El Albergue – Sacred Valley Boutique Hotel
El Albergue is a historic Sacred Valley boutique hotel located at the train station within the former Inca village of Ollantaytambo. By far our favorite hotel option in Ollantaytambo, this charming lodge is a great choice for travelers that are seeking an easy jumping off point for an early morning train ride to Machu Picchu. With charming, rustic style, this down-to-earth Ollantaytambo lodge was originally opened in 1925. An artist herself, owner Wendy Weeks has orchestrated the lodge’s beautifully decorated gardens and hand-selected the art pieces on display throughout the hotel.
Containing only sixteen rooms in total, the lodge has a very intimate feel. All of the rooms include a private bathroom, free wi-fi, room service, and beautiful Peruvian artwork. Guests have access to a wonderful complimentary breakfast, as well as a wood stove eucalyptus steam sauna. For travelers fond of romantic boutique hotels in small, historic villages, El Albergue is a great choice. El Albergue began a small farming project in 2011 and have successfully managed to organically grow corn, quinua, potatoes, and vegetables. Guests are encouraged to visit the farm and learn about traditional Inca farming methods, still used to this day in Peru.
Café Mayu and Private Excursions
The restaurant at El Albergue is one of the best in Ollantaytambo, and many of the dishes feature freshly harvested local vegetables grown in their organic garden. Entrées range from Italian-inspired fettuccine to fresh trout from the Sacred Valley. El Albergue also offers canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and other excursions. One of our favorite activities arranged at El Albergue is the pachamanca lunch in the Sacred Valley. This unique experience provides guests with the opportunity to partake in a traditional Peruvian feast at a lovely setting on El Albergue’s nearby organic farm.