El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo Train Station, Ollantaytambo, 00000, Peru
Best sauna after Inca Trail
This hotel was a splurge for me, and it was very much worth it. I had a VERY comfortable bed, soft sheets, and big, clean luxurious bathroom. This hotel is literally inside of the train station which was a strange experience, but could be very convenient for people taking the train back from Machu Picchu. My room was not near the train tracks, so it was quiet, but other guests told me that it was a little bit jarring for them.
They have an amazing make-shift sauna at this hotel, that I highly recommend. Guests typically use it after hiking all day, but I used it in the morning after dancing all night. I think that the concierge thought that I was crazy.
More about El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Clean, Wonderful Service, Little Noisy
For the price of $62 a night it was a fair deal. The room was very clean and the bedding warm. The shower was hot and clean. It is definitely not the quitest of places at night...we were on the bottom floor and could hear the Italians above us calling home to tell mom and dad where they were and we also heard their every footstep. The grounds are very beautiful and we enjoyed the hammoks that were set up. We stayed for dinner one night and it was great food and we had a nice time dining with the other guests. There breakfast was always delicious eggs, fruit and bread. The staff was wonderful and friendly and spoke English perfectly. It is definitely out of the way from town...we were winded by the time we got to town each time due to the altitude! But taxis are cheap if you want a quick ride up to town. We stayed two night which may have been too much time in Ollanta...it's a quiet town midweek with not much going on. Very dusty in the main square when the wind wips through!
Best Place to Stay in Sacred Valley
Great staff & service--everyone very friendly. Would highly recommend if heading to Machu Picchu from here as the hotel is attached to the train station (but is still quiet when you need to sleep). I left a jacket there and owner stood outside to return it to me when I passed through Ollanta again on the way back from Machu Picchu.
Large room with good beds, good hot shower.
Hotel provides free filtered water.
Breakfast ok for Peru--eggs, juice, tea, bread
Ollanta much better to stay in than the noisier and more congested Urubamba. Can walk to Fortress ruins and town within 10 minutes from hotel.
My friend and I stayed at El Albergue this past December... The staff was extremely helpful in planning our trip, booking train tickets to Machu Picchu on our behalf as well as setting us up with a driver and guide through the Sacred Valley. They spoke English fluently, which was definitely a bonus!
The hotel itself was charming and clean, and in a prime location for easy access to the train to Machu Picchu.
Great B & B
My husband and I stayed at El Albergue for 2 days while we toured the Sacred Valley before going to Machu Picchu, and 1 day after returning from Machu Picchu. El Albergue arranged for a taxi to pick us up at our B & B in Cusco for $35 and for $30 more the driver took us to see the salt mines and Moray. Our driver did not ask us for gas money as in a previous post, and we thought it was well worth the price since Moray and the salt mines are out of the way and difficult to get to. We loved El Albergue. The staff is friendly. The grounds are beautiful. Our room was large with a comfortable bed and a nice, very clean tiled bathroom. A pitcher of filtered water was provided for our room every day and refills were available in the lobby. The breakfasts were good, especially the pancake. We ate 2 dinners there. The first one was excellent - steak and a medley of vegetables. The second meal was OK - an Andean chicken stew - but who can complain when the dinners were $10, all inclusive. Our room was quiet and I never even noticed the noise from the trains. There are only 2 rooms with windows that face the train tracks, so if you are concerned about noise, just request a room away from the tracks. Leaving from Ollantaytambo for Machu Picchu at 7AM, the staff cooked an early breakfast for us and it was nice to be able to walk out the door of the lobby and get right on the train. On our return from Machu Picchu the next day, it was so convenient to be able to get off at the first stop and walk directly to our room with no hassles. I would definitely choose to stay at El Albergue again.
