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“Decent Stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rupa Wasi Lodge
Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in Aguas Calientes
Maryland
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66 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Decent Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I don't have any complaints about our one-night stay here in Aguas Calientes. We went for a standard room, so we had no view and our room was basically just a queen bed, a single bed (not sure why we had two beds, but it was actually helpful because we laid out all our clothes on the other one), and bathroom. The room was nothing special, but after the 4 day Inca Trail, it had a bed, a shower, and it was only around $80 a night. Oh, I forgot- this was actually the most comfortable bed we slept in in all of our Peru stay. Now, I don't know if it was really amazing because we were used to sleeping on the ground for the previous 3 nights or because it was really comfortable..lol

Also, the staff was really great. This was a good place to stay for one or two nights.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

I looked for a long time at all the hotel options in Aguas Calientes and it was pretty slim pickins'. When I found this hotel, it seemed promising and like the best choice out of the options available. This hotel is tucked away behind the main plaza and is up on the hill. It has a lush jungle feel with all the plant growth and foliage at the entry. A hotel rep met us at the train station to bring us to the hotel, so we didn't have to wander around looking for it. We bought a package that included our Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu tickets. I was a little nervous about leaving an important detail like MP tixs in someone else's hands, but I confirmed with them a lot over email prior to our trip and everything went off without a hitch. They handled everything just like they said they would. We were in room #2 on the first floor right outside the lobby. The rooms are all wood so it feels like you are in a treehouse. The room was clean and the size was ok. Our room got a little stuffy and humid at times, with limited cross breeze, but that was really it for negatives. There are no TVs so make sure to bring your book :) If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs...the roosters in the neighborhood wake you up, as does the sound of upstairs guests walking on the creaky wood floors and other guests getting up early to head to MP. There is wifi, but we couldn't get signal while in our room wi the door closed, so we would sit in the lobby to check email etc. Probably what makes this hotel best is the Treehouse restaurant next door (separate review). This restaurant is a huge assets to the hotel and was some of the best food we ate on our trip. Overall, I would recommend this hotel for its helpful and friendly staff, location (away from the hubbub of AG and very close to MP bus stop), jungle/treehouse feel and the great food across the patio.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Auburn, California
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

There are many choices in lodging in the little "boom town" of Aguas Calientes, however this little gem was the perfect choice for my husband and I. We were upgraded to one of the balcony rooms upstairs and the windows in the vaulted ceiling had the most amazing view of the steep walls that surround this funky town! The location is off the main tourist section, but everything is so close that is is still very convenient. Our group that had just hiked the Inca Trail had dinner (along with our guide) at the adjoining Tree House restaurant and everyone was extremely pleased with their meal.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Jersey
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

This cute tree-house style hotel is just beyond the main plaza and away from the main strip of restaurants which means it is quieter but very handy for the train, the bus to Machu Picchu and an easy walk to dinner. The in-house restaurant is great- definitely eat here, it is far superior to the tourist level quality everywhere else in Aguas Calientes for no more money. We had an upstairs room with a little balcony and in the morning we asked for our coffee on a tray so we could enjoy our little outdoor space. Bear in mind the decoration/style of this place is sort of funky California, which I love. Sound was a little bothersome, you could hear other guests and the sound from the festivities in the square kept us up one night, but I think they would have kept us up wherever we were in town. Staff were super helpful, and I imagine they get weary with everyone asking the same questions about the Machu Picchu experience, but they did not show it. Good for them, real professionals.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Can't say enough about this little gem, which lies safely tucked away from the most touristy parts of Aguas Calientes. The staff picked us up at the train station, handled our luggage to and from the hotel, and was just really helpful and accommodating throughout our stay.
We were staying in room No 5, in "the treehouse", which had amazing views. The rooms are simple, yes, but we had everything we needed. The restaurant was absolutely amazing and we had probably the best meal during our whole trip here! Highly recommended if you are looking for something between hostels and high end hotels.

Room Tip: Room No 5 has a great view
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Pia1215
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Edina, Minnesota
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is a unique place which gives you an impression of being a tree house. The hosts were welcoming and polite. Really nice people. They provided good information about what we could do in the town. We were greeted at the train station and guided to the hotel. They even carried our heavy bags up the stairs. The food at their restraunt was delicious but expensive for budget travellers like us. We were room #3 and had no noise issues. The room was a little pricey. They can also arrange for an individual/group guide for Machu Picchu. Would definitely recommend this place to others.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Namaste-Duniya
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New York
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22 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Like most people coming to Aguas Calientes we stayed here for one night before going up to Machu Picchu the next morning. The concept of the hotel is great, but executed poorly.

Upon arriving via Peru Rail there was a nice attendant holding a sign with my name, ready to take us to the hotel. This was great since finding the hotel would have been virtually impossible after seeing how many twists and turns she took leading us from the train station.

Upon arrival a very friendly desk agent confirmed our room type while someone promptly took our luggage directly to our room. She invited us to have some refreshments while she explained the features and amenities of the hotel. She made us feel very welcome and made sure we would be comfortable. A++ for service.

The room however, really disappointed us. I understand that the hotel is supposed to be a rustic lodge in the middle of the Peruvian jungle, but when we walked in there were mosquitoes, flies, and spiders all over the room in various places. What was upsetting was not that the room hadn't been cleaned, but rather that the joists where the wooden beams came together were not sealed properly, thus allowing insects to enter the room. We sprayed a bunch of bug spray all around the room and managed to kill most of the bugs before we went to bed, but there were more in the morning when we awoke. On the plus side the beds were very comfortable so we could wrap ourselves in the blankets and didn't have any bites the next morning.

The hot water also wasn't running in the shower so we weren't able to shower. The rate we paid wasn't anywhere near a good value, but then again Aguas Calientes is a very expensive tourist town so I completely understand.

We ate at the restaurant for dinner and breakfast. The food wasn't anything special, but the fresh fruit juice was awesome. It should be noted that while eating dinner we saw a HUGE rat running behind the light panel in the wall.

My advice would be to splurge on one of the higher end hotels in town if your budget allows. For the record we booked the panoramic suite #5 based on the reviews here on TA.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Rupa Wasi Lodge
Address: Calle Huanacaure 105, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Aguas Calientes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Aguas Calientes
#6 Family Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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

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