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Sumac Chaska Hostel Reviews

Medium Street, 106, Chaupi Calle, Ollantaytambo, Peru

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147 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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Great place.... friendly staff


There's no security at the hostel in terms of locks at the main door, but there's always a staff member in the front room and the city is ridiculously safe. Absolutely no hot water (there's a knob for it in the shower but no results) and the toilet in our room flushed at its convenience. The shared toilet was also clogged and we heard our neighbor (walls are thin) attempt to flush and start swearing at his toilet too. Staff are very helpful in planning activities around the area.

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What a peculiar review....of course we have locks on our outside doors and yes, it is a very safe town. We have hot showers and make it very clear that we are happy to help if anyone fails to work the shower correctly. Equally, if people put toilet paper down the toilet instead of in the bin, it gets blocked. Again, we are pleased to assist during your stay if this occurs. The building is concrete construction so our walls are not thin. Sorry you didn't enjoy our service :(


The managers are great. Marie is British and her husband Kali speaks English so there are no problems with communication. We went out to dinner with them and the there beautiful son Tiago. They knew everything to do in and around the city. Every morning they serve a nice breakfast and get you ready for the day. They even packed us a breakfast when we went Macchu Picchu. Thanks so much for helping make our trip full of amazing memories!

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We loved having you guys here, you are so very welcome. And what a privilege to be hosting you for your engagement, you had all that romance rubbing off on us 💗 We wish you endless happiness in your married life and don't forget you promised to bring back your first child to meet us. Kindest regards and thank you for choosing Sumac Chaska, love Caly & Marie 💗


Beds and staff are good. They give you a breakfast to go if you leave too early. Bathroom is terrible.

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Thank you for your review, sorry you don't like our bathroom, especially when on the night you stayed, you had the shared one all to yourself so it can't be a cleanliness issue. Perhaps you didn't like our decor?? We appreciate your custom anyway, thank you :)


Pros: Location Cons: Poor breakfast - had to wait, dirty table; the terrace is not worth it - is not part of the room and everyone can be there; additionally there was clothes hanging...

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We are always disappointed when we don't meet our customers expectations. We provide a cooked breakfast with eggs and juice for all private ensuite bookings, simple for basic accommodation. We don't think that is 'poor'. For a $40 room it's a bit unreasonable to expect the whole floor (terrace) to yourself, there is a private section outside this room with seating. We are a hostel and we do our best to offer a clean, comfy and friendly service. Thank you for your custom.


We stayed at this hostel and we love it. The personal is just great! The kitchen is big and very comfortable. It's clean and they have a nice view if you go up to the terrace.

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Thank you for your kind review, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and made the most of our place and our town :) :) :)


Due to the directions on the Hostel World website this place was easy to find. The door is right there facing the street. The hosts were great people. Cali (Carlos) the guy in charge is super nice and helpful. If he has time he will take the time to point out all the cool places to check out in the city. The Internet connection here is a little better than the hostel I stayed at in Cusco. The only downside was the bathroom, no soap dispenser nor paper towels.

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Thank you your review and we really glad you enjoyed your stay.


Everything everyone's written is true. The common room is kind of like a family room, but it's nice and so are the owners so it was fine for me. That shower, though, is horrible. Owners clearly are on notice so I'm not sure why they don't fix it.

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Yes, we have fixed it, from time to time we have maintenance issues. We are truly sorry for your bad experience. Thank you for your review.


The British woman who runs the place is great.

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Arh thanks Karen :) but I don't run the place alone, I'm part of a lovely Peruvian family team. Thanks for your review :)


They were very kind and helpful. They have deals with local restaurants and will show tell you all of the things to do in the town. We were leaving before breakfast started so she packed us a to-go breakfast. It was very nice. The location is right in the heart of the town and the view from the terrace is wonderful, you can see all of the sites and town. The bathroom had a few issues while we were there, but that was expected for Peru.

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Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to serve you.


Nice and calm hostel manage by owner in the hear of the Inca town. Beautiful!!!. It has a Terrance to see the whole town and Ruins. The owner knows a lot about the tourist attraction near by. He gives us some tips and tour to do. The only bad thing is it has a single toilet for all rooms.

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Thank you for your review and your custom. There are 2 bathrooms for the dorms, plus a downstairs toilet :)


Kali, the owner, even packed my dormmate and I some breakfast when he heard we had a very early train to Machu Picchu. Very hospitable.

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Pleasure to serve you! Breakfast is included, many of our guests set off to Machu Picchu early in the morning and come back in the same day. Ollantaytambo is much nicer than Aguas Calientes and much cheaper ;). Thank you very much for your review.


People here is very kind and they gave me useful tips to make my trip to Machu Picchu at the lowest price! For sure I'll stay there again :)

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Thank you for your review, you are very welcome anytime 😊


A family lives in the main house; they're very nice and helpful. Not a party environment or your typical hang out in common area hostel, but it has a very nice terrace. Very nice and quiet.

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Thank you for your review and for choosing Sumac Chaska.


The bedroom was so good: comfortable and clean bed and bedcovers. The woman who is in charge is quit kind, but she doesn't speak English. There's only a bathroom on the second floor, so you have to wait until is free. Tha location is good, you're close to the main square and to one of this archeological sites. The main attraction is just a 10 min walk, and the train station a 15 min walk aproximately. Is a good place to stay but it can be much better.

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Thank you for your review. Just for reference, we advertise ourselves as a Peruvian family run hostel, the native language in Peru is Spanish, hence the family speak Spanish. The managers both speak fluent English (one native English). There are 3 bathrooms and attractions are just a few mins away as we are centrally located. Maybe if you walk slowly or have heavy bags you might take 15 mins. But we will gladly store your bags for free if you want and there are motor taxis available.


Okay, so you have to mess with the shower to get hot water, but that is literally the only downside. I loved the atmosphere and staff! Marie is just lovely and grandma makes a delicious breakfast. The location is lovely and if you have any questions, they are happy to help.

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Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you here.


To be honest, I was so enchanted with Ollantaytambo that I could have slept in the plaza and have been happy. The location of this hostel is fantastic. You walk through ancient Inca architecture to get there. The ceilings in the dorm I stayed in are incredibly low, so if you´re on the top bunk you´re pretty squished in. I did get hot water ONCE for my shower but the electricity quickly shut off after that. Other than that, it can be pretty cold.


They were very helpfully with providing information and spoke good english

  • 7th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Thank you for your custom and follow-up review, much appreciated :)


This place was a gem in Ollantaytambo. Run by an older couple who speak spanish. The señora who runs the place pretty much became like our grandma and adopted us by telling us all the awesome local things to do! We even got to meet her grandson and family. This experience was like staying in a home away from home and we got to practice our Spanish. We were so sad to leave this beautiful town and amazing family and we left her with a big hug! Decided to stay in Ollantaytambo as long as we could!


Family run hostel more like a B&B. Staff are friendly and patient but don't speak any English. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Only complaint is that there is NO HOT WATER. I tried to explain this to one of the staff but he just insisted there was hot water... a polar bear wouldn't consider the water in those showers to be even lukewarm! Oh... and there's no real communal area unless you want to sit in what is essentially an adult Peruvian family's living room and watch TV with them.

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