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“Victor Gonzales is a liar and a cheat!”
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Andes House Inn
Ranked #117 of 178 Arequipa B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Please do yourselves a favor and under no circumstances stay at Andes House. The hotel location is ok but otherwise it's on a noisy dirty street, the towels smell and feel like sandpaper. Most importantly, the staff are out to rip you off as much as they can. We booked one Lake Titikaka tour and unfortunately our guide to Machu Picchu withVictor Gonzales. We paid at least $150 more than others and were promised all inclusive service, full taxi transfers, etc. Instead we've been left stranded at bus stations twice now and haven't received any of the "full" services promised. I'm really concerned we won't get our entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and our guide won't show up as no one has shown up as promised thus far. Victor has made our trip stressful and upsetting. Please do not book with Victor Gonzales.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank VSpygmy
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Please never book with them !!!!!
It was the worst experience ever..... The owner of the place Victor pretend to be a member of a tour operator but it's not ! Andes house is just an hotel.
We booked a couple of excursions with him thinking that he was honnest but unfortunately after having paid we noticed that he was lying to us.....He guaranted that everything was included but finally we had to pay a lot of extras such as dinner, bus ticket, equipments, entry for machu picchu ( usually all agencies include all those things)....
Trust me the main goal of Victor is stealing MONEY from tourists !!!
Please BE CAREFULL !!
Furthermore, the organisation was so bad, he never respected the time he announced, we never knew who was our guide, what was the plan of the day.... Basically, once we pay he doesn't care about us anymore !!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Elle842013
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

The hostel's double room with single occupancy was a good value for price I think, the room was spacious and clean and had a tv set. The owner - Victor was very helpful and informaive. I bought some trips from him ,maybe they were a bit overpriced but everything was organized well and I felt well guided and even looked after. I overally enjoyed the trips and the hostel, even though I was a bit distracted after having red the negative reviews on this website. In my opinion the hostel worth recommending and if you have nothing booked on arival to Arequipe you just go to the travel agency at the bus station which is run by the owner and you have all you need straightaway..

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank 75Katarzyna75
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

the owner is called Victor, cheated us on several trip planned. Don't trust this guy with anything, it will cost you... Sosa room, but don't do it! Wish I had read this before going, but now let me warn you all...

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
3  Thank Peter N
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

They try to take money out of the tourists. Do not book any tours there! They promise things which are not true. The hotel is very noisy and the owner not very friendly. There are much nicer hostals in Arequipa. Do not stay at the Andes House Inn.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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7  Thank ClaudiaKeel
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We're travelling for 6 months but never had such a bad experience, although the Andes House Inn was a friends recommendation!
All 3 nights were unexaptable noisy (smashing doors, shouting kids,... and also after 11pm) whats not big fun if you have to get up at 2.30am to start your Colca-Tour and are facing a 6 hours hike.
The laundry costs 5 Soles per Kg which is twice as much as in other places. The rooms don't get cleaned and there is either no warm water or just boiling hot water, which makes showering quite uncomfortable.
Additionally the brakfast is very basic and can only be eaten on the outdoor terrasse, which can be freezing and wet, depending on the weather conditons.
The worst thing was that they (Victor) ripped us off with the Colca Canyon Tour and provided us with obviously and on purpose wrong tour information. He promised us to get a very special private tour by visiting the Lahar Lodge which he promised is a culinaric highlight and the best lodge in the whole canyon - that was also the reason why we payed more than double of the standard tour.
It turned out, that the guide (Alain) had no feeling for the timing and distances of the trek, the Lahar Lodge was a very basic and dirty place and when we saw the kitchen, we decided not to eat meat/fish but still got both diarrohea. Victor even tried to force us to take the public bus at 1am  to the canyon to make a better deal for him and late in the evening before we started, he tried to convince two other tourists for our "private" tour.
Conclusion: The other tourists who did the standard tour did a much better deal - just don't go for tours organized through the Andes House Inn...

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank andristoffel
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

it is a nice place, very cheap but very reasonable. it is not 5* hotel, but we do not pay as for 5* neither :-)
It is ok clean, not perfect but really ok.
breakfast which is included in the price, more than enough, fresh and good. The stuff is very friendly, they were giving us breakfast, specially prepared in a very unreasonable hours (before 5am..!!)
No problem to leave the luggage (for free of course) and it is possible to wash the clothes. the trips they offer are nice, reasonable price and the guide is really cool and nice.
the bad point, which I have in most of the peruvian cheaper hotels, rooms next to the reception are loud, they loudly talk from 5am... but they told me they are going to change the rooms on the ground floor so all guest will stay on the upper floors where is more quite.
There is a nice terrace, really cool with the fridge you can use, so you can keep there your food and drinks.
A shower is OK.
And still in the nice area, walking distance from the main square.
to be recommended.
I put as overall review "very good" but considering the low price i think they should gain "excellent"

Room Tip: rooms on the 1st floor are quitter. Do not take the room next to the reception. It is loud.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank amk_ch
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Address: Calle Ayacucho 207-211 Cercado, Arequipa Areq 01, Peru
Location: Peru > Arequipa Region > Arequipa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #117 of 178 B&Bs / Inns in Arequipa
Price Range: $20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the "Andes House Inn", a cozy and comfortable place. We are a family with years of experience in the hotel and tourism business. So it is the perfect choice for backpackers and short-trip-travellers. Our attention guarantees that you can enjoy the quietness and safety you need. Hospitality and personalized service are combined to make you feel at home. ... more   less 

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