I normally keep my accommodation reviews to just the one hotel but today I thought I’d throw two into the mixing pot as I stayed in two separate places in Cusco. When I first arrived in Cusco I stayed at the Viva Cusco Saphi. I stayed one night there and came back after two nights at Machu Picchu and stayed two nights in Hostal Suenca II.
Viva Cusco Saphi
I have to say I loved this hotel. Straight up. It was so comfortable and needed at the point when I arrived, because the previous morning I had woken at 3am to do a tour from Arequipa to Cusco and then I took the bus in the evening. And I had failed to sleep very well on the bus. So anyways, I arrived before 6am in Cusco and was at Viva Cusco Saphi before 6.30am.
It was therefore with purest optimism that I asked if it was possible to check in at that time, way before 2pm. Only if they had a free room, naturally, and as it turned out – they did! Ahhh I was so grateful. The receptionist was extremely helpful, provided me with information and a map, and I was able to sleep it off to some extent and wake at around noon.
The room itself was inside the courtyard, but I don’t recall any noise issues. Nice clean bathroom, not pokey, a large and comfortable queen sized bed. Heater, not needed. Cupboard, space, and decent wifi. Wifi I didn’t need to walk around the room to find the sweet spot.
I was also happy to see that I had a very good price for the room, I paid $92 AUD online (Hotels.com) and the official rate was $140US per night. So that’s a massive saving. Breakfast in the morning was pretty decent, bread, jams, tea, coffee – the usual, and eggs and fruit. Included in my price.
The location was 15 minutes’ walk or so to the centre, and in a small place like Cusco I suppose that’s a bit of a downer. Otherwise I can only say that this was as good as any place I stayed at whilst in South America.
Value for Money: 3/5
Total: 18.5/25 (74/100)
Hostal Suenca II
I walked past this one on my day in Cusco before heading to Machu Picchu, and looking for a cheaper place to stay, I made a booking here for when I got back. I probably didn’t need to in all honesty, it didn’t look like there were many people staying there, or indeed in Cusco in genera at the time.
I went with a room with a bathroom, as in Arequipa I could have saved a few soles by going with a shared bathroom but I guess I am getting old. Plus I didn’t really want to cross the courtyard for a midnight pee.
So. The room was reasonably basic. All the rooms opened out to a courtyard as far as I could see and there was breakfast included in the price of 90 soles. However, I was not told about it when I paid and didn’t think the price would include breakfast. So I didn’t get up for it on the first morning, but I did the second and it was basic but better than nothing.
The courtyard was quite nice and it was a good spot to meet other guests and work on my diary and blog etc. The wifi was okay, I was able to stream Youtube in my room so that’s pretty decent I guess. The bedroom was basic, on the smallish side but clean. The bathroom on the other hand had the electric shower. I touched the metal ring behind the tap in the shower and got a zap for my trouble. The electric shower is not the world’s greatest device. It is the shower head connected by wires to the mains and the water gets heated just before it falls on you. Hot, warm and cold are the settings and the pressure is rarely any good.
There were two receptionists there in my two nights, a cold lady who never cracked a smile and only spoke basic English (she neglected to tell me about breakfast). And an older gentleman who didn’t speak any English at all, but I found kind and warm towards the guests.
The location is just down from the main square, so pretty good. It’s a decent budget option in Cusco, all in all with pluses and minuses but all said, I was comfortable there.
Value for Money: 3/5
Total: 14.5/25 (58/100)
Thanks for reading! May the Journey Never End!