This hotel/hostal was nice and basic. The beds were pretty comfortable (keep in mind we are only paying $25.00 a night!), very clean, and plenty of hot water (although you had to let the water run for about 5 minutes to come through)
The location was also fairly good, easy 15 minute walk to the Plaza, Santa Catalina Monastery ect. We were please to discover that it was only a 10 minute walk to the Cruz del Sur office when we could turn in our on-line purchased vouchers for the actual tickets. Some may not like walking the last two blocks at night as it was not lit very well, but a taxi is always an option.
The garden area was the best, very serene, lots of flowers and great place for catching up on your journal writing.
The staff was excellent, friendly and helpful (with good English) Nights were quiet, apart from the occasional chorus of barking dogs that seemed to be the norm in Peru. I would recommend for those traveling on a budget wanting a clean, secure place to stay while visiting Arequipa. My 10 year old neice enjoyed looking for "Paco" the turtle although she didn't have any success in finding him.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Avila is a beautiful yet affordable Mansion Hostel. With all private rooms circling the courtyard garden. An oasis of green and tranquility. A social room, book exchange library and cafeteria in the garden ar part of the facilities available. Our staff is always willing to help you with your needs. Friendly environment. Several kinds of rooms to fit your needs and budget. All with free WiFi, hot showers 24/7, linen and towels. Very clean. It s also headquarter of the famous Peruvian Cooking Experience, the best hands on activity in the city. We also host a Spanish School. And our tour operator sister company gives us the chance to offer you the best local tours with great prices and service. It’s a family owned business, which in Peru means we have a stronger compromise to serve as best as possible to our guests. Welcome, you are invited to our house! ... more less
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