No longer the backpacker haunt it was in 1979, when it was opened by an American expat and his Cuzqueña wife, Gringo Bill's is still one of the better value accommodations in Aguas Calientes. Spread out over three floors and cutting into the hillside just off the Plaza de Armas, there are several patios and terraces, plus a lounge bar with a fireplace and a small restaurant. Plants are everywhere. The vibe is about as chilled-out as you’ll find. The rooms, ranging from doubles to five-person family suites, are pretty basic, but there are decent views of the mountains, all of the in-room amenities of the pricier hotels, and the spaces are kept clean. Staying for a few nights is usually good for a discount. English language books and magazines are available.