This was my first hotel experience in Peru, and I was unsure as to what to expect for $30 for a double. I was very happy with our choice; for the money it is great. The hotel is in the San Blas neighborhood, but very close to the main square. It is up a small hill (I live in San Francisco, so hills don't bother me). Walk slowly as the altitiude might make you out of breath. But it really isn't bad. The street seems to be the main drag for San Blas, and is very, very busy. On one hand, this can be annoying when you are constantly hassled to buy things, but is also keeps you feeling safe when it's dark since you don't feel that you are the only person on the street. I preferred being in this neighborhood to the area around the Plaza.
The hotel's common areas are really quaint and nice, there's internet downstairs and a roof deck upstairs where you sit and view Cusco from above. The rooms are not huge, but are big enough, and have armoires to store your clothes. There's a tv, if that matters to you. Cusco gets chilly at night and each room has a space heater, which is remarkably effective. Turn it on and you won't be cold at all. The bathroom has shower only. Breakfast is not so great, but there are cafes nearby if you need more. The staff is very friendly and helpful, but a small amount of Spanish definitely helps with communication. One thing: We were quoted in dollars, but when it was time to pay they definitely preferred soles, although accepted the dollars. We stayed for three nights, stored our luggage in their storage room while we went on the Inca Trek and then returned. No problems at all.
If you are looking for a clean and safe place to stay with a homey atmosephere and don't require luxury, I would recommend this hotel.
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