Though the Tambo Del Inka won't come cheap, especially relative to other hotels in Peru, it was a truly excellent hotel and worth the price I paid
The hotel is located in Urubamba, a small town that's about a 70 minute drive from Cusco. Assuming you come from Cusco -- it's where the nearest airport is -- you can take minibuses or combis, which will drop you off a few blocks from the hotel, or take a taxi. The taxi will only cost about 25-30 USD, so I recommend that option.
The hotel also is connected by rail to Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes, the jumping-off point for Machu Picchu. Being able to use the hotel's private train station is really neat and takes a lot of the stress away from the Machu Picchu day, though it should be noted that if you plan to climb Wayna Picchu, the train won't get you there early enough. Also, if you want to visit Ollantaytambo I'd recommend just taking a cab, as it'll be far cheaper than the train.
The hotel has wireless internet available for about 10$ a day, but I don't recommend purchasing it. It's not very fast and they nicely offer free (and faster) WiFi in their gorgeous lobby. Breakfast is not free, which is a small strike against the hotel because a lot of Peruvian hotels provide it.
My room was completely lovely. It had ample seating, with a couch and three chairs in addition to the bed. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and up to the Starwood "Heavenly Bed" standard, even if I'm not sure it technically was one. The decor was lovely and I greatly liked the high, vaulted ceiling. Furthermore, the bathroom was lovely. There were two sinks, a cute stool to sit on, a separate room for the toilet (with bidet! Not used to seeing that in the western hemisphere) and a bath separate from the shower. Everything terrific, with the exception of the fact that the room was a bit too dim in the evening to read comfortably. A minor annoyance, but worth pointing out.
As mentioned above, the Tambo del Inka is located in Urubamba. Urubamba doesn't have much to see, but it's got enough restaurants that you can go out to eat every night and don't have to feel isolated in the hotel (particularly worth recommending is Tres Keras, a five minute walk from the hotel) and it ensures you can find any staples you might need. But where the hotel's location really shines is when viewed as a base of operations for the Sacred Valley. Not only do you have a train to take you to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu, but you're only short, cheap taxi rides away from the wonderful ruins of Ollantaytambo (~20 minutes) the incredible salt pans of Salineras (~25 minutes), the terracing of Moray (~30 min) etc. This was very useful to me on my journey.
The Bottom Line:
If you can afford it, via cash or points, the Tambo del Inka will absolutely augment your trip to Peru. It's a great property, it provided wonderful service (everyone working at the hotel was exceptionally helpful and friendly) and the location was stellar. Can't ask for more than that.
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