When we were being driven up to this hotel at night, within a humble town, up a back road with no street lights ... in the middle of nowhere, we were very relieved to arrive at a gated hotel that turned out to have very pretty grounds. There wasn't really anything exceptional about the rooms and the Wi-Fi was only available in the lobby and it was easily the weakest signal that I had the entire Peru trip. Since our experience of the drive up the back alley road to the hotel, we were not confident that we could just walk to a good restaurant here nor would we know how to get back to the hotel so we ate dinner at the hotel. The food was not great. Nothing that we ordered was above average in any way. Instead of trying to order local type Peruvian fare, I ordered the Spaghetti with meat sauce because I wanted the carbs to deal with all the anticipated walking I would do at Machu Picchu the next day. The spaghetti was probably one of the blandest ones I've ever had. What was worse was that we got a knock on the door after our dinner. We were told in very certain terms by tour guides and the internet that tipping was not part of Peruvian protocol or culture. So since the food was very unexceptional we definitely did not feel that rare urge to tip anyways. The knock on the door was the waiter wanting to confirm that everything was fine with our meal and that we were okay with the service. Whether the waiter did this on his own initiative or was ordered by his manager to do this, this was intrusive and very presumptuous. When I was a waiter, I never did this ... and I was working in a country where tipping is customary.
If I had to do Machu Picchu again with two planned days at the ruins, I would skip the stay in the Sacred Valley altogether. I would have rather stayed in Cusco and take a morning train to Machu Picchu, taken an afternoon tour, ate dinner at the Tree House restaurant, stayed at again at a hotel at the base of Machu Picchu and wake up early to hit it before the rest of the tourists arrive.
If you stay in Sacred Valley, you better like your hotel because there wasn't really anything else to do in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agustos Urubamba. We are a beautiful 3 star hotel located in Sacred Valley in Urubamba, 50 minutes from Cusco city and 30 minutes to Ollanta Station. Our hotel has 53 rooms (twin rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and Suites) with terrace and balcony that provide great views of the mountains and the gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Agustos Urubamba Peru - Sacred Valley