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“An authentic and comfortable experience”
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Casa de Dina
Ranked #29 of 169 Arequipa B&B and Inns
Munich, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“An authentic and comfortable experience”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

We were staying for 4 nights at the Casa de Dina while in Arequipa. It was by far the most enjoyable stay during our holidays in Peru. We were given very helpful advice for the city and its surroundings. Even with my very limited Spanish skills, I was able to communicate with little effort and thanks to the patience of Dina I learned a lot of Spanish during my stay.
The location is within a 20min walk to the city center, but for 5-6 PEN we took taxis most of the time.
The hospitality was overwhelming and I will definitely consider coming back on my next holidays to Peru.

Room Tip: Whether towards the street or towards the rear, very quiet for Arequipa
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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, Gérant at Casa de Dina, responded to this review, 1 March 2015
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Merci beaucoup de votre commentaire, on vous attends toujours avec joie.
Bon séjour en Allemagne
Dina y familia
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New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

I stayed at Casa de Dina with my girlfriend in early April at the end of a 2.5 month journey through South America. It was one of the best places we stayed the entire trip. Dina was wonderful - warm, pleasant to talk to, and a very helpful guide to the area. She even came to meet us at the bus station when we arrived (we had to pay for her taxi to get there, but it was nonetheless very helpful as finding her place could be difficult the first time). When we went on a 2 day trek to Colca Canyon, Dina made us an amazing home-cooked Peruvian meal on our return, which was complimentary! We both speak spanish, which made conversation easier, and we enjoyed several long conversations with Dina about various topics including Peru and the region. As for the accomodation, we found the house to be very clean and comfortable, and the showers were great with good water pressure and plenty of hot water (some of the best showers in all of South America)

Travelers should be aware that this property is a bit outside the city center. We walked to the city center two days in a row and found the walk to be enjoyable, but it takes about 25-30 min. There are good food options closer by, however. A taxi to the central plaza only costs a few soles and takes 5-10 minutes depending on traffic. Casa de dina is also relatively close to the bus station, making transfers in and out pretty easy.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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, Gérant at Casa de Dina, responded to this review, 1 March 2015
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Hola Jake
Gracias por la recomendaciones y comentariosn ,esperamos que estés muy bien por los Estados Unidos.

Dina y familia.
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

I found Dina's House through a promotion she was running on TripAdvisor. (By the way, before I start saying all of the good things about this place, I should mention my only non-positive experience. I saw a price of 45 soles per night on what I thought was her website, http://www.housingperu.com/casadedina/ . I emailed two days ahead to book the room, then she told me that the price would be 60 soles instead -- not including the TripAdvisor discount. But don't let that discourage you... just check the price ahead. Dina is a gem!!)

My great experience started when she met me after an all-night bus ride from Cusco. [By the way, avoid SuperCiva "deluxe" buses with "camas" ("beds")! I'll try to write a separate review/warning.] The bus company couldn't tell me when the bus would arrive in Arequipa, so I told her I guessed it would be before 9 AM. Dina found a rough time, she and her husband took a taxi to the bus station (before 6 AM!), and they met me as I got off the bus with a sign showing my name. I was touched and amazed. They even paid their cab fare to the bus station (I only paid for the ride back).

Dina and Raymundo have raised a family of their own, so they aren't young in age, but they are full of energy and caring. When we reached their home at 7 AM, they made breakfast for me (even though I wouldn't be paying for my place until that night). They let me into my room and I took a shower (with excellent hot water). Then they surprised me again. I wanted to walk to a bank to get money, and to a drugstore for medicine (I got sick on the bus ride, probably from the awful sandwich). Raymundo said he'd walk me to the bank... the shopping center is near there. I waited too long and he had to leave, but Marco walked me there... ten or fifteen minutes' walk away from the home... then said he'd wait while I did my shopping. I thanked him and said I could make it myself (I'm an independent traveler), but I was touched by his generosity.

That wasn't anywhere near all that they did to make me feel at home. The next day, Raymundo walked me up a different street -- which includes a shortcut through a narrow passage -- and showed me the way to walk directly to the city center. When there were no other guests for me to talk with, Dina sat with me at breakfast. My next-to-last night, they cooked a special dinner... and they and their housekeeper/cook joined me for the meal. Their generosity and hospitality goes on and on! I'll spend a total of five nights here, but I wish it could be five weeks.

