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“Probably our favourite hotel in Peru” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Calle Tandapata 260 | Barrio San Blas, Cusco, Peru (Formerly Hostal Pension Alemana)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 257 Cusco B&B and Inns
Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
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“Probably our favourite hotel in Peru”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A perfect place to spend a few days while acclimatizing to altitude, & exploring Cuzco & the Sacred Valley. We stayed here before & after our trek. The hotel stored our luggage while we were trekking, & it felt very safe to leave our stuff. The hotel is in the interesting neighbourhood of San Blas, which is quiet, yet still close to the center of Cuzco, & one can easily walk to the ruins, the markets, & restaurants. We felt safe walking (to/from the hotel) as a group in the evenings. The streets in San Blas are VERY narrow, but the Alemana can be reached by taxi - so one does not need to drag luggage across cobblestones. The rooms were clean, bright, quiet, & had a space heater. The breakfast (included) room was bright, with a great view looking down on Cuzco. The best part though, was the staff. The front desk staff especially, were amazingly helpful - they made arrangements for us (train, duffel bag transfer, restaurants), offered local advice, spoke excellent English (yet tolerated my attempts to speak Espanol), & were very friendly. Special mention should be made of Catherine, who seemed to anticipate our needs, & made everything easy (my husband says: she was the best hotel clerk he has ever dealt with!!) .... sadly though, I believe she is leaving.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Del Mar, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We stayed here before our trek and were so happy to be able to come back afterwards. The rooms were quiet and clean, the shower was hot, the beds comfortable for Peru, the breakfast room with a view was bright, there is a pretty garden to sit in, and the service at the front desk was excellent. They helped us to make dinner reservations, had our bus tickets to Puno delivered to the hotel, found us a van with a driver for a day excursion, arranged taxi to and from the airport. Everything was clean and well organized. This neighborhood of Cusco, San Blas, has very few motorcycles, and there is a no honking the horn restriction, even with the narrow streets. Many of the alleys in this area have steps, or are for walking only, and there are many excellent restaurants within walking distance. We also walked up to Sacsayhuaman from here.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, England
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

It pays to choose your hotel in Cusco with care (coldness and lack of cleanliness being the main issues) - we felt we did well with the Alemana. Our room was clean, comfortable and very cosy with the electric heater on. Unlike some hotels in the narrow streets of San Blas, the Alemana can be reached by taxi (just), which is handy when burdened by luggage on arrival and departure.

The hotel is well set up to deal with the needs of the typical Cusco visitor (luggage storage, liaising with tour operators, returning duffel bags after a hike etc). Our visit and tours all worked seamlessly, thanks in no small part to the Alemana.

A final mention must be made of the outstanding views of Cusco from the hotel - these alone would justify a short stay at the Alemana.

  • 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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Nosara, Costa Rica
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Pension Alemana was a great place to stay. We really liked staying in San Blas despite it being a bit of a walk to the main square. Staff were very helpful and allowed us to leave our bags for five days when we went on a trek. The shower was great and very hot and there is a good breakfast and tea and fruit available all day. The only drawbacks are that we were in the room just above the lobby (I think #202). It was very loud - it is basically right on the street so you hear that (and can't really have the windows open) plus everyone coming in and out of the lobby. It was also two twin beds pushed together and made separately and the room was absolutely freezing. There was a portable electric heater in the room but it didn't seem to do much. When we returned we asked for a different room and it was much better - with a view and quieter although we still had two twin beds and one was lower than the other which was awkward.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomfield HIlls, Mich USA
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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Highly recommended oasis! Cant say enough good things! Charming setting in San Blas, with lovely garden and great day and night views of the city below. Best of all, it was quiet allowing for best sleep of our trip, in comfortable beds, and heater at night kept us cozy despite chilly May nights. Very nice breakfast room had more city views, served eggs made to order, and was a pleasant place to exchange tips with fellow travellers. Front desk staff were also the most friendly & accommodating of anywhere we've stayed in Peru.

Other pluses: fruit and tea in lobby, computer access, lots of places to sit and talk with guests or guides, reasonably priced fast laundry service. Only downside is the climb up the hill can be daunting, and the 5s cab fare from downtown, while cheap, is sometimes slow due to the narrow streets causing backups.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Santiago, Chile
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We stayed two nights a the Pension Alemana, with one night in-between when we did a two-day tour. The staff was very friendly and many of them spoke English. The hotel is nice, clean, and has a beautiful garden. We could leave our luggage there during our two-day trip and it was safe. The location is great - in walking distance to the main Plaza. The breakfast buffet is very good, with lots of healthy choices. Overall it was a fantastic stay.

  • Stayed May 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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San Diego, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights last week. We received a very enthusiastic greeting when we arrived and the woman who greeted us was quick to brew some coco tea to prevent altitude sickness. Complimentary tea and drinking water were also available the entire time. The hotel is very pretty with a garden and a bit of a Swiss Alpine feel. Our room was comfortable and had a view overlooking all of Cusco. The showers were hot and the electric heater was greatly appreciated. We enjoyed breakfast each morning from the beautiful restaurant on the top floor with stunning views.

The hotel is located about a 10 minute walk uphill from Plaza de Armas, through some very pretty streets and courtyards. We never felt unsafe walking in this area at night. The streets surrounding Plaza de Aramas are very loud, so the location, 10 minutes away from the square, is perfect. You can also easily walk to Sacsayhuaman from the hotel.

Finally, the hotel held our bags for 3 days while we traveled through the Sacred Valley. When we returned, the staff at the front desk greeted us like old friends, and our luggage was waiting in a new room for us. We were exhausted from our travels and this was such a nice touch.

Highly recommend!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Calle Tandapata 260 | Barrio San Blas, Cusco, Peru (Formerly Hostal Pension Alemana)
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Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 257 B&Bs / Inns in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — B&B-Hotel Pension Alemana 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in picturesque San Blas, within the historic center of Cusco. Colonial style house complex, with 21 comfortable rooms, each with private bathroom (24 Hrs. hot and cold water) and radiator-heaters. Homely atmosphere, personalized service, great views, garden, terraces, natural and abundant breakfast, rooftop- cafeteria with great dishes and drinks, very clean and secure. ... more   less 
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