What a really nice hotel this turned out to be, a surprise really, for so many reasons! It is co-located with the train station, the last one before the ride to Machu Pichu. So I worried about noise, at least during the hours the trains run to the world class ruins. But the hotel is right next to the Urubamba River, where the Ollantaytambo river joins it and the whole thing turns to major whitewater. The sound of the fluming waters is everywhere! Plus the trains are narrow guage, and you just don’t hear them except for the cute little whistles as they approach. We were in 2 different rooms for our 4 days in this cute, intimate hotel…one on the second floor, one on the ground floor, and never had an issue with noise or security. In fact, the river sounds put me to sleep every night, and in the mornings the sound of the many birds brought me to wake with windows open not to miss it.
This is the best place to stay if you are going to Machu Pichu. You have to take the train or walk the Inca trail, and this is the stop before the last one where you board buses to climb to the world-class ruins. But the hotel is also the best hotel in Ollantaytambo, where you can visit and explore the fabulous remains of Incan Ollantaytambo, and they are substantial with a great history of their own. In many ways, they are more varied than Machu Pichu, more interesting, and certainly more intimate without the huge crowds! The citidel, temples, water systems, walls and terraces are still intact, and the still-inhabited pueblo below the ruins is the best preserved Inca town we saw in a month of Peru travel.
Ollantaytambo was the primary Inca administrative center in the Sacred Valley, a breadbasket of the Inca empire. The owners of El Albergue were instrumental in preserving this place and the grounds are organic gardens that supply food for the hotel's great restaurant. It is located in the train station. The food, the salads, the home made pastas, and even the local corn on the cob with cheese they serve as appetizer, they are all really healthy and good. Even better, the restaurant has a wonderful man playing the old-style antique Andean harp and singing Andean songs beautifully. As your pisco sours and Cusquena beers come and go with the meal, so the trains with their tourists en route to other Ollantaytambo hotels and hostels. The feel is a Swiss train station in the Andes. I could easily recommend skipping the hustle, the crowds, and the cost of Machu Pichu and instead spending the time in this charming little town.
Did I mention the path (no cars!) from the hotel thru its organic gardens leads directly to the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the old town? The hotel gives workshops for guests on their gardens. There's also an old style wood fired steam you can reserve! It works.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Ollantaytambo train station, El Albergue is only one train stop away from Machu Picchu and not far from many interesting attractions. El Albergue dates back to 1925 and maintains the charm and elegance of the early 20th century while offering modern day requirements such as free high speed internet and in-room telephones. Owned by artist Wendy Weeks, this hotel has beautiful gardens, delicious food and special attention to decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Hotel Ollantaytambo
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Peru - Sacred Valley