I stayed there for 3 nights in November 2013. November is a great time to travel, we had brilliant weather, and there were no crowds, but not empty either.
El Albergue is among the most expensive places in the area, but it is totally justified. A lot of places in Ollantaytambo are more like hostels with a private room, quite basic really. Forget about free shampoo/hairdryer/phone/room service.
This place is more like a boutique hotel. Very good facilities, incl. free WIFI.
It is literally outside the train station, but very quiet. Handy for Machu Pichu, crawl out of bed and you are on the train. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning. They also have an organic garden which they will be happy to show you. In fact there are exotic flowers, avocada trees and humming birds all around you. Photos on website are realistic.
It is 10 min walk from the village square. You might want to go there once, especially if you visit the ruins. Otherwise being a bit apart is not a problem, since there are no bars in town anyway, and restaurants close early. Taxis are cheap.
The best restaurant of all my stay was in Albergue! Amazing food, follow the advice of staff regarding the steak. Great wine, and we got a complimentary surprise since it was a special occasion.
It is a very romantic place, recommended for a honeymoon or any other special occasion.
Also family friendly, and suitable for solo travellers. Go for a room with a balcony. It's worth it for the view! We had a huge room, loved the architecture, and the space. It had proper furniture, such as a wardrobe, table, little couch, chairs. Bed was huge and comfortable. There were fresh flowers in the room. Most places we visited in the Sacred Valley only have a bed and maybe a bedside locker, no other furniture/equipment of any kind.
The staff were very helpful and genuinely friendly. Breakfast was tasty, cooked to order and very healthy. You could spend a whole day there, just sitting in the garden, enjoying the views or read a book. It is very clean too.
It is worth the extra money, and remember they put a service charge on top of the bill (10%).
I would recommend this place wholeheartedly, for the location, the service, and quite simply the beauty of it! I would also recommend Sacred Valley, stay there minimum 2 nights, better 5 nights, there is so much to do! I spent 2 weeks in Peru, half of that time in the Sacred Valley, and did not regret it. El Albergue will stay in my mind forever!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity and Cheap Tickets so you can book your El Albergue Ollantaytambo reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Hotel Ollantaytambo
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Peru - Sacred Valley