After a long flight from the UK to Lima followed by the flight to Arequipa we were welcomed to the Posada del Puente by very friendly and attentative staff. The room was not huge but had all the space and amenities you could want plus an open patio to the gardens from which we could relax, admire the three snow capped volcanoes, watch the alpacas and peacoks roaming about the listen to the roar of the river. We had no problem with the traffic noise noted by other reviewers. We needed to relax to acclimatise to the altitude prior to our next stage of our Peruvian trip and this hotel provided the perfect opportunity. We had an early start the next day so opted for a large lunch rather than dinner and this was perfect. An excellent salmon dish with local veg and rice followed by a very tasty (but indecipherable local name) dessert all washed down with Cusquena (local beer). Coffee (good), Tea (pure or Coca) and water were all available at no cost. The hotel is witin easy reach of the city cultural centre even though you do have to cross the busy bridge to get to it. We didn't find that a problem. As a stop-over prior to further travels in Peru, especially to the higher Andes, this hotel provides an excellent and very comfortable base to acclimatise to the altitude. Coca tea and Sorrochi pills (Aspirin, caffeine and an anti emetic - available over the counter at pharmacies) also help reduce or prevent altitude sickness in some folks - unfortunately not my wife who was ill for 48 hours!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated only 10 minutes from the airport, and very close to the historic monumental and financial center of the city of Arequipa, by the banks of the river Chili, in the landscape painter's reserve by the old Puente Grau (Grau Bridge), which joins the center with the sunny colonial village of Yanahuara. A place extracted from nature and placed in the city, in order to spend those moments of rest that one deserves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Posada Del Puente Arequipa