September 1, 2015
With a pleasant garden and mountain views this is the place to stay. Located at the train station, it is a short walk from the center of town. While there is some noise from passing trains, even as early as 5AM, traffic seems to dwindle by late evening.
The charmingly rustic rooms at El Albergue are lovely, with vaulted ceilings and decorated in dark woods and crisp white linens.
You can choose your room online. #16 is a gem at the back of the property with a balcony facing snowcapped mountains.
Note: there is an added benefit to staying at the train station. Luggage on trains to Machu Picchu is strictly limited to a small carry on. However the control is at the entrance to the train station and not when boarding. This means if you are staying at El Albergue, you by-pass luggage control. Luggage storage on board the train, however, is still quite limited.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room and includes a list of made to order hot items along with a buffet of fruit, granola, yogurt, juice and coffee or tea.
The hotel dining room, claimed to be the best in Ollantaytambo, is just in front of the train platform. While the ambiance is romantic and cozy, diesel fumes, unfortunately, permiate the space when trains are in the station. This may depend on where you sit in the dining room and if the doors to the platform are open or not.
The service was a bit off the night we were there but overall the food was excellent. The only thing we didn’t like was the salad;
the organic greens fresh from their own garden were tough, bitter and past their prime.
The pasta with an addition of trout was top quality
and the tender lamb medallions with chimichurri sauce was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten in Peru.