A group of four friends and I (all in our mid-twenties) took a 10-day vacation to Peru primarily to hike the Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu. We stayed three nights in Cusco at Hostal El Triunfo to acclimate, and couldn't have been happier with our stay. The clean, brightly decorated rooms were a great value at ~$20 per person per night. The breakfast room offered a lovely view out onto the domed roofs and red tiles of the Plaza de Armas, and was stocked all day with coca tea to help with altitude sickness. All the major museums, churches, and sights were just a short stroll down the street.
What really made this place a winner was the helpfulness and friendliness of the staff. They were very patient with our convoluted division of the bill (can he pay half in dollars, half in soles? Can we put her share of the room on her credit card?). They safely stored our extra luggage during our hike on the Inca Trail, and even labeled our bags with tags (we had rushed out at 5:15 in the morning and had forgotten). The front desk had someone present round-the-clock, so any problems, questions, or requests were dealt with immediately.
The only downside to the hostel was that the water stayed hot for only about one shower, but this complaint seemed to be pretty universal across Cusco unless one stayed at a much higher-end hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the center of the magical city of Cusco only half block from the Main Square is Hostal El Triunfo , behind the Cathedral, where you will find a warm welcome and will feel at home. We are near everything: restaurants, museums, art galleries, churches, discos, pubs, etc. We have large, light and comfortable bedrooms with private bathroom, with hot and cold water all day long. TV cable and telephone, some of they have balconies to Triunfo Street; and all of them have beautiful views of the city. ... more less
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