i was upgraded to Sol. I booked to stay in Iskay, but they asked if I would mind staying in Sol, because they had problems and had to close. I don't know how much more expensive it was, so I can't comment on value for money. it was comfortable and warm; I was given a heater which was very welcome. Not everywhere provides one. My room was one of the ones facing inwards to an atrium open to the sky with a pool which was dry at the time. I imagine they were having water problems. It would have been pretty if it had been full. As it was,i it looked a little derelict. On the plus side there was a resident white kitten who played in the dry pool and I could watch her from my window.
The better rooms have balconies over the rushing torrent of the river below. The same view can be had from the breakfast room and it is very dramatic.
I was happy in Sol, the staff were helpful and friendly and the ruins are almost outside the door, but that would be the same for any hotel there ; the town is small and although it is touristy it wasn't tacky - not in February anyway. it was one of my favourite places in Peru. There is a central square a few moments from the hotel with lots of cafes and a good atmosphere. the town itself is lovely to walk around and everyone says hello. The ruins are just wonderful.
My only quibble is: I always leave my valuables behind reception for safe-keeping in Peru. It is supposed to be safer than leaving them in the room. In the Sol they just put my bags behind the desk - no safe or even a back room. I wasn't too concerned, because I thought that there would always be somebody behind the desk. On the last day I left my case and my bag with all my valuables - passport, ipad etc- behind the desk. i went back to the ruins for one last goodbye and when I came back the receptionist was talking to a friend across the road. my bag was in full view on top of the desk and I was able to pick it up( and my case) and walk out. To be fair he probably was watching the door, but he wasn't near enough to stop a thief running in and out with all my things.
I'm not saying it's a reason not to choose the hotel at all, but just make sure where they put your valuables.
Overall I would say it was good, but largely because of the friendliness of the staff rather than the hotel itself which had a slightly sad air, but that might have just been because of the time of year. Book room overlooking river unless you don't like the noise of it at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently opened and newly built, Hotel Sol is an elegant boutique hotel in the center of Ollantaytambo, facing the ruins and directly alongside the Patacancha river. Ample sunny common areas, large rooms with modern baths, restaurant and wine bar, and impeccable customer service are the highlights of this perfectly located hotel. Free travel planning and advice for Machu Picchu included, we hope to see you soon ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sol Ollantaytambo, Peru - Sacred Valley