My boyfriend and I stayed here for three nights and overall was the best place we stayed at during our two week trip in Peru (short, but sweet).
Cali (owner/operator) was absolutely fantastic and full of helpful information about the town, sights, and the surrounding area. He also spoke English if our Spanish wasn't up to snuff per the conversation. He asked for S/70 for a double bed with private bath - we asked if S/60 was okay, and he said "claro!" ("of course"). On a few occasions he broke large bills for us, since the ATM only gives 50/100 bills and local shops and market vendors often won't take those - huge help.
Our double room/private bath was on the small side, but fine enough for our needs. Unfortunately, we didn't figure out the shower's hot water system until the last day. ASK HOW THE HOT WATER WORKS - many prior complaints about the water not working are likely due to misunderstanding how the electric water system functions - it DOES work! Mattress was hard and uncomfortable, but had an awesome down comforter and stayed cozy. The building also had a fantastic third level roofed terrace where you could sit and see the town and mountains on all sides - beautiful!!
Breakfast was the standard breakfast you'd get at most other eco/budget places - complimentary bread, butter, jam, and instant coffee. Totally satisfying for our simple needs. Our final day, Cali offered to make us fried eggs - sooo delicious!
Other complaints on this review I've noted is the lack of room service during the day - that might be standard by higher class American/Western expectations, but don't expect that at this lovely, affordable hostel -- it's really not necessary, in my opinion. My rating is docked one star solely due to the uncomfortable bed and lack of a window in the room. All other aspects of the hostel were fantastic. It was clean, quiet, colorful, tactful atmosphere, and all around a joy to be at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Sumac Chaska! We are a family run hostel in the middle of the beautiful Inca village of Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley. You will find us down the cobbled Chaupi Calle less than a minute from the main square and ten minutes from the train station.We offer clean, quaint accommodation with a friendly atmosphere. We have a roof terrace with full view of all the surrounding mountains and their abundant Inca ruins. We welcome independent travellers, couples, families and groups with accommodation to meet all needs. We have dorms, doubles, triples, quad rooms, with or without bathroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sumac Chaska Hostal Ollantaytambo, Peru - Sacred Valley