Caroline Lodging Family House
Urb. Avitentel Mz., Huaraz, Peru
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Caroline Lodging Family House Huaraz Reviews
Idiot manager ruins this nice little place Oct 16, 2009
I had heard mixed reviews of Caroline's before I got to Huaraz. It is definitely cheap - only S.13 ($4.50) for a dorm, which includes a basic breakfast (bread and coffee).
Although it is basically cheap, everything is added on top. Internet is S.1 per hour. To use the kitchen you have to pay S2.50. A towel is S.1 extra. Its a bit frustrating and I personally would prefer just to have one price that includes everything. Personal preference. and it can be bloody noisy with dogs early in the morning and parties from the neighbours next door til all hours. Not what you need when you've got to get up at 5.30am for a trek!
However, the thing that really spoils this friendly little hostel is one person - Rex. I am not sure whether Rex is the owner or manager, but this arrogant, aloof, smarmy stick of a man is just a nob. He cannot simply answer a question in a friendly way, it has to be with a smart-alec response, in a totally demeaning way. He looks down on everyone (espeially customers i.e. backpackers) as though he is their god and they are not worthy of his presence. Its a real shame as Tio and Caroline are wonderfully friendly and helpful, as is Coqui who organises the tours.
I wouldn't go back to this place purely for that one reason. What a shame.
Part of the Adventures of an Essex boy: 'No entiendo' - the South America debacle travel blog
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