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Hostal Inti Wasi - Plaza de Armas
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Calle Del Medio 134 - Plaza de Armas, Cusco 2011, Peru   |  
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Ranked #73 of 264 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
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“Perfect place for a younger traveler looking for a little more for their money...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

I was recommended this B&B/hostal/hotel (it's not "specialty housing") by my boyfriend's older boss who is from Lima, and is a wealthier Peruvian at that. It was perfect and we were here for all 7 days we were in the area (4 days/ 3 nights of which we just left our big luggage to do a 4 day hike).

First of all, true heat doesn't exist ANYWHERE in Peru, unless you are at a nicer & pricier hotel, so this should not be a downside. Regardless, I found the rooms to be quite comfortable & clean and we moved to 3 different rooms during our stay (long story; not their fault). The breakfast is on par with every b&b we stayed at mostly, too. Of course, the location literally cannot be beat either!

The service was also fantastic - The staff, while on the shy side as we found most Peruvians to be, we helpful, accomodating & nice. True story: I came down with a very nasty stomach sickness the first night I was there and Louis (sp?) was beyond concerned for me. He happily checked in on me & my boyfriend, called me a doctor when I needed it & helped my boyfriend find a pharamcy & medicine/drinks/food. He also gave us wake up calls & called us cabs whenever we needed (often very early!).

Def. would recommend here and even stay again if I ever return to Peru.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2009

This hostal is less than a block off the Plaza de Armas. It is upstairs with an enclosed courtyard a street level. Rooms on the street side were nice with balconies, but very noisy. We stayed on an inside room the second time and it was much quieter, but no view. Posted price was $45 night, but we go the room fro $40 through a Peruvian travel agent.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2009

This hotel is great if you are looking for a hotel right on the Plaza de Armas. They picked us up from the airport and offered us coca tea when we arrived (this definitely requires an acquired taste) Our room had two balcony/windows that opened up the plaza courtyard, the bed was decent, the bathroom was fine (had hot water about 80% of the time). The courtyard where they serve breakfast is beautiful and the breakfast is that of which you will find at about every hotel/hostel in Cusco...bread, butter, jelly, a cereal similar to sugar Smacks, and juice. The staff was great and there is a travel guide agency directly across from the entrance which is helpful . If you are looking to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture, I would recommend a place more intimate like a hostel (we also stayed at Casa de la Gringa which was fantastic) but if you are looking to be on the Plaza and very close to all of the shops etc, this is a great pick.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2008

This is a small hostel right in the historic center of Cusco. The location is ideal, walking distance from the main attractions, restaurants, shops, etc. It is located in a beautiful colonial building and the views from the rooms are great (the main plaza, the cathedral, etc.). They offer breakfast in the morning consisting of juice, cereal, milk, bread, and coffee essence (not real coffee, but this is the default in Peru). Their prices are cheap but you get what you pay for. The main problems we encountered were:

- sheets and towels were not changed unless you requested it
- soap was removed from the bathroom and not replaced
- no heating (and it gets really cold!)
- no wi-fi
- check-out time is 9 am!

I would recommend this for budget travelers only, someone looking for a bed and a shower, really basic amenities and a central location.

  • Liked — Location and views
  • Disliked — Very cold, not clean
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Hostal Inti Wasi - Plaza de Armas

Address: Calle Del Medio 134 - Plaza de Armas, Cusco 2011, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 264 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hostal Inti Wasi - Plaza de Armas 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intiwasi hostel in Cusco Peru is a beautiful colonial house built at the end of the XVI century that has been restored and refurbished. This great structure preserves the typical characteristics of Cusco’s colonial archuitecture. The Hostel has 20 rooms and all rooms have their own private baths with hot water. The lobby has internet with computer to use, and also WiFi in the lobby and sitting areas. They have free breakfast, and if you book online they have free transportation from and terminal in Cusco to the hotel. The Hostal Inti Wasi is located at the main Plaza De Armas on Calle Del Medio #134 in the center of Cusco. The main Plaza is Plaza De Armas. This is the location where the two main Cathedrals are located and many eating places and shops. You can also walk to many of the tourist attractions from this location. ... more   less 
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