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“Honestly, a good choice, maybe not the best” 4 of 5 stars
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Pirwa Colonial Hostel
Ranked #68 of 344 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Montevideo, Uruguay
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Honestly, a good choice, maybe not the best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I stayed at this Pirwa Hostel with 4 friends when we went for our amazing trekking experience at Machu Pichu and in my view it was good choice.

Service was very good, the personnel of the hotel was always willing to help and with a friendly, positive and can do attitude. Breakfast was good, but as every hostel with limited options, in fact I would change the cereals, which as a regular cereal eater I didn't enjoy much (Although they weren't old, one intuitively thought they were due to their texture).

Location: Although it was a few blocks of distance from the main center of Cuzco (Which in fact at night, with a few drinks, aren't very welcome due to their high inclination), the positive aspect about this is the 0 noise and excellent sleeping quality.

Rooms were good, nothing to criticize about them. The only not-positive comment I feel necessary to share with other fellow tourists is the one of having a very short open-air walk from bedroom to showers. A fact which wasn't comfortable for having first or last hour showers due to their low temperatures at Cuzco.

As said buy another traveler, Wi-fi only works in the room next to reception and computers are pretty old. However, they are useful for their expected functions as a back-packer toursit, which don't require new or newer PC's, being online chatting and writing emails. Lastly, although this doesn't mean that a PC actualization for a bit newer ones wouldn't be appreciated by guests ;)

Hope it helps in your decision.

Room Tip: Closest room to showers, so that one can avoid walking longer open-air distances in between.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Adolfo D
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Nice bedrooms, nice beds and pillows, great shower and bathrooms. Wi-fi works only in the room next to the reception, not in the rest of hostel, and the computers are not very good. Good breakfast, but with limited amount of food.
It's a good and beautiful hostel, well located and with good structure, but with pontual problems wich will not prejudice your stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Bogota, Colombia
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52 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I had a GREAT time in this hostel!The girls from the reception are SOOOOOO friendly and helpfull. Nayla even gave me a city tour which was great! Sedid y Ana are great as well...i highly recomend this hostel, it is close to the main square, hot showers, good wifi and clean and dont forget about the pooltable, tabletennis and HUGE collection of videos. And the fact that they make up your bed EVERY day is such a big bonus!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

This hostel was a nice place to stay! Great facilities like a pool table, tv room, bar, different chill-out spots and nice rooms! We ended up staying here for a week because we liked it so much:) staff was really helpful! Breakfast is included, but the bread was a bit dry.. location is great!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank wimplon
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Agii Apostoli, Chania, Crete
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I din´t expect too much from a hostel, but I was pleasantly suprised. They organised events, were helpfull in every question, had a tourist office, pool, movie are, ping-pong, 24hr hot showers and above all friendly and smiley staff

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank George T
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Timóteo, MG
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Don't create expectations of a dream hostel. The building is old. Actually it's a classic ancient building of Cuzco.

Despite of that, the staff are just AWESOME. As the manager, as it's staffs are very friendly and gentle.

The cleanness is ok. The bathrooms, are mixed, but it doesn't mean that are bad. They are very clean all the time.

The beds are old to, but also clean. The breakfast is simple, but ok. The only thing i didn't like was the carpet in the rooms... it was not good to me.

The scotch bar is very cool and has fair prices.

All the people i met there were polite and cool.

An amazing place to make new friends.

I consider it my home in Cuzco!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Fabricio_ACS
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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The hostal was pretty cool. They have several locations, I stayed in the Colonial hostal which is near the main square but pleasantly removed by about 3 blocks. It is VERY cold at night, but it's cold just about everywhere in Cusco during the winter, so that was to be expected. If you are prepared with warm clothes though it's fine. I was traveling solo, so it was nice that this place had other solo travelers and a bar. There is a bar upstars that serves cheap food and decent priced drinks. The bartender and this girl that gives Salsa lessons were really cool and I had a ton of fun with them. I also met several really cool other travelers so that was nice too. The breakfast was good in the morning, more than just the standard "bread" that most hostal's serve as "breakfast." There is also a resident cat who lives at the hostal, and he/she adds a nice homey feel to the place! Very friendly. The staff were helpful. It can be loud at night with the bar, but the bar closes around 12 so it doesn't go all night. Oh, and the hot water actually works! All in all I would say it was a very good value for the money and I would totally stay here again.

Room Tip: Bring warm clothes in the winter, it gets really cold at night!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Pirwa Colonial Hostel
Address: Plaza San francisco 360, Cusco 000000, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 344 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Pirwa Colonial Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pirwa Hostels is a budget hostel chain offering economical lodging in private rooms and shared dormitories, in locations throughout Peru and Bolivia. Pirwa Colonial Hostel is located in Plaza San Francisco, two blocks from the main square of Cusco, Peru. It boasts two interior patios, a TV and game lounge, bar, guest kitchen, and fast food stand. Services include a free continental breakfast, internet + wi-fi, luggage storage, hot water 24/7. There are occasional activities and parties. Reception is on call 24/7 and there are security cameras within and without. There's also security lockers in the shared dorms for your backpacks, and extra, smaller lockers outside of the rooms for any belongings you want to take special care with. There's also an information desk staffed by Pirwa Travel tour & transport specialists. Pirwa Colonial is a one-stop shop for backpackers! ... more   less 
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