Reviews: Anonymous

Location: England, Gender: Male, Age: 31

Newton Lodge

Auckland, New Zealand

Good hostel for a quick stay but way to many long termers staying there to make it a good hostel for more than that. Kitchen area got ridiculously busy at the usual dinner times, with only four hot plates and a couple of microwaves for a lot of people, no oven being a major bug bear. Generally clean and good wifi throughout but definitely not a backpacker type stay.

Hostal Sunny Days

Arica, Chile

Great place to stay with an awesome breakfast each morning and plenty of room for DIY cooking in the evenings. Perhaps a little out of town but that didn't really matter. Ross the owner was a huge help, being a perfect host and recommending various activities to do. All in all one of the best places we stayed at in South America!

Hostal Sol de Oro

Arequipa, Peru

Not much to look at from the outside but once in, it's surprisingly big with a huge amount of outdoor terrace space, a pool table area and general chill out spots. Great being within five minutes walk from the main square, five mins from the big supermarket near the bridge and really helpful staff for questions and booking excursions. Our double bed was perfect, clean and conmfortable. Only negative was the very small kitchen area for your own cooking, but quite manageable.

Hostal Surf Olon

Montanita, Ecuador

Great place to stay, being a quiet little coastal town but then having the option to go to Montanita about 10mins by bus down the road. Hostel was perfect. Maybe quiet for some but we were midweek out of season. Richard and family were very helpful, surfboard rental was cheap, kitchen well equipped with plenty of room, free pool table a big bonus. Rooms are ok though showers were sometimes cold. The bar wasn't operating at all (maybe out of season) but bringing beers in was fine. Thanks again!

Hotel Jeshua

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Only stayed for the one night but it was perfect. Very helpful owner, booking us an early taxi back to the bus station and sorting out our breakfast promptly. Really clean bedroom and bathroom with a great shower, hot and powerful. Close to a few places to eat but didn't really explore that much. All in all, a good affordable place to stay.

Lino Family House

Lima, Peru

Only stayed for a night when passing through Lima, so didn't want a place right in the centre but close to the Cruz del Sur/Civa bus terminals. Good hostel rooms, very spacious double bed with shower, though the water pressure for the shower would die completely if you used the sink as well, soon returned. To our surprise breakfast isn't included, which it incorrectly says in the 'facilities' list, but liquid breakfast tea/coffee is. Kitchen area good for DIY cooking, close to huge supermarket.

Yawarmaki Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Good hostel with really attentative and helpful staff. Carlos the owner didn't speak much English but he really did help with everything to a great length, using google translate to help. Small place and very homely dining area (think it is shared with the owners) with ok breakfast offering omelette and the usual breads, jams etc. Hot water was a little luke warm even after asking but not too bad. A little away from the main square but peaceful little street.

Antares Mystic Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Ok hotel and fairly cheap. Breakfast seemed to start off ok then less and less was served as the 3 days went on. Probably the main downer was that our double room only had a window onto the internal corridor, so wasn't really able to have the curtains open as people could see in. Central location, 5 mins walk from Plaza de Armas. Helpful luggage storage for our 5 day Salkantay trek, despite booking a different place when returning to Cusco.

Lucky your House

Puno, Peru

Nice little hostel with all the facilities we needed for a 1 night stay. Super helpful lady on the desk that helped book our tour bus to Cusco getting a discount to the price we saw online, plus running through the main sites. Double room was ok, a little small but no problem. Kitchen was ok though no oven or microwave, just 2 gas rings. Breakfast fine and served early enough for the early tour bus. Good location to the main streets of Puno.

Cruz de los Andes

La Paz, Bolivia

Good location in the central area but still on a quiet enough street. Nice clean rooms, good breakfast (tip: remember to ask for scrambled eggs separately to the self serve :) ), helpful tour booking desk. Down sides are no kitchen facilities to use, very intermittent hot water (we were 4th floor, if that affects it?) and no lift for the lazy to 4th floor, quite a struggle with altitude and bags! Overall good place for a few night stay.

