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Don Andre is a basic hostel in Aguas Calientes. As one of the cheapest accommodations in Aguas Calientes, it caters mainly to backpackers looking for a good-value place to spend the night before heading to Machu Picchu. There is no real atmosphere, since there is only one small common area, which is also the reception.
Don Andre is located on a side street in the Las Orquídeas area of Aguas Calientes. Whether arriving by train or foot, you will need to cross one of the bridges over the river Aguas Calientes. This side of the river is slightly less touristy and there are some budget restaurants and a handicrafts market nearby, as well as plenty of shops to buy supplies. The hostel is a little hard to spot, since it is set back from the street and entered via a small doorway; just look for the large green sign saying "Don Andre." Aguas Calientes is small, so everything is within walking distance, although accommodations on the other side of the river are closer to the path or bus stop to Machu Picchu. Friendly staff will give you a map explaining how to reach the main sites from the hostel.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This is a small hostel with a just a few rooms, including dorms and privates. The dorm room for four has a bunk bed and two single beds. Beds are fairly comfy with big pillows. The walls are a little mouldy and there are no windows in the room, so it feels slightly gloomy. Power sockets are a bit dodgy, and some of them are strangely located and hard to reach. The rooms all face into the reception/common area where breakfast is served from 4 a.m., so you may be woken early by the noise.
The en suite bathroom is basic but clean and well stocked with toilet paper and soap. The hot water only works at certain times. Towels are provided.
The only common area is the reception, which has a few tables and chairs. A decent buffet breakfast is served here from 4 to 7 a.m. -- it's very convenient for the early morning start for Machu Picchu! Tea-making facilities are available throughout the day. Decent Wi-Fi is available in rooms and common spaces.
Don Andre is one of the cheapest options in Aguas Calientes and is a decent base for exploring Machu Picchu. Good features are the buffet breakfast served from 4 a.m., for those who want to reach Machu Picchu for sunrise, and good Wi-Fi. However the rooms are a little dark and mouldy, and the hot water supply is unreliable.
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Published on 2018-12-05
Don Andre Reviews from the Web
Not the safest, with windows to the rooms that could easily be opened. Friendly staff. Good location.
It's a hostel. I feel pretty neutral about it. I would say that the location is pretty loud. It's nice that the staff will customize their breakfast serving times.
Staff was very helpfull and polite, however, there was a lot of mold in the carpet and the wall.
Great stay at Don Andre. The staff were lovely and let us choose our room! They also made us breakfast in the morning that was yummy, and let us check out late after our visit to Machu Picchu. Downsides - its more like a hotel than a hostel, no social atmosphere, and it was quite loud outside the building until 1:00 am. But it was perfect for what we needed for a night before Machu Picchu!
Owner was very nice and was very welcoming. He helped us with every of our questions.
Everything was clean and beds were super comfortable. I would recommend this place anytime.
We are pride to be a Property with very high standards. It is for this reason that we offer to our guests a prime location, the best comfort and a very good customer service. Same quality as a 3 star hotel. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Breakfast is included and served daily. Some units feature a sitting area where you can relax.
Don Andre is ideally located in Aguas Caliente. Machu Picchu Hot Spring is 0.6 km from Don Andre, and Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary is 2.6 km from the property.
Don Andre offers you the best comfort with the best orthopaedic mattresses available Every room comes with a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub or shower. A flat-screen TV is featured.
Don Andre policies and conditions:
Check-in time starts at 10 am.
Check-out time is 9.30 am.
Payment types accepted at this property: only cash.
Cancellation policy: 72 hours before arrival.
The national sales tax (18%) is charged upon check-out to citizens of Peru regardless of length of stay and to foreigners staying in the country for 60 consecutive days or more. Foreigners who present a valid passport and Andean Migration Card (Tarjeta Andina de Migración) at check-in are exempt from this tax. Furthermore, the tax may apply per room when the room is shared by a taxable and a nontaxable guest.
No pets are allowed at this property.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Location and Contact
The property is ideally located, only few meters away from the train station. From the Train station follow the street aymuraypa tikan 113 and walk around 150 meters to reach the property.
Calle Wiñaywayna 110, Las Orquídeas, Aguas Calientes,
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