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El Balcon Hostal Turistico
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Garcia Calderon 202 | Vallecito Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru   |  
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Ranked #33 of 85 Hotels in Arequipa
Belgium
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great stay with wonderful people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

This hotel is located in a former mansion, and is a short walk away from Arequipa's city centre and the Plaza de Armas. The staff is exceptionally friendly and very helpful.

Room and bathroom were decent and the breakfast is prepared to personal preference. There's a computer upstairs that's free to use and lots of books and maps present. When you're not sure about walking back to the hotel at night (Arequipa is not a safe city, apparently), the staff will gladly arrange a taxi for you and give you several numbers that you can call.

We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tucson, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Day or late night it was a fast walk to La plaza de Armas and back. El Balcon is full of wonderful people readdy to make your stay a wonderful one. Continental breakfast included,but if you would like anything different just ask. When In Peru we walk as much as possible so that we will be ready for our Machupicchu hike in Cuzco.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2009

I was in Peru for a month. I stayed in Arequipa for 5 days and stayed at this small lovely former mansion now converted to a boutique hotel.
The staff were excellent in everything they did. From the chef, the doorman to the 2 brilliant receptionists (Flor & Liliana) who made my stay (including recovery from an incident in town) to booking and recommending onward excursions including Cuzco, flights and train tickets to Machhu Picchu, I could not fault them, they were kind and professional.
I had to use the internet often which had a small fee per hour, but that was fine by me, 3 or 4 pc's located on first floor lobby.
They had a non fussy outlook but still took great care of the couple of customers that week. I don't know if they get a lot of visitors or not (very few when I was there) but I have no hesitation in recommending here.
While the hotel is a former mansion in the city, its only about 15 minutes walk from centre of Arequipa, it is very safe, very secure.
Each room is individually decorated. They even have a roof top terrace on the 3rd floor - and charming small garden surrounding the house. If I get a chance to visit Peru again I would like to go back and see if the second time round is as good as the first. Given the care the staff took of the guests and given the cosy feel to this house I hope not to be disappointed in future.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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7 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2008

This hotel is located in a beautiful mansion not too far from the Plaza De Armas. I'd say it's within walking distance, but the staff advises that you don't walk through the local neighborhood for safety reasons. That's not a problem because taxi's are cheap and plentiful. The problem is that the hotel is located on the corner of a busy intersection and all of those taxi drivers honk their horns as they are approaching, crossing, or leaving the intersection. The noise didn't stop day or night and unfortunately, the din echoes through the rooms of the hotel. It was very difficult to ignore the noise at night (even with earplugs). The rooms were clean although the beds had a visible sag in the middle and the pillows were very thin. The hotel doesn't have wireless, but it does have a computer with internet access - the computer was broken during our visit. Breakfast included toast and tea. Eggs and fruit were available for an extra charge. The eggs we ordered never came. The fruit did make it, and was wonderful. The staff was very professional and friendly.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — The noise
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Cincinnati
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2008

"El Balcon" Hotel , Garcia Calderon 202, Vallecito, Arequipa
Date: Feb 5th, 2008

Just returned from a week in Arequipa. My stay at El Balcon was a truly pleasurable experience. At $43/night it is an amazing bargain. This small hotel is located about a 10 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas. Catching a taxi in front is extremely easy - the cost is less than $1.00 to Plaza de Armas.

This beautiful building was a private residence until its conversion in 1998. It was built by a physician in the 1930's. The carved wood balcony and woodwork leading up the stairs are remarkable.

The hotel is extremely clean, the beds very comfortable and the staff as courteous and helpful as can be. People at the desk all speak English well and can help with anything.

I highly recommend it.

Jack - Cincinnati

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Address: Garcia Calderon 202 | Vallecito Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
Location: Peru > Arequipa Region > Arequipa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #33 of 85 Hotels in Arequipa
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Hotel Class:3 star — El Balcon Hostal Turistico 3*
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