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Mercaderes Backpackers Reviews

c/ Mercaderes 135-A, Cercado, Arequipa, Peru

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396 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 100%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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Great hostel for cheap cost. Given that, the lockers don't fit backpacks and there aren't keys to the rooms. I'd highly recommend staying in a 6 person room over a 12 person room as the beds in the 6-person are MUCH nicer!! Great location.


Excellent hostel with wonderful breakfast, friendly staff, perfect location and quality places to hangout. The beds in the dorms even have curtains for extra privacy! Only gripe is that the heat of re showers wasn't always reliable but in my 3 nights I only had a problem once. Would definitely recommend anyone to stay here.


Great hostel! The travel agency is very helpful and can book buses and tours for you. The terrace is lovely and the breakfast is amazing!! The only downside is that the large dorm is on the Main Street and is quite loud during the day.


Staff was very nice and helpful!

  • 12th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


the location of the hostel was great. The roof top terasse was wonderful. The banana pancakes for breakfast were very yummy and the staff was very friendly.


Great location just off the main square. There was a mix up with my booking which was resolved with a little upgrade, which was nice. Everyone was friendly and really helpful.


Staff was nice although not very helpful. I managed to have one hot shower out of my four attempts. It was nice having a roof for the views but the kitchen was too small and the breakfast becomes repetitive if you stay there more than 2 days. Great location though.


The staff was so friendly to let me into the room when I arrived early in the morning, feeling sick. Location is fantastic, as is the roof terrace. Breakfast is good, beds are comfy. The 6 bed dorm has beds with curtains and each bed has its own light and electricity point! Very nice hostel to stay at!!


This place is backpacker Heaven! After spending a few nights in Colca Canyon, this place came to the rescue with warm showers, comfortable, spacious rooms, and a prime location right in the center of clean, historic Arequipa. Tons of restaurants and fun bars around, and a hearty meal of pancakes of or eggs in the AM.. what more can a traveler ask for? Plus, the roof top terrace is a nice place to chill and meet other guests. Recommended!!


Mercaderes Backpackers is very conveniently located a block away from Plaza de Armas with a great view from the rooftop terrace at nighttime and in the morning for the complimentary breakfast (banana pancakes with dulce de leche). Room was comfortable and clean, friendly staff, and backpack storage was great when we were off trekking Colca Canyon. Only slight annoyance was waiting in the morning to use one of the three showers.


I still paid full amount when checking in. the deposit paid online was not deducted because the receptionist said that was for the commission etc.


This is a prime location in the heart of the city. Theres always something going on and you are steps away from major shopping areas, food places, attractions. The staff are the best I've seen in SA - they are very attentive, helpful with tours and fun (they took us to play soccer with their friends). They also shipped my jacket to my next hostel when I forgot it in Arequipa. If you're going to this city, I highly highly recommend this hostel!!

  • 12th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Perfect location, really chilled hostel with nice rooftop terrace, breakfast was good, choice between pancakes and eggs. Would book again!!


Perfectly located in centre of town. Spent first 3 nights on mattress that should've been tossed 10 years ago, changed without problem. Choice of pancakes or eggs for breakfast on the rooftop was great. showers not always hot but get in early and should be fine. Staff very kind and helpful organising trips to Colca Valley and bus tickets. Great atmosphere, easy to meet new folks


Perfect location and tasty banana pancake for breakfast. Not always hot water and sometimes the wifi is not so strong. There was some confusion with my reservation, which was not saved but luckily they had available beds. They don't have keys for everybody in 10 bed dorm. So if the door is locked, you have to get the key from the reception and one time they had given all the keys away (?) so I had to ask people if someone has the key of that room.


Center of EVERYTHING! Very affordable and the staff are very helpful.


The location, the organisation. Clean and friendly although superbusy. Could be unpersonal but it is not. Like!


If you are looking for a quiet place this is for you. 50 yards from Plaza de Armas is a great location

  • 23rd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Costa Rica
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


It is a cheap and cheerful hostel to stay in, staff are friendly helpful, the rooms are clean, showers hot, and the location is perfect right beside the main plaza. Brekfast is basic eggs or a pancake understandably being so economic for a bed and its a nice rooftop view. One can book tours there and leave luggage for free.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi thanks for your comment, as backpacker hostel we offer a very different breakfast than the others, for breakfast, you have two choices as banana pancakes or scrambled eggs included bread tea, coffee, which is why we have good comments about our breakfast included ,basic breakfast is the traditional continental breakfast ,we do not offer this breakfast .Thanks.


Excellent location on the main mall, friendly staff, choice of scrambled eggs in rolls or pancakes for breakfast. Fairly quiet hostel, as long as people going on early morning tours don't make too much noise.

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