on December 16, 2006
To say this hostel is good, is a big understatement, and I can say fully that it deserves its position of third-best Latin American hostel as awarded by Hostelworld.com. Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta is a charming family-owned hostel and, after 8 years, is well established in Cusco. Found in the old and safe neighborhood of Tahuantinsuyo, it is a 10-minute walk to the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cusco, and all amenities, including restaurants, banks, museums, and shops. As soon as you walk in, you can feel the quiet, comfortable, and relaxed atmosphere and are made to feel extremely welcome by the friendly staff, who are more interested in giving you a cup of coca leaf tea to help with altitude sickness than making sure they have your room payment.Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta is different from most hostels, as there are no dormitories here. Instead, the 10 rooms offer a selection of single, double, twin, triple, and quadruple rooms to choose from. Prices start at $10 per person per night, up to $13 per person, for the single room. Each room has its own private shower (with hot water 24/7), toilet, and linen, and there is also a private lounge between each two rooms, with cable TV, board games, and books to keep you amused if you fancy a quiet night in. My room was spotlessly clean and decorated in a quaint traditional Incan style.Breakfast is also included, consisting of fruit, tea, juice, bread, and eggs. This is nice, as it gives you the opportunity to socialize with other guests. Also included in the price is airport pick-up, which on average saves you around $10, almost a free night stay! The hostel also has closed garage parking, a laundry service (S./4.50 per kilo, approximately $1.50), motorcycle hire, Internet access, safety box, telephone/fax facilities, and, if you have the time, Spanish classes.I was impressed by everything this hostel offered, most notably, though, their ability to organize tours and trips for you anywhere in Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, and also Lake Titicaca, where they can arrange a traditional home-stay experiences for $45 a night. Unfortunately, I booked my tours through another more expensive agency, but if I had the chance again, I would definitely use this hostel’s services, as their prices in comparison were virtually half and the tours were identical and I found fellow guests who had booked through the hostel on the same tours as me!The motto of the hostel is "your home away from home," and although in some cases this can sound a little cheesy, for this hostel, it is totally true, as the family atmosphere always makes you feel highly welcomed. I would definitely choose this hostel again if I return to Cusco. Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta is located in the Tahuantinsuyo area of Cusco next to the beer company. More information can be obtained from emailing Javier, the hostel owner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning him on 51-84-231323 or 51-84-9695366.
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