I've stayed in hostels in Cuzco and camped out in a tent in the Amazon (we brought our own compact tent despite that we paid for the cabin at the lodge), so I'm alright with roughing it for a few nights. When we returned from the Amazon, we had no plans for where we would stay the night before flying back to Lima. After walking around to many locations and being shown different rooms, I begged my husband for us to shell out the extra cash for this hotel. I was desperate for a hot shower, a comfy bed, and an American movie in English (could only go so long without comforts).
The El Dorado Plaza Hotel looks really out of place with the rest of Iquitos. I was thrown off by the fact that when I remarked to my husband that we couldn't afford the price of a basic room (719 soles for 1 night), it was then the manager told us the rooms are 40% off. Unless I get deals from Vegas hotels, I'm not accustomed to discounts on rooms like this. Luckily, we agreed to pay the $120 for the night, and it was worth it. Like other views stated, not 5 star by American standards, but compared to the hostels in the city, this one offers the comforts you're used to.
Staff are really friendly and speak impeccable English, they greet you when you walk in and are eager to meet any accommodations. Note that during the day the windows are burning up (if you touch them), but the room has A/C. I would compare this to a Sheraton or Marriott. King size bed, flat screen TV, nice lighting and spacious bathroom. The Mercedes shuttle to the airport was nice. Good breakfast too (scrambled eggs and bacon---although the bacon is Peru is different---fruits, fresh juices, coffee, omelette, etc.).
Don't compare anything in Peru---much less Iquitos---to American standards. I've realized a lot of places don't live up to what we're used to only because they don't know better, though they seem to try their best. I stayed a night in this hotel AFTER being in the jungle, so this really hit the spot. But sometimes inconveniences are just a cultural difference. In USA, I'd make some complaints. In Iquitos, this is the best you're gonna get and it's worth it (you want privacy, A/C and hot running water, don't you?
The view of the pool was nice. No complaints
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