San Blas Backpacker Hostel
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San Blas Backpacker Hostel

Calle Tandapata 160 San Blas, Cusco 08001 Peru
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3.0
#288 of 312 hostels in Cusco
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
2.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
Who we are? We are a family that offers to the travelers Backpackers an unforgettable experience enjoying our accommodations created with Andean and colonial touches, to give you the satisfaction you feel at home, a place which we are proud of being the only Hostel with a view of 360 degrees of the Cusco city while you enjoy a delicious cup of coca tea, pisco sour or the beverage of your choice in addition to the delicious Andean - Peruvian food made naturally by our chefs and all the extras that we can only give you. Our lounges are the ideal places to relax and meet travelers or backpackers friends from all over the world, share experiences, organize trips as well as nights out to pubs and clubs that will provide you unforgettable memories. Joining us is to ensure a safe trip, with affordable prices and with the confidence that only Sanblas Backpacker Hostel family can offer you, fulfilling all your expectations and making a sure pleasant trip full of emotions.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Casino and Gambling
Airport transportation
Massage
BBQ facilities
Valet parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Game room
Billiards
Darts
Table tennis
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Solarium
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Room service
Safe
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Business
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

Calle Tandapata 160 San Blas, Cusco 08001 Peru
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Becvdk wrote a review Apr 2012
Guadalajara, Spain5 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
we stayed in the hostel for a week which was beautiful accomodation but made the huge mistake of booking tours and transport and other things through them. the accomodation was good.. nothing too fancy but good budget accomodation. however the tours were the worst ive have had. we were promised things that we just didnt get.. not even close to. and found out after having taken the tours that some of the information provided to us about the inka empire was just straight up false information.
and then we were over charged in the end for the tours.
do by all means stay in the hostel it is god value.. but please tell them straight away that your not interested in tours and book elsewhere, there is an abundance of tour companies in cuzco im so sure that you can find better.
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Date of stay: April 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Samantha N wrote a review May 2016
42 contributions22 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an interesting stay at this hostel, it's hard to rate as some aspects were great (the friendliness and helpfulness of the señora at the desk) and others not so great (quality of rooms)..

+ wifi works reasonably well throughout hostel and rooms

- Power points are pretty dodgy and faulty, need to jiggle charger to find the sweet spot to charge

+ cute mummy cat and baby live in the communal outdoor area

- breakfast is less than average, cheap bread, jam, instant coffee, orange fizzy drink

+ warm showers and warm beds

- horrible water pressure and no paper in the one shared bathroom the entire time we were there

+ lovely Spanish speaking señora more than happy to help, unfortunately for some only in Spanish..

- no curtains in the rooms, so depending where your room is you may be disturbed by bright light..

+ they sell coca tea, and are happy to boil water for you

- despite what their website states, there is no kitchen. So don't expect to be able to cook your own food.

+ Though they do have a great restaurant and bar upstairs (not great for budget travellers though)

So depending on what you are looking for this may or may not be for you.. Read the other reviews first
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Date of stay: May 2016
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emmaloic wrote a review Aug 2012
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I would really like to thank the effectiveness of San Blas of the staff, always helping on finding solutions, on advising you the best things to do according to your interests. The hostel is 5 minutes walk from the center of Cuzco, with an incredible view over the city. The room (triple with own bathroom) was basical but confortable, the breakfast ok, nothing special. Possibility to arrange a transfert to/from the airport. Excellent stay at San Blas Backpacker Hostel
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Date of stay: April 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Graziela L wrote a review Dec 2015
Kearny, New Jersey141 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved cusco! And in part because I had a great experience at the San Blas Hostel! This hotel is only 4 blocks from the main plaza where the bars/nightclubs and restaurants are. The hotel is cozy, charming and clean. Did I say it is super quiet there...a little cold...since there are no heaters in the winter. The rooms were comfortable with private bathroom and nice mattresses. Me and my friends agree on it.The amazing buffet breakfast was included with the stay. This is a extremely affordable hostel/hotel, beautiful and comfortable with amazing location.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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KaylaNRodriguez wrote a review Sept 2013
Austin, Texas1 contribution3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
First, we booked online and some how Harry, the owner (with a B.A. degree in tourism prominently featured in the front lobby), who owns and runs not only the hostel but also a tour company, lost our reservation. He tried to charge us three times what our agreed price was online. We refused and he conceded.

Second, the communal bathrooms were disgusting. Only 1 actually had hot water (We found this out thanks to his mom, who really does all the work at the hostel and is the only saving grace of the hostel). 1 of the bathrooms had a toilet that had overflowed and there was human waste all over the floor... for days.

