Hostal Sweet Daybreak

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Calle Pasñapakana, Cusco, Peru
(84) 225776

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Hostal Sweet Daybreak Cusco Reviews

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Hope you love the view. . . Aug 02, 2009
Uphill, both ways.

We understood that San Blas was the place to stay in Cusco, and looked from the map to be still near the centre of the action. Well. . .

The most important question for the hostel owner in San Blas would be, how many pedestrian-only streets up it is. This Hostel is up three flights of stairs and two slightly-uphill pedestrian-only roads. No taxi is even getting close to dropping you off. Offers wonderful peace and quiet from street traffic, but. . .you get your exercise.

The view was lovely though, but we wished our room had a balcony with chairs for sundowners. The view is definitely what you pay for.

Apparently you don`t pay for privacy (light, sound and dirt filters through the cracks in the ceiling which is actually the floorboards above. We kept our packs on our pillows so they didn`t get covered in grit.) You also don`t pay for cleanliness, as the shared bathrooms were beyond hope with paint cans and cleaning products taking up floor space, no counters and old rags lying about, peeling, flaking paint and cracked tiles in the shower stall, and one of them in the reception area offering no privacy whatsoever.

Insulation also not covered as it was cold, cold, cold at night, and the unforgiving mattress acted more as a heat-sink to counteract the 4 blankets each.

The staff were friendly, and there is Wi-fi in the reception area. There is a camp stove in the room they call a kitchen, but you have to boil the water to wash-up. Shower (when we felt brave enough) was tepid and short. They have a little garden that is nice, but with no view of the city, and like I said, that is really what we wanted, some place with a great view for contemplation and relaxation.

Might have seemed like a better deal had we not booked for three nights. It was safe anyway, and other trail trekkers were trying to book again after they`d finished the trail, so they couldn`t have found it that bad. In a pinch with limited options, it would be tolerable, I suppose.
our room, by daylight
The view
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