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“A great base for exploring Cusco and around”
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Hotel Saranga
Ranked #234 of 413 Cusco B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 6, 2010

We spent a couple of nights at Hostal Centenario either side of a of walking the Lares Trek. The triple room we were given was spotless with plenty of space to spread out and organise your kit. Bathroom was clean and no issues with hot water. Although the room overlooks a 'sports complex' to the rear, we personally didn't find the noise intrusive.

Breakfast was perfectly decent and always well stocked with fresh bread, cheese etc. The guys on the front desk are incredibly friendly and will help with any enquiries including booking bus tickets. The Hostal itself is about ten minutes walk from the main square and has a supermarket, laundrette and internet cafe all just a stones throw away.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

Obviously the Hostal Centenario has improved since most of these reviews were written. I stayed in 6 different hostals while in Peru and the Centenario was my favorite. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and they have TVs. The breakfast was the most elaborate of the hostals I said in. The only downside I can find is that the carpets could use cleaning, but they weren't that bad. Above all, the staff was incredibly helpful. My husband was injured during our trip and the staff went above and beyond to make sure he was doing ok in his room and it really helped me out. I will not forget the kindness of the staff at Hostal Centenario!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

Our 3rd visit in a week as a result of rearranged Itinerary - love coming back as the staff especially the guy on front desk are so friendly.
Each time we have had a triple room so very spacious
rooms next to sports pitch can be noisy.
Breakfast by Peruvian Hostal standards is pretty good with scrambled eggs & cheese available.
Rack rate for dble is 50 US - 10 min walk to main square with excellent cerviceria nearby.
Those who felt unsafe walking home
probably not cut out for exotic travel!
Finally we got back today with a fellow traveller taken sick & unable to do Lares trek & there was no problem getting a room for her at a good rate.
Doing my review on the free wifi

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Thank Steve D
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Reviewed January 7, 2010

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

We stayed here as part of our package with Active South America, resulting in three different stays for a total of 5 nights in three different rooms over a period of 10 days. So we got a pretty good look at the place.

The hotel (or hostel, depending which literature you read) was at all times cold and uninviting.

We were particularly unimpressed to return from the rigours of the Inca Trail to find the showers were running cold. We like to shower twice a day and in the time we were there the showers were hot on just three occasions. On one occasion there was no water at all, on another the water was completely cold, at all other times the water was tepid at best.

Two of the rooms had no basin plug and only one had an electric heater. Two rooms had no storage for clothes (other than in one room that provided an old TV cabinet as storage!)

Other writers have commented on the noise: apart from noise from an adjacent school there is also a sports area that is in use mainly by soccer players until late in the evening, and those guys made a lot of noise!

The reception staff were generally OK with one exception, a young woman. One of us picked up a knee injury on the Inca Trail and she charged for a small bag of ice! On another occasion she paid a taxi fare of 3 Soles (the taxi driver could not change a 50 soles note), but then insisted on retaining the 50 soles note until the 3 soles was repaid. She charged a friend 6 soles (over $2) for making a local call from the front desk - the calls are free from the bedrooms.

The young woman in the breakfast room was very pleasant but the food on offer was poor for choice and quality and was the same every day.

Shame on Active South America for using such a place.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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3  Thank Britabroad22
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Reviewed July 1, 2007

Stayed in this hotel as a package deal with Active South America. This was our base for most of the trip. Stayed in three different rooms. First one was 206 on the second floor next to the stair case. Second one 409, the nicest room. Third one 308.

The hotel is a bit far from the plaza. Didn't always feel safe walking to it after dark. The school next door is loud. The children play soccer, basketball, tennis etc until 11pm. Alot of younger people stay in the hotel so it can be loud because of that as well. In addition, alot of tour groups stay here so alot of people leave early around 5am. No two rooms were the same. The water pressure was spotty. Sometimes it was good sometimes it was not. Clean showers and bed sheets. Hotel needs some new flooring in the rooms. Breakfast was basic. Same thing every day. Staff was nice.

If you can stay on the fourth floor so you don't have to hear the people above you.

  • Stayed: June 2007
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4  Thank Me9247
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Reviewed June 20, 2007

Staff was very nice that is the only good quality about this hotel. The location is on a street far way from other hotels, which would not be bad, but the street is dark and not the greatest for walking. It is also built againist a wall of a school. You might think that would not be so bad, school gets out by 6pm. But the soccer, basketball and other outside activities including music class take place next to schoold which is on the other side of the hotel. It is not a restful place to stay. There are much nicer Hotels in a better area at the some price. Again the staff in the Dining room is nice, but the food leaves something to be desired. You order and it is made fresh, but is very basic. Breakfast is included, it was puffed rice, hard rolls, ham and cheese and two types of Fruit. I guess we are spoiled by all the other hotels we had stayed at.

Cusco itself is wonderful. Do not let you travel guide rush you through the city without seeing it.

4  Thank kaybsix
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Additional Information about Hotel Saranga

Address: Av. Centenario 689, Cusco, Peru (Formerly Hostal Centenario)
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #234 of 413 B&Bs / Inns in Cusco
Price Range: $56 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Saranga 3*
Number of rooms: 30

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