We have stayed at Hostal Amazonas Inn on numerous occasions over the last 8 years. Our latest stay was in their " best room " # 103 for one week. While it is spacious, with ample daylight, two balconies, clean, and the service is good, unfortunately there has been significant deterioration in several areas:
Quality - While several have commented on refurbishing, and upgrading we failed to notice any changes ! In our room the patio door handle no longer functions and the door is kept closed by propping a chair against it. "Hot water" was only tepid at best. The shower stall material was discoloured ( mold ? ) and curling away from the wall. The toilet was continuously gurgling. Only 50 % of electrical light switches and bulbs were working.
Sleep quality was directly impacted by very hard mattresses, noise and vibration from street traffic, erratic behavior of the drug crazed folks in the street below, and the early a:m breakfast setup in the hallway right outside the room.
Value - Room # 103 is now $ 40 / night which is no longer good value. Comparable accommodation rates average $ 15 person $ 25 couple for clean rooms with standard amenities. While they advertise "desayuno is included" - each day consisted of white bread ( no toaster available ) a dollop of jam, small " tang like " juice, and coffee. In an area where there is an abundance of tropical fruits ..... a varied breakfast used to be served in the restaurant below.
Location - while still very central and convenient, the area is now home to a very active drug scene. Our vehicle was parked on the public street immediately in front of a 24 hour security guard booth in front of the Inn, and in broad daylight sustained hundreds of dollars damage when vandalized with wooden clubs and stones. Drug users behavior is irrational and unpredictable. We confirmed with several local residents that such violent incidents have become common. The staff indicate the area is not safe at night. We would highly recommend that you utilize the services of a parkade rather than parking on the street in this area at anytime !!
Finally their website is no longer active, and it was extremely difficult to obtain a reservation by email.
Unfortunately, we are sorry but we will not stay here again and can no longer recommend this Hostal.