Third, and by far the worst offense, was that Harry stole 100 sol from us. He agreed to arrange a taxi for us (paid in advance... this guy owns a tour company so standard practice). He took our money and never showed up leaving us high and dry in a foreign city late at night when we had a plane to catch early in the morning. We called him and he assured us that a taxi was on its way but it never came.

Our room was cold and drafty, the windows didn't seal and Harry refused to give us additional blankets.

Harry is a scam artist. DO NOT STAY HERE.
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Date of stay: July 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Graziela L wrote a review June 2013
United States54 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel is located very close to the main plaza in Cuzco, in the epicenter of everything, and at the same time in a quaint street, quiet and clean. Very nice hostel, within anyones budget with a nice breakfast included....nice room with twin beds and private bathroom, clean and decent. The reception staff is great. They arranged the tours for my group in a good price. There's an ATM machine at the entrance of this hostel. Going on the opposite way from the plaza from the hostel you can find nice cheap places to eat. Lovely stay.
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Date of stay: January 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sukiii wrote a review Feb 2014
Barcelona3 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We made the reservation quite late for Cuzco at New Years Eve and there was not much to choose from.
The nice thing of this hostel was that they let us in at 06:00 am and let us sleep somewhere even if the usual check in is later, somewhen in the afternoon.
But we had to pay immediately when we woke up at 09:00 and the people at the hostel are not nice, they just try to sell you excursions and taxis at very high rates.
We had warm water only once out of the 4 times we tried, and nobody fixed anything. They said they would but nothing happened and our room neighbours already have had the same water problems and no solutions for some more days.
It was cold in the room. The breakfast was not much food and not good. The staff was not nice, apart of one young girl at the reception. And it was very noisy, because they opened a bar on the top of the last floor of the hostel. The construction was mostly being done at night with loud music. Unfortunately we had a room just under that and even after complaining to the hotel director nothing changed. He did not care at all.
The place was not specially clean and in general it did not have anything good that I could mention.
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Date of stay: December 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: No idea which room might be good there. I guess there isn't any.
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Luardg wrote a review Dec 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina59 contributions42 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Well located, beautiful on the outside and with some rooms with the best views of Cusco (just a bit lower than Limbus bar) this hostel might prove disapointing. We spent 4 days there before going to Machu Pichu and planned to come back there after the treck for another 4 days. The first 4 were good, room was nice and we could shower but only with a very thin trail of water, very, very thin. We asked the owner to fix the water or change us to another room when we came back and she told us that she was going to reserve one of the new rooms which was supposed to be nicer. The owner and staff are supper nice and friendly but they rarely solve anything. When we came back, late at night, we were taken to the new room wich was unfinished and had not just the thin line of water, had a thin line of cold water only. Our previous room was taken and we were offered another one which was not clean (toilet paper on the floor, dust everywhere and hair on the bed and sheets) so we didnt stay and had to wander at 2 am looking for another place with a spare room. If you can contact them before booking and making sure you will be given a clean room with warm water I see no problem but if you wanna book and forget trouble maybe this one just isnt the place for you...
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Date of stay: September 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: private rooms have much nicer views than shared ones
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SfromLondon1 wrote a review June 2016
London, United Kingdom38 contributions40 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The only good things about this place were the wifi connection and the rooftop bar.l which had a lovely view and cheap drinks. The wifi was the best I have come across in South America. The worker in the hostel was kind enough to book us a taxi and help us take our luggage all the way down to the taxi.

The hostel is extremely difficult to find - taxi's cannot drive there so you are dropped in the main square and are made to walk uphill with heavy luggage. Nobody knew where the place was and it took us over an hour to find. This also made us feel like it was fairly unsafe to walk there at night.
Apparently the place has two names but we only found this out on the last night.
The rooms were FREEZING.
Quite far from the main Cusco square.

Overall, I guess if you are on a budget it is decent but there are many other hostels in the area which seemed better and were easier to locate.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Luardg wrote a tip Dec 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina59 contributions42 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"private rooms have much nicer views than shared ones"
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Sukiii wrote a tip Feb 2014
Barcelona3 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"No idea which room might be good there. I guess there isn't any."
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Which popular attractions are close to San Blas Backpacker Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Waliki Tours Peru (0.3 km), Xapiri Ground (0.1 km), and Museo de Arte Precolombino (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at San Blas Backpacker Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at San Blas Backpacker Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at San Blas Backpacker Hostel?
Yes, free public parking nearby and valet parking are available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Rucula Cusco, Local, and Organika.
Does San Blas Backpacker Hostel have airport transportation?
Yes, San Blas Backpacker Hostel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at San Blas Backpacker Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to San Blas Backpacker Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sacsayhuaman (0.9 km), Waliki Tours Peru (0.3 km), and Choquequirao (7.2 km).
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