Aguas Calientes has a definite party-vibe...lots of energy, a bevy of buff young people who just trotted off the Inca Trail and are looking to celebrate their arrival and train loads of turistas over-run the streets. My husband and I (65 and 58 respectively) did not want to be in a backpacker hotel...we heard how rowdy some of these places were and we wanted a peaceful place to launch our Machu Pichu adventure. El Mapi is just expensive enough to pretty much limit the clientele to an older, more mature traveller but not so expensive we had to sell organs to fund our stay. I had low expectations as I really wanted to stay at the Sanctuary (husband could not stomach price tag even for a night) but actually, we ended up being very happy with the set up at El Mapi. We got a superior deluxe room ($250 per night) so we had a separate little sitting area next to the bedroom which was nice. Breakfast and dinner were included each day we were there...In some ways that was unfortunate, as I would have liked to experiment with some of the nearby restaurants. But the place was immaculately clean, very modern looking, with a sleek and sort of sophisticated decor...Pretty much monochromatic, all in whites and I tend to like a little color but still, nicely done, just not "homey". Windows in our rooms looked out on an awesome vista of the Andes Mountains. We knew the hotel would meet us at the train station and we assumed they would drive us to the hotel...instead it is a very short walk over a bridge and there you are. I was impressed when the dinner included in our hotel package was a special menu choice of entrees including beef, chicken, seafood, pasta and pork (1 of each). The 2nd night we were there it was the exact same menu and it was fine...but on a second go round, not all that exciting. As far as noise...our room was above the outdoor bar seating area. A little noisy until about 8:30 pm and then perfectly quiet, again given that most of the people staying there were more on the retired side, noise just wasn't an issue at all.
- 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