We walked to El Manzano shortly after sunrise from the bus station. It was an easy walk, but be sure to not expect street signs when planning your route.
El Manzano looked as we expected. The rooms are situated around an interior courtyard. We got a twin room on the first floor with a shelf, and a shared bathroom in the courtyard. A pillow and bedding is included, but no towel or soap is included. Both the room and the bathroom were reasonably clean. We never had to wait to use the shared bathroom.
We had planned to utilize the hotel's laundry service, but when we went to the reception room with our clothes they said washing was impossible since it was Sunday.
For our tour to the Uros Islands, we were the first people to be dropped off at our hotel (and had been the last to be picked up that morning) since El Manzano is away for the main hotel areas and instead is by the navel center and a residential area closer to the port.
There is a really old computer in El Manzano's common area that had usable internet.
The solar powered hot water was a bit confusing. You have to turn the valve on (with no indication of what 'on' is - it was down), and then wait 5-8 minutes. Then you could turn on the hot water facet. When I showered around 9pm, this resulted in a small stream of warm water. However, it was enough to wet hair, rinse hair, and rinse body.
For the excellent price, I would stay at El Manzano again. However, between having to go outside to get to the bathroom and the solar heated water, it might not be a good choice in colder months.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In sunsets and in endless fires colors are born and die. The lake is a mirror of polished bronze that copies heaven and the immensely high plateau where the silence seems to nest. It is in this landscape, on the shores of Lake Titikaka, the highest navigable lake in the world, where our comfortable touristic lodge is located : El Manzano. Situated 5 minutes from Puno's main square and 4 minutes from Puno's harbor and 3 hours from Copacabana on the border of Peru and Bolivia. This lodge, with its 13 comfortable wall-to-wall carpeted rooms, is a truly unique ecological environment inside the city. ... more less
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