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Reviewed April 8, 2012

My family and I stayed at the Lazy Dog Inn for 2 months in February and March of 2012. We are a family of four ( 2 adults and 2 kids ages 4 and 6 ). We lived at the Lazy Dog Inn and volunteered at the small school associated with the Inn. I wanted to write a review as I believe we are in a unique position to share insight into this amazing place.

First of all, the owners Wayne and Diana care deeply about their community and their business. I've not ever seen people work harder to provide excellent service to their guests or engage in community service the way they do. If you want to support a business that is trying to do the "right thing", this is it.

My sister came to visit while we were there and when asked if she could bring anything down from the States for the Lazy Dog Inn, the owners requested environmentally friendly cleaning and laundry products as that is not something readily available in Huaraz. I've stayed at many "Eco Lodges" but this is the real deal with custom made composting toilets (indoors, clean and odor free) recycling, composting, an organic garden and much more.

The owners go out of their way to make sure guests have what they need - great food, transportation arrangements and excellent information for hiking. The Inn is located on a trail leading to the National Park with a wide variety of hiking options available right from the front gate. The owners ( note: Diana is the primary contact at the Inn ) a wealth of information on everything in the area.

The setting of the Lazy Dog Inn is spectacular and remote. If you want quick, easy access to the city, this is not the place for you; as the city is a 45 minute ride via a very reliable ~ $15 taxi ride. But if you want to get away from it all; this is paradise. Quiet mornings, great views, good coffee, excellent (really excellent) food, opportunities for hiking and horseback riding with the owners 8 horses that are very gentle and well cared for.

Every night there is a fire in the fireplace which is delightfully cozy. Meals are taken family style and the owners join guests almost every night so there is ample time to ask questions about the lodge and the area.

If you have children this place is perfect as the Lazy Dog is a large, completely fenced and gated property and the kids can roam freely and explore every nook and cranny without worry. The surrounding area is also wonderful, safe and great for kids. The owner's four dogs are kid friendly.

I'd like to make one last comment in response to something someone else said regarding tipping the staff and staff pay. Another guest was under the impression that the staff relied on tips for a good wage. While I do believe they deserve generous tips,it is completely up to you whether or not to tip. Information is provided in a guest packet to guide you if you choose to tip but I can guarantee that the staff is paid a very good wage (above average by Peruvian standards). Full time staff receive health benefits as well which is not common in this area.

If you feel the prices are too high, consider the fact that in return you will receive excellent service, fantastic fresh food, luxurious accommodations and the knowledge that your money is supporting a living wage for the staff. We believe The Lazy Dog Inn is an excellent value for the money and is an Inn run by caring, honest people. Book it for yourself now!

Room Tip: If you want more privacy and your own fireplace choose one of the cabins. The Cashan Suite also has its own fireplace. That said, all rooms are private and wonderful. The cabins just give you the ability to enjoy a fire separate from the main lodge.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Stacy E
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

This is a great choice to stay in Huaraz if you like a nice place , out of the city with great landscapes, great trails, wonderful food and warm hospitality.
For those who don’t know Huaraz , it is a noisy, kind of chaotic city with amazing surroundings. So, unless you like taxi’s horns or car alarms you want to stay either in the other towns in the valley or in a nice lodge/inn/small hotel further and closer to the mountains. There are only a few that meet this characteristics I found the Lazy dog to meet everything I was looking for.
Nicely located closer to the mountains is more than comfortable to be called a lodge, perfectly decorated cabins with full and large bathrooms , fireplace and enough room for a medium size family are located inside the Inn compound but far enough from the central social area.
The later is basically a country house where everybody gets together at the beginning and theend of the day. The food is outstanding, and if you subtract what you would pay for that kind of breakfast and dinner , the price per lodging comes down to cheap.
The surroundings are just perfect if you like nice views, trails to walk, horses, dogs , sheep , perfect to do anything from just sitting or walking with no plan
Diana, the Canadian owner, English speaker is a wonderful host ready to give the perfect plan for your day , that is usually discussed over the previous day dinner or the same day breakfast. I understand there are options for things to do suitable to everyone from hardcore mountaineers down to a family like mine , with a 4 year old. We actually did a 4 hour walk , to see the other side of the valley , and was perfect in difficulty for my kid , as Diana , the owner, said ( so she knows to fit the right activity for you)
One thing I will mention is that this place is located at least 30 min from the main road , just outside of Huaraz , so my advice is alternate days using the car to go to other places with days staying the full day in the surroundings. Going up and down everyday can be a little tiring, but even that will be worth compared to stay in noisy Huaraz. I understand there are options for those going without a car , and if you are exploiting all the things to do just staying there makes perfect sense. People that was there at the same time and went without a car didn’t mention it as a problem.
Last thing , if you want perfect 3G cellphone signal or want to follow wall street every morning on tv ,or room service , definitely not the place for you.
If you want a burning fireplace, nice conversation, bottle of wine while you see the stars at night , resting from a day watching snow peaks , lakes, amazing views and great experiences . This is your kind of place

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Hugo R
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

We recently stayed for 5 days at this beautiful little inn in the Cordillera Blanca mountains near Huaraz. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Our beautiful, spacious cabin had a very comfortable bed and nice bathroom facilities. The fireplace, well stocked with wood daily, was fantastic and quickly warmed up the room on chilly evenings. The main lodge wasgorgeous and welcoming - a great place to enjoy a glass of wine by the fire and share the day's activities. The meals were fantastic and always considerate of individual dietary restrictions. Our hosts were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the area. The setting, surrounded by snow-capped mountains is really beautiful. We never wanted to leave! Apart from the 1/2 hour car ride from Huaraz being a little bumpy, I can't think of any negatives about this lovely inn. Thanks for a fantastic stay!

Room Tip: We loved the privacy and quiet of the cabins.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JANE G
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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.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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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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