We had a couple of days before needing to be in Cuzco for starting an Inca Trail tour, and we decided on this place based on wanting to acclimatize to the higher altitude and TA reviews. A couple of e-mails later and we were booked for 2 nights at 189 soles per night (appx $72) and also opted for dinner with them at 45 soles per person (appx $17). We were required to prepay 50% of our room rate plus cover their 4% PayPal costs for the deposit. They have a 5% service charge on your balance at check-out (in our case, about $7 total). The only other cost you could incur is that they have filtered water available that you can fill your bottles with at a cost of 1 Sole ($0.38) for small or 3 Soles ($1.15) for large. Before quibbling about having to pay for water, be aware that we actually found this to be a great convenience as the water is NOT pottable in Peru and many hotels don't have this available so you end up paying more for bottled water and buying unnecessary plastic bottles.
GOOD (pretty much everything!)
- Very easy to communicate with prior to stay. They promptly responded to inquiries via e-mail and even arranged to have someone waiting outside Cuzco airport with our name on a card and drove us to the property (about 80 minutes) for the very fair price of 80 soles (about $30). Tipping is not expected in Peru for taxis but we rounded up to 90 because the driver (Freddy) was so helpful and enjoyable.
- Allowed us to "check-in" very early at about 9:30 AM without mentioning our early arrival at all. This was a great convenience as we were tired and most big hotels have afternoon check-in times.
- The location is gorgeous in the sacred valley in a quiet community. The elevation is lower than Cuzco which helps to acclimatize. Gardens here were excellently maintained and the dogs on site were really friendly if you approached them (if you aren't a dog person, don't worry, they will leave you alone if you aren't interested). The main room is very serene with soft music, fireplace, great big windows, book loan library, unlimited free teas, and free wifi in the evenings.
- Food was excellent. The free breakfast was much better than your typical free breakfast and a great start do the day. The 3-course dinner was also very good and to be honest, unless you are spending the day in another town, would pretty much be required as nothing else nearby as an alternative.
- The owners are both SO so nice and helpful. Really, these were some of the nicest people we have met and seemed genuinely concerned that you enjoy your stay. They will help arrange activities, draw maps, etc. as you need it.
- The rooms were large, comfortable, and the bathroom was very nice. You can brush your teeth with the water (we did and didn't get sick), but you just don't want to drink it. Large shower with towels, soap and shampoo provided.
- The whole facility and rooms are kept spotless clean.
- They only have 3 rooms, so you know it will be quiet and restful stay.
- You could easily spend the day there relaxing, but we had wonderful excursions taking a hike up to a waterfall one day and then taking the public mini-bus (1 Sole and Great interaction with locals) to Urabamba to see the market there, eat at a local restaurant (El Huacatay, decent, see review on TA) and hired a local taxi (100 Soles/ $39) for a 4.5 hour tour of Moray (Circular Agriculture Rings) and Salineras de Maras (Salt Mines at 7 Soles / $3 each). At Moray, we purchased the Boleto Turstico for 130 Soles / $50 each as it was good there and would also let us into other sites (Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Saqsayhuaman) we were planning on visiting during the next 10 days the pass would be good.
- Arranged for us to get the same taxi back to Cuzco for 80 Soles ($31) again, and for another 80 Soles, we had the driver stop by (around 3-4 extra hours) at Pisac, Tambomachay, Saqsayhuaman, and Q'enqu since they were relatively along the way and included in our pass.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF
- The rooms don't have heat, so they will be a little cooler than you are used to. The beds have plenty of blankets so we were plenty warm in the covers, and they provide heaters to warm the rooms up in the evening (turn off before sleeping!).
- If everyone hits the showers at the same time, just like everywhere else, you may have a very lukewarm shower. In the evening, I had an awesome hot shower but in the 2 mornings, it never really got that hot because everyone tended to wake up at the same time.
- Thank God, the rooms have no TVs. We thought it added to the feeling of serenity, but you folks that need it should stay elsewhere or download shows to your device during the evening when the wi-fi is turned on.
One of our favorite places and so hard to leave. A great place to see the Sacred Valley or generally acclimatize (I wouldn't stay here for going back/ forth to Cuzco every day though). The owners even went digging in the garbage for one of our Peru immigration "exit passes" when we accidentally threw it out with our trash the previous day. Even the people who had the other rooms were very enjoyable to chat with and meet, as this place seems to draw like-minded folks. Really nice people, great food, we cannot recommend any higher.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.