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This is a great basic, inexpensive apartment for your stay in Cusco, especially for a big group. There are three spacious rooms in the apartment. Pamela is a fantastic host and was so accommodating to out schedule with hiking. There was bottled water and snacks upon our arrival. Great customer service. You should however be aware of a few things. The water in the residential areas in the sinks and showers doesn't work from 7pm to 7am. This isn't the case for hotels. If you can work around this, not a problem. Also there is a fair amount of street noise. Overall, good deal though.
If you would like to stay in an affordable apartment to experience living like a real Cusqueno, look no further than Pammela’s apartment. My husband, two children (ages 7 and 12 years), and I stayed in Pammela’s apartment for three weeks in Cusco and were very happy with the accommodations.
The location is great. My husband and kids were taking Spanish classes at Excel Language Center, which was about a 20-minute walk away. The closest “Mega” Super-Market is a 7-9 min walk. The traditional Mercado (buy your produce and cheese here!) is one block away. There is a “mini-supermarket” right across the street where you can buy things like bread, eggs, and bananas to get you through a day or so before you feel up to navigating the Mercado or the Mega. The mini-super also does laundry. The Plaza de Armas is a 20-minute walk. There are a couple of pharmacies right around the corner and an oxygen tank store right across the street. There are a bounty of restaurants and bakeries between the apartment and the main square.
Even though we were there in July, which is one of the coldest months of the year, we were comfortable with the warm, thick blankets Pammela provided. Opening the windows to the balcony on sunny days also helped warm up the apartment. The kids and I would read together on the couch under a couple of soft fleece blankets in the evening.
Pammela provides free drinking water in the apartment. This is a huge deal! We have stayed in hostels/apartments/home-stays in Lima, Pisco, Huacachina, and Puno, and NONE provided free drinking water. It was so nice not to have to buy and haul bottled water to the apartment.
The apartment has an electric shower, which is wonderful because that means it is limitless and on demand. We lived in Costa Rica for one year and love electric showers. The apartment also has a washer and you can hang dry on the two balconies of the apartment. We tended to use the laundry service across the street though. The kitchen is fully stocked with a small fridge, pots/pans, tea kettle, gas stove, coffee pot, and microwave.
The only feature marring this perfect place is that it’s on a noisy street. The noise does diminish at night. I think anywhere you stay you will likely be on a noisy street in Cusco and it is part of life there.
Cusco Nuances: The city shuts off the water randomly in the evenings, but Pammela’s apartment has a tank so you will still have water in the bathroom during the shutoff. The tank does not reach the kitchen sink, so I would wash dinner fruits/veggies during the day to play it safe. My husband would wash the dishes by filling a pot with water from the shower.
Pammela and Washington were lovely people. They contacted us frequently to see if we needed anything and if any problems arose, they took care of it immediately.