The town of Aquas Calientes is built on 2 (steep) hills, separated by a babbling, rushing brook. So, one is always walking up or down severe inclines or staircases in the town. El Mapi Hotel location is great, however, there is no elevator, and one must use MORE stairs at the hotel to get to the rooms, the bar, or the restaurant!
Quick walk from the train station, on the other side of the stream. Room was adequate (small) with twin beds or a king. No desk in the room, and a severe lack of electrical outlets. Wifi included in lobby and the rooms. At 4am, we could hear the staff setting up the tables and chairs for breakfast...I would suggest a room not facing the outdoor dining area.
Dinner and breakfast (included in room rate for me) were quite good. Staff is very helpful, pleasant, and accomodative and rather good English speakers. They stored our luggage while we visited MP.
There are many restaurants in the town, and each has a person outside to lure you to eat at his/her establishment. They become somewhat insistant, and won't take a "no with a smile". At one restaurant the outdoor "agent" promised a 20% discount, and when the bill arrived...guess what! No discount. I got it adjusted, but not without a multi-lingual fight. So, beware, and watch our for their hidden "service charges".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the bustling village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), it satisfies the needs of many travelers in search of an easy going stay, a relaxed atmosphere, in a modern place, with a good and warm attention, comfortable facilities and healthy food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Machu Picchu Inn