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“Fine hostel in a town flooded by tourists”

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Pirwa Hostel Machu Picchu
Warsaw, Poland
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35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Fine hostel in a town flooded by tourists”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

- Location: 10 min walk from the train station. 5-10 min walk to the bus to Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes is really small, so you can say it's in the city centre
- Staff: communicative English
- Cleanliness: fine. Nice rooms,
- Breakfast: Cereals, juice, scrambled eggs - you can take as much as you like. And they start serving it before the dawn so if you want to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu you won't leave hungry. Breakfast is served on the 4th or 5th floor.
- Comfort: Wifi was weak in the room, so we mostly used the computer in the common room. Hot water in the shower. No elevator.
- Value for money: ok

Room Tip: No elevator. On the other hand - common room with breakfast and computer is on the 4th or 5th floor.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

This place was absolutely horrible. We got in late and had to leave early in the morning for Machu Pichu, so we had to tolerate the room. The room was damp, musty and smelled like urine. To say the least, we weren't able to get a good nights sleep. I would definetly NOT recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Canada
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36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Aguas Calientes is very damp and cold between June and September. If possible, spend some extra money on more comfortable accommodation.

Pirwa Hostel had no seals on the doors or windows, making every room cold and draughty, including the common areas.

The staff were very loud and their every word echoed throughout the floors.

There was no hot water in the shower, and the bathroom window opened up into the common room.

The walls were moldy and the paint peeling. The rooms and bedding smelled musty. The lighting was so dim, it was hard to tell how clean the room was.

I didn't bother to go down for breakfast, so I cannot comment on this part of the experience.

However, once one got over the dampness of the sheets, the beds were comfortable. This was the only thing that was good.

I have stayed in many a-hostel in my time, but this place made me reconsider why I even want to continue hostelling in future.

As I mentioned in the first paragraph, if you can, spend a little extra and stay in a nicer hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Lima, Peru
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2013

I stayed in this hostel only 1 night .The hostel it was quiet and the bed comfortable. They start to serve breakfast at 04:00 AM because a lot tourists want to visit the site of Machu Picchu very early in the morning. I eat at 05:00 and the food was good ( Juan Carlos prepared the breakfast ).I am not remember the names easily but in this case it stick to my mind because he also give me a lots of tips regarding my return to Lima. He seems to know very well Lima .
The next time when I will come to Peru I will reserve only in Pirwa's Hostel because you can benefit of one free night when you will return to Lima to thake your plane to fly back home.

Room Tip: You can leave for free your things during you visit the SIte and when you return they let you to use...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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69 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Very average hostels, but it doesn't matter if your just sleeping here for a couple hours like we were. The staff is helpful and there are large storage lockers to keep your stuff while you visit machu pichu. If you're spending a longer time in Aguas Calientes you should check out SuperTramp. This hostel is located right by downtown near the restaurants and right by a convience store.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Rio de Janeiro
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105 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Good hostel with excellent location. Near restaurants and the bus stop to machu pichu. The room is a little bit small and there is no enough lockers. The staff is simpatic and help a lot with information.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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St. Augustine, Florida
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

This was the only place in Peru we very much disliked. Upon arrival to the hostel, we were directed to go across the street, and up a side street to the B and B. From other reviews, it looks like the hostel has better accommodations than the B and B. There are no exterior windows in the B and B. Our room had an interior window, facing the stair wall and only hallway. We were on the second floor and could hear every single person who was checking in at the front desk and every single person walking up the staircase. It was just so loud. No air circulation in the room. It smelled moldy and damp. The bathroom smelled like urine. We are from Florida and have a high tolerance for damp moldy smelling places, but this was bad. What was odd was our room had a flat screened TV in it! Seemed such an odd use of money for a place that was missing so many basic comforts. We made our reservations on Expedia. The photos shown were not the place we stayed at. We had friends that stayed at El Mistico which looked much better and was in the same price range.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pirwa Hostel Machu Picchu
Address: Av Pachacuteq 603, Aguas Calientes 08000, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Aguas Calientes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #16 of 43 Speciality Lodging in Aguas Calientes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Pirwa Hostel Machu Picchu 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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