I stayed here as part of a group trip, which meant I had no say whatsoever in where I wanted to stay. I quite frankly don't even know how much the hotel costs compared to everything else in the area. In the interest of full disclosure, I have never stayed in a hostel. I don't know how others would describe this place but it certainly fits my idea of what I think a hostel is. Therefore, I can't say how it compares to others.
Some of the pros: #1 Clean room, #2 Kind staff (although not many speak English), #3 Not too far a walk (5-10 minutes) from where the bus to Machu Picchu departs.
Some of the cons: #1 The rooms are not designed with comfort in mind. Clearly they expect visitors to spend less than 24-hours as they arrive into Aguas Calientes and depart by 5am for Machu Picchu. #2 More than one outlet in the room is a luxury. That sucks when two or more people are sharing a room and there's lots of technology between the two (or three) of you that needs to be recharged. #3 There are no bathmats. After stepping out of the shower I slipped and almost fell quite a few times. I had flip-flops for the shower and my wet footprints tracked into the bedroom area. #4 There are supposedly three wireless routers of which almost NONE of them worked. My group occupied quite a bit of the building and everyone was trying desperately to get online. #5 There are no railings on the inner stairs and I found it a little unnerving.
Recommendations: #1 Ask for an extra towel when you check-in that you can lay on the floor just outside of the shower stall. Your safety depends on it. #2 Don't realistically expect to be able to get online. At the time of my visit, the WiFi signals were incredibly weak and everyone was trying to access it at the same time. #3 Pay extra if necessary to hire a porter to carry your bags from the train station to the Inn. Fortunately my group handled it and it was a service I truly appreciated. The streets of Aguas Calientes can be very confusing as you arrive and have to pass through a huge market. Not to mention the fact that it's pretty much a modest uphill and winding route to get there. I would have been annoyed beyond belief if I had to find my way there AND carry my bags on my own. #4 Request a room on the second floor if possible should you have knee trouble or difficulty climbing stairs. My room was on the fifth floor.
At the end of the day, I was satisfied but slightly annoyed at this location. You pretty much have two options: #1 You can save money on accommodations and be patient with what you get. Understand that you're staying at this location for likely less than 24-hours and you're simply passing through to Machu Picchu. #2 If you're not comfortable with the idea of staying in anything reminiscent of a hostel - even for less than 24-hours - RUN for the hills. Spend your money and stay in one of the higher-end hotels closer to Machu Picchu. It will cost several hundred dollars US, but for some people the price is well worth it. Just understand that you can't realistically spend a little and expect to get five star service and the world for your money.
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