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“If You Could Only Sleep in the Garden”

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Casa Hospedaje El Balcon Colonial
Ranked #150 of 404 Speciality Lodging in Cusco
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“If You Could Only Sleep in the Garden”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

We spent a total of three nights recently at the Hotel El Balcon in Cusco. While the staff are super accomodating and really do try, our room left a lot to be desired. The first room (#9) was a musty moldy and tiny cave. Our friends were much luckier and had a more spacious room. The second stay had us in a better room but not without its problems. This second floor room seemed nice at first but it turned out that the toilet was not vented properly. Our room stank of sewer gas after the first flush. To the point where you really didn't want to breathe...not a great situation at 11,000 feet above sea level.

Th breakfasts were good and timely and as mentioned above, the staff is attentive. However, they need to improve the places that one sleeps...that's the point of a hotel after all ! Oh, great views for sundowners!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2011

When we arrived in the street outside my heart sank but as soon as you're through the doors into the pretty garden court yard it all looks much more homely.
We stayed here twice whilst in Peru and the rooms were both quite basic but good and clean. The location is excellent, close to the main Plaza but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful.
The breakfast was fine although the coffee is a bit dodgy. The breakfast staff could have been more friendly but they were perfectly pleasant.
Overall it is a good place to stay to see a wonderful city.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

This was our second hostel in Cusco - we moved from El Tuco to be closer to the centre, and slightly regretted it. It is super cheap, at 40s for a double with shared bathroom / 50s with ensuite, and accordingly basic.

The family who own it are absolutely lovely, but the place is a bit run-down. Wifi is free and unlike El Tuco, towels and soap are included. It's cleanish (sheets good, though the floor had someone else's sock on it when we arrived) and the bathrooms and showers are fine, although there are no toilet seats. You also get use of the kitchen, but shared with the family. Ultimately it's a great location and fine for the price, but maybe best to think of it as a nice homestay!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Hospedaje El Balcon Colonial
Address: Choquechaca 350, Cusco, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
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Ranked #150 of 404 Speciality Lodging in Cusco

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