Santa Monica, California
August 15, 2005
My husband had booked a double, but to our dismay, we received a room with two twin beds. The staff told us that a double in Peru meant two twin beds and did not try to accommodate us.
The lighting in the hotel was virtually nonexistent, and in the evening, the place felt rather spooky.
The buffet breakfast included with the room rate was not very palatable. Pancakes were dry and there was no maple syrup to make them taste better. Toast was dry and stale.
We left our luggage at the front desk to pick up after we visited Machu Picchu. However, when we came back to pick up our luggage, the staff had trouble finding it and eventually found it laying on a couch in the lobby. We were appalled that they had just left it out in the open and were so disorganized.
There are some positive aspects of the hotel. The hotel is located outside of the center of town in a quiet place. However, it is a short walk to the train station and the Plaza de Armas. We were pleased with the location because it allowed us to get a head start on our hike up to Machu Picchu and cut down our walking time by about 10 minutes from other hotels. The bus to Machu Picchu also picks up and drops off right in front of the hotel.
Our room also had a nice view of the mountains and the Urubumba River, which allowed us some additional photo ops.
Overall, Hatuchay Tower is not worth the hefty price tag of the room, but offers some conveniences with its location.
From journal Ten Days in Peru