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“Great location.”
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Hotel Balsa
Ranked #27 of 66 Hotels in Puno
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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“Great location.”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed in this simple but pleasant and clean hotel for 2 nights of our Peru holiday. It's in a great location, just around the corner from the cathedral and main restaurants. Unfortunately as this was our 2nd night in Peru most of our party were feeling tired with headaches from the altitude. The bathroom was adequate with plenty of hot water. Excellent breakfast with choice of cereals, cheese, tomatoes, avocados etc. On the negative side it was a bit dull and dingy however this is made up by the cheerfulness and helpfulness of the staff which was so typical of Peru.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

Nice, clean hotel only 2 blocks from the central square. Friendly staff. Big rooms. Great breakfast. Good quality wifi

Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

This is the best accommodation we had during our trip to Peru with proper running toilet, hot water, free internet, and very good breakfast. We stayed here for 2 nights as our home base for our Lake Titicaca day excursion. It is clean and very reasonable in price. Situated in the heart of Puno (about 2 blocks away from Plaza de Armas) close to many restaurants, even though the town itself overall is grey, drabby, poor, and boring.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

Stayed at Balsa Inn for 2 nights - before and after our trip to the Islands of lake Titicaca.

It is located near the main plaza and the front desk staff are polite and helpful, but that's about it. The room we were given had a skylight but no window that actually opened out to fresh air. Our bathroom and the neighboring room's bathroom both vented out into our room's closet area and then up to some makeshift chimney (although the neighbor bathroom window was thankfully boarded up). Of course we could hear everything going on in the next room. Our bedding was also stained and didn't look clean.

Breakfast was mediocre at best. I don't know what we paid for the room as it was part of the package, but this place was not even as good as some of the plain and simple hostals we stayed at, much less a 3 star hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Stayed 2 nights in 2 different rooms both of which were fairly dark & old fashioned. 1st room had a half glazed door from the corridor as its attempt at a window! The second was better but still odd with windows to corridor & a kind of atrium which leaked when it rained & boy does it rain here! Overall an uninspiring stay but adequate for a night. Paid 45USD for a single room

  • Stayed April 2012
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

It's situated in a slightly grubby looking side street, but it's only one block away from the main square and yet it's still nice and quiet at night.

There's plenty of choice for an evening meal just a short walk away down a pedestrian street (a welcome novelty in South America!). I really liked Puno, it has a nice atmosphere.

The room was big and the bed was enormous - easily big enough for three people (I imagine!). Bed side tables on both sides, and side lamps too. Plenty of wardrobe space, and room for luggage.

The small fridge is also handy for keeping drinks and chocolate cool on hot sunny days.

The bathroom was clean and fresh, though the shower was a little disappointing after the high standard of everything else. The shower door was taped open for some reason, and at peak times the water pressure and temperature consistency can be poor.

They have lifts! And a working WiFi, and working Internet terminals in the reception area.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brussels
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

This is an average hotel. If you're a budget traveler, the room is allright although the carpet was far from clean and paint blistered off the wall at certain spots. The shower, however was super and there were 2 PC's in the hallway free to use. The breakfast was extensive and there is an elevator. In short, it's a perfect hotel when you're on a passage through Colca, Cuzco or Bolivia. And moreover, it is situated in the center (?) of Puno.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel Balsa
Address: Jiron Cajamarca 555, Puno 01, Peru
Location: Peru > Puno Region > Puno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #27 of 66 Hotels in Puno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Balsa 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are your best and safer choice. With our welcoming attention and efficient service you will feel at home.The Balsa Hotel offers to all its guests the comfort of its modern facilities and equipment, thus like its experience in Hotels.Our only intention is to satisfy desires and necessities with our guests, guaranteeing their unforgettable holidays and making the most of your . Luxury rooms and bathrooms Buffet Breakfast included for all guests All carpeted rooms Box spring beds Super king beds Private bathroom with tub and shower Hot water 24 hours Heating in all rooms Hair Dryer in all rooms Safe box in all rooms Telephone in all rooms WI-FI in all Hotel TV per cable. ... more   less 
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