Desert Nights Hostelling International Reviews
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Overall the hostel was alright, no real issues during our stay. The staff were nice and helpful. Wifi was very average and did not work for long periods of time. The restaurant was alright but very expensive. However, the prices were consistent with other restaurants.
I got the peruvian stomach thing here (from paracas) and thank god because there's a bathroom in the corner thats big and clean. Has locks and lockers, no kitchen, tours. Restaurant with ok food (nothing great and overexpensive for quality). First room was about 85 degrees, second room was ok but was the worst bed i've had in 5 months in SA so thats sayig something. Overall, good value. Plus, they have DirectTV for the sports lover. Sewage problem in town leaves bathrooms with odor at times.
it's a nice place, but certainly not much of a lively scene at nights at all.
Great hostel for backpackers. Friendly staff and good facilities
They were making some work in the hostel and have sent us to another HOTEL that we were not looking for. So, the comments are just for what we saw in the place they supposed to accept us.
- Novice Nomad
- Couple, 31-40
- (1 review)
A very basic hostel but the restaurant attached it is very good, Staff were helpful with booking tours and onward travel.
Not 24 hr reception which was a pain for us leaving at 5am. Not very clean.
The hostel was very standard, basically just a bed and space (lots of it) for your bags. The restaurant was really pricey but had good food. We had a good sandboarding/buggy tour that we booked through the hostel as they were the same price as other companies for using a real snowboard. If you don't plan on standing up and want the normal sandboard its possible to find cheaper tours.
The staff could be a bit more welcoming at reception and show some friendliness. The people working at the restaurant could be a bit more lively and more professional considering the food was overpriced. There needs to be bigger lockers in the room as the small shoe box electric safe is not big enough. I got a bad stomach for 24 hours because you didn't heat up the overpriced Chinese rice I got from the restaurant. The water pressure and hot water in the showers is terrible.
Didn't end up staying here as our plans changed however when we emailed to cancel we received a very polite and prompt reply. So from our experience great customer service!
We didn't like the hostel. The staff wasn't really helpful. You have to wear a wristband for security reasons. We don't like to walk around with a wristband, it feels like to be a walking advertising for the hostel when we walked around the town. Therefore we didn't accept to wear the wristbands, they weren't to happy with it and explained it was for security. The only problem was there was no security, everybody could walk in and out (with or without wristband).
Regarding the remote location OK, but quite expensive (you book without breakfast). Asociated restaurant also really expensive. Just 1 of 3 computers was working.
Good place to stay in Huacachina. Cheap rooms with good wifi in certain areas, food was on average pretty good but was expensive. Drinks were as well. The sand boarding tour we took was also great fun. There was a lack if security as anyone could have walked into the dorms. Not enough safes for all the beds was annoying, more bathrooms are needed as they are constantly occupied. Overall a solid option.
They list that they have lockers. However, in the 8 bed dorm, they only have 4 lockers. All of them were full when I arrived. I had nowhere to put my passport and laptop. Wifi is decent and Huacachina is small enough that the hostel is close to everything. Bathrooms were sufficient. It feels more like a restaurant with some beds attached than an actual hostel.