Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco
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I thought this was supposed to be a holiday...03:20 we arose and left the hotel at 04:00.
Last night the place was kicking with night clubs and bars. Being the responsible parent we had a quick bite to eat and hit the clubs...actually back to the hotel for an early start.
We left the hotel just as the police had cordoned off the …
... dish) before heading back to Cusco on the train. Turns out that, once they've killed it, the only preparation they do is to cut off its legs. They then place the guinea pig, complete with fur, teeth and internal organs intact in the oven to slow roast. The fur sort of melts/burns off in a way which leaves the guinea pig looking like the victim of a house fire, charred black with no eyes or lips, but with its mouth wide open, so it resembles a burnt, over-stuffed sausage with ...
... capped off with a private tour since we were the only visitors.
The gardens are right in the middle of the village, hidden by towering adobe walls and a humble sign. The gate was locked when we arrived, but a small old gardener quickly came to let us in. He ushered us off to wander, and not ten minutes later popped out from behind a bush only to start picking things for us to feel and ...
... in South America. If you are lucky you will see them floating on the warm air currents at the condor view point and the earlier in the morning you go, the more likely you are to see them. As we hurried along the cliff edge in anticipation we saw some in the distance, and as we drew nearer the view point we encountered more condors than we could have hoped for! They are enormous birds, with a wing span that can grow up to 3.5 meters and body length of 1.2 meters. One ...
... From here we went to the Museum. This had a number of displays showing life in this area from early times. The Incas only ruled here for 100 years in the 16th Century so there was much going on before this. Again we couldn't take photos. By this time we were all extremely tired having left early in the morning. The displays were good but nothing like the exhibition we had gone to in Canberra in December.
From here we walked back to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco
Great hotel, great location,
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco
The Restaurant is a sleeper!
We stayed there for 3 nights with another family. The water in the bathrooms, was inconsistent and at times non existent, the toilet stopped working in one of our rooms. I felt the rooms could have been cleaner and they were short on toilet paper. We stayed in the old part. The rooms in the new part were quite dingy. However, to our surprise the restaurant was fantastic! Had a great dinner and breakfasts were wonderful each morning. Very convenient location. The tour guide, Maria was very helpful as was the maitre'd in the restaurant.
My sister and I stayed here last month for 3 nights before and 1 night after going on the trek to Machu Picchu. I had booked directly with the hotel via email, and found they were very responsive that way and it was a great way to communicate. I received a rate of $95 a night including the 10% service charge, for rooms with two double beds, a wonderful buffet breakfast each morning and transportation to and from the airport. We didn't mind that the hotel's tour operator was the transportation... they were reliable and on time. I requested and received rooms in the older part of the hotel, off the courtyard, which is highly recommended if for nothing more than the character. The rooms were small (compared to American standards) but certainly comfortable and clean. The noise from the construction next door didn't prevent us from sleeping. The staff was very accommodating and helpful, including trying to sort out a Lan Peru snafu for us while we were on the trek. The location, two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas, is safe and fabulous and we walked everywhere from there. Be sure to say "hola" to Paquito, the resident llama who hangs out in the courtyard every day!
We had a difficult time at the Picoaga. We spent two nights there before going to Machu Picchu and one night after. The first problem came with the checkin process. The car that the hotel sent to the airport was from the travel agency inside the hotel. That in itself is okay, because we needed to purchase a city tour. However, the relationship with the front desk changes when the front desk is not involved at all in registration. That shift changes the whole feeling of connectedness with a hotel. The first room we got was supposed to be a suite. It was in that dark part of the hotel someone else mentioned in another review. Basically it was the same size room as a double, except that a wall closed off a small section with a day bed. So they called it a suite but the living space was actually smaller than their regular double. That wasn't the worst of it. Their was a really bad odor in that wing--maybe a disinfectant. It never did go away. The worst part of it all though, was the noise. The hotel is next to a historic building so they are doing a lot of construction. Out on the street it was heavy machinery. In our room there seemed to be one man with a hammer and a strong arm. He never seemed to stop working in the day. When we came back from Machu Picchu, we received a much larger suite in the historic section because we had complained. It had a certain charm, the odor was gone, but the construction was formidable. The men worked long into the night. The beds were really saggy. We never could talk the front desk into a larger bed for both of us. You might be asking by this point why we didn't just move. We had quite a bit of alditude sickness. If we had felt stronger we would have changed hotels. Maybe the best bet is just to try somewhere else. All that said, the location was great.
