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“Prettiest Courtyard in Peru”
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Amaru Hostal
Ranked #34 of 165 Hotels in Cusco
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Prettiest Courtyard in Peru”
Reviewed August 6, 2009

We made all arrangements by internet and had to pay a deposit in advance. It is located in the San Blas district, near a variety of art shops for tourist shopping, including some high quality shops to find unique pieces.

From the street you would never guess the beauty within. The hotel actually has two courtyards. The rooms have carved wood beds and furniture. We had room 109 which had chairs just outside the door where you could sit and view the flower filled courtyard and blue sky over cobble rooftops. It was really beautiful. We watched a huge humming bird flit from flower to flower and rest in a tree. This is probably the prettiest hotel courtyard in all my travels.

There is free wireless internet in the room if you have your own laptop. I’m unsure of other internet use. There is a TV in the room which while unnecessary can be nice to hook up your camera and review some photos. We paid for an additional heater. The bathroom had only cold water in the sink but hot showers.

Breakfast included 1 egg with bread and juice/coffee/tea and was in a wonderful little room upstairs. The desk was very helpful in making all arrangements. They provided a taxi to the airport on departure as we did not require it on arrival. Highly recommend.

Tracy Foote, Author of Let’s Go Up! Climbing, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Putucusi

Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

Found Amaru off of Trip Advisor. There are 2 hostels located very closely together (Amaru I and Amaru II). Both are the same quality. The hostel may have originally been home to a Spanish conquistador (we were told this at the reception). Highlights of this hostel included superb breakfast (fruit, tea/coffee, rolls, margarine, jam, eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt, and cereal), very clean, immaculately maintained, nicely decorated with artwork/woodwork/flowers/etc, complimentary coca tea at the reception area, garden courtyards with nice sitting areas, very safe, spectacular views from certain rooms, tons of hot water for long showers (we never ran out of hot water). Hostel staff was very helpful in calling for cabs, arranging for laundry service, etc. Located very close to the Plaza. Highly recommended. Cuzco can be very cold at night, be prepared to wear thermals to bed. Also, ask for a room with a view. We did this per our guide book and had a spectacular view. Also, just a couple moments walk from Jacks, an amazing restaurant (if you feel like treating yourself)! We stayed 5 nights (broken up to accommodate travel to Puno and Inka Trail Trek).

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2009

In stayed in the hotel in June and had a great experience. We stayed in two different rooms and the first room had two levels with a great view of the city from the top and access to the pretty courtyard, I would recommend requesting this room. The other room was nice but much smaller for the same price. The breakfast in the morning is included and was the best on our trip.....coffee/tea, fresh juice, eggs, bread and fresh fruit with yogurt and quinoa! The location is great.....less than 10 minute walk to the main square down the hill and a short walk up the hill to the San Blas artist area with lots of great places to eat and shop. The only downfal to this hotel is the lack of water and especially hot water. Because of water shortages, the water is turned off sometimes and the hot water is somewhat reliable. The staff is really helpful and can answer a lot of your questions and suggest places to go in the city and arrange taxis, etc

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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New Bern, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 21, 2009

I had stayed in Cusco with a local family for 2 weeks while studying Spanish. I went to Tambopata and returned, expecting to go on to Urumbamba. However, the lodge in the Valley was more than I wanted to pay and I thought I could do better, so I searched this forum and found Amaru.

Oh my goodness!! What a bargain. I had been into about 10 other hotels-hostels looking for a group rate for a tour in 2 years and they averaged $55 night and were about the quality of a Red Roof Inn. Not good. This place is an old colonial home with an extension to the back. The older part in front is probably a little noisier, but I always travel with earplugs.

They actually have hot water tanks in the bathroom instead of the electric coil heater on the pipe. The rooms have WOOD floors which is a must in the winter to avoid the room being like a refirgrator. The complimentary breakfast includes fresh squeezed OJ, coffee or tea, eggs, bread,and fruit. The 3 courtyards are filled with spectacular flowers and I saw evidence of a committment to maintaining the property. Things are fixed quickly. The helpers were installing and painting new gutters when I arrived.

There is a WONDERFUL lending library that (to me) is the hallmark of a service oriented hostel. This place is more like an American Bed and Breakfast than a hostel and I would definitely bring others back to this place.

The current rate list is deceiving. I only paid $30 and that included the heater (usually another $3 US). Don´t hesitate to negotiate your rates.

The hotel is halfway between the Plaza de Armas and San Blas. Taxis can drive up to the door and take you anywhere. The staff is friendly, speaks English, and are very knowledgeable and helpful. Free Coca tea all day long.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

My travel partner and I are 24 from Chicago. We stayed at the Amaru mid-November 08. The location was amazing and we walked all over Cusco with no problems. Amaru was a great home base location. There are a lot of places to eat right around the corner also. The hotel staff was very helpful and ordered us cabs when we needed them and answered all of our questions about the area. We had a second floor room which was amazing. The views were great. The showers were warm and the wool blankets kept us very warm and snuggley all night. I would recommend bringing (or buying) thick socks or slippers because the floor does get cold. The courtyard was really nice and received a lot of afternoon sun. We even saw a giant hummingbird in the courtyard! Daily breakfast was very good considering its complimentary and the staff was very nice. Our stay was perfect at the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Upstate NY
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Reviewed May 29, 2009

We stayed here for a total of 4 nights, in two different rooms. (We went to MachuPicchu in the middle, hence the room change.) The general decor was lovely, and the staff was helpful on a variety of things. The hostel was conveniently located to many things, and we felt comfortable walking back to the hostel in the evening.

We stayed in two rooms. One was really charming, with a lofted area overlooking the city, but it was also very cold. (There were plenty of blankets, though, so we were warm once we got into bed.) The other room was on the first floor; it was warmer, but pretty noisy starting around 5AM. (By this time, staff are already moving about and some guests are getting ready to leave.)

There was plenty of hot water if you didn't shower too late in the morning. The breakfast was fine, but nothing special.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

We stayed in the hostal amaru for 3 nights while in Cusco and loved it. The location is amazing right in the San Blas neighborhood about 2 blocks from the center of town. The people are friendly as well. Best of all, the hotel is very clean and charming with wood trim, nice windows and a great center courtyard. Our room was small, but had an upstairs loft where the bathroom was. It was clean and had great hot water and pressure. We paid about $40 per night and felt it was very much worth it. The breakfast was served as early as 5:30am and was also good.

Overall, would definitely recommend, the best overall hostal on our trip to Peru and Bolivia.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Amaru Hostal
Address: Cuesta San Blas 541, Cusco 001, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Cusco
#23 Business Hotel in Cusco
#24 Family Hotel in Cusco
#28 Romantic Hotel in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Amaru Hostal 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two blocks away from the main plaza in the hearth of the ancient district of San Blas. Colonial-style house with gardens and the best views of the city. Friendly and professional staff, confortable rooms and yummy included breakfast. ... more   less 
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