This hotel is a five minute taxi ride from the bus station in a quiet residential oasis away from the hustle and bustle of central Ica. However, because the city is relatively small, everything is walkable. We arrived in the evening after a long overnight bus journey from Cusco and then a full day in Nazca, but were made to feel incredibly welcome by the owner, Luis. He asked one of the guys working in the hotel to carry our bags up to our room, which was done quickly and efficiently without any fuss (or hanging around awkwardly for a tip).
Our room was peaceful, with a large comfortable double bed, tv, and lovely clean bathroom. We were also provided with fresh towels free of charge (unlike other places we've stayed). The internet wasn't fantastic, but there is an internet cafe directly across the street which charges about half a solo per hour and has a fast connection. Breakfast was great too - a bowl of fresh fruit, a basket of bread, tea or coffee and the best plate of scrambled eggs in Peru.
The hotel is comfortable and clean, but the thing that really makes this place special is the owner. Luis made clear that he was available day and night if we needed to ask questions or to make a request. He gave us fantastic recommendations for ceviche restaurants, places to buy bus tickets, and even where to get a tailor to fix my torn jumper. On request, tea with milk and sugar was brought up on a tray to our room (at no extra charge). If you want a taxi, Luis will call and when the cab arrives, he will make sure you're paying the right price.
This place is a little gem. Luis makes the hotel feel private while ensuring that you're as welcome as if you were in his own house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel has 30 distinctive guest room confortable, with telephone internet access, service room bar restaurant, wonderful view to the sunset tv cable private toilets, jacuzzi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ollanta Hotel Ica