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Mama Simona Hostel Reviews

Calle Ceniza 364, Barrio de San Pedro, Cusco, Peru

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203 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 96%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 89%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 96%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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Very helpful staff. Comfortable beds. Overall a very high standard of hostel.


Highly recommend Mama Simona! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I was able to store my luggage there while visiting Machu Picchu. The space is clean and welcoming. It has a very relaxed and calm atmosphere, which is nice to come back to.


Very cute and friendly hostel, mot of times very quite. The only problem was the shower, that would change anytime from hot to cold, and TV. There was no TV, although it was said on the website that there was. Anyway, I recommend this hostel! :D


It's the second time I'm visiting mama simona, and for good reasons. The relaxed atmosphere with tea all day long, is a great place to hang out and rest after visiting cuzco ' s highlights. The staff is friendly, always willing to help or give you directions or tips to some place in town. At night it's quiet, so you can sleep.


Loved staying at Mama Simona. It's a very nice place and it's very reasonably priced. I was there for five nights in July, so it was a little busy. The staff are sweet and helpful and everything is very clean, ALL of the time. Negatives: There wasn't a lock for the cabinets even though I was told that there would be. The location is another concern... while its not far away from la Plaza de Armas, it is on a street that is deserted and could potentially be a danger if you are alone.

  • 27th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Beds were very comfortable. Showers weren't always hot but when they were they were good.quite loud especially early in the mornings and the hostel itself was very very cold, which made it quite uncomfortable to sit in the common room. Blankets were offered but it was still very cold and quite unbearable at times. There was not much atmosphere either


shower was not always hot and no water pressure - not ideal after a 4 day hike with limited bathroom facilities and wi fi was a bit hit and miss - not very reliable..


Mama Simona was a great hostel, especially for those looking for a comfortable and quieter location before/after a trek. Pros: Free coca tea, wonderful kitchen staff who provide breakfast and fresh juice, free storage (especially during your trek), clean, hot water, comfortable Cons: The reception service was always mediocre or disappointing. They were not unfriendly, but they were not very helpful with suggestions and could not sort out a room mix-up. Wifi was unreliable as well.


Wifi must be better. Beside that, it's a awesome hostel!


Wonderful hostel! The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. There are free maps and unlimited coca tea and coffee, plus free breakfast (bread, jam, juice). Rooms are spacious, showers are hot, there's a mini library of guidebooks, and the beds are the most comfortable I've encountered in any hostel. Lockers are provided in rooms and they have free luggage storage if you're leaving for a few days. Know that if you arrive before check-in time, you may have to wait for your room.


We had so much fun. Thank you to the staff at Mama Simona!


Great place to rest and acclimate before a trek. Coca tea available 24/7. Close to San Pedro market and the main plazas.


Sorry for the bad review but beware of multi day stays! Their reservation system is absolutely incapable. Booked 5 nights, but upon arrival got told that I 'll have to change dorm twice. On day 3 they said they have my reservation for only 3 nights but I can stay 1 more. On day 4 they said I dont have to change room, so the group of 6 who had booked the room got told they will be in separate rooms. And on day 5 I had to leave the hostel because it was fully booked without me. same for another gu


Mama Simona is a great place to stay in Cusco. It is a very short walk from the main plaza, and located on what seems to be a safe street. The atmosphere was a little strange, not very lively, but nothing to complain about.


Clean hostel with nice rooms, some of the best wifi we have come across, breakfast is jam and bread, would recommend to anyone


A solid if not quirky option for any traveller looking to relax before and/or after a trip to the Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley etc. Hot showers and comfortable beds meant I was never cold. Breakfast is your standard rolls and jam. There is a travel agency on site and good locker and luggage storage options.


very nice and friendly place to relax. Clean rooms and toilets, hot showers, excellent breakfast with fresh fruit juice, free 24h coca tea, helpful and friendly staff, modern computers - what more can one want :) would definitely recommend it


great place. its not a party house but the floors creak loudly and the hallways echo, so if you are a light sleeper, you will probably wake up whenever people get up to use bathrooms which could mean 4:30am. also a little farther than other hostels in historic center but worked in our favor as there was a huge event in San Francisco Plaza with loud music and people all day until 10pm, and getting away from it all was nice definitely recommend. simple and comfortable.


Nice Hostel with friendly and helpful staff. The Hostel has everything you need ...


We booked a room with 2 beds. So we thought that we were going to sleep in twin beds but we got a small room with bunk beds. It is the only negative thing that i have to tell about this hostel. Clean and comfortable room. Good breakfast. Hot showers. Nice shared area and kitchen. Lockers to let your luggage when you go to Machu Picchu. 5 minutes walking to town center and supermarket.

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