This is an honest opinion based on our stay so if you're a die hard Llaqtayay fan then don't comdem us for our honesty.
Our host Sonia was incredibly helpful, in fact she couldn't have been any more willing to help. She gave us great advice on where to eat, tips on managing altitude sickness, local sites to visit and had even assisted in organising our day tour to Machu Picchu. For that Sonia gets a full 5 stars.
As per "Daisycastsspells" review, this isn't a bad place if you are able to appreciate its a traditional Peruvian home.
You may experience otherwise but we found the shared bathroom a bit of an issue with regards to cleanliness. The cleaner does throw a bucket of water over all surfaces daily but beyond that, soap and bleach haven't touched some surfaces for a long time. There is a horrible smell that implies a deep clean is long overdue. Toilet paper ran out often, hot water was inconsistent and the only soap offered came in a small bowl filled with lots of tiny well used bars, many months old.
Peruvian bathrooms in our experience are hit and miss and we've experienced a lot worse in Peru so this isn't a rant to make Sonia look bad rather its something that could be improved.
We are used to travelling and always carry our own soap and toilet paper so we got by but its worth pointing out, especially if you're a cleanliness nut!
Also, we visited in April and at nights the air was very cold. We had no form of heating in our room as well as a large window sized hole in the upper wall meaning cold air from the hall way (and noise) freely flowed in.
We found it too cold by day 3 and owing to my cold/flu symptoms had to check out for a warmer hotel.
We fully accepted that its a $10 a night stay and will have its faults. Unfortunately it just wasn't for us but we're sure many people wouldn't find the bathroom a problem and during the summer months the air temp wouldn't be an issue either.
Sonia is a great host but the cleaner just needs to give that upstairs bathroom a thorough scrub and put some liquid soap by the sink. We would have given it 5 stars but for the cons outlined.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Llaqtayay is a family house that offers lodging to travelers and friend tourists providing a home stay service; we offer the best rates in private rooms. We want to give a more close and personal service with family care and the opportunity to share part of our culture and customs to our tourist friends. Share warmth and simplicity of a real family experience. ... more less