Let me first say that in the small town of Aguas Calientes there are few "hotels" the majority of the places to sleep are hostels. With that in mind I expect that Gringo Bill's probably has better accommodations than most. The hotel appears to have been built in sections up a large hill. To get to our room we had to haul our luggage up four different flights of stairs. The room was very musty like it had not been used in several months. The decor was very old. The biggest issue was that the doors outside did not close all the way. There was about an inch on the bottom of the door that was open. This town is in the middle of the jungle! There are bugs everywhere! I woke up on our second (and last thankfully) morning and found bug bites all over my legs and stomach. I can only assume that something crawled into our bed while we were sleeping. The other big issue is breakfast. It is included with the room but is awful. I would recommend eating anywhere else. The coffee looked and tasted like thick sludge and the food was pretty bad. There are also several stray cats that seem to enjoy fighting and making a lot of noise right outside the hotel. I did not sleep well to say the least.
There is a very nice hotel about 100 feet away that we ate lunch at one day. It appeared to be the best option if you have room in your budget. One other saving grace was a French bakery/restaurant called La Boulangerie De Paris. Please visit that restaurant, it is a welcome break from all of the other restaurants in the town that offer the exact same food!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After 29 years of service in Machupicchu Town, Gringo Bill's has become one of the best choices for mid-range tourist. We have been working non-stop to improve our small family owned business to provide our guest with a special place in an "out-of-the-ordinary" type of hotel in Machupicchu Town. We thank all those who have commented on our hotel and we are taking any bad comments to good use to help us prepare much better. Thank you kindly, Lawrence Kaiser ... more less
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