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El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Ollantaytambo
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Best Small Hotel in the Sacred Valley?”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

this hotel was such an unexpexted delight the staff was helpful the food was great and the room was not only value, it was huge! as everyone says it is at the train station which i thought was very cool, and it is a great small town with amazing ruins. this is where you catch train to go up to aquas caliente the station for machu picchu, as most just get out of there car or bus and hop on the train they are really missing out on a very special place. this is the place to stay in ollan! would definately stay there on my next trip to peru.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

A very nicely designed hotel, huge and tastefully appointed rooms. New bathrooms. As good as it gets when you are taking a trip to Machupicchu: step out of the hotel door to board the train and get off on your way back to their excellent restaurant - romantic setting, delicious food, reasonable prices (especially compared to dining in Aguas Calientes), make a reservation to be on the safe side.
No TV, which I see as an advantage, since you don't want anything to disrupt you relaxation.
Might get a little chilly, but heaters are available in the rooms and the bedding is nice and new, with warm covers, so it wasn't a big issue.
Service is good, special thanks to the restaurant staff!
Wouldn't hesitate to go back.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We arrived at the hotel after a day at Machu Picchu and it was extremely easy to get off the train and directly into the hotel. The first impression is amazing and it got better from there as we were upgraded to a wonderful room in the back of the hotel away from the train.

The walk to our room (#9) was spectacular as well. The grounds are beautiful with blooming plants and trees and well cared for.

We peaked in the restaurant, but did not have dinner as we were exhausted and had eaten in Aguas Calientes before catching our train. But we did have a wonderful breakfast (included) and after a walk through town and up the mountain to see the graineries, we came back for lunch. It was amazing and very reasonable.

My only complaint, which is a big one, is the front desk staff. Maybe we had a bad day, but I have read a few reviews that agree with me. The young woman at the front desk was not helpful and even talked on the phone (personal call) while I waited to ask a question. When she finished her call, she did not even look up and made another call.

Aside from that, if you can get a good rate, and you are as lucky as we were to get such an amazing room, I would recommend this hotel highly!

Room Tip: We stayed in room #9 which was an upgrade. Very quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Great hotel! we had a free upgrade to a garden superior room- it was beautiful, so beautiful we stayed an extra night! The gardens were lovely, lots of bumble bees and humming birds, with great mountain views. The restaurant was fantastic, lovely food and good service, we ate there twice. Natalia on reception was very helpful via e-mail with our tickets to Machu Picchu. Its in a great location for the train to machu picchu, right on the platform, the noise from the trains didn't bother us though. Only issue was it was a bit chilly at night and heater wasn't great, but there were blankets to wrap up in. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We wandered through the gates leading to the railway siding where hundreds of busy tourists were queuing for their ride to Machu Picchu. We passed the churning waters of a small stream flowing toward the Urumbamba River and looked at each other, "Where's the hotel?" We smilingly asked each other, we knew well that the hotel, and a small bar and gorgeous restaurant all look out onto the tracks, right there. Passing through the heavy wooden doors of the hotel we met Natalia, the warm and kind young woman in charge of the front desk. Once we were checked in we were led through the interior of the hotel to the rooms that are accessed from the bucolic gardens and porches. Our room, spacious and peaceful faced both the hotel and the gardens behind the hotel. Simply appointed our room was elegant, clean and very, very comfortable. Our stay in Ollantaytambo was too short, now that we know the El Albergue is there, our next visit will encompass more of the area and include more meals at the excellent restaurant. El Albergue's team grows their own produce and the salads, soups and entrées were incredibly accomplished!
I'm afraid I can't fault the El Albergue anywhere! It is simply the complete package for a visitor to Ollantaytambo. I highly recommend this hotel/restaurant!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We just returned having stayed 2 nights here. It was tough to try and choose a place but El Albergue worked out well for us. It is on the train station literally 6 feet from the door to the train. We had a deluxe garden room and did not find the noise an issue. The room was large with a King and a twin bed. Both were hard as a rock. There is free wifi but not TV. There is no heat or AC but there is a portable heater that can be plugged in. Water is solar heated and I found the shower to be either scalding or cold with no easy way to regulate the temperature. Free breakfast was good.

The gardens at the hotel are very pretty but it is the location that is great. As you leave the train station all of the other hotels are about a 5-10 minute walk up the street. By up I mean up a hill. After Machu Picchu the last thing we wanted was to walk up anything.

This is not a 4 or 5 star hotel as compared to a big city but it is probably as good as it gets here.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Address: Ollantaytambo Train Station, Ollantaytambo 080108, Peru
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Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Ollantaytambo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ollantaytambo
#1 Family Hotel in Ollantaytambo
#2 Green Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — El Albergue Ollantaytambo 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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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