El Albergue Ollantaytambo
Av Ferrocarril 1
Estación de Tren
Ollantaytambo 08675, Peru
“They couldn’t have made it any dreamier if they’d tried. Hummingbirds, passionfruit, and bougainvillea fill the courtyard, and their candle-lit dining room serves gorgeous Peruvian fare grown primarily on the organic farm they maintain out back.” El Albergue
Located conveniently half way between Cusco and Machu Picchu at Ollantaytambo train station, the historic early 20th century El Albergue Lodge is beautifully embedded in romantic Peruvian nature.
The Lodge welcomes you with traditional rooms, exquisite local cuisine in the integrated restaurant and a magical garden filled with hummingbirds and extraordinary flora, such as passionflowers, peaches and avocado trees.
Use your stay at El Albergue to go on spectacular trips to cultural Inca and Pre-Inca sights as well as unforgettable adventures into the beautiful nature of the Andes. After the activities, find tranquility and relaxation in the hammocks or the sauna of El Albergue.
- Convenient location to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu
- Surrounded by beautiful nature
- Garden with indigenous flora and fauna
- Organic farm giving you the option for a traditional farm experience
being local - authentic experiences
El Albergue offers 16 standard and superior rooms with elegant rustic traditional design and loving details.
All rooms include:
- Private bathrooms
- Free wi-fi
- Included breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt and granola, eggs, espresso coffee and juice
Spacious Superior Room offer:
- Queen size bed and single bed
- Private bathroom with bathtub
- Radiant floor heaters
- optional with balcony
- Wood stove eucalyptus steam sauna
- Restaurant is open to the public and offers local cuisine with fresh ingredients from the hotel-owned organic garden for every taste.
- Café Mayu on the train station platform supplies you with coffee, tea and snacks
History and Philosophy
Originally under the name of lodge Santa Rosa, the 20th century hotel at the train station of Ollantaytambo opened in 1925. 40 decades ago, Wendy Weeks and her husband Robert Randall came to Peru and decided to make it their home.
They reopened the lodge as El Albergue and became part of the local community. The beautifully situated lodge with marvelous views and the aroma of indigenous flowers is an authentic place, taking good care of the environment and local community around it.
Ollantaytambo has been agricultural area ever since the pre-Inca times. Still today, it provides the main source of income for large parts of the local population.
The farm is tilled using traditional techniques, such as plowing with oxen, and no agrochemicals or synthetic fertilizers are used. At El Albergue Ollantaytambo, sustainability in terms of responsible resource use, maintaining traditions and cultural heritage, local support and social responsibility is an affair of the heart.
- Architecture and Resources
- Local Agriculture
- Social Responsibility
Architecture and Resources
- Historic traditional architecture, sustainably restored
- Local building material
- Local and Environmental-friendly building material
- Use of renewable energy, solar panels provide the energy for the lodge
- Energy efficient bulbs and technologies
- Water conserving toilet flush to reduce water usage
- Avoid plastic when serving meals
- Organic food and vegetables from own farm project
- no agrochemicals or synthetic fertilizers used for farming
- traditional techniques used for centuries: plowing with oxen, rotating crops and using biological controllers to regulate disease
- Farm to table menu
- Garden with indigenous plants
- Protection of flora and fauna
- Fair trade
- Local staff
- Training and capacity building for local employees
- Involve local people in decisions that affect their lives
- Local social projects to support community, such as the Kuska school, local kinder gardens and hospitals