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Casa de la Gringa
Ranked #68 of 454 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Best Hostel in Cusco!”
Reviewed September 10, 2011

I stayed at Casa De La Gringa 1, and the associated mountain house in the hills over looking the ancient city of cusco, from June until september. By far the cleanliest, friendliest and most helpful hostel I've ever stayed in. Loved the vibe of the relaxed visitors that came through and the art oriented atmosphere of the set-up. If you're looking for a safe place to stay, where there isn't excessive drinking and partying at ungodly hours of the day, I'd definitely recommend Casa de la gringa!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

The staff are great, the location is ok but honestly this is a terrible setup. Bathrooms are practically outdoors, which means icicles at 4am. There is no sunlight until midday so the whole place is freezing, This is a tough one to review because technically the staff and the business itself is fine. They could certainly use some small heaters and the problem would be solved I guess.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed April 21, 2011

This hostel has mixed reviews on most websites & I can see why. The rooms are ok but noisy & uncomfortable beds. The location is great & the staff were lovely. Breakfast was basic but this seems to be the norm in Peru

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

$30 for a double room with a shared bathroom is ludicrously overpriced, even in Cuzco. I completely agree with previous reviewers about how cold this hostel is with drafty, freezing rooms with no heating. there were huge gaps in the windows and doors and we ended up stuffing toilet paper in the gaps in the window frame in order to conserve a tiny bit of heat. The corridor is practically outdoors with only a small bit of roof over the top which meant that the common areas were also really cold. Every morning I ate breakfast with two jumpers and a wooly hat on and much of my time in the room was spent in bed under the covers.

I also agree about the unfriendly staff who were particularly unhelpful and just seemed entirely disinterested, and even slightly resentful when ever we asked them anything or spoke to them. The hostel is marketed on the basis of its backpacker-friendly credentials and the 'unique' hospitality of the new-age South African owner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The owner is nowhere to be seen (too busy charging people $80 a pop for the San Pedro 'experience' at her countryside mansion) and the Peruvian staff make it clear they don't like you. They couldn't even muster a 'thank you' or a 'goodbye' when we handed the key in before leaving. This was one of the most unpleasant places we stayed at in South America.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 4, 2011

We stayed here back in june 2010 for a few days either side of doing our trek to macchu picchu. Not only was the place freezing cold, the showers even colder and the staff had little to no grasp on the english language at all...but as our bags were being so kindly ''looked after'' during our trek, they were actually being sorted thru and small but valuable items being stolen. Beware...your bags will be stored in a room where the night watchman sleeps. The lucky lad knows exactly when your due back after your trek so has plenty of time to go thru things and decide which things can be stolen without drawing too much notice ie. he wont take your laptop but phones and foreign currency are up for the taking. You have been warned!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

Well we just got back from Peru and Casa de la Gringa was the worst place we stayed for the whole trip. We like midpriced/budget friendly places to stay - so this was going to be a bit of a splurge for us but it looked interesting. When we arrived the person at the door grudginly let us in. Very little english, the supposedly english speaking south african owner was never there and the rest of the staff cant or wont do anything to help you with questions about the area, tours, or even directions to the Plaza. Worst of all, I booked through an online booker and the staff refused to credit the 10% downpayment to my bill - always claiming instructions from the Duena. Breakfast was ok, eggs but bad bread and no jam or fruit. From what I can tell most people are there for the San Pedro 'experience '(a drug that is legal there but you have to shell out lots of $$), so maybe they don't notice how cold and unfriendly the place is and rude everyone is. Finally - no heat at all anywhere,the place we went to next was less pricey, beautiful, a great locale and had fireplaces in the common room and baseboard heaters to cut the chill.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

Hi there, Jan and I have finally moved from the Mirador del Inka to the Casa de la Gringa. Such a relieve to stay at a nice placa again, after a forced 7-day stay at the other place.
The Casa de la Gringa is very relaxed, let go, a bit flower power, and very professional and well organised. People are friendly and it's a place to connect and make new friends.
It is not the cheapest place to stay, but out of experience you'd better not pick the cheapest hostels in Cusco to stay.
Thumbs up!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa de la Gringa
Address: San Blas, Tandapata & Pasnapacana 148 | San Blas, Cusco, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
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Ranked #68 of 454 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
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Number of rooms: 8
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