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Mama Simona Hostel
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Reviewed December 17, 2013 via mobile

Mama Simona is one of the best hostels I have stayed in. It is VERY clean, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen and dining area have everything you need if you want to cook for yourself. The staff are helpful and the internet is good in the common areas. It is not a party hostel so you can get a good night sleep and they replaced our sheets and cleaned the room everyday. I also liked the finger puppets on the Christmas tree :)

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank emily b
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

This hostel was quite new, warm welcome by the staff and always helpful.
Make sure you get a room that faces the courtyard instead of the road as they can be very noisy.
The double rooms have a private bathroom and are kept well and look still quite new.

Room Tip: Backside of the hotel for quite rooms
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pelle N
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Nestled on a hill about 5 mins walk from the main centre of Cuzco. It was clean and had comfortable beds. No heaters but the staff were willing to provide extra thick blankets. Free Coco tea and Coffee. Good WIFI connection in the common area and rooms next to the common area. Super hot water. Breakfast was average bread, jams, coffee and tea.For a few extra coins you could purchase eggs. Staff were friendly and helpful. Not a party hostel. Easy to meet people.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Nerissa B
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Lovely big and clean room, comfy bed, good shower, space to hang and store clothes and bags, good breakfast, decent Internet, free storage whilst on Machu Picchu tour and the staff couldn't have been more helpful - what more could you ask for?

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sophie M
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Mama Simona Hostel is cute and quaint. It has a very homestyle comfortable feeling and is located on a quieter street within 5-7 minutes walking distance from the Main Square. The staff are extremely polite and helpful (from arranging for a taxi to assisting with local phone calls). They are also very hard-working as the communal areas and washroom are always clean. For the four of us, the rooms we stayed in pre-Inca Trek were 2 private bedrooms. Both rooms and bathrooms were spacious and clean. Post-Inca Trek we stayed in 2 bunk-bed rooms. Again relatively spacious and very clean. The added bonus was that all the beds were comfortable with warm duvet covers too. I wasn't expecting that for a hostel! However, the water pressure for the showers is a bit weak but there is hot water. I tried to avoid showering between the typical 10pm-12am, which worked out well for me.

The free daily breakfast consists of bread with jam/butter, and a fresh juice. Coca tea available all the time from the dining room as well as the lounge. For an additional 3.50 sols you can also get an omelette or a hot ham with cheese sandwich. We tried both and they were delicious. We also noticed that the kitchen is for communal use for lunch and dinner times. It looked a little small but everything including the fridge looked very clean and well-organized. I encourage other travellers to make use of the kitchen as it can sure save a lot of money and time. Or maybe meet new friends, cook together?

But for dining out, we really recommend eating at Kushka..Fe Cafe Restaurante, Inka Grill, Limo and Jack's Cafe. All are within walking distance from Mama Simona Hostel.

Nothing about Mama Simona Hostel made us uncomfortable or unhappy during our stay. We were very satisfied and glad to have chosen this place. We will happily recommend to others, too!
One tidbit that sort of annoyed me however, is the lady from the travel agency within Mama Simona Hostel. She seemed very pushy with her tour packages and the prices are clearly way more expensive. Just be sure to do your research, first.

Room Tip: Because the hostel has old floor boards, they do creak a bit when people walk (more noticeably at night), so a second-floor room may be more comfortable for light-sleepers.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank pattochan
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