Now some practical notes:

- First, there's little English spoken. (Maybe, if my Spanish weren't fairly good, they would have spoken more English?) I believe Dina speaks French; she and a guest from Quebec traded French words, and she has a French Lonely Planet guidebook in the lounge.

- Second, though the home is on a quiet street, there are dogs in the neighborhood that bark sometimes during the night... if that would bother you, bring earplugs or a white noise machine. (Tip: search the Internet for: white noise mp3. You'll find cheap or free soundtracks that will have you drifting off if you keep an earbud in your ear. This also works great on buses playing noisy videos when you're trying to sleep.)

- Third: the home isn't on maps of the city center, but I found it on a Google Map -- at http://goo.gl/maps/Jkfas -- it's the home in Urbanizacion La Orquidea C-3, NOT the "La Casita de Dina" in San Isidro F 1 Vallecito. My cab driver didn't seem to know where that address is. So, if you take a cab, bring Dina's home and mobile phone numbers with you (so you or the driver can call for directions) and/or tell the driver that the street is along Los Incas, just north of Dolores -- the second left turn north of Dolores. Or have Dina book the cab. Printing out that Google Map above (the section around Dina's House, at least) could be a big help too. Finally: when you check in, look for the "1988" above the entrance gate. (The home was built then, Raymundo told me.) It's a great help if you don't remember the home. (Peruvian homes tend to be behind tall walls, so many of them look about the same until you're inside.)

- Fourth: her Wi-Fi worked great. It was even strong enough to use the Wi-Fi calling on my (USA) T-Mobile Android phone. (No one seems to have heard of this. You use your regular mobile phone, your regular phone number, and you dial as if you were in the US. It counts minutes... but I have an unlimited plan, so it's basically free.) I also bought a SIM card from Movistar for my unlocked US phone. There are Peru phone details at:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294311-s605/Peru:Telephones.html

Dina and Raymundo were so kind and welcoming that they felt like my Peruvian family. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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, Gérant at Casa de Dina, responded to this review, 1 March 2015
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Hola Isabel espero que estés bien, gracias por tu comentario.
Saludos y bonitos recuerdos de nuestros primeros brasileros en Casa de Dina en Arequipa.

Dina y familia.
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Reviewed 12 January 2013 via mobile

Dina is a gem! She helped us in so many ways during our stay and always with a smile. Although it is a 25 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas, the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. Dina does not speak much English, but she spoke slowly enough for our mediocre Spanish skills and was very patient. Our Arequipa experience was partly defined by Dina's helpfulness. She met us after midnight at the bus station after a delayed journey from Paracas, suggested an agency for a Colca Canyon trek, organized a taxi for us to explore hillsides around Arequipa with a lovely hike and she prepared an amazing traditional dinner after we returned from our Colca trek. Breakfasts were delightful with fresh squeezed juices, bread, strawberry jam, great coffee (with milk available) and fried egg upon request. We were also able to pay extra for laundry service.

  • Stayed January 2013
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casadedina, Gérant at Casa de Dina, responded to this review, 20 January 2013
Thank you very much for your opinion about Casa de Dina in Arequipa!
we were very happy with your visit, all the moments that we passed with you were so nice!
we hope also that your trip continues very pleasureful for you!
Best regards, thanks for the visit
Dina and the family!
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Dina is the best! She picked us up at the bus terminal in the morning (we took the night bus), fed us breakfast and took us to the center of the city for a short tour. She has great sense of humor and we had wonderful time trying to communicate with her.

The house is very clean; the bathroom with nice hot shower (with nice pressure!) and after a week in hostels in Peru, it was a welcome change.
Best bread and warmest smiles in Peru, genuinely nice people. She even cooked us dinner on request, a home cooked meal accompanied with pisco! :)

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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casadedina, Manager at Casa de Dina, responded to this review, 17 November 2012
Jane
thanks for your visit i have had a great moments with you
a lot of smiles and jokes, so nice your visit
i hope see you again!! have a good trip and good luck in Los Angeles.

Dina and family
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Property: Casa de Dina
Address: Asvea C-3 Las Orquideas Cercado | Asvea C-3 Las Orquideas Cercado, Arequipa 054, Peru
Region: Peru > Arequipa Region > Arequipa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #29 of 169 B&Bs / Inns in Arequipa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome! We are a Peruvian family from Arequipa city. We open the doors of our house to all visitors, and we put at your disposal the facilities of our home: We can show you the daily lives of the inhabitants of Arequipa. We want you to feel comfortable and in a family environment. ... more   less 
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