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Bright Hostels Cusco
Ranked #294 of 463 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Phoenix, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Not Bad, Decent Location, Better Price”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

As others have noted correctly, this is a decent hostel for the price. Perhaps the hallmark of the experience is the that it is family owned. Antonio and his family are great. Janet, though not a family member does a great job as does Alex and Valarie ( Not sure if I am correct as to her name, you will know her by her infectious smile). At any rate, its not bad. That said, I can't say it is great.

There are some things that could be fixed rather cheaply. They need to fix some paint issues that exist around and within the property. Also, change out the battery so that the time is reflected properly in the common area. It may seem a minor point, but you do not want to miss you trip guide.

Lastly, and this is, in part beyond their control, but there are stray dogs. With that, comes what stray dogs do, and that is leave a little something behind. It leaves an extreme odor. You can't clean the whole street, but you can do something about your own stoop; a little bleach and water. Bear in mind this is common to the area.

That said, in terms of the family, service, value and location you do well here. It's not bad, it has a decent location and for the price its a good deal.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a double even if your on your own. It is a lot more space for a few extra pennies.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Cozy enough, free breakfast, not too far from center of town.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2012

Booked in for 3 nights. Left after 1.
Where to start...
Hostel was a building site.
Stayed in a room with large gaps in the windows so you could actually put yout hand through the top of the pane and frame.
Living room stank. Kitchen was a complete mess.
No running water when we arrived.
No running water in the morning for a shower. Water had been turned off at 7.30 when the plumber started work above above my room banging and hammering.

Plenty of other hostels there for the same price but

Room Tip: Dont Stay here.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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edinburgh
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

overall, there are alot worse places you could stay, but probably alot better. was clean enough with comfy beds and an ok breakfast, but staff didn't seem to know what was going on and there was constant changing of rooms and forgetting you'd paid. however, the travel agent attached, roxanna at peru destina, was excellent so i'd use her even if i wasn't staying there.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2011

We stay in Bright Hostel for 4 nights, in a double room with private bathroom. The breakfast is ok, with bread, yogurt, butter, jam, tea and coffee; in the last days it was improved with fruit salad and cereals.
After the first night we noticed that a few glasses of the window were broken. I mentioned it in the reception and they simple put a plastic, instead of a new glass. As the night in Cusco in June are really cold it wasn’t the better solution. Although, the bed clothes were warm enough, with good blankets.
The bathroom is spacious. The shower is really hot, but sometimes the gas failed during the bath.
The room decoration is ok but it’s necessary some furniture at least to hang a coat or put the backpackers.
The common area, where is the tv, in the yard, is not completed cover and gets very cold at night. There is free tee all the time.
In the morning, the hostel, become a little bit noisy, because the cleaning starts very early and can easily be listen in the room.
The internet is free, but not very fast, and at night is very difficult to type in the keyboard because the illumination isn’t well orientated.
The room is clean.
In the last day we need to take the breakfast before 7 am, and the staff prepared it for us.
It’s not bad, but could be better.
The address indicated (Urb. Lucrepata D-8, Cusco 01, Peru) it’s not the correct.
Address: Nueva Baja 440, Cusco – Perú.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2010

As mentioned in the other review, Bright is a bit out of the way and we had to give directions to nearly all the taxi drivers. Still, taxis are very cheap and Cuzco and the walk to the center is 10-15 minutes! The hostel itself was very nice: quiet, comfortable beds, free coca tea, tour agency within the hostel. My friend lost her debit card, and the staff was super helpful finding us a calling card. They also arranged a horseback ruins tour for us which was great! They gave us extra blankets, and really helped us with everything. When we had to leave for Machu Picchu a night early, they only charged us 1/2 price (they could have charged us full price for the room), very considerate. It's probably not where you want to stay if you want a party hostel in the middle of town, but if you prefer a quieter environment it's good. My only complaint is that the hot water did not last very long...

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Brighton UK
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2009

Your first impressions of Bright Hostels is unlikely to be the best, largely because a curiously vague sign (or lack thereof) announces it simply as 'Hostel'. Also, if, like us, you had booked in a rush, you too might be wondering just how big a mug your taxi driver thought you were bringing you to an anonymous building in a dodgy area of town well clear of the the San Blas destination you expected.