Nice for sure !
We had a really nice time at this hotel, it's close to the square and from the other hotels we saw I think this was definitely one of the best. The best room was on the ground floor in the court yard opposite the reception area. It was meant for disabled travellers and the bathroom and bedroom were enormous. The restaurant is not amazing, but there is a very flash restaurant next door called Don Antonio or something. Fully booked by the evening so try to get reservations earlier on.
We booked at the Picoago because it was touted as a luxury hotel. The room was dark with a window into an alley, 1970's decor, smelling strongly of mold and must. The staff were indifferent and rude. The walls were so thin that we were kept up with elevator noise, and we could not watch TV even at a low level without disturbing our neighbours. Certainly they do have a lovely courtyard with rooms adjoining, however, they also have an old dumpy wing which has no courtyard (and, not surprisingly, is not disclosed on the website). We were very surprised to be hurried past the courtyard rooms and led into this darky dingy wing which we never knew existed. Do not go here. We were not happy to have paid as much to stay here as we paid for the local Libertador, which is much more professionally run, cleaner, and hospitable.
I stayed at the Picoaga Hotel for 4 nights. The ambiance of this property was one never to be forgotten. The archatecture leaves one awestruck. The meals were great and the staff was more than helpful. They were always there to great us each time we arrived and my bags seldom hit the ground. The hotel is most comfortable and clean. My room was always cleaned and tidy each day when I returned from my touring. I would recommend this property to all and I will be staying there for sure from now on with my groups. The office desk is 24-7 and they speak good english
Nice hotel, not too touristy
We stayed for 2 nights before the Inca trail and 2 after. Smart, clean hotel, with good sized rooms, excellent bathrooms, huge breakfasts, lots of polished floors, staff very helpful - sorted out our flight problems after the collapse of airline - Aerocontinente.
Looks as though it should have a great atmosphere, but perhaps those floors are a bit too polished.
Would definately stay again.
The Picoago Hotel is an excellent choice in Cusco! I had booked this Spanish colonial hotel by contacting them directly through email. When I asked if they had a room that could accomodate my husband and I and our 2 children in one room, they immediately offered a 'triple' at a discounted rate. We also followed Frommer's suggestion to request a room in the 'old section' and when we arrived were shown to an enormous room with 14 foot beamed ceilings, thick plaster walls and floor to ceiling windows with heavy shutters. The room had 2 queen beds plus a sitting area with a couch and 2 chairs. When our boys decided they couldn't sleep in the same bed, the hotel immediately brought up a third queen size bed--the room was big enough to easily accomodate it. Our room was on the street side, but with the heavy wooden shutters, windows, and thick curtains the street noise did not affect us. Delicious chocolates were in a welcome basket in our room, and the lobby has a constant pot of coca leaf tea going
We couldn't get into the Monesterio so the Picoaga was our second choice. Perhaps it turned out to be advantagous after all since this hotel is located much closer to the central square. This is especially important at night when one has to be careful walking around Cusco. You would never want to stay directly on the central square since it would be far too noisey.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Picoaga in April 2004 for 3 nights. The hotel is located just off the main square, away from the hustle of the street vendors. The room was of a good standard, clean, with the usual amenities (hair dryer, cable tv, mini bar, room service, and toiletries). The Mirador restaurant on the 4th floor offers an excellent view of the main square and the surrounding hills. The food is good, and very good value. At around 8pm there is live music.