We chose Hotel Pakaritampu based on positive Trip Advisor reviews and we were rewarded with a wonderful stay in this garden oasis in the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. We arrived at the hotel after a day touring Sacred Valley sites (Chincheros, Moray, Salineras) on our way from Cuzco. The front desk staff were accommodating, efficient and classy. The hotel services were of equally high quality.
Arriving dusty and tired, we were surprised to find a complimentary bowl of fresh fruit and sparkling water, with fresh flowers on a small café table. The room was generous in size, with a king size bed, hardwood floors, wood trim, warm colors and windows on all sides. The mattress was good with quality linens. Like all the interiors throughout the complex, the rooms are part of a well-coordinated interior design that combines traditional art with a contemporary feel. (It’s worth mentioning that the owners have decorated the hotel with a fortune’s worth of ceramic art and fixtures from Pablo Seminario, the internationally known ceramic artist with studios in Urubamba – a must stop along the road.) The bathroom was fully functional, with a tub-shower and plenty of hot water. The cubbyholes and shelves and hanging space were ample and helped to keep the room neat. Our only criticism of the room itself was the lack of lounge seating, for which there was plenty of open floor space.
Rooms are grouped in separate chalets which help created nice spaces throughout the grounds. The walk from our room to breakfast each morning was a great way to start the day with the strong morning sun lighting up the beautiful gardens and the llamas grazing on the lawn. Although the main street passes by the gate and wall at the front, the terraced rear yard borders on corn fields and the mountains beyond. We would have liked to have more relaxing time just to enjoy the hotel itself.
The full breakfast buffet was a real treat and an excellent value as included with the room rate. Order your eggs in any style, grab a table along the windows to enjoy a view of the neighboring mountains and more of the garden. The breakfast buffet included a nice selection of fruit, eggs, sausage, yogurt, breads and cereals. All the breads are home made, and we learned from the staff that much of the food is produced on the property or at nearby farms – we could tell it was country-fresh.
Ten minutes up the main road is the town of Ollantaytambo, convenient for dining options, cash machine, and itself an historic attraction. The important Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo were visible from our room and well worth visiting – we needed only one and one half hours in the early morning to walk to and tour the temple ruins. We enjoyed the bumpy ride in the moto-trike taxis for a single dollar, and the train station to Machu Picchu and Cuzco was a short walk in the other direction. Although the road can be busy when a train arrives, the hotel is well-isolated from the traffic thanks to its design. We also relaxed one evening and avoided the mountain chill in front of the fireplace in the common building – a good spot to meet fellow travelers coming to and from dinner in the adjacent dining room.
We ate dinner once in the restaurant and it was one of our best during 10 days in Peru. We arrived very late and were the last customers, but the servers treated us royally and their recommendations were excellent – the trout ceviche stands out as one of the best dishes on our trip.
We used Hotel Pakaritampu as a stopping point on our way to and from Machu Picchu. We traveled to Ollantaytambo from Cuzco by private van with a guide – an easy trip. We then checked half of our luggage with the hotel staff, and traveling light, walked to the train station for the ride to Aguas Calientes. Returning to Hotel Pakaritampu after an overnight at Machu Picchu felt like a return to luxury. We took good advantage of the free wireless internet available throughout.
We highly recommend Hotel Pakaritampu and we would return there in a heartbeat!
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