I should have written this review sooner, we (the husband and I) stayed here 3 or 4 nights, I can't remember now. What I do remember is being impressed by their courtyard and the peaceful environment (depending on how many people were lounging there) and the cutest tortuga that was like a dog, following me. We stayed for two nights before our Colca Canyon trek then returned 2 nights later to stay 2 more nights. It was a perfect ending to our 24 day backpacking trip in Peru. We booked our. Colca trek through them, easy and simple, picked up at 4am, the front desk person sleeps there by the door, felt bad we had to wake him up to unlock the front door. Did our laundry with them, there was a mix up with the bags, we got someone else's clothes, but that happens, so we weren't upset.
We got to stay in two different rooms, one before the trek and one after. The first was on ground floor, smaller, older. The second was on the second floor, looked renovated, and there was so much more space. Furniture was new. Loved it.
Walking distance to the main square (if you like walking its fine, if you don't, might feel far). Everything about this place just felt great, not sure if that's because we stayed at much worse on this trip, but it did feel like a splurge to stay here as backpackers. Overall would definitely return if we come back to visit Arequipa.
Don't forget to climb onto the roof for the best view of El Misti.
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- A beautiful central courtyard with all rooms surrounding it. Only two floors high. Silence, space and beauty. Staff always devoted to your needs. Internet for free. Casa de Avila Tourist Hotel is your best compliment to your visit in Arequipa. Enjoy it! ... more less
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