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Reviewed September 21, 2011

After the hit and miss of Huaraz, and a 45 minute boneshaker journey up a potted path, it was extraordinary to enter The Lazy Dog. The main house is stunning, and the grounds with stables, cabins and lazy dogs are extensive and walled. The decor and ambiance of the adobe house show what can be done with thoughtful planning, a flair for interior design and investment. The welcome and service throughout our stay was warm, and the food was fresh, with everything coming from the gardens. A wonderful place to either prepare for a trek into the unknown, or to unwind on the way back.

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Thank Mark B
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

As a dog lover, initially I was attracted to this place because I knew I would be needing a fur fix. It is so much more.

We stayed in the Condor Suite. At $100 per night including breakfast and dinner for a couple, we found this to be a great value. The guest rooms are spacious, tastfully furnished, and very pleasant. The food is healthy, plentiful, and artfully presented. What a welcome change from the norm. We felt like we were dining in someones home. There is a large table that seats 12 persons, family dining style including lively and intelligent discussions amongst other guests.

The living area has tons of light (skylights are plentiful), comfortable sofas and chairs, huge welcoming fireplace. A great place for conversation or to hang out and read.

This is the perfect place to acclimatize. Located approx 30 minutes from Huaraz, you can do some amazing day hikes right out the back door without wasting time in taxis coming and going on bumpy roads.

There is interesting work going on all of the time. Dianna and her husband Wayne are very involved in the community, tons of volunteer opportunities etc.

Overall, I spent 6 nights there on and off between treks. I can't recommend it highly enough and their 4 dogs are a huge bonus if you are an animal lover.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank ernieLoomisCa
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

We stayed here because of the positive trip advisor reviews, but were seriously dissapointed. The hotel is really expensive by any standards. Furthermore, its not really in "Huaraz" city, its a good 30-45min cab ride from the bus station up a really rocky mountain (plus its like 30 soles each way which is really expensive for Peru esp. by Huaraz standards). Once we got there the staff was friendly and the accomodations were nice, but the owner Wayne was not kind at all. We have very little hiking experience and followed his advice on a "basic hiking route", we got lost due the closing of one of the roads on the hike and called multiple times and he gave us wrong information again and again. When we came back very late and tired we commented on how the hike hadn´t been very easy for us, he snapped that then we should never come there in the first place and that we should understand that hikes change all the time and we should follow directions better and just plain old mean comments. Not only was this extemely rude but also very disencouraging and we wished we would have stayed somewhere else, because given how far away it is from everything and how difficult it is to get a cab (they have to order one for you, which normally could take between 20min to well over an houri), it was really hard to go have dinner somewhere else (which meant that we had to have dinner there and see him again, since the staff dines with the guets). Food was OK, pack up lunches are a huge rip off and not good. I would not recommend staying at this hotel, especially if you want a more authentic experience. The Lazy Dog is more of an expat community of hiking fans and you don´t really have the local experience which makes Peru such a fascinating country. Also, you dont get to experience authentic local food. Dinners consisted of very international/north american food.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank danilosta08
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Management response:Responded July 20, 2011

It has been a great change with Trip Advisor to allow businesses to respond to reports when the need has been felt. Thanks for your feedback and it is to bad that you felt it was not a good experience. I seems that I was not there so I really don't know where you went for a hike, what went wrong or even why there was a negative interaction with my husband, for that I need to apologize as we strive to be as welcoming, kind and when needed diplomatic.

Our Inn, like others, is not in Huaraz and it is not sold as being in town rather that it is out of town and that is why people come to us, The Way Inn or Llanganuca Lodge. We inlcude meals because there are no options where we are. The roads are bad to all places and taxis that we trust to bring guests at all times of the day or night charge a rate that covers their time of an hour and a half to bring guests and return to town (12 km each way) we would all love better roads and wish the municipaity would comply.

We do not sell ourselves as an authentic Peruvian Lodge nor do any other lodges that I know of. We are a sustainable lodge that follows very clear definitions related to education , training and income generation in the local communites, reuse and recycling of organic and non organic materials and wastes,environmental protection and helping in our area of influence by using our Associacion Civil, Andean Alliance for local Early Childhood Education and infrastructure development.

Our food is geared to healthy choices and for many who have been on the road for awhile, they enjoy fresh vegetables and other choices.

That are lunches are small is something that I can look into and will. However, in terms that we are expensive, yes we and all lodges are more than a hostal in Huaraz, yet we feel the value of the included meals, drinking water, organic coffee and tea, sauna,fireplaces and firepits and 24 hour hot water in addition to a unique area and building structure is all of value.

I take pride in what we have been working at with our local neighbors, to build a business that provides a noticable opportunity for income generation in the area with the local communities. I thank you for your comments and for the comments of those whose experience with us was of a more positive aspect.

Saludas
Diana

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Reviewed July 10, 2011

This mountain ecolodge at the edge of the Cordillera Blanca is the real deal. The whole place was hand built using local materials, and the Inn discharges absolutely no waste water or sewage off-site (they use composting toilets in the rooms). However the eco-friendly aspects of the Inn don't come at the cost of comfort or luxury. Our cabin was gorgeous and very comfortable. The food was also very good. We especially enjoyed the salads, which are mostly made from items grown at the Inn. One thing worth noting is that the Inn is quite remote; it's a solid 40 minutes by taxi from Huarez on a very rough road (even by Peruvian standards). Don't plan on 'nipping into town' when you are staying here! It's also quite high (3650 meters). Even after 2 weeks in the mountains we still felt the altitude when we were here. Overall though, this is probably one of the nicest places to stay in the Cordillera Blanca.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank scotsman0410
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

In contrast to the hectic nature of Juaraz, the Lazy Dog Inn is a great place to put your feet up and enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding snow-covered peaks. The owner, Diana, was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in assisting us in planning our adventures in the area--and she made all the necessary calls and contacts to help us solve any problems we had with area transportation snafus. We'll definitely return the next time we come to Juaraz! Finally, the rooms are charming and built so that you can enjoy the views--with windows facing the most dramatic peaks.

Room Tip: Ask if the separate cabins are available!
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank TrekTrek55
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