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Boulevard de Huacachina s/n, Huacachina, Peru

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341 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 69%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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Was an okey place to stay for one night


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.

  • 27th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • 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.


This hostel was great for the price; it was fairly quiet (most of the partying is on the other side of the oasis) & the rooms were warm. Also, the restaurant at the hostel was awesome & one of the best ones that we ate at during our three weeks in Peru. The only downside-ish thing is that all the rooms are 8-bed dorms, so it`s not the most private in the world. Would still definitely recommend for a couple of nights in Huacachina.


The hostel had all the bare necessities one would need. I know other hostels had pools and other fancy common areas, but one really only needs one night in Huacachina/Ica. The staff here was friendly and they offer a great dune buggy and sandboarding tour. Other than that, they have an overpriced restaurant. Overall, decent place for a one night stay and I would recommend it for anyone not looking for anything too fancy. Otherwise, go to Casa de Arena.


Nice hostel. Good restaurant with MASSIVE portions. Staff organised dune buggy and sandboarding. They have safes in dorms though not enough of them.


It was good hostel especially for partying. All the staff were really nice and helpful. I really recommended doing the sandboarding though them especially if you have snowboarded before. Only real problem is that they didnt have enough lockers in the rooms for everyone.


Just stayed here for one night. Staff are really helpful and friendly. We booked the sand buggying and boarding tour through the hostel which was really good! Nice restaurant with a decent menu. Only negative comment is that the rooms are very basic and don't seem it have proper ventilation so we found them very stuffy at night. Room lockers are also very small. Overall great hostel and perfect for a one night stay. :)


Rooms were like a prison. Everything else was good, but their restaurant is overpriced.


A hostel that's added on to a bar. Cheap rooms but doesn't feel much like a hostel. Not a bad option here where things are generally overpriced. No real complaints but no great shakes either. Nice people.


Close to the lake, best restaurant in town (altho more expensive), booked wine and sandboarding tours through them (SO GOOD), rooms were basic with minimal powerpoints, only 2 showers with no real space to put your things, water was warm but poor pressure sometimes. Despite good restaurant not a great vibe elsewhere. No pool like other accom in the area. Internet was fast and reliable but not always accessible in the room. Safe in room secure but very small, probs not big enough for laptop


Irritable and unhelpful staff who were more concerned about getting your last soles than making sure you were happy. Two girls complained about bed bugs in the rooms and switched hostels in between. Excellent restaurant connected. Safes in the rooms are a joke- they should provide better lockers.

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