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Hotel Taypikala Cusco
Ranked #27 of 164 Hotels in Cusco
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Sydney, Australia
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“A comfortable secure hotel”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Taypikala Hotel is a rambling three story, three star hotel within walking distance of the Cathedral and main Plaza of Cusco. It is part of a group which has hotels elsewhere in Peru.
On entering the hotel for the first time there was a musky odour in the foyer but it was not present in the rooms. Although there were two tour groups in the foyer attempting to leave or register for the hotel the sole receptionist did a magnificent job and checked us in quickly without any fuss.
The room was clean, quaintly furnished and had plenty of cupboard space. There were two double beds in the room and unusually, a curtained off spa bath with shower over in a corner of the bedroom from which you could watch the TV. There was an in room safe, a portable electric heater and a telephone. The only windows in the room were over the spa bath and in the bathroom. They were of frosted glass and if you needed to see out you had to open them.
A laundry service was offered with the following examples of prices: T shirt US$1, jeans US$3, shorts US$1 and a blouse US$2. Next to the hotel was a laundry that charged by the kilo and offered a very quick turnaround.
The bathroom was clean with a toilet and basin. Amenities provided included 2 sachets of shampoo, 2 sachets of conditioners and two cakes of soap. The water was pleasantly hot.
In the foyer of the hotel was free Coca tea on a help yourself basis, fresh Coca leaves and for those in need 3 oxygen bottles and masks. The hotel also has a secure facility to permit guests to leave their bags overnight while visiting nearby tourist sites such Machupicchu.
Breakfast was served from 5.00am. Perfect for travellers in this part of the world. Breakfast was served on a buffet basis and consisted of the normal continental breakfast provisions with the added benefit of boiled or scrambled eggs and pieces of fish. There was an impressive range of fresh fruit to select from such as watermelon, other melons, pineapple, persimmons, kiwi fruit and bananas. An ample supply of cheese, ham and bakery items was available.
The hotel is within walking distance of several restaurants and bars and the busy night life of the Plaza.
Staff at the hotel was attentive to the needs of the guests and their friendliness made our stay at the hotel a pleasant one. It is deserving of more than three stars.
I would have no hesitation in staying at this hotel again should I visit Cusco.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is a really nice hotel, probably more like 3.5 stars than 3. I stayed here as part of a group booking, both to and from Aguas Calientes/Macchu Picchu. Very comfortable and stylish, well appointed great spacious rooms. Nice lobby area, with large comfy chairs, and coca tea readily on hand. Very nice downstairs dining area - I also was able to buy water there out of hours. Fairly easy walking distance to Plaza de Armas and many Cusco attractions, through the old cobbled streets. Street facing rooms can be quite noisy in the mornings, I suggest avoiding these if possible, or bringing earplugs.

Great and polite service, and a generally well organized place - baggage that was left here during the trip to Macchu Picchu was actually all placed in the correct rooms on the return of our group. Internet access was a bit flaky, with only one of two public access computers working during my stay, wireless only worked in the lobby and restaurant.

As a minor downside, if you want to use a phone card from your room, all calls have to be put through from reception. Also they do not permit dialing of reverse charge/trunk calls. A bit bizarre perhaps?! Ok, this is a provincial (but touristic) area of South America, but this is only the place where I have run into this issue! The rest of the hotel is quite modern.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for an interior room, preferably facing the courtyard - rooms facing the street te...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Island of Malta, Malta
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Better than the four star in puno. 10 minute away from plaza De armas by foot.
The last night we got a site with jacuzzi. Pity we had the room only for six hours then.

Nearby the is a shop where you can buy water and snacks.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The room was big and the beds were comfortable. Everything was very clean though there was some mold in the bathroom. It's about 7-8 minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas on a quiet street. The breakfast was nice. They also have a pleasant terrace/open-air-museum/meditation room at the ground floor where you can rest for a while, read a book or just watch the hummingbirds that come from time to time in the garden.

There's no lift so you have to carry the luggage up the stairs (there's also a bellboy that seems to help with this but he's not always around and if you don't want to wait you have to do it yourself)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sedona, Arizona
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

A very charming hotel. The service is outstanding, the staff is very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean with clean and comfortable bedding! Walking distance to main square and markets. If in Cusco again, I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Montalba, Texas, United States
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Small enough to provide excellent personal service, the Taypikala is located within easy walking distance to the main square and several markets. Beautiful gardens, fountains and antique textiles and artwork add to the décor of this luxury hotel. The restaurant happily alters its schedule to accommodate late arrivals or early departures for sightseeing trips and the food is both healthy and delicious. The staff is attentive and ever-helpful with knowledgeable information and directions to nearby sights.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Palestine, Texas
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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

A wonderful hotel in a wonderful location in Cusco. Close to downtown shopping, the square and cathedrals. I highly recommend staying here if you're coming to Cusco. The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Hotel Taypikala Cusco
Address: Calle Inticahuarina 620, Cusco, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #27 of 164 Hotels in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Taypikala Cusco 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 50 ft from the Temple of the Sun, Taypikala offers luxurious heated rooms with views of a central courtyard and picturesque Cusco. There is free Wi-Fi and massage sessions can be booked.Taypikala Hotel Cusco features a charming central courtyard with a small water fountain surrounded by flowers, plants and original Inca walls.Decorated with Andean themes, rooms come equipped with LED cable TVs. Some rooms include spa bathtubs and all of them have private bathrooms.There are floor-to-ceiling curtains and comforters in a matching palette of warm shades. Work desks, minibars and tea/coffee makers are included as well.Guests can wake up to a full buffet breakfast with tropical fruit and coffee. They can also treat themselves to local and international flavors at El Tambo restaurant, overlooking the fountain and offering international and Andean dishes.The front desk offers 24-hour front desk assistance and a handy currency exchange service.Taypikala is 3 blocks from Cusco’s main square and 6 blocks from Wanchaq train station. ... more   less 
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