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“One of the best Hostels in 3 months!”
Review of Bothy Puno

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Bothy Puno
Ranked #22 of 93 Specialty Lodging in Puno
Zuchwil, Switzerland
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35 reviews
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“One of the best Hostels in 3 months!”
Reviewed October 25, 2010

I can really recommend this hostel. The stuff is so friendly and helpful. I didn't feel good one day and one of the girls brought me all day long Coca Tea and asked all the time if I feel better etc...sweet :-)

The bed was not the most comfortable but it was ok. The location to the Plaza de Armas is great, just 3 blocks away. They have a small kitchen you can use and also a fridge to put your food in...perfect! The best thing are the pancakes from 6:30 am till ca. 7:30! Yummi!!

Really, enjoy your stay in this hostel!!! .-)

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed October 19, 2010

The hostel is in a great location and the rooms themselves are fine, however, it is the staff at the Bothy Hostel that makes your stay there so great. They meet you at the bus stop and bring you directly to the hostel. When you check in they bring you clean towels, toilet paper and hot water for tea. If you want to do any activities, they´ll explain the options and help you book anything you chose to do. They call you cabs, arrange for your future bus transportation, book your next hostel, cook you pancakes for breakfast and will even order pizza delivery for you! They aim to please and they do!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

We stayed in Bothy for 1 night which we thought was enough time in Puno to see the floating islands and lake titicaca. The staff were really helpful in organising a cheap tour which picked us up from hostel to take us to the floating islands, not to mention ordering pizza for us which was delivered to the hostel! Bothy had WIFI access but no plugs in the rooms - you had to charge in reception area. Breakfast was basic - 1 pancake, tea, coffee, bread, jam. Water pressure and temperature in W/C and shower were unreliable. Basic hostel but does what it says on the tin!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lima
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed August 1, 2010

Me and my boyfriend arrived very early in the morning, and were quickly accommodated in a double room by Alan, the night shift manager. We were told not to worry about checking in yet, to rest and that we would be attended by Eduardo, the owner, when we woke up. Eduardo gave us a map and helpful information on how to get around the city, he even went as far as to let me use his camera since mine was broken. I can't thank him enough. The hostel itself is within walking distance from the main square, though it's a little hard to find. They offer breakfast, free internet, a movie room, hammocks in the roof and reliably hot water showers. Eduardo was also very helpful in booking a hostel in Arequipa for us, since that was our next stop. He recommended Colca Canyon tours and prices. My only complaint is that is so freaking cold inside the rooms, but, heh... Puno is chilly like that.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
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
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south america
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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
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Berkeley, California
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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
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Property: Bothy Puno
Address: Jiron Iquitos 136, Puno, Peru
Location: Peru > Puno Region > Puno
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 93 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 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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