I have been staying at Hostal Magico for over a month now, mostly because I have been volunteering with Aldea Yanapay, the social project connected with the hostel. I absolutely love it. It is welcoming, the staff are incredibly friendly, and the rooms are cozy and feel like a home, not a hostel. The whole places is bright and colorful, music is played according to the time and mood of the day, there is a garden with hammocks and flowers everywhere. The prices are very reasonable, and you have the security of knowing that part of your money goes to help the social project Aldea Yanapay, which is located just around the corner from the hostel. Not all of the people at the hostel are volunteers, of course, it is not a requirement at all. It's nice to have a variety of people in the hostel at all times, and no matter how long guests end up staying at the hostel, they are always quickly integrated into the community and made to feel as if they have been there several weeks or more.
The hostel environment is backpacker friendly, family friendly and couple friendly. It is quiet after eleven almost every night, but many of the guests go out and are welcome back any time of the night and no one will be disturbed. The kitchen is well stocked and kept very clean, as are the rooms and bathrooms. All of the staff are very friendly and helpful, and are treated well: they get fair salaries and only work 8 hours a day with days off, the company pays it's taxes, and all of the workers have paid holidays every year. The affiliated restaurant, Cafe Restaurant Aldea Yanapay is run by the same man, Yuri, and has the same philosophy of honesty, good service, and trustworthy causes.
There is nowhere else I would ever stay in Cusco should I come back (and I plan to!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Magica hostel is part of the Aldea Yanapay community, the same that works with children and families in development and education since 2004, with the aim of providing educational alternatives based on the love and spirituality to our childern, youth, adults and senior citizen. Aldea Yanapay is a cusquenian non profitable organization that works each day for a more conscious and spiritual world. Villa Magica is dedicated to providing hospitality to all human beings who want a cultural exchange. With beautiful green areas, gardens, art, warm rooms, comfortable bathrooms, restaurant, bar, conscious activities such as yoga, drum session or circle of massage, and playground for children. ... more less