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El Tuco Hostel Reviews

Av. Grau 835, Santiago, Cusco, Peru

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218 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 80%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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A lovely place to stay! Our room was perfect- really big with high ceilings, comfy bed and so clean! Bathroom was really clean and lovely hot shower! El Tuco is a beautiful building with lovely wooden floors and great atmosphere. Coco is the nicest guy-so helpful and friendly! We left our bags here (securely stored) whilst we did inca jungle trek and looked forward to returning to El Tuco after our trip! It's not far at al from the main square (10min walk) very secure. Will definitely recommend.


Overrated and not felt safe outside at night! Dont believe all THE good reviews, its far from center, Beter stay in san blas where you Can feel THE authentic cusco feeling.THE owner has dollarsigns in his head ready for a quick buck. THE room was 22 dollar but he charged us 77 solles, Exchange rate is 2,98 sol = 1 us when we asked he said that like in airports he did a different rate ( 3,5 = 1us) So Pay In us!Als ask around for better rates in tours! Dont think he likes "cheap"argentinians..:(


Nice hostel and staff. Clean room and good prices. Only little thing was that it was a bit cold in our room and breakfast could be a bit more to choose from.


This place is 10 minutes walk from the centre of Cusco, but perfect if you want a taste of authentic Peru/Cusco, as right in the centre it's very touristy. There's a few places on the walk to El Tuco where you can have authentic Cusco/Andean cuisine, much cheaper than the western influenced places by the Plaza. This is the only hostel in Peru we stayed where the showers were actually hot too, a massive bonus if you're returning from the Inca Trail or a long Jungle trip. Very friendly staff too!


Highly recommendable hostel. Centrally located with high standard of security. Rooms were nice and quality of sleep was good. All offered services e.g wifi, breakfast, hot water were to our full convenience. Highlight of this hostel is its host coco. Always friendly, forthcoming and with the most appropriate and valuable advices. It's because of him you will have a more than pleasant stay. Just to mention: we came back just for half a day as we had a bus the same day. He


Noisy outside, quiet inside. The owner, Coco, very friendly and helpful. Excellent security, the outside gate is always locked and either Coco or his wife comes to open and close it every time. Beds comfortable. Breakfast is minimal. Nice stay overall.


One of the best places I stayed at on a recent trip! The building is beautiful, with high ceilings and large rooms, and well maintained. Very clean. Fast wifi. The staff was wonderful - just be sure to communicate your plans in advance, because they need to open/close the entrance for you, and occasionally you need to go find them. They will hold your luggage for free while you go to Machu Picchu, which I was really grateful for. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the (tourist) heart of Cusco.


El Tuco is a great place to stay in Cuzco and Coco is a very welcoming host. The rooms are huge but have homely touches like bedside lamps and coat hooks. Would recommend :)


Hot showers and wifi. Charg extra for towels and it always felt colder inside than outside. Nice that they offer same day laundry service (7 soles/kilo). It's about 5 min walk from a supermarket, and ~15 min walk from the main squares. The hostel is very secure, but it became problematic when we wanted to leave and no staff was present to let us out. We ended up being late for a scheduled workshop in the main square. Breakfast includes bread, jam, and tea but you can cook your own meals.


We had a great stay at El Tuco! Coco was very helpful. Our best hostel experience yet!

  • 2nd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The private rooms are huge!! They treat you like family. You can go party in the center and then walk a few blocks and get some good rest. Its close to the plaza. Also staff is wonderful and for a couple of dollars more than a dorm you can get your own big room. Will stay here again


The hostel is the perfect place to be when being in Cusco. Why: The hostel is located very close to the main square. If you are interested in activities in and around Cusco (Machu Picchu) the hostel is well connected to a travel agency, which we can recommend as well. But most importantly the owner ("Coco") of the hostel offers all kinds of tips, help and good mood you need to have a very good time. Customer-focus is definitely given here!

  • 25th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


one of the nicest places we have have stayed in, in Peru. Really silent and relaxing (which is rare in Peru) and nice big room.


The owner Coco was very helpful and friendly. He gives you advice on where to go and what to do in the city. The location is only 10 mins walk to the main square, very quiet at night. Hot shower, good wifi. Spotless room. Decent computer. Highly recommended!


Good location, close to supermarkets. Coco and staff are really helpful. Rooms are really nice and big. Hot showers and decent breakfast.


Quarto muito frio / Very cold room.

  • 26th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


A great find in Cusco! This hostel is small, relaxed and friendly in a decent location 10 min walk from the Plaza del Armas with 2 supermarkets nearby. The showers are piping hot and incredibly powerful, the beds are really comfortable. The kitchen is super too! Most importantly the Chief of staff called Coco will do absolutely anything for you in a heartbeat (luggage storage, trek bookings, advice, friendly chat!). No problem with us using all the facilities when waiting for a night bus!!

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