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Boulevard de Huacachina s/n, Huacachina, Peru

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456 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 72%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 63%Facilities

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Terrible rooms and overpriced food. The tour that we booked through them was overbooked and the batterie in the dune buggy exploded and covered the occupants in batterie acid. Old sansboards with screws poking out which cut up a few people cut themselves on.

  • 20th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I was very disappointed in the stay at Desert Nights. There was absolutely no privacy as the bar is right next to the dorm room. The rooms were messy and the bathroom a disaster. Very very dissatisfied.


Nice cheap hostel in Huacachina. The hostel is just rooms at the back of a restaurant and breakfast is not included. Breakfasts and all food at the restaurant is delicious but there is no kitchen to use if you want to make your own food we spent a lot of money eating there. Great tour we organised through the hostel to the sand dunes. Overall recommend for a quick stay in Huacachina


Awesome place right on the oasis. Beds are comfy and clean. Staff were really friendly and helpful. The restaurant and bar had great food and drinks and the sand dune tour we organised through them was really fun. The only downside was breakfast wasn't included and there is no kitchen but we bought our own cereal and yogurt and they happily let us use their bowls


Super basic dorm style hostel. The staff is helpful and fun, and you get 10% off at the restaurant that's attached. They take cards without a fee, which is important because there is no ATM in town.


This hostel seems to have quite a bad bedbug problem, since 3 of the 4 rooms I slept in had them. However, staff is right on top of it, paid for laundry, and they are cleaning out all the rooms. Be weary though. On the other hand the wifi was great, showers warm, and staff was very friendly. So once everything is sorted out this is a great place to stay.


Staff were really friendly. Limited facilities and unreliable wifi. And the hostel in basically a restaurant as all the ther reviews will tell you. That being said, I'd still recommend this hostel because it's it's central location and the food at their restaurant is pretty good (10 percent discount for guests of the hostel). Many of the hostels in Huacachina are of similar quality, and most in most places you go you'll find the food to be overpriced anyway.


Was very cheap which was good however there's no hot water... Was a good place to stay if you are willing to do it rough for the night. However the staff were great with booking the tour to the dunes. Great experience there.


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


Pros: great location right on oasis, easy to arrange cheap tours Cons: rooms were small and beds were really wobbly, not much atmosphere as at back of restaurant


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.

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