We stayed in Ollantaytambo at the Apu Lodge for 5 nights and were extremely pleased and wouldn't hesitate to stay here if we return to the area. We used Apu Lodge as our base of operations for exploring Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Cusco.
As everyone mentions, it is a bit of a hike up a cobblestone path to get to the hotel; however, we arranged a driver through the Lodge who picked us up when we landed in Cusco and he and another staff member helped the three of us get our bags to the hotel (which also showed us where it was!). I will highly recommend contacting the hotel in advance and let them help arrange your arrival, the drivers they use are good, reliable, and quite reasonable (100 Sol for the three of us for door to door service).
The owner and staff at the lodge were friendly and extremely helpful, can't say enough good things about all of them! They all gave great tips, hints, and answered any questions we had (and some we didn't know enough to ask) as well as helping arrange for tours and drivers.
This is an older building in a very old town, if you are looking for a sterile, modern resort, this is not going to be your flavor. Hot water is not always easy to come by later in the day or evening for showers, you are right next to the jungle and surrounded by gardens so there are bugs that may get in the room, and you may notice the power ebbs and flows a bit, but this is Peru and not the Vegas Strip!
From the Lodge, you can easily walk to many restaurants, markets, ATMs/Money Exchanges, and the train station. The train station is about 10-15 minutes for walking, but if you can't handle a little walk, Peru probably wasn't the best choice for your vacation in the first place.
We had a great experience from start to finish and definitely recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apu Lodge is the only hotel of its calibre located in the Inca streets of the village of Ollantaytambo and its position on a terrace gives it a fantastic view from all rooms of the historic fortress and ancient houses. It has spacious gardens and is very peaceful.All rooms have view of the ruins, private bathrooms with excellent shower and are furnished with simple elegance. Owned by Scot and local husband so English spoken. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apu Hotel Ollantaytambo
- Apu Lodge Ollantaytambo, Peru - Sacred Valley