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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Libertador Lake Titicaca Hotel Puno
- Libertador Lago Titicaca Hotel Puno
- Puno Libertador Lago Titicaca