El Apolillo Hostel

La Quiaca, Argentina

Wow, what a place! Small but so well ran by the owner, it really was a great place to stay, shame that we were only there for 1night! Used La Quaica as a stopover before the border crossing and trip up to Uyuni and this hostel was such a change to normal hostels. Lady owner (forgot her name sorry!) was so helpful pointing out the few places to go to, plus giving advice on when to cross the border. Really really clean and tidy, good kitchen/communal area with wood stove to keep toastie! Brilliant

Backpacker's Suites & Bar

Salta, Argentina

Stayed here for 3 nights and it did everything needed. The staff were really helpful advising and helping book stuff. Private room was very spacious with proper heating being amazing in the cold nights. Only real downsides were the kitchen being a little cramped and not always clean and the breakfast was very samey with sometime stale bread served. Good location being 5 mins walk from the main streets.

The Hostel-Inn Iguazu Falls

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Really good hostel though a little out of town, but easy to get a cheap 5min bus. Excellent faculties, the swimming pool being the obvious one, but good kitchen for DIY meals, cooked meals offered each night for a low price, private rooms were perfect with clean bathroom, with a huge communal area and really good tour/excursion desk to book through. A little high priced compared to others but well worth it.

La Lechuza Hostel Rosario

Rosario, Argentina

Quick stopover in Rosario was all that was needed really. We stayed 2 nights, with the hostel being small but perfectly fine. Staff were great and helpful, speaking perfect English and helping with all queries. Dorm was cold at first but Juan was more than happy giving us a heater. Breakfast could have been better, lots of sweet stuff and not much fruit bu still ok for a free meal. Small but good communal/bar area, kitchen facilities good, wifi a little hit or miss. Overall good for 2 nights

Hostel Suites Florida

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Huge hostel with hotel like rooms in great central location. Rooms were clean and spacious with good showers. Free breakfast was so so, scrambled eggs were good at first but a little boring after 3 mornings. Very helpful staff with booking excursions, printing tickets etc. Kitchen was very small for the number of people there with not enough kit. Overall a good stay

Lime House Youth Hostel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The worst hostel so far!..that's out of 20 stayed in all over South America. Dark, dingey, stank of cigarette smoke with the 'fine to smoke inside' policy, nothing like the pictures. We cancelled our 3rd night it was that bad; given a twin room rather than double, freezing room with broken heater, curtain broken, stubbed out cigs left in there from previous people, horrendous toilet/showers with broken non flushing bogs, usually full of human excrement... Complete and utter dive of a place!

Caballo Loco Hostel

Montevideo, Uruguay

Overall a good place to stay. We were only there for two nights but had everything required with nice open communal area and helpful staff. Met some great people. The only real gripe was the low number of showers/toilets for, at times, quite a number of people staying there, plus being a little cold at times though we were in winter. Staff helped us out booking onward buses which was great, good breakfast and kitchen facilities.

Backpackers Share House Floripa

Florianopolis, Brazil

Thank you to Tish, Caro, Barbera, Thiago, Enrique, the breakfast lady (forgot her name!) and of course Aussie Tim! Had an excellent week here as the World Cup was starting, great place, atmosphere and staff. Free caipirinhas by Thiago each evening were awesome getting everyone in the mood, with a great communal area for meeting people plus easy to get to the main part of Floripa by bus. Staff were great in times of bother :)... Good breakfast served each morning as well. Thanks again guys, H&A

Che Lagarto Hostel São Paulo

Sao Paulo, Brazil

We managed to get this place on a cheap deal and it was a great stay. Rooms were very clean and modern, more like hotel rooms, hot powerful shower was great, staff were very helpful and accommodating, breakfast was more than ample serving cereals, bread, ham cheese toasties and fruit, plus the location was good being close to the metro, park and restaurents. Perhaps the one slight downer was that there wasn't any 'hostel' atmosphere but still an excellent place overall.

El Misti House

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The hostel was ok in most aspects. Whether we were just unlucky or not, the main negative was that we were in a 4 bed dorm in the basement, can't remember the number but this basically meant no windows to outside world! A little hot and stuffy down there but AC helped when asking staff to turn it on. The rest of the hostel was fine; good breakfast was a plus, communal area was small but great for meeting people, but some showers were a bit hit or miss being either cramped or with cold water.