the wifi is amazingly fast! one of the few hostels in cusco w/ a kitchen and also one of the cheapest. the staff is one guy, who is not always around. biggest issue is lack of toilet paper or a sink in the bathroom, and the fact that the top bunk is right next to the ceiling/light for the whole room and very difficult to climb into. hot shower is really lukewarm at best. there are no lockers, but my bags and my food were still there when i came back after 4 days on the inca trail.
everything was great! it is literally across the street from the bus station (great after a very long ride). the owner was super nice and helpful w/ a map and i was able to leave my bags there when i did an overnight camping trek the next day. i was even able to come back and shower after (everyone on the night bus w/ me that night thanks you!) the kitchen/dining area is very social and it was easy to meet other people. wifi isnt fast but that is true everywhere in this town!
be aware that this hostel is NOT near downtown or the bus stations; be careful of cab drivers that are RIP OFF ARTISTS, even if they are running the meter it doesn't mean it is correct, i was charged way too much to get here, more than 4 times the cost of the bed. the hostel itself was nice enough once you get there, and staff was helpful. not a traveler neighborhood, it's a rich suburb but certainly feels safe. breakfast was removed a little early and only lasts an hour. no lockers, good shower
best hostel i stayed at in central america, hands down! staff is super helpful, even opened the kitchen early so i could have breakfast before my bus, courtyard is beautiful, it is less than 2 blocks from parque central and very close to the best bar in town (reileys), good book exchange and wifi, kitchen had everything i needed. 24 hour security (i came in late and felt safe), the double beds are great, people are friendly, water refills only 5 cordobas. highly recommended.
the owner was really nice and helpful! he even went to the store to get something for me b/c my foot was hurt and i was tired of hobbling around on it. he also let me cancel one of my nights stay w/ no problems when my travel plans changed, and check in early when i got off the night bus! the courtyard is nice and the wifi works well, even in the guestrooms (which has often not been the case at other places i've stayed). also it is close to the central park but on a quiet, residential street.
the garden is quite nice, as is the free breakfast. kitchen is spotless and very well equipped. and it across the street from the best bar in town (cafe no se). def. recommended
location is great but it lacks atmosphere the staff leaves and closes the doors at 8pm effectively shutting down the common room and no one hangs out there. also there is only one computer and only one person speaks enough english to communicate so if she isnt there you cant book any tours. but overall a fine place to stay for the money given that it is in central chiang mai and really close to the backpacker bars. also staying in a tent is a nice option bc you have a little bit of privacy.
someone stole my entire toiletry bag! and the same thing happened to another person during my stay there - it's bizarre, why would you want used toiletries? other than that, it was nice, the staff was friendly and helpful, they offer some free beer in the evening and people sit around and drink and watch tv. the common room could be bigger, and its not as social as some other places but you can always go hang out at hanoi backpackers and this place is cheaper than they are.
The staff was great and people were nice, also in addition to the bar they have an area where you can watch movies and play video games. the hostel is in a fairly nice neighborhood, not too loud, and is kept clean. getting there, just write down the street number (294) and make a right on 294 if heading down along the river (none of the drivers seemed to know where it is located).
After I checked in I went out for dinner and drinks and they sold my bed to someone else! I had to sleep on the hard floor with only a very thin mat. At least they did refund my money but they had other people sitting on the floor as well and other people who made reservations that they didn't have room for, at a time when the rooms in the city are full. Also they only had one key for a ten person dorm so the door ends up unlocked anytime someone leaves at night which is a serious security prob
Having read the reviews I stayed here hoping for a fun social place. But it was pretty deserted bxt full moon parties w only a couple other ppl staying there and the restaurant bar downstairs wasn't open. And u can get a bungalow on the beach for the same price. I would be a great place to stay during the party tho.