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Hostelz.com's Review
Caroline Lodging Family House is a popular place to stay, full of travelers heading out into the mountains. It´s a bit out of the way and still under construction (as it has been for years) but it has nice rooms and all the facilities come at an extra price.

The Location

The hostel is quite a way from most of the action in central Huaraz -- from the central plaza it´s a twenty-minute walk and down some steps. It is inconveniently located in a residential area with no nearby restaurants or shops. It does seem safe enough to walk between the centre and the hostel, though. From the bus station, you are definitely better off taking a taxi or mototaxi, but they do offer pick-ups and drop-offs from the bus station if you get hold of them. There are great views of the snow-capped peaks surrounding the town from the rooftop!

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are clean, comfortable, quiet, and a good size. They have another building across the road, which we believe has the nicer, newer, private rooms (although the building is still under construction). The bathrooms are nice and clean (although sometimes there is a lack of toilet paper) and the showers are top class (very hot).

Common Spaces

All additional facilities cost extra -- except the breakfast, which is a tasty communal affair. You have to pay extra to use the kitchen, which would be fine if it were well equipped but it´s not -- in fact it´s a disappointment and a poor excuse for a kitchen with very limited cutlery. The internet is available on seven fast computers, which have Skype and webcams -- there is a per-hour charge. There is a TV and couches in the breakfast area, however a wooden plank would be a more comfortable place to relax. An outside balcony on the roof offers great views of the surrounding mountains. There is also a "movie theatre" with DVDs that you can rent inexpensively.

Some of the staff are great and very helpful with things to do in the area, but at the same time there are some very disorganised and inconvenient aspects to the way things operate -- only one staff member has a key for some things and if he isn´t there, check-out cannot happen! However, they know all the local information and offer a good deal for an unguided hike to Laguna 69.

Summary

There are a lot of good things about the hostel, but also some areas where it falls short. The staff´s knowledge and helpfulness about local tours and activities is great and the constant stream of trekkers creates a good community atmosphere. However, it is inconvenient compared to the rest of the town, has some poor organisation, the kitchen is below standard, and there isn´t a great common relaxing area. Overall it´s not such a bad place to stay for a couple of days if you are looking to explore the mountains and it´s clean and safe.

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Caroline Lodging Family House Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Best hostal in 4 months! This was the best hostel we visited during our 4-month trip through South America. The rooms are ok, but what's really outstanding is breakfast, friendliness and helpfulness of the owners, view. You can book tours like Santa Cruz Trek here, but you can also get free information and maps for day tours in and around Huaraz (like Lago 69, hot springs).  , Austria ()

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