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Santa Maria Inn Puno
Ranked #41 of 64 Hotels in Puno
Reviewed 10 May 2012

We stayed in the Santa Maria Inn in April as a stopover whilst travelling from La Paz to Cusco. We arrived in the late afternoon and left early the next morning so just needed somewhere cheap and easy and this place fit the bill. Just a few minutes by taxi from the bus station, as with all buildings in the town of puno, certainly nothing to look at but:

1) The owner was welcoming, polite and friendly with limited English
2) Front doors were kept locked at all times so felt safe
3) Room and bathroom were basic but clean and we had 2 hot showers in a row
4) Breakfast was made for us at 5am to allow us to get our bus at 6 and included a delicious fresh mango juice
5) WIFI worked in our room on the 4th floor

Only negative was that the room was very cold, but thanks to a previous TA review we remembered that heaters were available to hire - at 10 soles (£2) definitely worth it

All in all a decent stay at a decent price.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My wife is tired of travelling, so she stood home and I travelled alone in this trip to Peru.

Two things made me book this ho(s)tel: the low price for a solo traveller and the good references in Trip Advisor.

That said, IMHO, it was better than I expected. ALWAYS BEARING IN MIND THE CHEAP PRICE.

There was nothing really that I could complain. The only thing that occurs to me is to warn people who have difficulties to walk, that the hotel is a 5 story building and that it has NO elevator. Not only that, the breakfast is served on the 5th floor. One should also bear in mind that the climbing up and down the stairs is done at almost 4000 meters altitude (more than 13000 feet).

So if you have difficulties to move, this is not a hotel for you. Otherwise, it is an excellent budget hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We spent a week at The Santa Maria Inn while we were searching for an apartment in Puno.
We found the staff to be exceptionally helpful and friendly to us and our 11 year son. The hotel is centrally located and a short walk from the Calle Lima restaurants and the Plaza de Armas. They keep the front door locked so we felt very secure at all hours of the day. The rooms were pleasant with good pillows and towels and the wonderful views from the 5th floor breakfast room accompanied a very good breakfast of fresh juice, tea/coffee, rolls, jam and eggs. We would highly recommend this hotel to all budget travelers visiting Puno as it provides high quality service for a reasonably low cost.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Noblea
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Located a short taxi ride from the bus terminal, is easy to find and well known. Check in was smooth and staff are very pleasant. They knew a little English and us a little Spanish and between us all we got by!! Room was basic but clean bathroom a bit shabby but again clean and shower was hot. Breakfast is served on the 5th floor which has a view of puno and the lake. Consisted of bread & jam, coffee, tea, juice and eggs. Wifi was free and very strong signal. Lima street with banks/ restaurants etc is only 5 min walk away. We paid US$20 fr one night and we were so pleased with what we got for our money - a real bargain! Beds were comfy and we got a really good nights sleep. There is street noise but there is in any big town/city in south America - nothing your ear plugs won't drown out - we found it quite relaxing! Loved it here definately recommend 100%

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Although this hotel is nothing to write home about it is good value for a single at 35 soles a night (about 13 dollars). The lady who runs it is very sweet and kind. She lent me a couple of her own shawls for a few days because it was cold! It is only a few minutes walk from restaurants in Calle Lima and has cable TV and hot water. Wifi doesn't work so well but there is a computer in the lobby. Lots of steps to the bedrooms so not good for anyone with disabilities.

All in all very good value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Thank mitey
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

We stayed two nights at Santa Maria, Puno. Very friendly and helpful staff. They brought hot coco tea as soon as we checked in. Fresh fruit juice was served with breakfast. Breakfast was served in the 5th floor and the windows had great views of lake Titicaca and the Puno city. They helped us in booking tours and also in taking the local bus to Chucuito to see the pre-inca ruins. Their Wifi connection was very useful with our laptop. Overall we liked their warm welcome and their helpful nature. Great value for money.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

We unexpectedly found ourselves having to stay overnight in Puno due to road blockades and unrest in Bolivia. The tour company of the bus we were on recommended this place as cheap and good value for money. They were right. We asked for a quiet room, and we got one not facing the main road. The bathrooms are basic and we had to ask for soap, but they did the job. Breakfast is served on the top floor and I recommend the hot chocolate as she makes it fresh. Coffee is instant, but she does go to the market for fresh bread and makes fresh mango shakes. All this for 50 soles.
And if you want really good value for money food, walk out your hotel, turn right, walk up the street about 100 m at most, and there is a Chinese restaurant that has a sign for wonton soup. They do all sorts of fried rice dishes. For 9 soles, you get a small mountain of rice and soup. The two of us couldn't finish it! Was great.
I would stay here again and I think the owner goes above and beyond to make guests feel special. If you speak Spanish, she will chat with you about the area, your life, etc. She's great.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: A. Ugarte 171, Puno 36 8608, Peru
Region: Peru > Puno Region > Puno
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Ranked #41 of 64 Hotels in Puno
Price Range: £8 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Santa Maria Inn Puno 2.5*
Number of rooms: 284
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