Date of stay: between July 25th and August 2, 2021 Pros: Location - If location is high on your list when visiting Cusco, Amaru I/ Amaru Inka deserves all five stars. Located in the San Blas neighborhood, it is walkable to everything you could possibly be interested in: Plaza De Armas (and several other squares), San Pedro Market (and many other smaller markets), shopping, historical streets & buildings, ruins, and the list goes on and on! I stayed here three nights prior & two nights after the 4 day Inca Trail trek. Rate - great rate for such a prime location and includes breakfast Breakfast - basic but good. Cooked to order eggs, coffee, musili, fruit, yogurt, orange juice, pan/bread, jam/jelly. Staff - super nice and very helpful Cons: Heat - they do not turn the heat on until around 7:00PM each night and it goes off sometime before 6:00AM (makes for very chilly before dinner showers and getting dressed or showering in the mornings) Electrical Outlets - I brought an adaptor & converter, but they only worked part of the time. I stayed in two different rooms and had this issue in both and at all outlets. Sometimes they worked fine and other times they did not work at all. Hair dryer - they have them at the desk which is nice. The first time I borrowed one it worked just fine. Upon my return from the trek, the guy & lady at the front desk gave me three to try - none of them would work even when they tried them before I took them to my room to try with (in two cases) the provided adaptor. Again, not sure if this was an issue with the dryer or the issue with the outlets that I experienced from time to time. Hot water - it took a bit of time to figure it out in each room, but I finally managed to get it adjusted so I wasn't getting scalded or frozen. Just adjust before you get in and then be ready to move out of its way if it does lag in one or the other. Overall - I would happily stay there again. However, I would probably book myself in a nicer hotel for the return from a trek. At least for one night :-)…
Great location, only a short walk to the main square. Some nice eateries around the hotel too - especially away from the main square. Rooms were all good. I stayed there on two occasions, once before the Inca trail, and then when I returned. First time was all good, and on the first floor. Second time, my room had poor Wi-fi which was annoying. This was on the ground floor. Breakfast. Lovely. Staff. All friendly. I think many places do this, however was good to know I could leave my backpack with them whilst I went on a 4day trek.
We have stayed at this hotel several times in our travels to Peru. This is one of our favorite places to stay. The staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are beautiful with some offering little upstairs breakfast nooks. The breakfast is great and they keep the coco tea constantly in stock which helps with the altitude. The hotel is conveniently located near the main Plaza de Armas and there are some great restaurants nearby to try like Pacha Papa and Jack's Bar. The garden at the hotel is beautiful and gets its regular visits of humming birds. The only thing is occassionally the hot water can run out or be sporadic from hot to cold but that's hardly an issue for us as we are to busy enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors.
Of all the hostels I've been this one in particular has a completely different vibe. Even thought my friends and I stayed for one night, we had a great experience. I looked everywhere and I wished I had brought with me my favorite book. The front desk boy was very helpful and charismatic when we arrived at the door at 2 Am. The buffet breakfast was really good. Everything was nice, clean and BEAUTIFUL.
Nice location and really clean and comfortable, the shower and bathroom could be better but its acceptable, would use it again and the buffet style breakfast was very good with fresh fruit offered and coca tea for the altitude