We chose Hostal El Centurion in Trujillo based on the rave reviews in Trip Advisor. We agree that it is clean and bright with very pleasant, helpful people working there, but it is an odd little place. That’s not to say that you wouldn’t enjoy it; however, it just didn’t work for us.
We had requested a quiet room with two beds. When we arrived quite late in the evening, we were shown to a room on the top floor – watch your head, by the way – the ceilings in the stairwells are very low in spots and my partner, J, is quite tall.
The room was incredibly tiny. There was space for twin beds with a small night table between them and not one other piece of furniture. Half the small closet was taken up with a TV set with a couple of drawers beneath and four or five hangers above. The closet’s sliding doors didn’t move smoothly, but assuming you could get them open to the other half of the closet, you could have a few additional hangers in there. Unfortunately, there was evidence of water leakage on that side of the closet with crumbling plaster near the floor, so we decided to leave that space alone. Although the hostal offers Wi-Fi, there was not one horizontal surface, other than the beds, on which to rest our little computer, nor was there any electrical outlet for it; the only one, except in the bathroom, was in use for the bedside lamp. And there wasn’t a square inch of space for our two small suitcases and two backpacks with all the remaining items in them that we couldn’t store anywhere else!
So we asked the very accommodating desk clerk if there were any other rooms available. He showed us three. All were tiny – except one, on the second floor. This room contained a double bed and a single bed, and even a little fridge, and a small wardrobe with a few hangers and two small drawers beneath. So far, so good. But – surprise! – there, right in the bedroom, was a bathtub with a shower head and shower curtain and a very substantial tiled base. Oh, and a sink. The sink had no light so standing there you were blocking the only illumination – from the fixture behind you in the centre of the ceiling! Thankfully, at least the toilet was in a small separate alcove. This “toilet compartment” did have a bright light and was separated from the rest of the bedroom by patterned plastic panels. The sink we could sort of understand being in the bedroom, but having the bathtub/shower there meant one of us could not shower while the other person was trying to sleep, and also suggested the likelihood that the bedroom might get kind of damp.
Overnight, J was bothered by traffic noise (drivers in Trujillo just love to honk their horns at all hours and for no apparent reason) and we agreed that although the hotel had potential and some really nice people, it just wasn’t suitable for us. An interesting and unusual experience, but although we had planned a longer stay, we checked out the next morning.
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I personally appreciate your comments, they harm our business image and prestige; but we see the right side of your comments and we are trying to make it better so we can improve our hostel and service, so our guests have a great experience here and feel satisfied. I’ll make sure this happens. Thank you again for your comments, it made us think that not every guest think the same of our business.
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