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“Good hotel but some safety issues”
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Unaytambo Hotel
Ranked #41 of 165 Hotels in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence
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54 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good hotel but some safety issues”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed at this hotel before and after our visit to Machu Picchu. It is very centrally located across from the Coricancha ruins and Santo Domingo church. It is an attractive older building with a central courtyard and has been modernized to offer a private bathroom in each room. Room 205 is very spacious and overlooks the church. It is about a 10 minute walk into the centre of the old town (Plaza de Armas) where there are lots of good restaurants.

Room 202, which we stayed in on our return from Machu Picchu, has a sloping floor and two quite high steps in and out of the bathroom. One of us took a nasty fall here.

The staff are very friendly and mostly speak excellent English. Breakfast is included and is very good: cereals, fruit, yogurt, rolls and eggs cooked to your liking.

Oxygen is available free of charge, if required. Also coca tea.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2012

This hotel is quite charming with beautifully furnished rooms matching the colonial feel and architecture. Bathrooms were a bit on the tiny side, but spotless and most importantly no issues with the hot water. Staff spoke good English and service was good, although maybe not as welcoming and more aloof compared to other places in Peru.

My only gripe is that just across the courtyard there were some families living there with babies crying loudly at all hours, so if you have rooms near that side of the courtyard it might get a bit noisy.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2012

Our stay was absolutely wonderful. The staff was attentive and even found us a wonderful tour guide for our adventures into the Sacred Valley. They were very helpful in helping us find local places to eat too! Breakfast was good, not American style (huge) but definitely filling and plentiful. There was hot tea available all day long! The location was ideal. We were not dead in the center yet we were a quick 5 minute walk to any place we wanted to go. Even though our room had windows to the street, we were not bothered or kept awake by the noise outside. The room was nicely decorated and very clean. We slept peacfully and well in our rooms. The room was a little drafty but the beds were well equiped with blankets and I didn't feel the cold. The showers were small but the hot water was excellent and the water pressure was good. The courtyard was nicely decorated and relaxing. We definitely used the courtyard to have breakfast and cups of tea. I am heading back to Cusco and definitely will look at staying here again.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

We booked this hotel based on great trip advisor reviews and we were not disappointed! The staff were so helpful, they gave us a great briefing on cusco when we arrived (where to eat, what to do, etc - all turned out to be really good) and went out of their way to help in anyway ( laundry, directions, taxi's). The rooms were lovely and very clean. They also looked after our bags for 3 days while we toured machu picchu and the sacred valley. It is a 5 min walk frim the main plaza in the city, and we felt safe walking to and fromthe hotel.?Highly recommend and would definately stay again!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

This hotel is very well located a short walk to the main Plaza and directly opposite one of the main attractions in Cusco.
The entrance is in an alley way, which leads through some small streets into the centre.
The reception does not do the rooms justice as i was quiet surprised by the quality of the bedrooms.
There is noise however from the streets and the rooms on the ground floor close to the reception particularly noisy as the the activity in reception can be heard in the room.
The bathrooms are a bit basic and water pressure quiet low.
However the room are clean and beds comfortable.
There is a courtyard for relaxing or having breakfast which is comprises of fruit, bread, cake and eggs of your choice. Hot water is provided and a selection of teas all day long.
The staff are very helpful most understand a bit of English. Laundry service is efficient same day and very reasonably priced all my clothing came back the same colour.
When my pick up to the airport did not arrive the guy at the front desk followed it up with phone calls, checking the street etc.. even though it was not there responsibility as this was booked by my tour company.
They were happy to store my luggage whilst i visited Machu Picchu and returned to the hotel.
Would recommend as a good not too expensive place to stay in Cusco.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

My family of 5 stayed here for 4 nights, 2 before and 2 after Machu Picchu. The wonderful staff was the highlight of our stay--everybody spoke English and worked really hard. Melvin, who worked the front desk most of the time we were there, gave us great restaurant recommendations and attended to our every need. The breakfast was okay. The building is quite old and has a lot of character--great "bones", and some huge beautiful rooms with really comfortable beds. So we were disappointed that it was lacking in some pretty important ways. The space heaters in the rooms were inadequate to heat them; when we complained, they gave us much better heaters which made the bedroom toasty. However, when we returned after MP, they had given the good heaters to other rooms and no others were available, so the rooms were cold again. The shower temperature was erratic (and you have to make sure to ask them to turn on the hot water as they turn it off in the middle of the day)--the first two nights, when we were the only ones in the hotel, the water was lukewarm; when more people were in the hotel, it alternated between scalding and freezing, with no way to regulate it. Also, the water pressure was consistently weak, and when combined with the lack of heat in the bathroom, made showering a miserable experience. The lighting was also inadequate--virtually impossible to read in the room. Finally, there is a huge disparity in the room sizes. We had 2 rooms facing the street, which were HUGE with high rafters. Our double room had a double and a single bed; the triple room had a double and 2 single beds; both lovely rooms. When we returned from MP, they replaced our triple with a tiny room at the back with 3 single beds, no window, and no room for luggage. We ended up putting 3 people in our "double", and 2 in the "triple." Both rooms were the same price! If you stay here, insist on one of the large rooms facing the street.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the street are huge; back rooms are small with no windows.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2011

It's hard to find the right hotel in Cuzco and not spend an insane amount, not be in a dumpy hostel, not be located above a noisy bar, not be far from Plaza de Armas, and get some local charm. Unaytambo ticks all the boxes.

+ Good location, a few blocks from Plaza de Armas, across the street from the most important Inca ruin in Cuzco, next door to the $600/night Libertador. On a small but brightly-lit alley. I've been robbed in Cuzco before, so I strangely felt good when the owner left $250 sitting on his desk when he helped me with an issue. All the staff speak at least some English.

+ Quiet, at least as quiet as possible in Cuzco. Car alarms and honking horns are a fact of life here. At least there is no bar with noisy revelers at 3am.

+ Very historic. It's an old Spanish mansion with stone walls 2 feet thick. Pay a little extra to get a big room with a sitting area.

+ No rip-offs. Water is reasonably priced at 2 soles and laundry is 7 soles a kilo, same-day turnaround. These costs can add-up fast at other places. They use a reasonably-priced taxi service. It's 25 soles to Poroy station and 30 soles back.

Cons

- Water not totally reliable. The trick is to turn up both the hot and cold when the pressure goes down.

- Confusion over transfers. There was some confusion over whether the return transfer to the airport was included in the room rate or not - depending on who I asked. It was 8 soles so I didn't fuss about it.

Room Tip: It's worth paying a few dollars more for their best rooms
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Unaytambo Hotel
Address: Pasaje Romeritos Nro. 402, Cusco cuzc 01, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #41 of 165 Hotels in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Unaytambo Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Unaytambo, meaning in Quechua "Ancient Resting Place" a doorway to the history and culture of traditional Cusco, located on one of the city's principal streets next to Qorikancha "The Temple of the Sun" where inca walls remind us of the greatness of our ancestors, chowing the whole world the richness and history of our Imperial City. ... more   less 
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