We stayed for two nights in a double room with private bathroom (24S/night, including some breakfast). Casa Jaimes is a budget option as you can get a bed for as little as 10S/night. However, the prices definitely reflect quality. The shared rooms are not charming at all. They were basically clean but they need some washed curtains and some new paint on the wall (and please, this time only on the wall and not also on the furtniture, the window and the lamp). Most rooms are quite dark as they only have windows to the corridor.
The kitchen (even quite big) is dark, unorganized, not well equipped and not very clean. Most of the house is quite dark and seems to me not very welcoming. Common areas as staircases could need a regular cleaning.
The location is good and close to the Main Plaza.
Now the reason why I gave a "poor" for service: 1) Senora Olinda is a friendly person but there is staff hanging around the hostel that should no work in guest management because of unfriendlyness and a "I dont care"-attitude. If you ask for something as e.g. an extra blanket, you might get as an answer that there are no spared blankets and that the hostel is completely booked - even if the room next to yours is obviously free. 2) Toilet paper is not included in the rent of a room. Don't expect paper in the shared bathroom. If you have a private bathroom, you get one roll for free and any other you pay 1S. Hands up, who has already heard of something similar in a guest house!? Better stopp offering free breakfast and invest the money in something more essential.
My conclusion: If you are neither travelling on a very low budget nor speaking hebrew and thus part of the big israeli family at the hostel, invest some soles more and sleep somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family that is accustomed to receiving all the tourists who come to our house. We have extensive experience in the services we offer and foremost we believe all our visitors as friends. We are a guest house since 1982 and have everything in our house as if it were your own home. In 1998 we have our own Travel for all routes including Huayhuash and Santa Cruz. Know that we always give them a lot of security and we are experienced in everything we offer. We have bought many brand new team and we have people who are working for us and are the best and very experienced. You only charge what is just about everything, never charge expensive. We also organize adventure tourism and extreme sports (mountaineering, mountain biking, ice climbing and rock, etc). We work with very experienced people and have new equipment and high quality. We always offer the best. Casa Jaimes and we get to our house you will have many benefits and confidence. We are sure that as you hear about us and this website will explain much of us and what we offer. ... more less
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