During a 6-week mountaineering trip in Peru, my husband and I stayed at Casa de Ana on 4 separate occasions, for a total of 17 nights. Casa de Ana was a great base for doing expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca. We looked at a bunch of other accomodations in Huaraz and concluded that Casa de Ana offered the best value for comfortable and clean budget rooms; everything else in town seemed to offer less for higher prices, perhaps because Casa de Ana is a bit of a further walk (but still only 20 min) from the center of town.
Below I've given some more specific ratings for various features of Casa de Ana.
* Ana and her husband (5 stars)! My 5-star overall rating is based largely on how kind and accommodating Ana and her husband were. They are both such lovely, gentle people. When we were heading back from each of our mountaineering trips, I would text Ana to reserve a room for the night, and she would try to reserve our favorite room. Another time, she helped us out tremendously by communicating with our porter to make sure we got picked up from the mountains when he did not respond to our satellite text messages. Ana also very helpfully allowed us to store 1-2 bags with her while we were in the mountains. Ana and her husband are very trustworthy and we felt that our things were very safe with them. Each time we returned from one of our trips in the mountains, they welcomed us back like we were family. On our last stay, they even offered to let us shower and use one of their rooms to pack free of charge, if we wanted to catch the afternoon bus. They were also very patient and encouraging of my Spanish, which was quite rusty.
* The rooftop terrace (5 stars). We spent many hours on the terrace, relaxing, writing emails and planning our expeditions. Wifi works even on the roof, which was a major plus for us. I even managed to do an overseas Skype phonecall from the roof. There are 2 tables with chairs, and plenty of space to also wash and hang laundry or dry camping gear between outdoor excursions.
* Security (5 stars). We had a lot of expensive climbing gear and electronics with us, and Casa de Ana felt as safe and secure as you could possibly hope for in Huaraz (short of staying in a 5-star hotel with full-time security guard). It is quite small, so there weren't that many hotel guests going in and out all the time. There are locked cupboards in the front where you can lock up your valuables if you have a luggage lock, and some of the rooms have drawers/cupboards that lock as well. Luggage locks can be purchased cheaply in many shops in Huaraz.
* Noise (5 stars). In the morning there is some noise from the school, but this did not bother us. We were never kept up by noise within the hotel - this is definitely not a party hostel, which was perfect for us.
Location (4 stars):
20 min walk to town. Several cheap local restaurants are just 1-2 blocks away, including a decent Peruvian-owned Italian restaurant. Takes about 20 min to walk to Plaza de Armas. Casa de Ana is on a quiet street in a residential neighborhood, but close to the main street.
Internet (4 stars):
Wifi is free and better than most hostels in Peru. In most other places we stayed in Peru, wifi was very slow and unreliable, and I'd say it was better than average at Casa de Ana but generally not fast enough to stream videos.
The rooms (3 stars but good value for Huaraz):
During our time there, we stayed in 4 different rooms because we kept extending our stay at the last minute and the same room was not always available. Room tip: Our favorite room was Room #1 (double room with shared bathroom), which is closest to the entrance and has a window that looks out onto the street. This was the brightest, most spacious, and warmest room. The rooms are all quite basic but clean, with comfortable beds. From July-Aug, we found all the rooms quite cold and would often sleep wearing our fleeces and hats! Room #1 receives the most sun during the day and is the warmest. At some point during our stay we both came down with colds, and Room #1 was by far the most pleasant to hang out in and recover during the day. Most of the other rooms do not have windows, or only have a small window looking onto a wall. This would be fine for someone just looking for basic, budget accommodation and not planning to spend much time in the room.
Bathrooms (4 stars):
Basic but very clean! We saw them cleaning the bathrooms every day, something that we heard is not necessarily the case in other budget hostels. The hot water worked well (for a 4-5 min shower) in most of the bathrooms. Occasionally, the hot water would mysteriously not work at all in one of the bathrooms, but normally it would work in one of the other shared bathrooms. Unfortunately, for this price we found that you can't really expect much more in Peru!
Breakfast (3 stars):
Free breakfast included in the room rate, which was a convenient plus. Breakfast normally consisted of tea, a few pieces of bread, a small portion of butter and jam, an egg or half an avocado, and fresh papaya juice. The portion was enough for me but not for my husband. There is space in the fridge if you want to buy and store extra food.
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