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“Charming, Nostalgic Mansion in Iquitos” 4 of 5 stars
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La Casa Fitzcarraldo
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Avenida La Marina 2153, Iquitos 0065, Peru   |  
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Ranked #9 of 35 Hotels in Iquitos
Pasadena, California
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Charming, Nostalgic Mansion in Iquitos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

La Casa Fitzcarraldo is a step back in time. It is a charming and spacious mansion with beautiful, lush grounds, a stunning pool, and a multi-level tree house that spirals above most of Iquitos..

As soon as we walked through the entry to the large property, the moto-taxis and traffic noise faded away. The property was peaceful and quiet except for an occasional barking dog and ringing cell phone. Ceiling fans and large windows kept the rooms comfortable.

The staff was friendly, and Walter was very helpful. We really appreciated his hospitality. Also, we enjoyed the breakfasts of eggs, juice, fresh-baked bread and a large bowl of fresh mixed fruit.

The hotel is located about 5 minutes from the center of Iquitos. It’s not an area for walking, but had we stayed near the Plaza de Armas we would have given up the lush surroundings and the nostalgia that is part of La Casa Fitzcarraldo.

We stayed four nights, one night in a comfortable room on the second floor, and three nights in a very large room on the first floor. Both rooms needed some bathroom repairs and general updating/remodeling.

There was plenty of hot water, but water pressure was very weak. Our reservation was for the bungalow, but it needed some plumbing repairs and was not available during our visit.

La Casa Fitzcarraldo is a one-of-a-kind property in a town that most tourists probably only visit once. It is a good place to stay for that visit.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

This hotel is set aback from the busy road and is therefore a quiet, tranquil, and beautiful retreat from the chaos of Iquitos' streets. The pool and tree house are beautiful. The staff were friendly and breakfast was simple, but fine.

The hotel is located about a 5 min. motokar ride from the Plaza de Armas... it's not very far, but you really can't walk anywhere from the hotel and have to rely on taking the motokars. I would have liked to stay closer to the center of town.

More on the expensive side compared to other places in Iquitos, but it's clean and relaxing.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

Very rough around the edges, but had a charm. Its nice that it is outside of Iquitos enough to have a little peace and quiet. For a little more money, I would get a room at the El Dorado Plaza (you can bargain a lot there) and visit La Casa Fitzcarraldo for a few hours (there is a small entry fee for visitors). The treehouse is cool, and there are lots of hammocks. My main complaints would be that the bathroom was dirty and the pillows reeked of old sweat.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington Beach
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2010

Stroll through the tropical, jungle gardens of this amazing inn and you will never want to leave! The owner, Walter Saxer, was executive producer of the movie "Fitzcarraldo," and has been adding intriguing features to the grounds and hotel which lodged the stars ever since. The hotels in Iquitos are not fancy outside, but as you step through the gate of this gem, you are transformed from the city. In the entry courtyard, to the left are 2 ocelots (small spotted leopard-looking animals) and to the right is an Amazonian style garden, which encompasses every bit of space on the enormous grounds.
Once inside, the building reveals the grandeur of the historic era. Amazing colors coat the walls, fabulous wooden furniture abounds. Breakfast is shared with the few other intriguing guests lucky enough to find this spot -- French press coffee, various scrumptious breads (picked up by Walter from the local street market each morning), fruit, freshly squeezed juice, eggs any style.
We stayed in the green room which is a suite of 2 gigantic rooms, overlooking the gardens. Hot showers were a welcome plus, as many hotels in town only have cold or lukewarm. The bedding was splendid and the gigantic windows embraced the jungle beyond. The computer free for guests in the great room downstairs and the free wi-fi brings this grand dame into the 21st century.
Outside, the bar is filled with photos and interesting jungle items and art. Walter has to be the best griller in town, and the accompanying sauces are to die for! I regret taking our first meal in town, as after that we ate every meal on the premises, after seeing the fresh displays.
The 5-story palm-roofed tree-house is only one of several thatched cabanas available in the lushness which surrounds the pool. Free range chickens strut on the back of the property, and at least one macaw roams freely.
Being outside of the downtown was a big plus, as you can travel there for less than 1 US dollar on the adventurous little motocars, and you are away from all the noise. The beds were firm and comfy. The numerous staff (about a 1:1 ratio), were delighted to fulfill any wish at any time.
I toured the other hotels in town, including the expensive El Dorado Plaza (like a 3 star Best Western, albeit, a conventional hotel, if that is what you are looking for), and I would not stay in any other place than La Casa Fitzcarrado.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Albertslund, Denmark
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10 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