Lovely oasis in the Sacred Valley
This is a fantastic b&b in the heart of the Sacred Valley. It truly is a little oasis in the hustle and bustle of Ollantytambo. The property has beautiful gardens and hammocks to relax in. Perhaps our favorite was the steam room with wonderful eucalyptus leaves. Perfect after days of hiking!! The dinner at the hotel was fantastic as well. Beds are warm and comfy and bathroom is nice and modern. Best of all is the owner, Joaquin Weeks. He's a lovely person who makes you feel at home and is a wonderful source of info. regarding the area. We loved the hotel so much we almost rearranged our trip to stay another night. one night was not enough!
What a deal!
This is a unique hotel, upscale and rustic at the same time, in a historic Spanish style building right on the train platform. It had the feel that we had stepped back in time a few years. The beds were comfortable with wool blankets, there was original art on the walls. The breakfast was very good. Our rooms were only $35 and $45 per night.
Such a charming find
We stayed here doing the 'usual' trains between Macchu Picchu and Ollantaytambo and chose the hotel due to it being the top recommendation in our guide books and tripadvisor - and we're glad we did!
Luckily for us we travelled in the off season so we got a mini-suite for the same price that you'd normally pay for a double room (we decided to treat ourselves). The room was very large and had a very rustic feel with large wooden beams. The room also had 2 beds (I guess with it being a suite?) and a nice bathroom with a bowl-like sink (we liked that) and nice views. We were separate from the rest of the hotel so didn't have any of the problems with noise others reported. The hotel also provided you with free boiled water, rather than bottled water.
We also ate, on the recommendation of the guidebooks, at the hotel in the evening - the meal was very tasty (and good value), it also gave us an opportunity to talk to our fellow guests, who were also eating, as we sat at a bench-like table. The only thing I'd recommend is to check the menu as it was fixed, so if you didn't like a course you might be in trouble! Breakfast was also tasty, and for a change we had American pancakes with lots of maple syrup as an option to the usual eggs we had in Peru.
Just a tip for anyone arriving in the town centre - it is actually quite a walk, almost a kilometer, from the town square to the hotel whereas we thought it was closer. It’s a nice walk though with good views of the ruins down a proper road too. There were works being undertaken near the train station when we arrived, so I assume that they are improving the bus links to the train station and putting in new buildings, but we couldn't hear any noise in the hotel. Final tip - on arriving we weren't quite sure what to do as the train station looked to be locked up... in actual fact you just open the gate yourself (or get the guard to do it) to get into the hotel which is of course on the train station.
Overall we'd stay again and it was nice of the hotel staff to hold our bags for us when we went to Macchu Picchu), and they didn't mind that we checked in early (about noon).
Nice plae, but
Good place to stay and the trains did not bother us, BUT
the room rates are in US dollars. If pay by credit card, they charge you a 15% premium. They do this by converting dollars at an unfavorable rate to soles. We tried to reverse the transaction and they claimed they did not know how to do it. So we were stuck.
We loved El Albergue!
Don't let the fact that this hotel is located at the train station deter you -- it is a fabulous place to stay and is quite affordable. The trains stop running at about 7pm, so there aren't train horns all night long or anything. Besides, it's the only place you can stay where it's possible to roll out of bed and be on the train to Machu Picchu in 5 minutes.
Our room was simple but nicely decorated, the bed was comfortable (with plenty of warm blankets), and the shower had hot water and good water pressure. We stayed there for 3 nights, and were sad when we had to leave. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk up the street to the main part of the town where most of the restaurants and shops are. We paid $43 for our room in the low season (March 2008).
We decided to try the 3-course dinner served in the dining room at El Albergue, and were pleasantly surprised by how fantastic the food was. I'd definitely recommend eating there for dinner. Breakfast is included with the room price, and is simple but good. Dinner costs $10, but is definitely worth the price. Apparently not too many people eat dinner at El Albergue, so you have to make dinner reservations by 5pm, and dinner is served at 7pm. There's one big table where everyone sits, so you can chat with your fellow travelers during dinner.
There's also a nice courtyard with handmade chairs and several hammocks to lay in and read a good book. The staff was very friendly and helpful during our whole stay. I highly recommend staying here if you're heading to Machu Picchu.
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El Albergue Ollantaytambo
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Address: Ollantaytambo Train Station, Ollantaytambo, 00000, Peru