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Quiet and very comfortable place. The hammocks in the courtyard are great after the hikes and tours. The shower works 7-11 but it's good pressure and very warm. The computer in the lounge is free to use and Internet is fast for San Pedro standards. Natal has organised three different tours for all my stay within minutes and all of them with well known companies. Great value for money. It's a bit of a walk from the centre but San Pedro is tiny anyway.
Our room was clean and the shared bathroom was kept to a good standard. Hot water is only from 7am to 11pm which could be difficult with tours as you often get back late or need to leave early. Breakfast was good. One of the staff speaks good english and she was very helpful.
The breakfast goes only from 8:30 - 9:30 and there's only one bread per person. The restrooms could be cleaned more than once a day. By the end of the day or in the beginning of the morning, it gets quite dirty. The room for four people is very small. Also is about 10-15min walk under the sun to get to downtown. The hostal is very quiet and the common room is really pleasant.
When arriving at the hostel they couldn´t give us our room with a doble bed because the person who slept there te night before missed his bus and therefore was forced to stay another night....is this my problem ???? I dont think so !!!! So they offered us another room with 2 single beds...but this room was so tiny and dark without any window....awful...so we decided to search for another hostel and left this unpretty place...also the staff wasn´t very kind....thy did´nt even excuse.....
We were lucky that other travellers opened us the door when we arrived and called the owner. We then had to wait for almost an hour until she arrived to give us the key. During booking we indicated our time of arrival, which was worth nothing. The owner live two doors away, but this is nowhere indicated outside the hostal. We booked a tour through the hostal, which was with Terra Extreme. The bus driver was speeding like crazy, we would never ever go again with them.
The hot water is not hot, only luke warm at best--this is at any time of the day. Considering the hostel has a solar water heater on the roof, they should consider using it so guests can have a hot shower. The internet is problematic and when there is an issue those who run the hostel are not eager to help. There is not a staff member on-site at the hostel all day or night. If you have a problem you must walk two doors down to their house. The problem is, they do not always answer the door.
- Novice Nomad
- Couple, 31-40
- (1 review)
Hostal Iquisa is a simple hostel a little bit outside of the centre of San Pedro de Atacama. The rooms and bathrooms are good and clean and breakfast is sufficient. The free pick-up and drop-off service to/from the bus terminal are great and recommended. The location is not an issue as most tour companies pick you up and drop you off at the hostel anyway. So you will rarely have to walk the 10 minutes into town anyway.
It was the cleanest hostel we srayed in so far. Service every day. Fantastic. Hostel a bit too far away from centre. Owner lived 2houses away from the hostel, f, foundthat a bit odd. Nobody at the hostel when you arrived, even if you were told that somebody would pick you up from the bus terminal, nobody did. All that aside., a lovely little clean hostel. We still enjoyed our stay
Tours and excursions are much cheaper in price at this hostel versus the hostel our friends were staying at. You can reserve bikes and sandboards through the staff. The only thing is that there is no 24'hr reception so the owner and her daughter pass by every once in a while. They are both very nice and will help you with anything you need.
Pros: Nice bedroom with basic furniture and comfortable bed (we stayed in a double bed private). Breakfast complete. Good showers. Decent price. Nice owner, she picked us up from the bus station. Hostel offered tours at cheaper prices than we could find in San Pedro's downtown. Cons: Distance from the downtown (about 20 min walking). No market close. No TV. Poor kitchen.
A little far from the center of town, but the area is really small and the owners offer rides back from the bus station! The tours they offer had competitive rates (we ended up choosing a different company based on a friend's recommendation, and ended up paying more for that). I loved the hammocks. The hostel was peaceful, the bathrooms had hot water. Bunk beds were comfortable, albeit rather squeaky. I would highly recommend Hostal Iquisa, especially for the price.