on March 29, 2007
This hostel was quite nice they offer airport pick up for free, which can save you about three dollars, and breakfast is included. If you book it directly via email you will save money. However, the English is sketchy so there was some confusion about our group arriving on two different days. They worked it out fine. We were greeted with coca tea to help with the altitude, and we had to wait a bit while our rooms were turned over. The rooms were clean and all had a private bath. However, all but the matrimonial had a bath across the hall. The matrimonial had a TV, but I am not sure about the other rooms. We never turned ours on. The hot water was plentiful but needed a light touch to keep from scalding ourselves. There were many sitting areas in the hostel so that different groups could hang out independently. They also did there best to keep our seven person group close together. The breakfast was good but we had to ask for eggs, because all it consisted of was bread, jelly, butter, juice, and Nescafe. They'll bring you eggs at no extra charge you just have to ask. Hint: if you love coffee bring the Folgers individual coffee pouches. All the restaurants and hostels have hot water and cream. It will save your taste buds from the Nescafe. Pros: 1. The staff are great. They are attentive always around, and willing to help you make any arrangements. They helped us get our night bus tickets to Puno. 2. The place is very secure with a security camera and a deadbolt lock. Also, I felt very safe with all my stuff inside my room. 3. They will store your luggage for free if you will be gone overnight. 4. The decor is eclectic and interesting with everything in the sitting rooms from shrunken heads to vintage radios (See pics).5. Full use of limited kitchen with plenty of Coca leaves for tea (see pics). Cons:1. The rooms are not heated each bed has like five blankets on it, so you stay warm enough. However, when you get out of bed or hang out in the common rooms it can be chilly. 2. You have to listen to a long sales pitch in broken English about Machu Pichu and other tours. 3. The two streets leading to Plaza de Armas and San Blas are very narrow and sort of sketchy. We always took a cab at night especially if we had been drinking. (See pics)All in all the pros far outweigh the cons and for ten bucks a person a night who can beat it.
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