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“Simple, budget hotel in a non-touristy area” 4 of 5 stars
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El Manzano Lodge
Av Del Puerto 449, Puno 051, Peru   |  
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Ranked #14 of 49 Puno B&B and Inns
Austin, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Simple, budget hotel in a non-touristy area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Richmond, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Our family stayed a couple of nights at El Manzano, and found it just as advertised: secure, reasonably clean, friendly, and affordable. The cheerful courtyard is a nice surprise after the non-descript (I didn't even notice a sign) doorway, and we had a decent sized quad room up on the third floor. The place was busy, but quiet enough during our stay. I had hot water both mornings (including very early) and the breakfast was good. We were out on the lake all day, but El Manzano was a quick walk to both the port and to the dining areas near the Market and off the Central Plaza when we were in Puno. Reserved via internet/e-mail, check-in and check-out went smoothly, and staff was consistently helpful and friendly. A good deal!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

El Manzano is located just outside of city centre, really only a short walk to the square. The hostel has a nice courtyard setting.
Liked:
- Breakfast! Better than most hostels in this price range (not just bread and jam)
- Solar powered showers, provided hot water most of the day
- Really nice staff
- Fast internet (did not like that they shut it off overnight)
- Fair price, probably better value because you are not on the square

Puno can get really cold at night. Even though plenty of blankets are provided, we wore fleece pants and socks in bed... Duvet instead of blanket would have been nicer. We found out later you can purchase heating in the room (guess you get an electric heater or something)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mogi Das Cruzes, SP
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This hostal is a few blocks from Puno port and walking distance to the bus station. It´s located in the lowest part of Puno, at Titicaca level, downtown city is up hill but not a tiring walking, just few blocks and there is a good supermarket near this hostal.
Rooms is very quiet to sleep, hot showers are better until 06:00 PM after that water will warm less and less, the staff are very kind and will help in anything the guest needs.

Room Tip: Choose a room at the first floor near beakfast area...where wifi works better.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

El Manzano Lodge comfortable for a nights stop. Clean but needs a coat of paint. Free wifi from 06.30- 21.00 but an extra 5 soles will get you wifi after 21.00. If you want heating that is an extra 10 soles. Will do your laundry for 5 soles. Hot showers. Located a 10 minute walk to the port to catch a ferry or 10 minutes walk in the other direction to the main bus station. Breakfast was basic but enough to get you going. Note, that pillows are a tad on the hard side. Staff are friendly and helpful. Storing luggage while overnighting on Amantani was not a problem - happy to do.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
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99 reviews 99 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We only stayed here one night and it is pretty basic. You get what you pay for. The room was clean and hot water was not a problem. They shut down WIFI at 9pm which we didn´t like so much. They also have a personal computer that you can use, but I believe it must be full of viruses as it took it 15 minutes to start up (we gave up in the end). The hostel was OK, but I would not stay here more than one night.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av Del Puerto 449, Puno 051, Peru
Location: Peru > Puno Region > Puno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Puno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
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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