I am a single parent traveller who backpacked through Peru & the Amazon with my 10 year old daughter this summer. We had a great time seeing some places that i have dreamed to see since I learned about Peru when I was in 5th grade. The two places that stuck in my head from the pictures I saw 30+ years ago in school were of Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, so I was very excited to finally get to Puno to realize that dream.
As I am a mom/daughter travelling team, although we are budget backpackers, I always book a private double with ensuite for the sake of my daughter and not wanting to share facilities or rooms with strangers. These rooms are always more in price, but worth it to me as a parent of a small child.
Although the service and staff here were lovely, this would be the one place they could make significant changes that would be valuable for the customers who are paying for the "expensive rooms". The fact that our room was on the 5th floor (read: 10 flights of stairs) as opposed to the first or second floor was unbelieveable.
I have NO problem with stairs and walking up flights of stairs in normal conditions, and neither does my daughter, but the fact that the altitude in Puno is difficult for almost every tourist in some way, and the fact that you are winded on arrival, having to lug our 40 lb pack up to the fifth floor was unbearable. My daughter carried nothing, and had to stop each flight to rest.
At night it was very cold in our room. I had to walk down to the main to get more blankets, and then walk back up again...not fun! My daughter became very ill the first night there due to altitude, and the amount of up and down to get help almost killed me, and I needed to be able to take care of her. My suggestion to this facility would be to make the lower floors accessible to the higher paying customers/rooms, and move the cheap dorms upstairs.
We stayed three nights, and I found tepid water only once, never hot water. It was so cold in the nights/,mornings during our stay in July that I went without showering 2 out of three days due to the cold temperature and extremely cold water. That is never a comfortable experience for me. The bed in our room was pretty uncomfortable, hard and lumpy too!
Breakfast was $8.00 soles and pretty basic. One scrambled egg, dry cereal, fruit, buns and jam. there was always coca tea bags and other tea bags available for drinking through the day and night. We found it better and more filling to buy food at the supermarkets in town and make our own breakfast. Unlike many hostels throughout the world, you are not aallowed to cook in this kitchen, but we did manager to get a small space to use in the fridge for our yoghurt and cheese.
This hostel is a hefty walk uphill from the main square and town. Easy to walk down, not easy to walk up, and we opted to take taxis up each tine from the police station in the Plaza de Armas ($3.00 soles). With the thin air and altitude, just walking around for a while winded us enough to not be able to walk back up to the hostel. We went down to get food and bring dinners. etc. up. The hostel has no dinner or lunch options that we could see, and there is absolutely nothing directly around the hostel to eat.
All in all, a fine place for a few nights to see the area, but not a great location if you get an upper floor or have altitude issues already.
Servive was fine though, and the ladies at the front desk were very nice!
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- The WalkOn Inn of Puno can be found in a quiet street at hardly more than one block from the main square (Plaza de Armas) of Puno. Our rooftop terrace offers a spectacular view of the city, the lake and the bay of Puno and on a clear day you can see the snow capped mountains of Bolivia all the way across the lake. At our reception desk you will get correct and complete information about trips on the lake, in the vicinity of the city as well as reserve bus tickets to your next destination, all of this at very competitive prices. ... more less
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