Located in party central Hongdae. If you want to party, stay out late, meet new people - excellent place. If you want a full night's worth of uninterrupted sleep - not for you. Sensitive to noise? Bring earplugs for late returners and street music. The hostel is cost-friendly. Washrooms and the bedroom had a musty smell. Breakfast is included, but simple and not unlimited. No milk for coffee. My biggest complaint: There was no lock on the dorm room, though there are small small lockers inside.
Sleeping mats and blankets provided for sleeping on the tatami floor. Rotating fan and air conditioner set at 25 C. Kyoto was very hot/humid so it would have been nice to lower the temperature. The hostel owner was kind enough to say that construction was happening nearby during our stay, but failed to mention the proximity to a railroad - in the backyard of the hostel. Light sleepers beware! Best part of staying here: Bike rentals are ¥500 for the day ($5) - great for riding out to Arashiyama!
I stayed in a room with two bunk beds (so four beds). The room was quite small, but privacy was never an issue. Super comfortable and sturdy beds, air conditioning and a rotating fan make for a nice stay even in hot and humid weather. Although the room is small, there is enough space for carry-on suitcases and large backpacks under the beds and at the foot of the top bunk. Good location and less than ten minutes by bus to the lovely and tourist-friendly Gion district and Yasaka temple.
HI-Montreal was very clean and in a pretty good location - close to enough downtown. Not exactly walking distance to clubs (especially if you're in heels!!), so I'd recommend taking a taxi. The hostel was great overall, except for the fact that my friend and I were charged a "booking fee" apparently from Hostelworld (said the receptionist) when we thought the payment was a deposit payable towards our stay. Be sure to read the fine print on this one!!
Located in Miraflores, HQ Villa hostel is about a 15-20 minute walk to the heart of the district and 20-30 minute walk to the coast and stony beach. Unfortunately, we did not think that this hostel reached its full potential. Excellent atmosphere and very spacious rooms, however the staff were very impersonal in comparison to staff of other hostels we stayed in. Cleanliness of the bathrooms and kitchen especially needs improvement.
You can literally walk the perimeter of Huacachina in 15 minutes and so Banana's is pretty much in the middle of it all - including endless desert dunes. The chocolate covered banana crepe is highly recommended for breakfast though the food at the breakfast bar is quite expensive, in my opinion. The pool is a nice added touch - great for soaking up some sun. Sandboarding and dune-buggying (both of which are available at the hostel) are an ABSOLUTE MUST. No experience required, just a brave heart
Unfortunately our least favourite hostel in Peru. Rooms were quite shabby with saggy beds and a musty smell. The atmosphere and cleanliness definitely need improvement. The receptionists were too often missing for our liking. Location, on the brighter side, was quite okay as it is a walkable distance from Jiron Lima - touristy street full of shopping, restaurants and tour companies.
We stayed in six different hostels in various cities in Peru and Pariwana Hostel was most definitely our favourite. We felt very safe as there is a receptionist available 24/7, security in the evening hours, and a locked storage room for our extra belongings while on the Inca Trail. Perfect location for city sight-seeing, restaurants, shopping, and nightclubs. Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent and cheerful atmosphere! Lots of pre-organized activities for everyone to enjoy.