We love Airbnb for finding budget friendly accommodations. Rooms in people’s houses, entire houses, bed and breakfasts, locally owned hotels and international chains can all be found on airbnb. For our first two nights in Cusco, we stayed at a small, locally owned hotel, La Estancia de la Abuela.
La Estancia de la Abuela, Cusco | $30 per night
Rooms: Our room was simple and everything we needed. The bed was comfortable and there was a wardrobe for storing our luggage and clothes. The bathroom was ensuite. The hot water didn’t last very long, but we were able to squeeze two quick showers out of it, so it was sufficient. It could be hard to get good sleep if you’re a light sleeper, as the hotel is right next to a train track, and people in the neighborhood seemed to be up at all hours of the night, talking in the street. I imagine this could be an issue in other parts of the town as well.
Location: The hotel is a quick drive from the airport. They offered airport pick-up for an extra $5. When you book, just ask for an airport pickup and you can probably pay in cash when you arrive. You could walk to the Plaza de Armas from here, it’s not too far, but I would suggest getting a taxi to go there as it’s slightly uphill. If you want to go for a walk, it’s better to go downhill from the Plaza back to the hotel.
Breakfast: Coca tea, coffee and bread with jams was included.
Staff: The staff was very accommodating and helped us get change and flag down taxis. They woke up with us at 4am when we were to be picked up by our trekking company!
In conclusion: La Estancia is a great option for a budget traveler looking for a private room. The staff is super helpful and friendly. The location is well serviced by taxis making it easy to get around the city. However road noise can be an issue for light sleepers.