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Samay Wasi Youth Hostels Cusco
Ranked #13 of 407 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“lovely experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

This was fantastic, I have been in South America for nearly a year and this is the best, friendliest, most comfortable, cleanest, and most welcoming hostel I have stayed in. All the staff were super friendly and very helpful. Nothing was ever too much trouble. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Avon, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

We picked the place b/c we needed an airport pick-up (which is included) and we wanted to relax our first few nights in Cusco with a big room and cable tv. All was as expected! When we arrived everyone was very nice and offered us a big thermos of hot water right away for tea in our room (there was about 5 different kinds of tea). There were many channels in English on tv and lots of movies to veg-out to. The location is up a steep hill, so taking the cab from the airport was very helpful, but it's got a great view over the center from San Blas. Very close walk to Plaza de Armas and lots of cool streets and shops. The shower was VERY nice! Good pressure and HOT water! Our only problem was the bed was a little hard for us. They could do for a mattress topper I think but if you don't mind a firm mattress then you'll do fine. We spent a little extra for the upper room which has the view and a little better of a breakfast. The breakfast was great! Eggs, yummy juice, two different kinds of bread (one whole-wheat) and coffee or tea. The only other thing I didn't like is you get margarine and not butter. I much prefer butter. But if you don't care then you're set. Overall, super friendly staff and really great stay.

Room Tip: I would go for the tip rooms. They are a bit pricier but if it's for a splurge I think it's...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thanks for your comments, much appreciated, it's a sign that we are on the right way and help us continue to improve
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Samay Wasi is an excellent hostel if you want to be out of the city center and if you like a nice and comfortable place to stay. It's a beautyful place with good vibes and friendy staff. The view over the town is beautyful and the rooms are sunny and comfortable.

Room Tip: Go in one of the single rooms on the 2nd floor (I had room 8). From there you have a beautyful sight...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Samay Wasi for a few days. The rooms were nice and the staff were always happy to help with cabs, early breakfasts and other info. The hostel has a great view over Cusco and a nice deck.
It is quite a steep uphill walk to get there from the Plaza but still felt close to most things.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Samay Wasi was such a pleasant experience. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, going out of their way to attend to our and other guests' requests. The rooms are small but clean and cozy. The hot water was fully functional and such a treat after 4 days on the Inca trail. Another few bonuses were the free airport pick up and the internet on-site. I didn't use the Wi-Fi, but the computer on site was convenient and fast. Breakfast was simple coffee/tea options, but there were tasty add-ons that were reasonably priced (and could be prepared no matter what hour of the morning!). The only slight downside is the location - it is hike up a large hill at the end of the evening but the views during the day and the overall experience make it so worth it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

For our 3 nights stay in October we could not have found a better and spectacularly situated place.
The staff were absolutely fabulous - cheerful, friendly and very helpful. Breakfast was good and for a few Soles extra there was a choice of various warm dishes - well worth it.
The view from the terrace (with tables and seats) over Cusco and the surrounding countryside is stunning.
The accommodation (room with adjacent shower/toilet) was somewhat small and basic but clean and sufficient for our purpose. We had to ask for a heater though as the nights became very chilly and the windows were drafty.
Also the breakfast room was chilly, so had to wear our pullovers.
If you develop breathing problems due to high altitude sickness, there is an oxygen tank at the reception you can use for free! Just need to ask. Very efficient.
Overall Samay Wasi can be highly recommended. Very good value for your money!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for four nights back in August and absolutely loved it! The staff was very helpful at giving us directions and recommendations on what to eat and what to see. The terrace upstairs has an excellent view, just breathtaking. Breakfast is delicious and can be served early at your request.The rooms can get a bit chilly deepening what time of the year you visit, but they offer warm blankets. Other than that, they are very comfortabe Honestly, I am glad we made the right choice, I usually don't write reviews, but this place deserved it. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Marco B, Gerente at Samay Wasi Youth Hostels Cusco, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Dear Natalie, thanks you for sharing your comments.
We hope to have you with us in your next visit to Cusco, you know you have a home in Samay Wasi.
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Property: Samay Wasi Youth Hostels Cusco
Address: Calle Atoqsaycuchi No 416 - San Blas, Cusco, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 407 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Samay Wasi Youth Hostels Cusco 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samay Wasi is located in The turistic San Blas neighborhood, in a small hill which give us an amazing view of the city, 10 minutes walking distance to Plaza de Armas, close to restaurants, pubs, souvenirs stores, etc.Personalized service that will make you feel like home.We offer you private and dorm rooms with private bathroom, 24 hours hot water, included breakfast, internet access (WiFi), kitchen facilities, luggage storage and pick-up from the airport or bus station to Samay Wasi when the booking is for two or more nighrts. Laundry service and tourist information. ... more   less 
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