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Libertador Lake Titicaca
Ranked #6 of 65 Hotels in Puno
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

The main reason to stay at this hotel is the location. Situated on a private island the views of Lake Titicaca are stellar. Waking up to lake views and having breakfast overlooking the lake makes it all worthwhile.

But first to the room. As requested we got a lake view room but as noted by other reviewers the room and bathroom can be described as compact. But it was clean and the bed was comfy. However we mourned the lack of tea /coffee making facilities in the room or on the room service menu for a chain hotel of this category which unashamedly caters for the European tourist. It seems you have the choice of coca tea in the foyer (not good for insomnia) or tea in the restaurant for S10 each. The room was also lacking in Peruvian touches (soft furnishings) and the bathroom had English toiletries. Thankfully we knew we were in Peru by just looking out at the lake.

We opted to dine in at the Uros Restaurant for the three nights we were there. It just seemed easier after a day out exploring but we paid a premium for it. Expect to pay for an entree or starter what you would pay for a main elsewhere. Main courses are about 50% more and desserts were double. But the generous basket of breads and grissini sticks with dips are complimentary. Also on the upside the service is good and there is good flatware, tablecloths and real cloth napkins. The food we had was excellent and the lomo saltado was a standout. The thyme crème brulee with spun sugar cage and elderberry ice cream was also memorable. But if you are part of a couple travelling independently enjoying a quiet meal at a table for two be prepared for the onslaught at around 7.00 p.m. The tour groups, middle aged Americans and Europeans arrive to swamp the dining room. Noise levels ramp up and tables are reconfigured near you to accommodate them. Look forward to this at breakfast as well.

Breakfast is ordinary and three of these was enough. But the juices are fresh and not watered down. There is a limited choice of hot items and there is the opportunity to eat vegetables, which is missing from the evening menu.

There is a separate computer room at the lower level for catching up on emails. Biscuits were available sporadically down there but don't count on a hot cup of tea, it always seemed to be lukewarm when we tried it. The whole bar/lounge area with open fire was pretty empty for the time we were there which made it a bit soul less.

Taxis also cost a bit more due to the distance from Puno but really its all about the lake view.



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Room Tip: We all come to visit the lake so get a room facing the lake. We got Room 412 on the top floor which...
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

This hotel is very pretty- you either face Puno or Lake Titicaca- we faced the lake and it was stunning to see the sunrise and sunset. The restaurant faces the lake as well, and breakfast was wonderful, with the stunning views. The hotel has its own dock and good for tours of the floating islands.
Rooms are very basic and not large, but you are paying for the view. Also, common areas are nice and there are llamas grazing on the property.
The restaurant has very good food- I had a lasagna that was outstanding. I suggest eating light because of the high altitude. The hotel is very good about providing oxygen and will send it right away to the room if you are feeling the effects of the altitude.
You are close to Puno- can go over to the town to go shopping but I would much rather stay here - quieter and much nicer.

Room Tip: Best is the side with a view of Lake Titicaca.....not the side facing Puno. The sunrise is too beau...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

If you are visiting Lake Titicaca the Libertador is the only place to stay. If you are visiting Peru and extending your tour it is worth going to this area. I would definitely not stay in Puno. While it is not 5 star by any standards, it is very modern, clean and has gorgeous views. The hotel was busy with tours, the breakfasts were good and the dinners delicious. The rooms were more than adequate. My biggest gripe was that the staff at the front desk refused to translate the newspaper about the recent strikes.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view of the lake
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Daniel M, Gerente at Libertador Lake Titicaca, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

The rooms are small, the walls are thin, and there is always a large number of people. In the restaurant some of the tour groups can be inconsiderate of travellers around them. The views from the rooms are exceptional and it is nice to be able to open a window for fresh air.
We found the staff to be very pleasant and accommodating. We did have a couple small issues but the staff were wonderful about fixing it right away.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Daniel M, Gerente at Libertador Lake Titicaca, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2014

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We stayed two nights and were happy with the choice given its superb location. If you have a room with lake view it is great.
Rooms are small and sound insulation is way below what one could expect from a so called 5 star hotel.
The hotel is way out of the center of Puno but we didn't think that was bad since we found Puno to be the ugliest town we visited in Peru.
Service is good and the rooms are clean.
Food and service for breakfast and dinner is good.
The hotel overall gives the impression of a cool and clean business hotel without much atmosphere without offering any typical style geared to its location.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

This hotel was one of several booked for us by an excellent travel company as part of a private tour. It occupies a prominent position on a headland out towards Lake Titicaca and away from the town. It claims five stars; well, maybe in Peru but not in my book. It is, however, a smart hotel with a classy feel. Unfortunately it is let down by the room sizes. We had a Superior room, which was quite claustrophobic (especially for “5 Star”) and only meant that it overlooked the lake and the sunrise. It was rather stuffy, only had a fast and loud fan for ventilation as you weren't supposed to open bedroom windows. It was just about bearable for the two nights though. We didn't try any of the extra facilities due to lack of time. The restaurant was good quality, if expensive by Peruvian standards (on a cost par with typical good UK hotel prices), and most aspects of the general staff service were excellent. It is a converted psychiatric hospital so I suppose you'd be mad not to stay there really, given its location(!), especially as Puno, like many Peruvian cities, is a dump and this hotel is not. However, they did blot their copybook by charging my credit card after I had checked out for an item of service which I did not request, receive or sign for and which took three weeks of emails to resolve with a refund.

Room Tip: So called 'Superior' rooms, whilst compact, do have a good view out onto the lake and the su...
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Since Puno is not particularly an attractive city, it was nice to stay at the Libertador on its own island. The rooms are small but the views are fantastic! We woke up each morning to the sunrise on Lake Titicaca. Awesome. They have alpacas on the grounds and it was fun to go visit and walk among them. Outside the bar is a patio and a walkway that goes up to a view point where you can see Lake Titicaca and Puno. At night, it's a great place to see the stars. Breakfast was include and they had a wide variety of foods. The service, for coffee and refills, was very slow, but the restaurant has Lake Titicaca. The bar service was excellent.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Isla Esteves s/n | Lago Titicaca, Puno, Peru
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Location: Peru > Puno Region > Puno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Puno
#1 Business Hotel in Puno
#2 Luxury Hotel in Puno
#7 Family Hotel in Puno
#11 Romantic Hotel in Puno
Price Range: $112 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Libertador Lake Titicaca 4*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Libertador Lake Titicaca is the only 5-star hotel in the area and sitsatop private Esteves Island. From anywhere in the hotel, guestswill marvel at outstanding sun rises and sun sets since each roomcommands a spectacular view of the lake. ... more   less 
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