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Pirwa Hostel Machu Picchu
Reviewed June 6, 2013

This was one of 5 hostels I stayed at while in Peru and by far the worst... This is a cheap bed for college kids and not much else. The rooms are freezing, there is barely warm water, the place was filthy and the breakfast was terrible. I wasn't expecting much for breakfast, but the quality here was exceptionally poor. If you are staying any longer than one night in this town you will regret this choice. The street outside is incredibly noisy at night and it will be hard to sleep even with ear plugs. I would highly suggest spending a little extra money in Aguas Calientes to stay at a nicer place. A lot of the hostels in this town are subpar.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This hostal was very nice and clean and the people there are friendly as can be, although you will not always be told the same story by each of the employees there. We asked if we could leave our stuff there until 1:00pm when our train was leaving, but this lady told us we had to leave the stuff at a hotel after we would check out at 9:00 am. Then another person told us it was perfectly alright to just leave it and come back for it. They have a kitchen there where you can actually cook your own food, which is a plus. In the morning they have a nice breakfast set out for you and you can order scrambled eggs if you wish. The rooms and bathrooms were very nice and clean and the water in the shower got nice and hot. Overall, it's a nice budget place to stay, right in the middle of Aguas Calientes. The massage place on the corner there is fabulous. You can get an hour's Inca massage for $25.00, definitely worth it.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We were very happy with our stay here. Having read through reviews of plenty of other accommodation in Aguas Calientes, we weren't expecting much, and we were pleasantly surprised. The beds were comfortable, the room was good, the hot water worked, and the staff were friendly and helpful and didn't try to rip us off on the exchange rate (as you hear many hotels/hostels in Aguas Calientes do) or anything else. Breakfast was basic, but the fact that it was available at 4.30am was handy for an early morning trip up to Machu Picchu.

The only downside is that the hostel is on the uphill side of Aguas Calientes, so after a long tiring day at Machu Picchu, it's a bit of a walk uphill still to get there. But really, it's easily worth it to stay somewhere decent.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed this hostel for 1 night. I decided to stay here because the price was cheap. The room was not so bad. There were windows in the room, but it wasn't openable so that was a little bit damp.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Given that all the accommodation in Aguas Calientes is ridiculously overpriced, this isnt a bad budget option. We stayed here 1 night pre Machu Picchu. Its just off the main street with all the restaurents and not far from the bus/train station. Our double room was massive and faced the street. Its a side street so it wasnt noisy. The bathroom was fine, towels included. We didnt try the shower, but our friends said the shower was freezing. Not surprising really. The hostel has free wifi, a small kitchen, breakkie included (from the crack of dawn which is nice for the peeps who want to be the first ones at MP!) Its a basic s.american hostel breakkie, bread, jam, tea, cereal, yogurt. They let you keep your bags at the hostel for the day. I honestly didnt think this hostel was that bad. Our friends hated it but then theyre not backpackers so have had limited exposure to hostels. Guess it depends on your expectations.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

The staff was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.
The hostel is located close to the centre square, train station and bus but out of the main noisy area.
Breakfast is served early enough at 430 for people wanting to catch the first bus to Machu Picchu.
Windows in our room faced into common area which could be loud if people were chatting there.
Overall a very welcoming and comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights whilst we visited Machu Pichu. It was a pretty miserable visit.

The room we were given was on the street side, which meant that it was really noisy at night and early in the morning. The door to our room had a space at the bottom, and given that we backed onto the internet/games area, this made it even noisier! It also didn't feel the most safe given the door didn't run to the floor.

There was no ventilation in the room at all, which you really need because the location is so damp all the time (in Dec). This meant the bed sheets, although seemed to be clean smelt really musty. The same for our room and we could never seem to get our towels or clothes dry, which didn't help.

Oddly we asked for a double room and got a room with a small double and large single which made the small room even more cramped. The bathroom was also tiny- you could barely move in it. And it didn't seem that clean.

Breakfast was included in the price, but I wouldn't bother to be honest. It consisted of stale bread, some jam and some mouldy bananas.

We never expected luxury, and knew that Peru srandards aren't like at home, but this place was terrible, especially for the price. They seem to think they can charge whatever they want because of the location. Most hostels will be pricey in comparison to other areas of Peru but I would definitely try elsewhere!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Address: Av Pachacuteq 603, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu 08000, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu > Aguas Calientes
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #17 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Aguas Calientes
Price Range: $16 - $29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Pirwa Hostel Machu Picchu 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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