In fairness, the hostel actually describes itself as 'next to the San Blas area', and phrases like 'next to', 'near the' or 'within a stones throw of' are broadly subjective. This stone would need to be hurled out of Davids sling, and though the 15-20 minute walk is a fairly pleasant one on the way down hill to the Plaza De Armas in broad daylight, I wouldn't attempt it at night. Still, taxi rides anywhere in the city are just 2.5 Soles (except late night) and not since the 'I wouldn't mind a coke' stampede created by a traveling companion's mussing to a group of hawkers in Cambodia have I seen quite so much competition for business, so no shortage of rides.

Inside, the lady who greeted us was very pleasant and made us tea. The front door opens into a communal TV area where a few fairly priced essentials, including water and snacks are available. Some traditional style Peruvian nik naks perk the place up a little. The area is open plan so it can be noisy if you are in rooms adjacent, like ours....

Anyone who has read Orwell or seen the TV show will appreciate our over baked, and completely misunderstood, eye brow raising as we were handed the keys to room 101, the room in which you are submitted to your greatest hates and fears. In fact, despite being next to the reception desk, off the main through drag and adjacent to the TV area, it was never excessively noisy, at least during our stay. A double room on the large side, it felt a little sparse, but there was a decent side board/dresser and some hanging space.

Bedside tables and lights are always welcome, and the wood floors were a comfier alternative to tile. The en suite bathroom was roomy with a large shower and hot water on demand. It looked recently fitted and was well finished. There was a TV in the room with basic cable – it was scratched up and a bit knackered, but we didn't expect one anyway. Bed was large and firm, with plenty of blankets and more on request. It gets very, very cold in Cusco, and our room could have frozen the balls off a brass monkey, day or night. Although this is par for the course, our room and 202 were on the 'dark side' of the building, which isn't to say it it had shocking revelations about my parentage, rather it never got the daytime sun which might have warmed it up a little.

Everything was nicely clean, if a little scuffed and worn. Oddly they only provide one towel for double rooms. Sometimes they had another on request, sometimes not.

The kitchen is pleasant with a new fridge and cooker, but only just enough equipment to prepare basic meals. Breakfast is mysteriously late (8.00-10.30) in a city where so many activities start early, and is the standard bread and jam fare with some water melon and orange juice to tart it up.

There is a casual table and chairs set up adjoining the kitchen which is nice enough and gets the morning sun. This is home of the ambitiously named 'library' (a few dog-eared books') and the sole, and very much in demand, computer with free Internet access. Free WiFi is available in room. Near reception it was quick. Laundry is 3 Soles/kg, about the going price & takes 24 hours.

The 'Outside terraced area/ BBQ area' confidently heralded on their web site is pretty much a scrap of over grown grass in the centre of the building. There is some basic seating. It's better than nothing but could do with some attention.

The staff are friendly, and despite not speaking great English, they usually have a smile. I wouldn't have liked to quiz them on tours or ask them too much about life outside the hostel walls though.

Despite the web site claims, there is no restaurant, no bar, no live music and the mini supermarket is nothing more than any other small convenience shop found anywhere about the city fringes. Safety wise, the front door is kept locked, but I didn't trust the neighborhood and there are no restaurants to speak of within safe walking distance. Location is the biggest drawback of this hostel by far, but that's why you pay $19 instead of $25-30 I suppose. If you check my other reviews, however, you will find one for a hostel in the centre of town that is only $14, nicer, and minutes from the action.

Lastly, despite not being told and contrary to the policy of virtually every other hostel we've stayed at, check out is at 10.00 am. When we came to pay, they tried to charge us an extra night because it was 11.45. We point blank refused and they relented without much of an argument, but it's a ridiculous policy, they're hardly a airport terminal hotel. Also, we asked for them to call a taxi. The driver was a friend of the receptionist with a 'Taxi' sticker in his car window. Needless to say he turned out to be a bit of a nuisance and got us lost.

All in all, this hostel was the definition of average. Had it been in a better location it would have scrapped by as slightly better than average. I would only recommend it as a money saver when other similar alternatives in town are unavailable.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bright Hostels Cusco
Address: Calle Ladrillos 436 | Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco 01, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #294 of 463 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hostel is only a short walk to the main square, spacious rooms with private bathroom, cleanest and friendliest hostel in Cusco!; you´ll find our beautiful, bright and colorful dorms and privates rooms, All rates include kitchen,linen,lockers,hot showers all day, wi-fi in the rooms and a great and delicius breakfast which is served from 7:00am to 10:00am ... more   less 
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