on April 26, 2005
On the very quiet street of Choquechaca, just a 5-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas, you'll find Hostel de Rumi Punku. Constructed in the late 1990s, this is a very nice place to stay while in Cusco. What makes the place unique is that the entrance is an actual Inca entryway. Based on the type of construction of the doorway, the entryway is for a sacred place, and it is considered a historical monument in Cusco.
The rooms are small, but for $32/night (single occupancy) you cannot beat the price. My room had two twin beds, both very comfortable. The bathrooms (private, in your room) are very clean, with a nice sit-down toilet, shower, and complimentary soap and towels. If you do take a shower in the morning, it will either be boiling hot or freezing cold. Getting a perfect temperature is hard to do when other people in the hostel are showering too. Only on my last morning there, when I was showering at 4:30am, did I get a perfect shower... because no one else was awake.
Each morning there is a free continental breakfast. Orange juice, tea, coffee, and bread with marmalade jelly are what they have to offer. If you have a small stomach like me, it's plenty to satisfy you until lunch.
The hostel also offers a free safe deposit box in the office to store your valuables, and there is free luggage storage. The entrance and courtyard are secured by a locked front gate. To enter the hostel, ring the doorbell and the attendant on duty will buzz you in. The doorbell can be heard when you are in your room, but it rarely rings at night when you're trying to sleep. If you are flying into Cusco and you have reservations here, they will meet you at the airport and drive you here for free.
Literally just a few doors down from the hostel you can find laundry services, Internet cafés, and restaurants.
For more information, visit www.rumipunku.com.
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