We stayed at this hostel and found it worked fine for us. Plenty of hot water, they made us tea us soon as we got there. They don't take Visa but they do take MasterCard. odd. They have an unused but cute courtyard right outside and there is an enormous door in the inca wall they are built on, so at night they lock this big door which I think is good for safety. The staff were helpful, nothing went missing even though we left a lot of lugguge while we went off to do the inca trail. Breakfast was basic, rolls with jam and butter (the butter in Peru is wonderful). Tea, coffee... that may be it. The rooms built up a lot of humidity so you may need to leave your windows open. Buildings in Peru don't have screens so....and there is also nothing resembling sound insulation anywhere I stayed including here. If you can't handle being immersed in the local culture, even when you want to sleep, don't go to Peru. If you can live like the locals, you'll be fine.
You will be bothered by hawkers outside the inn. A taxi honking at you is asking if you want a ride. If anyone (including children) try to sell to you using guilt, "why won't you buy this? Please just buy it"...just try to sell them something back. Worked for me. I can understand trying to make a buck; but it's so relentless it's counterproductive. A good shop to buy scarves, ponchos... is around the corner on Santa Catalina Angosta. Across from a terrible restaurant called something like "El Meson de Don Thomas", a little towards the Plaza de Armas, is a shop with no sign but there is a golden retriever who hangs just inside the door. Good prices, nice lady, great dog. :) A restaurant just across from the lousy "Don Thomas" is a place with a lot of windows, a carry out window for empanadas. We ate inside several times.
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