Ninos Hotel

Calle Meloc 442, Cusco, Peru
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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Accommodation with a conscience

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 16, 2007

This is a very comfortable hostel, with great hospitality, delicious breakfasts, spacious rooms, and impeccably clean bathrooms. Coca tea is offered on arrival. If your room is on the 1st floor, walk slowly up the stairs - the altitude is high.

The profit from this hostel goes towards supporting the impoverished children in Cusco. The Dutch lady who set up this hostel came to Peru for a trip with her boyfriend, and was so moved by what she saw that she sold up everything in the Netherlands and moved here to help the street children. She has adopted 12 children herself (if I am correct) and some of them still stay at the hostel in the family section, which of course is private.

The buildings are old (possibly hundreds of years old) stone buildings, that have been renovated. We stayed in a room sleeping 4 with an en suite bathroom. It had funky green doors and windows, and looked out on to the street where we could see the Peruvian ladies walking in the morning with greens to sell to those people who reared guinea pigs. (Each room is named after one of the adopted children.) It is only about 3 or 4 blocks from the Plaza - 5 or 10 minutes walk.

Unique Quality: You can go for a tour to one of their facilities for the street children of Cusco - very worthwhile. You will see the kitchen where they are fed, and often this will be their only meal for the day. There are bathroom facilities, and glorious hot showers (allowed 3 times per week - some of the children have never seen showers before this and after initial trepidation, they look forward to their warm 5 minutes and find it difficult to get out of the shower after a while.) Medical care is also provided, and assistance with homework is given.

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Affordable hotel that does good

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 3, 2007

We stayed at Hotel Nino's 2 which is located a short walk up some steep hills from the Plaza de Armas. A giant wooden door hides a beautiful, relaxing courtyard off of which all the rooms are located. We stayed on the 2nd floor near the rear. The room was comfortable, quiet, clean and decently sized and the hot water was plentiful. You'll be greeted with a complimentary cup of coca tea on arrival.

Unique Quality: All of the proceeds from the hotels go toward the local children in Cusco. The owners provide countless children with 2 hot meals a day, a hot shower and medical and dental care.

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Stay in Cusco and help local youth

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 23, 2007

I stayed with three other people in a room that easily accommodated four people. They have excellent service, both when booking the room from the US to the service when we arrived. This is an excellent value for the cost! They also have really good foods. The profits from your stay go to help a project helping local Cusco youth. I urge you to read more about the project and history on their website before you book your Cusco stay.

Unique Quality: There is a great courtyard in the middle of the hotel that allows you to comfortably sit in the sun, eat, and meet your fellow travelers. The people that work there were wonderfully helpful.

Our room had windows with a balcony that allowed my mother to watch a parade that went down our street one day when she was sick (for a non-travel related case of pneumonia).

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Great little hostal

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 25, 2007

I loved this place. The building was charming, it was clean, and the staff was very accommodating. The shared bath had a nice shower with hot water and good pressure. The cost was $18 USD per night (cash only) but may be higher during peak season. The hostal was only a short walk from Plaza de Armas.

Unique Quality: The hostal is part of a non-profit organisation which helps street children in Cuzco. All profits from the hotels help to feed children, as well as provide them with warm showers, medical and dental care, homework help and sports lessons. The profits also support foster families that adopt street children.

Directions: west of Plaza de Armes

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For the Children

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 18, 2005

We stayed two separate nights at Los Niños I - a very friendly, welcoming place, although we were told it was in a bad part of town (we got taxis so we didn't walk around there). There is a second Los Niños about a block away.

The rooms we had were "Oscar" upstairs and "Ramon" downstairs (the rooms are named after the local kids who have been adopted by the owners -see web site for details). Both were small but clean, basic accommodations - hot water at both sink and shower, private toilet and shower (shared are available). No hand towels or washcloths, but towels and soap (and toilet paper) were provided.

Breakfast isn't included, but there's a little cafe on site, where you can get breakfast, sandwiches, coca tea, etc. at very reasonable prices (we paid $10 total for dinner and breakfast). The coca tea was free at first, then they charged 2 soles after the first morning.

All in all I would recommend it - we paid $34 a night and were pleased. Another couple we met stayed at Amaru Hostel for $25 a night for a double w/ private bath plus breakfast and liked it as well. If we (doubtfully) went to Cusco again I'd probably want to give Amaru a try.

Unique Quality: The hotel is very secure - you must ring a bell for them to open the door to get inside. A peaceful courtyard with a fountain is the centerpiece of the interior, open to the sky above. The rooms are right off the courtyard, on two levels. The windows and doors of the room can open fully to the air, or be either completely locked and closed, or locked but open for light. The rooms have wooden floors, and extra blankets on the bed for cold nights.

Los Niños will store luggage for you if you're heading to Machu Picchu, free of charge. We locked our suitcase that we left but this was probably unnecessary.

Directions: About a 10-minute walk from Plaza de Armas, but best to take a cab for safety

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!!STOP!! Don't look any further!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 26, 2003

This Dutch-run hostel is recommended by several travel guides, and it deserves to be! The owners founded this hostel as a project to help local street children (hence the name 'Los Niños': the children). Most of the income is still used for that purpose.
So, by staying here, you support a fantastic project, and in return you get a warm welcome and fond memories of a unique hostel.

Unique Quality: The rooms (varying from small, basic double rooms to spacious, en-suite quintuples) are situated round a courtyard. Breakfast available, but not included in the price. Laundry service available for a reasonable price.

Travelbuddy1 May 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

STOP!! Disorganized and a nightmare checking out! Stayed 3x during the month of April-May. Had water turned off in the middle of our showering with no notice or notifications! Unprofessional booking and over charged us 3x for one of the nights due to poor record keeping. What a mess and head ache! Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.
Also, if this was a place to help poor children. Why are they all wearing uniforms? shouldn't they be spending money on better things?

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