During our 13 day trip to Peru, this was the only MAJOR disappointment. I booked this after reading the tripadvisor reviews, as tripadvisor has never let me down before. I booked 3-4 months in advance when the reviews were still good, now they are not so good. We only stayed one night at $80.+ dollars. When we arrived at the lobby (Office) after 92 steep steps it smelled very molding. When we arrived at our assigned room (#4) all of the doors and windows were wide open. They obviously were trying to circulate air because when we did close the door the mold smell was horrible. The room appeared clean but very run down. There was a double and a single bed, as we asked for their "best suite". There is no night stand, dresser, closet or even hangers, so we were grateful for the extra bed to set things on otherwise you would have to use the floor. The single bed had a small night stand but it was very warped on the top and everything leaned to the left front, alot. The wall sconce shade looked like it had been through a flood, the bedding appeared clean but very old, the pillows are old small and flat, and the "fresh" orchids in the room were dead. It was dark, and damp and quite frankly scary. When we went to wash up, there was no water in the sink and shower. My husband went down to tell the management and after 15 minutes the water was back on. We immediately noticed mosquitos and a large wasp in the room which led us to discover that there was NO GLASS in the front and one side window. My husband went down again to ask them about the bugs at night, the gentlemen responded that they did not have a mosquito problem in Aquas Calientes. (That night we killed 5 of them in the bathroom alone) and left the bugs smashed on the walls as proof. As in most of Peru there are no bath products, only hand soap so be prepared. Now for the bathroom as you will see in our pics, Mold on the shower curtain & ceiling. The window above the toilet led to under the building and was open and bugs where coming in and out. The shower was a mess and honesty, I was affraid to shower alone. I made my husband come in with me! The only light was a bulb sticking out of the wall. The toilet paper was on the counter (no holder). We immediately went into town to find another room. To no avail, we had to stay at Rupa Wasi. After an exhausting day at Machu Picchu, we slept for about 2 hours before the overpowering smell of the mold woke us up. We opened the door to the outside and closed the bathroom door and were able to sleep a couple more hours. The bathroom is the obvious cause of the mold. At about 4 am it started to rain which made it impossible to sleep because of the metal roofs. We were up and out of there early and didn't stop for breakfast. Also, when you are traveling light, the ridiculously huge wooden key chain is stupid. ( Can't put it in a pocket, thats for sure) A bottle of water to brush your teeth would have been nice. This "eco" lodge may be great for the 20 something backpacker but for middle American 40 somethings...spend the extra money and go somewhere else. Our pictures say it all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rupa Wasi’s unique location provides for spectacular views of the mountains of Machu Picchu. Rooms boasting balconies allow our guests to take full advantage of these surroundings. This design marvel fits together magically with the green surrounding of Aguas Calientes to create a peaceful environment, an invitation to relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rupa Wasi Eco Hotel Aguas Calientes
- Hotel Rupa Wasi Eco