I worked at Loki cusco for a week. I was treated very poorly by the bar manager and was terminated early with no proper explanation. The management too was sloppy and unprofessional. I received little training and went above and beyond in performance. When I spoke up about the unjust treatment little was done and now I am thinking I will boycott the establishment and tell my friends of the lazy management and poor policy of human resources.
i love you loki.
Shocking place, don't stay!
cold, unfriendly, expensive and awful. Wifi is almost non existent, bar is loud with terrible music and there's nothing else to do at night but sit in a freezing cold tv room with no wifi. Do yourself a favour and stay somewhere else!
Didn´t have running water most of the time -- people were getting sick
Loki Hostel had its moments of being a fun hostel, but if you don't want to be surrounded by eighteen-year-old English high school leavers on their post graduation trips, who never leave the hostel and trapse around wearing identical alpaca jerseys, then don't go to Loki. Running water was also something that Loki could not seem to guarantee. Water for showers, washing hands, flushing toilets was only available for short periods in the early morning and late at night. So inconvenient, and had everyone in the hostel over it! Especially those returning from Inca Trail treks in desperate need of a hot shower who were unable to have one. Things started to become really unhygienic with massive buckets of water placed outside bathrooms for use in flushing toilets in place of running water. Toilets were being used and not flushed all over the hostel. People were starting to get generally irate, which made for an unpleasant environment and others were coming down with bacterial infections from all the human waste that was not being disposed of. The female manager of the hostel was unapologetic, essentially telling guests they had the choice to leave. I would not recommend this hostel.
Loki Backpackers Hostel is fantastic for those who are eager to party hard in Cusco, but for those who wish to get up early and see the sights this may not be the best option. Location In the area of Cuesta Santa Ana this is a great location, about five minutes' walk from the centre of Cusco. However the Hostel is located on possibly the steepest street you will ever have encountered -- a bit of a trek after a tiring day. It's well worth the sweat and tears, though, as the views from the hostel are phenomenal. Be aware of taxi drivers trying to take you elsewhere when you first arrive -- stay assertive about where you want to go. Rooms and Bathrooms The hostel is a restored, four-hundred-fifty-year old national monument. The layout is lovely, with built-in square shapes around grassy grounds. The problem is that there is a draft, so most of the bedrooms are freezing cold during wintertime, however you do get the signature Loki duvet and the rooms are always spotless. There are also lockers underneath the beds that can fit all of your stuff. Not all rooms are cold but with this comes other odd quirks -- one room is connected to the bathroom with an unlocked door. This doesn't make you feel particularly secure. The bathrooms are very clean and there's plenty of showers and toilets to go around. Common Spaces The bar is great, very lively and fun with cheap drinks all night. However there's not one clue that you're actually in Peru -- you could be anywhere with sarnies and chips on the menu and the all Australian bar staff. There's a small but cosy TV room, however it can be a bit too crammed on busy nights. Internet is free and there are many computers so if there's a wait it's often a quick one. Summary Loki hostels are good value for money with free internet and a free (but basic) breakfast. Loki Cusco is renowned for being the party hostel so you if want to be where the action is, look no further. However by staying here you give up a bit of your real Peru experience, sheltered away from any trace of the Spanish language, Peruvian food, people, or culture -- you may miss out on the real Cusco.
This place is overrated
I stayed at Loki for one night and could not sleep. There was so much noise from the Hostel all night long, Not to mention the drunk people yelling at each other. I was really looking for a nice peaceful place. Bad choice.
A real party place
Loki is a fun place and great for meeting people. It's a large hostel in a sixteenth century mansion, with thick walls. It has plenty of facilities, including free internet and Wi-Fi, and twenty-four-hour hot water. Its location is good but not outstanding, on a steep hill above the centre of town. My main gripe with this place is that the music in the bar/restaurant is absurdly loud after 8 p.m., far too loud for socialising, or indeed anything except dancing, which nobody did while I was there. That doesn't only affect you while you're in the bar -- it is also a problem if you have a room near the bar and want to sleep. This is a serious problem even if you're a party animal because treks leave for Macchu Picchu, the main reason to go to Cusco, at 5 or 6 a.m., so everybody has at least one night when they need some good sleep. A very good experience overall though.
Friendly, Clean, Safe, Location, Location!
I used Loki as my base for one week in June 2007, while I toured Cuzco and also went to Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes for one night. It has a spectacular view of the entire city from its bar/cafe. Loki serves regular breakfast besides its free continental breakfast, plus buffet dinners, and happy hour in its bar. The hostel can accommodate one-hundred-forty travelers, but they are so busy with their tours and activities, and the historic estate building is so huge and sprawling, that there is peace and quiet in the rooms. Four free Internet computers; free TV; tour bookings; friendly and helpful staff; security lockers and storage; secure electrical outlets for camera batteries; mostly young 20-somethings, but older folks are welcome; hostelers are mostly Brits and North Americans (lots of English spoken here). Many bathrooms with lots of hot water for showers -- very clean. For those planning the Inca Trail trek, the steep street/steps up to the hostel from the city is good practice! Loki is within walking distance of the cathedral and its festivals and parades, which I attended.
Cuesta Santa Ana 601, Cusco (Cuzco), Peru
-13.515180, -71.984400 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Lockers in Lobby
24 Hour Security
Concierge/ Info Desk
Credit Card Payments
Gym/ Fitness Room
Curfew: No Curfew
Reception Hours: 24 Hours