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Boulevard de Huacachina s/n, Huacachina, Peru

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395 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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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!


Be warned - there is no atm in huacachina so bring lots of cash. All the visa signs at the hostel are deceiving as you can't pay by card. The food at the hostel/restaurant is pricey but the pancake breakfast really big and good. Shower kind of dribbles but it's fairly hot. Wifi works quite well. Staff nice.


It's the cheapest option in Huacachina, the food is good. Everything is basic but you're only there for a short time anyways. The sand boarding was more expensive through this hostel. Overall is was fine for what we needed.


a great hostel with very friendly staff. help you out woth all the activities to do there.


Pretty good overall. It was located near the entrance of Huacachina, so it was easy to tell taxi drivers where to stop or to find one if I was going to Ica. There were hot showers but the lockers were small. The wifi could have been faster, but it was okay. The receptionist spoke English and remembered my name, which was cool. They only had maps of Huacachina, so I had to use my phone for all of Ica. I booked the dune buggy/sand boarding tour with them, and it was very fun! Not a bad choice.

  • 23rd May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


a decent spot, all good except that my dorm was hot, stuffy, and smelly. it was empty when I arrived, so I know it was not due to smelly people. staff could have been a bit more welcoming.


Great hostel with a fun atmosphere and staff that go out of their way to help guests

  • 26th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This was by far the worst hostel Ive stayed in during my trip to south america. The atmposhere was just awful.This short girl with glasses and long hair behind the reception just gave me the worst example of costumer service. When I asked her for something she would first ignore me and then tell me it was all my own fault and got really mean in a personal offending way. What a disgrace, DO NOT STAY HERE. Rooms are also too hot, smelly and unclean. There are better hostels just around the corner!


We loved staying here, the bar/restaurant does great food. There was no water one night after our sandbox Riding trip so we couldn't wash off the sand until the next morning which was quite annoying.


Cheap as chips. Awesome food although a bit expensive, guess that's how they make their money. Good place to organise tours. Bit awkward cos the male and female bathrooms are connected over the top so you can hear each other, so stealth is key if you know what I mean.


The Rating says it all...Your best bet for a Dorm in Huacachina


Loved it! Nice and far from the crazy nightlife but with a nice bar/restaurant in front. It was clean, comfortable with good lockers, wifi and a lockable dorm. No breakfast but there is a restaurant (expensive, but you're in the middle of nowwhere). I recommend it, especially after seeing some of the other dumps in town!


very basic for the value for money. the restaurant was very pricey. Recommend for booking sandbuggy tours with


The front patio restaurant is prime. Staff is super friendly and great. My only complaints: the floors were all super sandy/dusty (but it's the desert! so what are you gonna do) and inside common areas are a bit gloomy at night (poor lighting). Also stay in huacachina 2 nights tops--it's great but tiny, and unless you're stoned all day and looking to do nothing 2 days/nights is more than enough.


No Kitchen to Cook meals, Strange for a hostel. Value for money is perfect, good location and very nice staff! 😊


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.


Staff is awesome, but it's essentially just a place to sleep in the oasis town of huacachina. Not bad though


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.


The hostel was OK, but there are so many hostels around that aren't online who have much better facillities for the same prices if not cheaper. The other hostels for example have smimming pools and nice gardens with hammocks. There is not of that sort whatsoever in this hostel so it's just a bit of a pitty to be staying there when there are (a lot of) way better options around. Btw, there is no need to make a reservation in these hostels you can just show up there's always room left.

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