Niños Hotel was born in 1998, two years after Jolanda van den Berg, originally from the Netherlands, had settled in Cusco, with the goal of helping the many underprivileged children of the city. After a few months, she had become the adoptive mother of twelve children, thanks to the support of her family and friends. She then started to research a sustainable way to provide a steady income to her new family and to dozens of other poor children. That’s why she opened Niños Hotel, in Meloc Street, with the support of her sponsors. The hotel became an overnight success. In 2000, the hotel was doing well enough that she was able to open her first restaurant (Jolanda prefers this term to “canteen”) for the underprivileged children of Cusco, in Fierro Street, one block from the hotel. Two years later, a second restaurant and hotel were opened, also in Fierro Street. In 2004, two new restaurants were created, and in 2007, Jolanda decided to extend the project to the village of Huasao, 20 kilometers from Cusco. The Hacienda Hotel was born with the aim of funding a childcare institution where children can receive a hot meal and enjoy themselves in a pleasant and safe environment.
By choosing Niños Hotel for your accommodation in Cusco, you support the Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation, as your support helps provide, for 600 underprivileged children of Cusco and in other villages, one to two healthy meals a day, medical and dental care, homework support, and a pleasant, caring environment in which not only to fulfill basic needs such as a shower, but a place to express their creativity.