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El Albergue, Sacred Valley, Peru

El Albergue

A wonderfully quirky and traditional option right in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, El Albergue has become one of Audley's favourite options in the area. Located in Ollantaytambo station, the hotel provides a surprisingly calm oasis from the hustle and bustle of the station and nearby town.

Rooms are spread around a central garden area that leads out to the attached neighbouring farm, and are full of character and local touches. The beautiful gardens are full of flowers and fruit trees which are popular with hummingbirds, and the organic farm can be visited during the day. The hotel offers a real taste of traditional Peruvian hospitality surrounded by stunning mountain views.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

All the rooms in the hotel are clean, comfortable and simply decorated with traditional handicrafts, creating a rustic atmosphere. They come equipped with Wi-Fi access, safes and private bathrooms.

The Superior and Superior Plus rooms are great options, but are a little smaller and tend to be nearer the front of the hotel, meaning that they can be noisier. We like the Garden and Balcony room categories, which look onto the central courtyard area, offer more space and are quieter.

Location

The hotel is located right at Ollantaytambo station, where trains depart to Machu Picchu. Most of the rooms in the hotel are to the back of the property which means you shouldn't be disturbed by the trains, although of course some noise is inevitable. The town of Ollantaytambo is around a ten minute walk away and easily accessible from the hotel. The town itself is full of history and has a couple of traditional restaurants that are well worth trying.

Food and drink

The hotel has a great little restaurant and café attached where you can enjoy breakfast. Meals and snacks are also available during the day and evening. The restaurant specialises in providing hearty Peruvian fare, and many of the ingredients are produced in the hotel's gardens or the adjoining farm.

Facilities and activities

The property features a wood stove sauna for guests to relax in after a busy day of exploring. It also offers a laundry service.

The El Albergue Farm can be visited by those staying at the property between 8am and 5pm, and guests can even have a go at performing some of the farm work if they wish! There's also the option to take part in a traditional Pachamanca lunch on the farm for those who wish to learn more about this alternative cooking technique.

Our opinion

A clean, comfortable and well located hotel for those who plan to spend most of the day exploring the Sacred Valley. The property oozes with character and charm, and while its position at Ollantaytambo station means it can be a little noisy throughout the day (trains run from 5.30am to 11pm) it's a tranquil place to spend the night once the rush of the day has passed.

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