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“Friendly service” 4 of 5 stars
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Bothy Backpackers
Jiron Iquitos 136, Puno 051, Peru   |  
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Ranked #17 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Puno
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
“Friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2010

The hostel is a bit shabby from outside. But inside there is free internet, kitchen facilities, hammocks and a tv room. Also free pancakes for Brekkie! Good location. Their service is amazing. They stored our bags whilst we were on Lake Titicaca even though we weren´t staying with them again and they even let us hang around the hostel until the night bus and have a shower.

  • Stayed May 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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south america
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

One of the most friendly and helpful hostels ive been tooDon't be put off by the exterior on arrival. Bothy's is a comfortable and clean place to stay. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful with tours and onward travel. Pancake breakfasts, and free tea in the afternoon are a bonus.Don't be put off by the exterior on arrival. Bothy's is a comfortable and clean place to stay. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful with tours and onward travel. Pancake breakfasts, and free tea in the afternoon are a bonus....Close

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice, cheery and economical place to stay in Puno for Christmas, and Bothy Puno seemed to fit our criteria perfectly: the information on hostelbookers.com and the Bothy website promised a rooftop terrace with incredible views of the whole Lake Titicaca, guaranteed hot water 24/7, a helpful English-speaking staff, a fun atmosphere, and a great location only 3 blocks form the Plaza de Armas. It sounded perfect!

When we arrived on Christmas we were shocked at how inaccurate this information was: there were only two other travelers staying in this dark and dingy hostel (a little depressing on Christmas...), there was no rooftop terrace at all and no lake views (we were surprised that this part seemed completely made-up), the staff spoke no English and could not even help us find a ride to the airport (and the trip they helped us book was s/15 more than everyone else on the boat), the hot water was erratic and one day there was no water at all (not even to brush our teeth - apparently the hostel turned off water for construction and didn't even reimburse us for this inconvenience), and the hostel is located in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road (about 8 blocks from the main square - not 3 as they claim -and up a steep hill one way). We didn't feel safe at night and the airport transfer that we had to book ourselves refused to pick us up at the hostel like they usually do because it was too far, so we had to pay for a taxi to the main square).

We had very high hopes for this hostel based on their website and hostelbookers.com reviews, but we were very disappointed when we arrived. The reviews we found on hostelbookers.com were all extremely positive, and to be honest my boyfriend and I have a feeling that the hostel owners wrote these themselves because they have the same wording as the misleading website.

I really wish we had read an honest review before spending our Christmas here, it was frustrating and a little depressing.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bothy Backpackers

Address: Jiron Iquitos 136, Puno 051, Peru
Location: Peru > Puno Region > Puno
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Puno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dear Friends if You come to bothy hostel Puno. when taking a taxi driver at the bus station is better to tell the driver. that you already have reservacon with us. In our hostel We will always have a space for you. They will try to tell you that we are full when We are not!See You at Bothy Hostels Arequipa Puno PeruDont pay more than 4 soles!! From Bus station Not more than 80 soles from the airport. We also offer a pick up service for a fear price! ... more   less 
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