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Desert Nights Hostelling International Reviews

Boulevard de Huacachina s/n, Huacachina, Peru

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436 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 74%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 65%Facilities

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Great location, right next to the lake(pond?). Most popular bar/restaurant around. Food was ok, kind of overpriced. Very minimal dorms. Bathroom was super communal... wish showers had shelves... or doors. But it's a backpackers place, I guess. Reception staff was great. Sandboarding excursion was awesome... no hassle fun. :D


Comfy beds and right next to the oasis. Very noisy, especially at weekends - attached to a restaurant/bar that plays music until 5am. Security is not the best as if a dorm user forgot to lock the door, the whole dorm is open to the restaurant. This didn't happen to us, but made us nervous. Not dirty but bathrooms not the cleanest either. Wi-Fi is poor in the dorms.


Water and Wi-Fi don't work with a good flow


staff are kind enough. but don't expect facilities how it does.. all of hostel is same in the huacachina i think.


Desert nights is located in the perfect location, just off of the main boardwalk that encircles the small lagoon. It is a restaurant/bar/hostel. The restaurant and bar are all in the front, which you have to pass through to get to your rooms, no biggie especially since the food is fantastic. Drinks take a while but are very strong. They organize dune buggy tours, which depart from the back. Great location. Beds are uncomfortable, but hey, thats why there's a bar.


Nice hostel. The restaurant prices are a bit high for Peruvian standards but the whole village is very touristy so it's to be expected. The staff is friendly. The showers could be better, there wasn't always hot water.


THE place to stay in Ica and amazing food!!


Good beds with a warm shower in a good location. Sadly this is much more a restaurant (with a few dorm rooms off the side) than a hostel so you often feel a bit in the way. But for a stopover in Huacachina it does the job.


Very good location and security!

  • 8th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The room lockers could have been better but everytyhing else was excellent. The Sandboarding service and the food in the restaraunt were great!


Good location, decent dorm and bathrooms. Laundry service works well. Staff was friendly. Breakfast (not included) is expensive (but that's Huacachina for you) and really nothing special. Good value for money considering how expensive the other places are.


Hostel was alright, get what you pay for... Restaurant was rubbish


Friendly and helpful staff. Restaurant food was pretty good, except for the breakfast. There's room for improvement there. Desert is excellent! Very clean hostel. Complimentary Pisco Sour at the end of sand buggy/boarding tour. Would come back again.


It is in a good location, and it has a bar and restaurant attached which was nice (although it's a little overpriced). The strange thing was that there seat people in this dining room area, but my dorm was right off that room as well, so it was a little strange to be showering or going to the bathroom and having to walk by all these people eating. All in all, it was a fine hostel, with decent wifi.


the hostel was fine. but i had a lomo saltado at dinner (at their restaurant) that gave me an awful food poisoning


Even tho it wasn't a party hostel the rooms were quite loud due to the restaurant being quite popular. There wasn't a real communal area for backpackers to hang out (ping pong table would have been nice!) I felt they were more interested in being a restaurant than a hostel. Food is expensive, but good. Just seems overpriced, 15-40s, especially being used to eating 6s menú. The room sounded like it was rattling all night. Power went out 4 times one night. The storage locker was always left open.


The staff was extremely friendly and helpful when booking tours, buses, etc. Overall, the hostel was very clean and the food was amazing! My only complaint was that the showers wouldn't drain properly because they were clogged with sand.

  • 28th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Right on the edge of the oasis, a nice hostel. SUCH good food. although breakfast not included, the portions are big enough for 2. Helpful and kind staff. nice showers!


Staff were lovely and really helpful. They offered really good tours which were easy to book. Really nice location just opposite the oasis and great little restaurant and bar out front which was really easy to meet other travellers. Great value for money, but make sure you have a shower in the morning to get a hot one!


The hostel was easy to find and arranged our sandboarding and buggying which was brilliant, the food was good and staff friendly, only problem was the bathrooms were not in the room and you had to walk across the hall to get to them. There was no hooks or shelves to set you stuff out while you had a shower.

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