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We splashed out a bit by staying here. Cheaper hostels were available but Gringo Bills is charming and situated right in the middle of town.
Staff were great and couldn't do enough for us.
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Gringo Bill's recommended
We stayed at Gringo Bill's for 2 nights and didn't encounter problems that other reviewers had encountered. We had no issues with hot water and the breakfast was ready at 5:30 am (fruits, breads, coffee, juice). The room was clean with a balcony facing the plaza.
Although I had read several bad reviews about Gringo Bill's I still booked two rooms for myself and my traveling partner for three days this past July 29, 2006. Gringo Bill's was the only hotel that had rooms available for dates I would be in Aguas Calientes. It was in the Cosmos that everyday in Peru was to be a special day for me.
Overrated Hotel in Guidebooks
I spent an evening at Gringo Bill's at the end of June, 2006.
The toliet did not work, the room smelled like septic and the service from the receptionist was rude. Online I was offered a balcony view, dinner and a full american breakfast for $75.00. I made payment in advance thru Paypal online. I did not receive a balcony view, nor did I receive dinner at Gringo Bill's-the restaurant was closed and for breakfast I received coffee and bread. In addition, the receptionist kept questioning my payment/reservation. The guidebooks have overrated this hotel. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Don't be fooled by their website and the ease of payment thru Paypal.
I stayed at Gringo Bill's in June 2006 because it was recommended in several guide books.
We had two rooms and stayed here for one night. Both rooms had big hot water problems. I actually burned myself because the water was either boiling hot or icy cold. My screams during my shower could probably be heard all through Aguas Calientes! The bathrooms were not sparkling clean, either. The free breakfast was pretty sub-par, with a few pieces of dried out bread, some unripened tropical fruit, and little cups of juice. That said, we actually had a pretty nice stay. The beds were comfortable, and, the though the staff didn't go the second mile, they did fulfill all of our requests. The location was nice, and we had one room with a balcony that overlooked the charming square beneath. We spend some time sitting out there looking at the people doing their thing, and it was fun and memorable... we would stay there again. Not every budget hotel can be perfect, and this one wasn't, but, it fit our needs quite well.
Gringo Bill's not Great
My husband and I stayed at Gringo Bill's for two nights in Sept 2005. We booked a room with balcony - don't waste your money. There is no decent view from the hotel. Additionally, our shower had an open electrical connection box in it. We complained and were told they would take care of it - they never did. The shower also leaked all over the floor. However, the location was great for getting to the bus to Machu Picchu in the morning. If we ever go back to Machu Picchu, we would not stay at Bill's.
For food, we recommend Pueblo Viejo. Anything grilled was fantastic.
We stayed at Gringo Bill's for 2 nights in July. Like other people, we had also prepaid but when we arrived they had no knowledge of this and tried to get us to pay again. Also, they had given away the room I had reserved and we ended up staying in a smaller, older room with no heat. In July it was freezing cold and we ended up sleeping under 4 wool blankets but still it wasn't enough. The location of the hotel is in a shady spot and the walls are concrete so it is quite cold inside even if it is nice outside.
Gringo Bill's is very cute place, full of atmosphere, but has some significant problems. First, they had no idea we were coming. I had paid in full when I made the reservation through Peru-hotels. Luckily, I had printed out all the conformation paperwork and they agreed to let us stay, though they moved one of us from room to room. Another person who arrived at the same time, made his reservation through the same service, did not have proof and they did not give him a room.
Modest rooms are great value
Gringo Bill's Hostal is located off of a small square, nestled in the hillside of Aguas Calientes. Although it's name suggests that it is a hostal, it offers a better product and services than any hostal i have experienced. The rooms are basic and clean, with hot water 24 hours a day. Many of the rooms have balconies, which look onto local life of the square below. The property also offers a complimentary breakfast, which consists of coffee or tea, bread and condiments. You can also order an American breakfast for an additional charge. For the mere $27.00US/night that I paid, it was an amazing deal. It is minutes from local shops and restaurants, as well as the bus stop for transportation up to Macchu Picchu. They also have a website for direct bookings.
Gringos offers great value
gringo bills is in the city of aguas calientes, this is the start point if you want to visit Machu Picchu, gringo bills offered very comfortable rooms with nice size bathrooms for a great price. it is located a few minutes from the train station (same train that comes from cuzco). it was clean and offered come great banana pancakes for breakfast. staff was friendly and very helpful to offer local eateries.