Bothy hostel in Arequipa: yes please. Bothy in Puno: no thank you. The basic hostel facilities were just fine, so, to be honest, if you're looking for a place to get a night's sleep and nothing more, this could be an okay place. They do have hot, clean showers and offer free hot tea 24/7 (well, 14/7, shall we say). However there are never any staff around, and where there are, you feel as if every single thing you do is an imposition. We arrived around midnight on a Friday night and the minute we'd paid discovered we were locked in the hostel and our hostess from the minute before was nowhere to be found! We had to ask everyone we could find and knock on doors and peer into windows before we could be let out to go get food. The whole stay was like this. When we finally tried to leave, we were informed that we were half an hour late for the 10am checkout (which no one had mentioned before) and would have to pay for an extra night (we didn't). Again, as soon as we'd paid the woman began pestering us to leave because she had to go somewhere and couldn't lock the door with us still there.
Anyway, rant aside, don't come here looking for friendly, welcoming staff. Oh, and breakfast only goes until 8am, so don't come here looking for that either.
- 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 reserved 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 Peru. Don't 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 fair price! ... more less
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