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“Great Kitchen. Great hosts. Great stay.” 5 of 5 stars
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El Tuco Hostel
Av Grau 835, Cusco, Peru   |  
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Ranked #14 of 222 Specialty lodging in Cusco
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“Great Kitchen. Great hosts. Great stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We've been in Peru for many months now, and El Tuco rates on our top 3 places we've stayed.

Here's what we loved:

Staff: Carina and Coco are warm and welcoming. They're full of information of what's around. Coco especially loves to hang around in the mornings and practice his English and help you with your Spanish too! They really add warmth and charm to the house.

Rooms: We stayed in three rooms over the course of our stay. They're all quite large, all had desks (joy! Somewhere to put your stuff that's not the floor!) and also had shelves and deep window casings to put your things. All the beds have bedside tables (it's remarkable how this small detail often goes awry in Peru!)

Showers: Simply the best. The pressure and hot water will turn you a happy shade of pink.

Cleanliness: One of our top priorities. If it's not clean we don't stay. Well, El Tuco is very, very clean. The tile in the bathrooms sparkles and there's no dust under the beds. Love that. Our favorite clean place though? The kitchen! See next!

Kitchen: Oh joy of joys! To the budget traveler who's also a clean-freak having a clean, well-stocked kitchen is a great pleasure. It's so easy to keep a kitchen clean that's ALREADY clean. You've got a 4 eyed gas burner, a microwave (yes!), a fridge, and plenty of cookware and plates. There's even a few essentials available for all to use like salt and pepper, plus whatever other travelers have left behind (we found mayo, ketchup, soy sauce, and vinegar)

Breakfast: Breakfast is basic, but sufficient. Decent bread, margarine, jam, instant coffee and many types of tea to choose from. I don't know what other reviewers are talking about that some people got eggs served to them and they didn't, perhaps they'd asked and paid a little more? I know for us, we just walked 2 blocks, bought eggs, and fruit and very inexpensively supplemented our own breakfast. Breakfast also takes place at a huge communal table, which is awesome for getting to know people and learning about what's around and getting information first hand from fellow travelers.

Wi-fi-Very dependable downstairs in the common area-fine for skyping and uploading photos. They also have a computer there you can use. In the rooms the wi-fi sometimes worked great and other times went in and out.

Location: I had to laugh when some reviewers said El Tuco is so far away from everything. Seriously, it's a 10 minute walk to center. This means a cheaper, quieter hostel for you! We walked to center several times a day and enjoyed the walk.

Over all we are very satisfied with our stay. Quiet, clean, comfortable, friendly, good location, nice rooms, great kitchen. Thanks Coco and Carina!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We had a really good stay in El Tuco. The place is quiet, clean, and generally has everything you would want from a relatively cheap hostel. The breakfast was simple, but perfectly adequate (bread and hot drinks). The service was great, Coco is incredibly friendly and accomodating, he got up at 5am to let us out for trekking and was not phased by our constant mind-changing over how long we planned to stay. The location is not as bad as some have said, it's about a 10 min walk from the centre and only a couple of mins away from a supermarket, where you can buy dinner to cook yourself in the hostel if you're on a budget! It was a touch cold in our room, but they were happy to provide us with extra blankets when we asked. A slight pain was that you have to ring the doorbell to get let in or out, and if no-one's at the front desk you could be left waiting for a couple of minutes. At least that shows how secure it was there though! Overall, we were really pleased with El Tuco, it was a good place to base yourself for exploring Cusco and the surrounding area.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at El Tuco. The staff were always super friendly and helped us to organize trekking. The rooms were large and immaculately clean with comfy beds and nice extras like bedside tables, lamps, big wardrobe etc. There is lots of space in the hostal so you don't feel like you ate living on top of others. There are plenty of communal areas and couches etc as well as cable TV, computer, books etc. to keep you entertained. The wifi was excellent and available in our room.
There is a kitchen which not many hostels in South America provide.
Best thing in the hostel is the showers piping hot and heaps of pressure... So good after a long trek or bus ride.
We arrived at 7am and were immediately invited in for breakfast and our room was ready even though it was so early. When we went trekking they stored our baggage and were there to welcome us back and let us in at 1am. On our last day we had use of all the facilities until our bus at 6pm.
As for location, well it isn't right in the historic centre but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it is right next to a supermarket and only 5 mins walk to the centre. The all night party people are staying right in the centre and we were glad we had such a chilled place after hearing horror stories from people in the centre.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Coco and his wife were wonderful hosts, full of excellent advice.

The hostel is a nice building, our room was large and clean and the bathroom was of a good standard for Peru. The water was always hot and the water pressure was good. The bed was clean and comfortable. We found our room very cold and there were no heaters for hire.

Breakfast was basic (bread and spreads, tea and coffee only).

The hostel is a 10-15 minute walk from the centre and we found the neighbourhood was not as nice as others.

Overall a good hostel and good value if location is not important to you.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gosport, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 6nights, it's about a 10min walk to the plaza, there was always hot water and someone at the reception desk willing to help. We would gladly stay again.
Coco (the owner) and his family are fantastic hosts, if your lucky enough to be there when his bar opens he makes great pisco sours!!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

El Tuco is the best Hostel we have stayed in during our time in Peru. The house is a beautiful old 1930 s place and has loads of character. Our room was huge with clean bathroom and THE best hot shower in Peru. Coco is very helpful and nothing is too much trouble, even getting up at 2 o'clock in the morning to let us out when we went trekking. Your room is even tidied and bed made when you go out during the day, a rare treat. This is a quiet hostel which suits us but maybe not the place to come if you want to party. Breakfast is included and the kitchen is the cleanest I have seen in Peru.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The hostel was located around 12 min. from the main plaza. The staff was friendly and helpful with things to do, and it was no problem leaving our luggage there for 3 days or leaving at 5 o' clock in the morning. Breakfast was simple. White bread (as much as you wanted) jam, butter and tea. The kitchen had what you needed. Calm atmosphere, so not a place to hang out, but if you`re not there to party I recommend the place. The pillows were terrible though, and it was quite cold, especially in the kitchen, but the showers were always warm!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av Grau 835, Cusco, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
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Ranked #14 of 222 Specialty lodging in Cusco
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