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Surf Hostel Meri (former Hostal Lily) Reviews

La Ribera 720, Huanchaco, Peru

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  • 90%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 100%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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Surf hostel Mari has a great spot on the beach front and has a good setup with roof terrace and communal areas. However, the staff really need an attitude adjustment. They treat guests like they are a burden on them being in their space and are very unhelpful meaning that people keep to themselves or go outside the hostel to socialise. Also the wifi is unreliable and the owner has a newborn baby that lives in the centre of the hostel.


The staff was unfriendly. The hostel has a laid back atmosphere, and I agree with other reviews in that it's hard to find people that work there sometimes! The rooms don't have lockers, but apparently "things don't get stolen." Two hours after getting there someone stole my food (not that they could have done anything though). I stayed because I met a great group of people there, and they have a nice upstairs terrace to hangout. But the staff have a really bad attitude!


Nice beachfront hostel! The gas cooker in the kitchen was a little weak.


The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The bathrooms were very modern and the showers were hot. The breakfast was very delicious with home-made bread, and well worth the small charge. The location was perfect; across the street from the beach and surf spots. The kitty who came and slept on our bed made the visit especially delightful!

  • 4th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Our stay was quite cool, you can rent surfboards and the hostel is right in the center. You can't be any nearer to the beach! The staff was volunteers and they were working reaaaally slow. They were nice but it's just annoying if you always have to look all over the hostel to find someone to attend.


I originally booked into La Gringa Sudamerica online but when I arrived I didn't even want to stay one night - it looked so dirty


It was hard to ever find someone that worked there,or you have to keep hanging about.But also you were never really sure who actually worked there (except pregnant owner).The food in the cafe was tasty, but a long wait . Several times we ate there,expect to wait an hour even for a salad and even if you're the only ones in there. The showers and bathrooms had such a grubby feel to them, I think one had a lock. We all agreed beds were the absolute worst in SA. Proof lonely planet gets it wrong

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Pros: cheap, relaxed, delicious breakfasts for S/ 9, roof terrace with views of the beach. Also cute dogs hanging out and friendly staff. Outdoor kitchen. Easy collectivo into Trujillo just across the street. Cons: friendly but disorganized service (i.e not the fastest, overchanged us), clean but dilapidated, internet only in common areas (sadly not on terrace). Bar being renovated while we were there.


We enjoyed our stay here overall, but it's definitely for more of a surfer crowd (they rent surf gear and are right across from the beach). Wifi doesn't work. Basic kitchen facilities available to cook for yourself, and they have a breakfast and lunch menu to order from (no food included in the price of the room).


visited but didnt stay. looked good, but i didnt really like the beach town. probably great for folks focused on surfing.


A real surf hostel looking across road towards the beach. Great food at good prices. nice old style building. Plenty of cool hang out places not so much a party hostel as nice family live there but very social. Two nice dogs to greet you.


This hostel was pretty average for me. Nothing bad about it. but nothing stand out either. It was comfortable, clean, close to everything that you need and had a chilled vibe.


Terrible experience. I am not the kind of traveller that expects much from hostels, but this one was the most disappointing ever. This happens because the great city's atmosphere is not felt inside. The staff is definitely rude as if they were doing a favor when asked for any reason. If you are a man, forget it. Even worse. Dirty rooms and bathrooms. The breakfast takes one hour to be ready after ordered, and ir's expensive.... No security and no reason for staying here. Avoid this place.

  • 11th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


It was a nice hostel, good atmosphere, nice and friendly staff, nothing special. Rooms were a little bit dirty but nice. Good hostel to stay in if you want to go (learn) surfing.


Good staff and Great location, but it could definitely be a lot cleaner! Also, if you are allergic to animals, it should be known there are a lot of dogs and cats that also live there!


The hostel is located right infront of the beach. That is very great. The international staff is not really welcoming their guests, at least not all of them. It seems more like you have to be thankful when they take their time to respond your questions. The bathrooms for everyone are not very clean because there are all the surfers who walk in and out with a lot of sand on their feed. The kitchen is well equiped but nobody cleans anything. But the animals are awesome.

  • 23rd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


It's a surf hostel for surfers but even then you expect the place to have basic hygiene sorted. Toilet bins were not emptied by the cleaners and were over flowing, also the floors weren't cleaned. The owners were not around for most of our stay and as such the Peruvian staff clearly had a relaxed attitude to duties. Basic rooms are very basic, our room had many cob-webs and things that fell from the ceiling. Many finger prints Positives: the wi-if works and the food was served was good.


Had one of the greatest stays here :-) Breakfast offered is sooooooo tasty. They even offer lunch for only 8Soles which is adorable. I will definitly come here again!!!

  • 17th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great spot, right on the beach. The breakfasts were scrummy although some days you got heaps and other days not so much!! I stayed in the 4 bed dorm and it was great as it was only me... there are no lockers otherwise so be aware of that. Really cool terrace as well... easily more laid back than some of the other surf hostels around. I'd recommend it.


The Surf Hostel Meri is a really nice hostel and I enjoyed my stay. You are really close to the beach and everything else you need. The food in the hostel was cheap and delicious! I only had one problem: I was looking for a hostel in Trujillo and because I didn't know much about the region I just booked Surf Hostel Meri. But it is not in the CITY of Trujillo!! It is half an hour bus ride away (good thing: buses leave all the time just in the street of the hostel).

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