The hostal is in a rough neighbourhood away from the centre of town. The rooms are basic but fine. The problem is the fast talking owner "El Gordo". He more or less forces you to organise your travel through him so you pay way over the top - in some cases double the going rate. He lied to us about a bus cama (sleeping bus) ticket to Arequpa. We ended up on a local smelly bus doing the mail run instead of direct as promised.