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“Solid hostel; beautiful view!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostal Wara Wara
Don Bosco 190, Cusco 08000, Peru   |  
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Ranked #7 of 257 Cusco B&B and Inns
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“Solid hostel; beautiful view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed at Hostal Wara Wara for one night at the end of June, and were pleased with our stay. We were picked up at Cusco's airport by a driver that HWW had arranged for us, and were able to check in early. HWW's manager (apologies, can't remember his name) gave us a map of the city and was happy to provide sightseeing and restaurant recommendations to us. He also helped us arrange for a driver to take us to the Peru Rail station the next morning.

Location is fantastic and very central -- probably a 5-10 minute walk to Plaza del Armas (which is the main, touristy center of the city). HWW is up on a hill, so getting to the city center required walking down a long flight of stairs, which, coupled with altitude sickness, may not be the best combo, but we had no problems aside from shortness of breath. The view of Cusco from HWW's balcony is amazing! Beautiful panorama of the city.

We stayed in their double twin bed room. The room was small but clean, and towels and a bar of soap were provided. HWW has free wifi, and the signal strength was so-so. The room had a private ensuite bathroom. The only real issue we had was with hot water, which was erratic at times, and would sometimes run out after a few minutes of showering. The sink has no hot water function. The room was not heated and was pretty cold in the morning and evening, though the alpaca blankets that were provided were nice and warm!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We spent a total of 4 nights with Miguel and Viviana on the front and back end of a Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and enjoyed our stay very much. The view from two rooms we stayed in were incredible, and the view from the porch off the family room and the upper room which also serves as a restaurant / dining room at night is incredible. Breakfast was simple, delicious and satisfying - orange juice, coffee, fresh bread, jam and eggs. Miguel served us two outstanding gourmet dinners for a very reasonable price, and it was fun to get to know them better along with other travelers who joined us and shared their stories with us. Miguel and Viviana were also very helpful in suggesting things to do, setting up taxis, letting us know a good place to have our laundry done right around the corner, lending us trekking poles, etc., etc. We will definitely try to stay with Miguel and Viviana again when we visit Cusco the next time!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We loved the view of Cusco's Plaza de Armas from Hostal Wara Wara! The location was central: we were able to walk everywhere & cover a lot of ground from Hostal Wara Wara, which was wonderful & convenient since we had less than one day to spend in Cusco. Miguel & Vivian, the hosts, were very helpful, friendly, & accommodating.

A few things that travelers should consider, though: 1.) It was no problem to walk from the hostal to Plaza de Armas because you would be going down the steps. Coming back up from the plaza to the hostal could be a challenging one for those who are not fit because it requires you to walk many steps up to the hostal. 2.) We were there in early June, and Cusco got really cold at night & in the morning. Thus, the room we were in felt a bit cold. These things didn't bother us at all, but I thought I'd mention them since they might matter for other travelers.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We spent 3 nights here. One night before visiting the Sacred Valley and 2 other after returning.
The suite equipped with TV and an electric heater but the biggest advantage of this room is the outstanding view. You can admire the lighted Plaza de Armas while lying on your bed. Floor map of this room is a bit surprising and bathroom definitely need some renovation.
The family room with 3 beds (room 4) wasn't our favorite... Though it was the cheapest room we had in Wara Wara the lack of outside windows made it very depressing to us. Also we heard all the noise from the lobby area and would have been happier with a double bed...Fortunately Miguel was willingly appreciated our concerns about this room and offered us for one single night to move to a double room further from the noise in the back (room 7).
It was our favorite one with the nicest bathroom of all we tried, comfy double bed, electric heater and plenty of space to store your belongings. I would definitely stay in this room again at any time.
Breakfast was good, freshly squeezed juice was the best ever.
About the owners Miguel and Vivianna I cannot say anything else but compliments. They were attentive and extremely helpful. They prepared coca tea and offered some home made cookies both time we arrived. Recommended the best restaurant we have visited in Peru, stored our luggage for free while we were away in the Sacred Valley for 4 days, let us use their computer to print our boarding passes and save information from my iPhone to a stick, helped with our laundry and arranged our travel to Urubamba (including a 3 hours stop at Pisac ruins). Carlos was the nicest driver we have ever met. We were so glad that also agreed our return travel with him. In 4 days he was waiting for us in front of La Capilla punctually at the agreed time.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed a night in one of the two rooms below the newly opened restaurant and had to endure loud music until 11pm and a shower that was barely warm with poor pressure. We went to the amazon and had another booking thereafter for five nights and were assured that a better room would be provided. Sadly no. If you are going to stay here make sure you get room six which Is far away from the living room noise. I also don't like having a Dog begging for food during breakfast. Please address these issues Wara Wara if you want to be a good B&B.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Stayed at Hostal Wara Wara with my fiancée in May 2014 at the beginning of a trip to Peru. We enjoyed a very warm welcome from Viviana and Miguel, the young (also recently engaged) couple who run the place and live there with their adorable son and friendly dog. It's a lovely B & B up in the hills of Cusco with a great view down onto the Plaza de Armas. We switched rooms midway through and both were very comfortable. You get a tasty breakfast included and, if you want, there are typically other guests enjoying beers at night at the adjoining restaurant. This isn't a 5-star hotel (the showers were a bit spotty), but it's hard not to be charmed by the location and owners. Because of its location, you should definitely consider a cab up from the airport if you've just arrived in Cusco, as walking up the hill can be tough when you're adjusting to the altitude.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Very nice (Argentine) young couple owning this hostal. They make you feel at home and the view from the terrace is breathtaking. Superb breakfast but only OK rooms. They should fix the plumbing so that it is on a par with the rest. As it is, they do not deserve five stars.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Don Bosco 190, Cusco 08000, Peru
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Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #7 of 257 B&Bs / Inns in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 3 blocks away from the main square, it is a luminous and spacious place with a panoramic view to the downtown historic area...The hotel counts with 6 rooms, including dobles, triples, and bridals, all of them with their own private bathroom and hot water all day.We offer the following services: American Breakfast, Wifi Internet, Luggage Room, and optional Transportation to the airport. ... more   less 
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