbian couple. Our only concern was that I had booked a king sized bed which they referred to as the "matrimony suite". The girl who checked us in laughed with confusion at this and offered us a room with a queen bed and a twin. Since we were not sure how to respond to this in a foreign country, we just took the room and snuggled in the queen sized bed. ;)The hotel is up a cobblestone road on the edge of the very small town. You cannot drive up to it so I recommend not having excessive bags to carry unless you have help. The hotel itself had amazing views and a beautiful garden. The room was simple and served its purpose but was clean. If you go in the cooler months, be forewarned that there is no heat, or AC for that matter. However they did supply us with a space heater on request. Good shower pressure ( not electric) and hot water did not run out. Don't expect a tv or anything fancy. However, you're in a town built among Incan ruins. Why would you want one anyway.The breakfast was bread, coffee, juice, fruits, yogurt and granola. We also had scrambled eggs. Various teas including coca tea (awesome) were available. Filtered water was readily available in the lobby.

When we left at 5am for the train to Machu Picchu, they had a little bag of breakfast (bread, fruit) waiting for us which was much appreciated. The hotel is a 15 minute walk to the train station. We felt completely safe both in the hotel as well as in Ollantaytambo. Given the chance, we would absolutely go back and chose to stay at Apu Lodge. Yes, there are other hotels closer to the town center but nothing can compare to the views at Apu Lodge.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Very nice place with a garden at the end of a long and narrow pebble stone road, below the Ollantaytambo mountain range. Advise is not to have any luggage beyond your backpack! Otherwise you have to carry it because you won't be able to drag them on the long pebble stone road.

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Property: Apu Lodge
Address: Lari Calle s/n | Urubamba, Ollantaytambo 84, Peru
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Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Ollantaytambo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Ollantaytambo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Apu Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apu Lodge is a boutique bed-and-breakfast located in the pedestrian Inca streets of the village of Ollantaytambo and its position on a terrace gives it a fantastic view from all rooms. It has spacious gardens, visited by humming birds, hammocks to relax in after your hike to Machu Picchu or other ruins, and is very peaceful. All rooms have views, private bathrooms with excellent shower and are furnished with simple elegance. Dinner is served in our restaurant. English spoken and excellent advice given on local sites, tours and taxis can be arranged. Please call from the plaza for assistance with luggage as there is no vehicle access. ... more   less 
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