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The seven hour bus journey to Cusco was filled with dramatic scenery as we travelled through the Andes; the awesome spectacle of the mountains dwarfing all else as we negotiated the roads in between. We pulled up in the city after driving through torrential rain, and wasted no time in hailing a cab to take us to Hotel Arqueologo, near the Plaza de …
... probably a man made lake. On one side of the structure is a tunnel 25 m long and pitch black, Ruli lead us through I had a little Peruvian boy holding on to my shirt for dear life ( I was doing the same with Karen's shirt) . We had chosen a day when all the local schools have a "picnic" day and head off to various places to spend time with their class mates, the natural granite "slides" at Rodadero made a perfect fun park for the kids. Walking through this ancient site as I ...
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Overall, we enjoyed our multi-day Arqueologo experience; there were more than a few hitches, however. I had made an online reservation (twice) but the receptionist had no record of it when the hotel in Lima called to confirm; they made a new reservation for us, but again it was lost. Luckily, the hotel wasn't full so they accommodated us; luckily, also, I am a pretty relaxed traveler.
Ich kann gar nicht genug Gutes über dieses Hotel sagen. Das Personal war in allen Dingen sehr hilfsbereit. Die Zimmer waren sauber und ordentlich, es gab aber kein Telefon oder Fernseher auf den Zimmern. In den ersten 3 Nächten hatte ich ein Standardzimmer mit zwei Doppelbetten und einem eigenen Badezimmer. Ich konnte mein Gepäck im Hotel lassen, während ich einen Trip nach Machu Picchu machte. Als ich dann wiederkam, bekam ich einen Upgrade für eine Suite. Das neue Zimmer war sehr schön, mit einem großen Schlafsofa und einem Loft mit Futon. Einzig die Lage fand ich nicht so gut. Das Hotel liegt zwar nur 2 Straßen vom Hauptplatz entfernt, aber dafür am Ende einer sehr steilen Straße. Ich bin immer morgens zu Fuß gelaufen und abends mit dem Taxi wieder zurück (Taxis sind immer recht günstig und einfach zu bekommen). Es gab ein kontinentales Frühstück mit frischem Obst, Brot und Eier nach Wunsch. In der Lobby befindet sich ein schöner Kamin und eine Bar und bei der Ankunft wird man mit einem Kokostee begrüßt, der bei der Akklimatisation helfen soll. Internet ist kostenlos und man kann auch eine Massage bekommen und für nur wenig Geld gibt es auch einen Wäscheservice.
Freundlichkeit, Lage, Sauberkeit und Hilfsbereitschaft waren exzellent
Das Personal war sehr hilfsbereit und sprach Spanisch und Englisch. Wir haben unser Gepäck für 4 Tage im Hotel lassen dürfen, während wir eine Tour unternahmen und wir fanden alles genauso vor, wie wir es verlassen hatten. Kostenloser Internetzugang ist eine schöne Sache. Nur 10 Gehminuten vom Hauptplatz entfernt und man fühlte sich in der Gegend dort recht sicher.
My family (myself, husband & 2 girls -ages 1 &3) stayed two nights at Hotel El Arqueologo on our way to Machu Picchu and two nights after our stay in Machu Picchu in January 2004. The hotel is located in a neighborhood up the hill from the plaza and hidden away in a local neighborhood. The hotel was quiet and had a nice courtyard. The staff were helpful and even allowed us to store the majority of our luggage while we took a small pack with us to Machu Picchu. Breakfast was included and was help yourself. The rooms were clean and simple. Downstairs was the bathroom and a small room with a futon that could be used to sit on or sleep on. Upstairs was a loft with two twin beds.
I like places with a lot of atmosphere and I loved this hotel from the moment I walked in the door. There is a fire burning in the fireplace in the lobby at night and there is a laptop available there with free internet access. Its a great spot to sit and have a drink to relax after a long day and warm up from the cold Cusco nights. The front desk person spoke English. The included breakfast was adequate (rolls, eggs, coffee, tea, fresh juice). The restaurant serves dinner but we did not eat there. In the morning its a sunny spot to sit and look over the city.
Excellent for friendliness, location, cleanliness and helpfulness
Staff very helpful. Spoke English and Spanish. We left our bags for 4 days whilst on the trek and everything was safe & well looked after. Free internet access is a nice feature. Only 10 minutes walk from main square and area all feels safe.
I stayed here in Jan. with friends. The hotel is on a quiet street about 10 mins (walking), from the Cathedral. At first sight, it really is a charming place, with a beautiful interior courtyard. The lobby is like a great room with fireplace and bar. The one downside to my ground floor room was that it opened right onto the interior courtyard. This means you hear everyone talking or walking in this area because of the echo. Ask for a room upstairs- the doors are better shielded from the courtyard. My friends had a disturbing experience in their room. Although it had a beautiful view over Cusco, it also had insect visitors. The beams in their room were tied with rawhide strips. They came back one day to find tiny eggs and insects on their beds, apparently from the rawhide, or attracted by the rawhide. They pointed this out to the staff, and were offered another room. Note too that there are no phones in the rooms, only a public one in the courtyard, which means sometimes you have to compete with the noise around you. The bathrooms were nice and large. Overall, the stay was pleasant, but the bugs left a bad impression on my friends.
I stayed here in 1997 when Hotel Arqueologo was still a hostel and loved it back then. Now, the hotel has been expanded and remodeled with a front desk, lobby and courtyard. It's a five minute walk to the Plaza, and a few paces up the hill from the more pricier Hotel Monasterio.
I really cant say enough about this hotel. The staff are very helpful with all aspects of your stay. The rooms were clean and well kept, however there are no phones or televisions in the rooms. My first 3 nights were in a standard room with 2 twin size beds and private bath. The hotel held my extra bags while I was away at Machu picchu and upon my return my room was upgraded to a suite. The new room was very nice, with a queen sized canopy bed and a loft with a full size futon.