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Desert Nights Youth Hostel

Malecon Principal s/n | Balneario Huacachina, Ica, Peru
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Ranked #7 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Ica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Basic but clean. Showers were hot (most of the time) and wifi worked. The staff were friendly and were able to communicate well in English. This hostel offers excellent value for what you pay for. Plus, restaurant up front offered some really delicious meals!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty good overall. It was located near the entrance of Huacachina, so it was easy to tell taxi drivers where to stop or to find one if I was going to Ica. There were hot showers but the lockers were small. The wifi could have been faster, but it was okay - although you cannot access it in the rooms.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Brilliant backpackers opinion here. The rooms are basic, at the back of restaurant but at very comfortable. Good hot showers and great location. The food here, while a little expensive when compared to accommodation,is still reasonable and delicious. Booked sandboarding through here also and was a very good experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Well done hostel friendly and accommodating. Pretty much what you expect for Peru not the cleanest but it was a good spot. Best food in Huacachina. They also rent sand boards. This town is awesome!!! Bathrooms are ok although were closed for repairs 2 days. Overall you will be happy here.

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Konstanz, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We stayed one night in the Desert Nights HI Hostel. They offer dorms for 20 Soles per person. The room was not too big, for one night ok. No lockers for backpacks just small safe for valuables. Water in shower was not really hot and WiFi did not work really good. The restaurant offers lunch offers (15 Soles), breakfast and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stayed here in the dorms on two different occasions for one night each. It’s a pretty basic hostel – the mattresses are actually pretty comfortable and the sheets were clean. The dorm we stayed in was really hot and stuffy. Some of the staff was friendly. The restaurant is not very good, but unfortunately it does not have a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

You get a clean bed and a shower, nothing more, nothing less. Breakfast isn't included, but the breakfastmenu is delicious. The sandboarding with their guide is fun. So conclusion: Find another hostel, but get your breakfast at desert nights.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We stayed in April 2014, and had a great time! There's a great backpacker vibe here, really in the whole small area of Huacachina. The food is pricier here but quite good, and we were comfortable in our dorm although the beds are a bit small. A big plus was the lockers that digitally locked, although they were a bit... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The place itself looks okay, a little sketchy, but fine. However, after an hour of feeling little itchy I turned on the light and saw them right away. One of the employees said they didn't have them for over 8 months. However, the way they dealt with it looked like they already had this for a long time. So if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Rooms and bathrooms are very clean and the dorm we were in was very spacious. The restaurant also has great food, which is a little more pricey than a lot of Peru but this is the same for the whole area. Did a sand buggying and boarding tour with them as well which was fantastic!

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