If you are just passing through Ollantaytambo amongst the crowd that comes and goes to Machu Picchu from this small town, you may miss the opportunity to discover the picturesque streets and hidden treasures in the heart of this Inca town. At the end of one of these quiet, cobble-stoned streets at the foot of the Pinkuylluna mountain lies the Apu Lodge Hotel Ollantaytambo, an excellent budget bed and breakfast style accommodation option.
Far from the noise of the train station, the Apu Lodge enjoys great tranquility and silence accompanied by a poetic view of the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the surrounding mountains, which justifies the lack of televisions in the rooms. Rooms are comfortable, simple, en-suite and decorated with local artwork. Apu Lodge is also family-friendly and has a purpose built family suite available for those travelling with children.
A basic continental breakfast is included in room rates but by far the biggest plus to staying at this hotel is the huge wealth of information owner Louise has built up about the region. Staff is more than happy to help you plan trips, treks and visits to neighbouring communities.
English-born Louise is extremely involved in local development projects and brings her expertise and dynamism to both the hotel and the many projects she assists such as the Yachay Wasi organization which aims to improve local children’s education. She is a firm presence in the local community and it’s interesting to have a chat with Louise about the realities of the local area during your stay here.
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- The Apu Lodge has some of the best showers in the Sacred Valley in this category of accommodation!
- The other big plus to this hotel is the spacious and lovingly-cared for garden which has some nice lounge areas including hammocks and benches. The ideal spot to hang out and relax while taking in the great view of the Ollantaytambo ruins.