Casa Fitzcarraldo is a very nice place with reasonable prices. When you enter, its like entering the jungle. Vegetation and palmtrees everywhere. They have a parrot, a monkey, a jaguar, a dog and a cat. For people like me who loves animals, this is definitely the place to go. The owner is very friendly, and very very honest. If you make a conversation with him and ask him about the area, you will be surprised about the things he tells you. These are things you would never expect from a hotel owner. He is just being honest about the area and the history of the place. Other than that the food is good, and the garden has a swimmingpool and a very impressive tree house maybe about 30 meters tall with a nice view to all sides of Iquitos. A mototaxi to the centre of town is only 2 soles (little under dollar). The rooms also have cable tv with lots of soccer on:-D The only thing I did not like was that my room smelled a little old. This is of course because the house itself it old. But I would still recommend it any day!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2009

When the taxi pulled up to the door supposedly leading to Casa Fitzcarraldo, it seemed very unimpressive. The outside of this place is very unassuming. Once inside, however, I could see that it was very private and comfortable. The grounds were covered in lush greenery and had plenty of diversions for adults and kids alike.

I scurried up the 6-story tree house first. There was a toucan in a cage halfway up and, once at the top, I could see the neighbors' houses beyond the unassuming hedges that greeted me at the front. There's a garden out back and ocelots in front. Several dogs and cats roamed about as well. Citronella rings burned near the bar to keep mosquitos at bay.

We ate our dinner at the bar and the food was quite good. We spent the rest of the evening by the pool drinking pisco sours.

We stayed in the blue room which was very spacious and had a great view of the pool and bar. I thought the room would be too hot to sleep in without A/C, but the ceiling fan was all we needed even in October.

Breakfast consisted of eggs, juice, tea/coffee, and toast. We ate in a hurry because we were meeting our tour that morning--before breakfast was scheduled to start--but we were offered food regardless.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2009

La Casa Fitzacarraldo is the best place to stay in Iquitos ... house trees, great food , swiming pool, fresh coconuts, wi-fi ... just 5 minutes on motocarro from Plaza de Armas (main square) ... and plus is the place where was born the classic/cult movie "Fitzcarraldo" directed by W.Herzog ... Managed by Walter Saxer, great man and producer of the moovie!

Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Avenida La Marina 2153, Iquitos 0065, Peru
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Location: Peru > Loreto Region > Iquitos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 35 Hotels in Iquitos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — La Casa Fitzcarraldo 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LA CASA FITZCARRALDO, birthplace of the Werner Herzog films Fitzcarraldo & Aguirre, offers an unique and unrivaled housing and jungle oasis Whether you are coming to Iquitos for volunteer work, a jungle adventure, a medicinal Ayahuasca quest or just to get away from it all, we offer like-at-home accommodation , including the naturally cooled swimming pool without chlorine, thanks to ECOsmarte, the most advanced pool water treatment technology on the planet . If you are already in Iquitos, we are open from nine to six daily. Come enjoy our great food, drinks, & lounge about, even in our impressive four-level treehouse with panoramic views and great sunsets. A dense and diverse arrangement of indigenous plants and plenty of orchids highlight the property. Birdwatchers are often impressed with the species they come across, especially up top our tree house. At night you can hear our jungle chorus, unlike any hotel in Iquitos-Peru. ... more   less 
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