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“Pretty, but indifferent service”
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Hotel Mar Azul
Ranked #4 of 16 Paracas B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 23, 2012

The staff were not very attentive or helpful, compared to other places we stayed in Peru.

The building looked nice, and had a lovely rooftop deck/cafe. Well located.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

We stayed her in december 2011. A nice and clean hostal with a great breakfast space overlooking the sea. A pity that they only use it for breakfast. We had a good sleep, clean bathroom and the price (we payed 110 soles per night breakfast included).

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

I am writing this review as I am sitting in the room. Rooms are clean although not large. I like to stay in places that provide the minimum very well and this hotel fits the bill. No AC but the "patio" door opens and provides all the ventilation that is needed. The boat to the bird watching is a block and a half away, plenty of decent eating establishments are in walking distance as are some artisan markets. If you want a REAL resort/hotel it is a little south and is $250 a day min. (Lunch there was $350 for 7) the Hotel Paracas.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Roger S
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

I am a single parent traveller who backpacked through Peru with my daughter (age 10) this past summer. We stay in hostals to keep our budget in check, and were very pleased to stay here for one night as we visited Islas Ballestas for the penguins, sealions and bird reserve.

We had very little time here - only one night. We arrived by bus (Cruz Del Sur) mid day, and we could have literally walked from the bus station to this accomodation if we had of known how close it was. The taxi was super cheap though, so that was fine too!

The hostal was more of a 2.5 - 3 star hotel to me compared to many of the "hostals" we stayed in in Peru. What made the difference? There were about 3-4 floors of hotel style rooms. I booked a private double. The beds were the most comfortable in our whole trip. I almost wish we had stayed an extra night for the sleep, but really there is nothing to do in this town except the boat tour...we would have been bored! It had a full bathroom with full bathtub. The water was always hot! There was a TV mounted on the wall, and there was a small patio/veranda to sit out on if we wished. The room also had blackout blinds like a hotel. There was still a small amount of outside noise at night (dogs barking), but all in all, it was a great room and a great stay!!

Very clean!!

Although I don't eat fish, this town is famous for it's cereviche as it is a small fishing village, and there is a small row of specialty ceriviche restaurants just off the beach if you are interested.

breakfast was included, but it was the same as most of Peru - buns, jam and coffee or tea with some juice. not much, and the poor girl was the only one who appeared to be working when everyone showed up on the lovely rooftop patio to eat breakfast before the morning boat tours, so service was a little on the slow side, but the beach is only about 100 feet away, so we were all able to scurry for our early boat trips, no problem.

And so, the beach...like I said, it is very close, and it consists of a row of restaurants and some crafter vendors. It is quaint and heave with the smell of the sea, the fish, and fuel from all of the docked fishing boats. The sand was soft in our toes, but full of sandflies, so be prepared for that if walking and looking for shells on the beach! And I would not say that it is swimable as there was a thick blanket of seagrass that was infested with sandflies that was about 3 feet wide - you would have to wade through that to even enter the water to put your toes in..so that was disapointing. Plus the water was heavy with fuel swills...really too bad, because it could be a pretty swimming cove if they moved the boats to the area further down on the other side of the pier.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this accomodation as the best, most comfortable spot in this sleepy little town. My only recommendation would be that they have someone with a little english onsite to help with even the little things like asking for a wake up call, etc. the ladies at the desk were so friendly and fantastic, but it was a more tough game of charades than other parts of Peru due to the absolutely no english staff on premesis...we made it through okay though!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: December 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: December 2017, traveled with family
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Address: Urb. Alan Garcia B-20, Paracas 01, Peru
Location: Peru > Ica Region > Paracas
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Paracas
Price Range: $58 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Mar Azul 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Mar Azul is known for the quality of its services and the cordiality of its people. Located in one of the most attractive destinations in Peru, on the seafront of Paracas, Hotel Mar Azul offers all the comforts that travelers expect, as well as a wide variety of services and amenities that aim to provide a special stay and Quality. With more than 30 years in the service industry, Hotel Mar Azul offers a unique experience, the quality that allows to enjoy the nature, the culture and the incomparable gastronomy of the south of our country. Located just a few meters from the sea, Hotel Mar Azul stands out as unique and exclusive properties with views of the sea and the bay of Paracas. Hotel Mar Azul is located near the natural reserve where you can admire the marine life (sea lions, flamingos, dolphins, penguins) and where there is more than two thousand years the Paracas culture was born. ... more   less 
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