Mama Simona was the cheapest out of five places we stayed during our trip in Peru. Our room with a shared bathroom was clean and cozy. The reviews about the rooms being noisy is definitely accurate. At 6:30 AM, the housekeeper would clean the bathroom outside of our room, which I'm not complaining about. However, it sounded like she was cleaning inside of our room. The window from our room into the hallway didn't help.
The bathroom was always clean, and the showers were hot, which was quite a relief. I can definitely see the importance of a hot shower while in Cusco!
The fresh baked bread and jam in the morning was really good. Much better than other breads we had at our other hostels. The location is great. Just a few minute walk from the Plaza de Armas, and not up a steep hill like the hotels in the San Blas neighborhood. You will appreciate the relatively flat walk at 12,000 feet.
The only negative thing to mention is that the atmosphere was very strange. I'm not the type of person to stay at a party hostel (don't worry, Mama Simona is definitely NOT a party hostel), but the lack of conversation between the guests was really weird. There would be a group of people sitting in the main area, and no one would be talking to each other. I mean, not even one word. Maybe it was just the guests during my stay.
Overall, I would recommend Mama Simona as a quiet, good value option in Cusco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel is named after the sacred peak Mama Simona – the only female mountain deity among twelve others surrounding Cusco. Mama Simona Hostel is like a good conversation over a cup of coca tea rather than a wild party; a comfortable and welcoming refuge away from the standard “just-another-hostel” kind of place; simple wooden furniture and lots of room rather than cramped kitschy interiors. Staying with Mama Simona is like being invited into the warmth of a Peruvian home. ... more less
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