We stayed at Hostal Marani for 4 days and 3 nights during our time in Cusco, Peru. It’s located in the hip neighborhood of San Blas, about a 5 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas. It’s a bigger sized hostal with two stories, a large outdoor patio, an indoor game, tv, library, cafe, and free wifi throughout (although your signal may be weak depending on where your room is). The hostel also has a locked gate, only opened with a key by hostel staff, that adds extra security.
We chose this hostel 1) because of the good reviews on TripAdvisor.com, 2) because it was recommended to us by our hostel in Ollantaytambo and 3) because of its proximity to the Plaza de Armas.
The hostel offers single (one single bed), double (two single beds), triple (three single beds), and quadruple (four single beds) sized rooms as well as a matrimonial room which contains one double bed. All rooms have their own bathroom and various chest of drawers or night stands where you can store your belongings. The rooms also have a plenty of extra blankets to keep you warm–be aware, it can get very cool at night in Cusco.
In the mornings, you will get a complimentary breakfast in the game/library/tv room. It’s a simple, “buffet” style breakfast that consists of bread, eggs, tea, coffee, or juice, and fresh fruits. The breakfast foods are normally cold, although there is a toaster where you can heat up any bread type items being offered, as the bread changes daily. We were ok with the breakfast, but sometimes would have preferred to eat something hot.
In the game/tv/library the hostel has a wonderful collection of books in Spanish, English, and Dutch. There are travel books, fiction books, magazines, games, and maps. There are also two TVs you can watch and the best wifi signals are received in this part of the hostel. And, although they don’t sell stamps, they do have a post box where you can mail things once you’ve bought stamps (they’re sold ALL over the city). Oh, and they’ve also got a phone where you can pay to make international phone calls.
The staff here was very helpful–there is someone there 24 hours. If you ever need a taxi, they’ll call one for you–especially if you need to schedule one to head to the airport.
The only two things that could be better were 1) the noise–the hostel is not noisy, but you can hear anything and everything happening in the hostel in your room; the walls/windows are not thick enough to absorb the noise, so bring ear plugs with you if you’re a light sleeper 2) the water temperature was hard to manage in the shower.
Even so, we’d stay here again if we were ever back in Cusco!