There are very limited hotel options if you plan to stay in Aguas Calientes after visiting Machu Picchu, so be prepared to pay a lot for marginal service. Getting off the morning train from Cusco, we were told a hotel representative from El MaPi would meet us at the train station. We looked around to see every other hotel representative with a big identifying sign, but not El MaPi. After taking 5 minutes of frantic searching, we finally found their representative, who lacked a sign. We asked for directions to the hotel so we could quickly dop off our bags before taking a bus to Machu Picchu. He was busy and didn’t help, but after 10 minutes we insisted and finally got directions from him. We were not impressed. We then checked into the facility later that day after visiting Machu Picchu to find that although they charged high prices, the hotel delivered Motel 6 (or less) service. Rooms lacked iron & ironing boards, desk clock, safe was very small, hair dryer lacked power, no coffee maker, very little closet space and wi-fi service that was non-existent in the room. The only wi-fi signal one could obtain was near the front desk, and that had a very very very weak signal. I brought this up with the front desk, but they couldn't fix the problem. This amazed us because people at Machu Picchu had great cell coverage…everywhere…. What’s nice about this hotel is its location, which is just a handful of minutes from the train station and buses to Machu Picchu. There are many reasonably priced restaurants located around the hotel and the town market is just a few minutes walk. Although the town’s power was out from 4 am until 2 pm the only day we stayed there, hotel operations continued but at a lower level which was impressive. Overall we were not impressed, but realized there were very few options in this small town.
- 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