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B&B Llaqtayay
Ranked #130 of 339 Cusco B&B and Inns
Colchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

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.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 February 2012

As soon as we arrived Llaqtayay after a 22-hour bus ride from Lima, Sonia handed us a cup of hot cocoa leaf tea. We felt like home right away and we met other travellers from other parts of the world and Sonia introduced us to each other so that we can share our travelling experiences.

The room was big and clean, with comfy beds and clean bed linens. Bathrooms are shared but we have no problem using it at all. The location is approx 10-min walk from the Plaza de Amars but we enjoyed the little walk after our dinner at night. On the day we depart to Bolivia, Sonia's brother offered us a ride to the bus terminal.

We were very lucky to have found this place and lived with the family. Her daughter is truely adorable and we can feel so much love in this family. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who plans going to Cusco.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

This is a warm, clean, and comfortable place to stay. It is not for everyone, especially for those that need anonymity and alot of amenities. But for those who want to get a real feel of the warm people of Cusco, this is the place. I stayed in a single room with very comfortable bed, cable TV, WiFi, and large window letting lots of light in, and which overlooked the courtyard. Sonja and Joe's daughter may be playing in the courtyard. The breakfast is served in the courtyard, with good coffee and bread and jam. When I was there, I was also served the best homemade sweet tamales, and the next day awesome banana pancakes. Bathrooms are shared, but there are two for five rooms, so I never had to wait. And they are immaculate. Really nice, warm, and hospitable hosts. I come to Cusco alot, and this is my home in Cusco.

Room Tip: Some rooms face the street which could be noisy. My room faced the courtyard and it was so quiet I c...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

Went to this palace on either side of Macchu Picchu for a few nights each time. Found it to be best value around for the private room (shared bathroom) we were looking for. Room itself very nice with balcony window out onto the street, tv and lovely exposed wooden floorboards, lots of space. Shower was typically inconsistent for this part of the world. Joe and Sonia are super nice and very, very helpful. This is their home, which is why it is marketed as a casa familiar, so there are kids around and you will feel the presence of the family around you. Party hostel it is not - safe, friendly home from home it is. Fancy a drink while your there, stick your head round the curtain of the (somewhat intimidating looking) watering hole directly opposite the front of the house - you won't regret the encounter with the locals which awaits you! Be aware this is not in the very centre of Cusco, it is 10 mins walk from the square, and while the walk is quite manageable, the main street that it sits off is not one of the better, cleaner ones.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Absolutely wonderful host Sonia, who has a lovely family, runs this hostal. Welcomed with a cup of coca tea after a long bus ride we likes this place from the very start. You stay with the family so feels more like a homestay. This was the best place we stayed in South America during our 2 months. Fantastic value, comes with a breakfast, comfortable bed, cable tv and shared bathroom. She allowed us to leave our bags when we went to Macchu Pichu for a few days. It's about a 10 minute walk to the main square, rooms to the back are best.
Can't recommend this place enough....

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about B&B Llaqtayay

Property: B&B Llaqtayay
Address: Calle Ramon Castilla # 860 - Wanchaq | Jr. Cusco I-8 San Borja - Wanchaq, Cusco 84, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #130 of 339 B&Bs / Inns in Cusco
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,267 - ₹ 4,210
Hotel Class:3 star — B&B Llaqtayay 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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