The newest hotel presence on the banks of Lake Titicaca is the select but excellent-value hotel of the upstart Peruvian chain Casa Andina, which has two additional, more modest hotels in town. This one, low-slung and attractively rustic, is perched over Titicaca and has marvelous lake views from its deck, dining room, and, especially, the single enormous suite, which has a large Jacuzzi and is the perfect place to splurge (a bit) and feel like a millionaire (a lot). Regular rooms are spacious but not pretentious; they are decorated in a warm, Andean style. (About half the rooms have lake views; be sure to ask for one, as it's well worth the small difference in price.) The gourmet restaurant, which concentrates on local ingredients and lake fish, is as good if not better than anything else in town. While Casa Andina is similar to the nearby Posada del Inca, it is considerably newer and has a couple of singular amenities, including a pier, with its own floating island a la Uros, extending over the lake, and a private train station -- so that if you're coming from Cusco, you can get off right at the hotel without having to go into Puno. After a long train ride, that's a nice little bonus.
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- Highly Recommended 2010