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This place was horrible. From the owners to the horrible amenities - especially for costing more than I've paid from Costa Rica south to Chile - this was a disappointing first stay in the country. I thought the bad reviews were due to the communication barrier, but my Spanish is pretty good now and the staff was just awful to me. There are plenty of other similarly priced but better options in town. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place. Stay somewhere else. After one night here, I switched.
With the help of Jessica, everything is possible in San Pedro! A Latin America trip would be missing something if you don't get to know her. Everything you need to buy is basically right next to the hostel, internet isn't bad, showers are hot... what more can you ask in the middle of the desert?
The hostal needs refreshing as some parts seemed in urgent need of repair and make shift. It would also help if it was clearly named from the outside rather than the name scribbled on a piece of paper stuck to the door. Breakfast is not included but use of kitchen is, so one can make food. Be careful that the cats, there are four, do not sneak into your bedroom. Owner does not speak any English.
Well with just 1 staff/owner Jessica, and 1 guest, me the atmosphere would have to be great now, wouldn't it? I spoke more Spanish here during my stay than in many years of visiting Spain. Jessica is very patient and laughs readily which was my main encouragement to carry on mangling the language of Cervantes. It's about 10 minutes away from which I found good, as the town is a bit too much of hustle and bustle all the time. Oh, I like to cycle mountain bikes, which I was able to do here,at the
Excellent place for backpackers... The beds are very warm and cozy, the terrace wonderfully decorated, the kitchen well-equipped... The staff is amazing, Jessica went out of her way to help me with everything I needed, very amiable, she organized great and very recommendable tours with Pablo, an awesome and dedicated guide. She will get up every morning, even if your tour starts at 4am, making sure you get picked up safely and might even have some tee/coffee ready for you. I had a great time!!
Pablo is best profissional off all hostels that i have been!! He works there and help with everything!! Best regards, Daniela
Great place with a cool outside area. Internet can be slow or absent sometimes. Average-Good overall.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Average is the best way to describe this place. There are other places in San Pedro to look at first. The instructions to get to the place were difficult to follow as there are no sign posts in the village. Prepare to be cold at night as there is no central heating anywhere in San Pedro. If you don't speak spanish you may run into difficulty as the staff didn't speak a word of english. On the bright side the tours offered by the hostel were well organised.
Great athmosphere and very kind hostel staff that is ready to help with anything. When I arrived late, the receptionist was waiting for me ca. one hour after the reception officially closed.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Their wifi worked an hour per day. Had four spider bites on my arms. Kitchen closes at 10? Stupid.
Very cold at night. But enough blankets !
Clean hostel, only 10 minutes walk from the center of San Pedro. Good atmosphere, well equipped kitchen and great tours, all at a competitive price
Very helpful staff especially the Colombian guy on reception, booked salt flat tour through hostel and was decent!
This hostel is ok but the woman who owns it is not a good person to run a hostel, Estaban who works there is a great guy anbd speaks English, while she threw a friend out and would`t even let her wait in the hall for a few minutes while people got ready to go out and San Pedro does get pretty cold. Rooms were generally not warm, there is no brekfast, whole town is expensive. They do book some ok tours, but the directions they give from the main square instead of bus station could be improved.
Very nice hostel! Very calm and relaxed atmosfere wich I liked. Depending a lot on the guests I guess since It's a small hostel.
- badly equipped kitchen (no automatic water boiler, oven not working) - sound of table tennis annoying for other hostel guests - no room cleaning during more-day stay (neither changing litter bin or bringing new toilet paper) - cold water most of the day