Bill has hosted Machu Picchu travelers since 1979, his was one of the first lodgings in town. Just off the Plaza de Armas, it features some of the finest stonework and lush gardens around. Once a budget option, competition has forced Bill to take his rooms—and rates—up a notch. Renovations include some larger rooms and suites. While it is not the cheapest of the fewer-frills options, it definitely has more character than most.
Jan 12, 2008
I have stayed in many hotels throughout the world but by far this was the worst. We stayed here for two nights and had to change rooms for the second night. In the first room the bed and sheets were damp and not exactly clean, the blankets were extremely grubby, the room was freezing cold and there were bugs. I slept almost fully clothed because I did not want any part of my body touching the bedclothes. The second night we were moved to a room that
was overlooking the main stairwell and the huge window looking onto the stairwell had a curtain that would not close all the way. This room at least did not have bugs and the sheets were not damp although they were no cleaner. Also the noise level was horrific! We heard people coming and going all night and when a group of tourists left at 5am we heard (and felt) every bump of their suitcase wheels hitting the steps all the way down the stairs. Not to mention the fact that we heard every word they said! And as for the breakfast buffet! This was by far the worst meal I had in Peru. The rolls were days old, the fruit was mushy and service was horrendous. I would rather sleep on the street than ever set foot in Gringo Bill's again!
Jul 18, 2007
Staff is harried and unhelpful and rooms are absolutely not worth the cost. It is definitely a backpackers hostal and nothing more, yet it costs the same as a regular hotel. Do yourself a favor and book anywhere else.