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“Brilliant hostel, excellent facilities and very friendly staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Pasaje Ohiggins 224 Vallecito, Arequipa, Peru   |  
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“Brilliant hostel, excellent facilities and very friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

As soon as we walked in we were greeted by extremely helpful and friendly staff.

The facilities were excellent:
- table tennis table
- pool table
- football table
- darts
- hammocks
- wifi
- Internet
- three tv's with excellent choice of DVDs
- play station
- three computers with free Internet to use
- two kitchens
- plenty of showers and bathrooms for everyone, I never had to wait for the shower in five days I was there
- breakfast of bread and butter and jam
- 24/7 hot drinks
- laundry service reasonable price
- drinks to buy


The rooms are spacious, we stayed in 6bed female dorm and it was cleaned every day. There are large lockers for each person in the room.

We did a full day colca canyon tour booked through the hostel which was done through colonial tours - the hostel charges the same as the tour company does on the plaza so they don't take any extra money. It was brilliant, informative guide and nice bus.

This hostel is in a great location, behind a locked gate so very safe and only a 7 min enjoyable walk to the main plaza. It's got all the facilities of a party hostel but hasn't got the party vibe, instead it is nice to chill, relax and socialise. They don't have a curfew though and there's someone on the reception 24/7 so if you are a partier then there's no problems either!

I loved this hostel and would recommend to anyone! They also do amazing deals on an apartment they have if you are staying 1 week or 1 month in Arequipa - really cheap!!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This hostel is really outstanding. Look at their facility list: 2 TV rooms, 1 extra PS3 room, pool table, foosball, air hockey, 2 fully functional kitchen... dorms are great too, good beds, bathrooms get cleaned pretty much every time someone leaves it. Really outstanding hostel in perfect location. Supermarket around the corner, the main plaza 5 minutes away... did I mention free tea all day long?

If there is one thing I need to criticize it is that the staff uses the main kitchen all the time and hence makes it full at all times during the day!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

The friendliest welcome. Staff are excelent so friendly and helpful. They clean constantly and the cleaning staff are lovely too. The tv room, games room (playstation), DVD room, pool table are all up to date equipment. Outside area with hammock nice and relaxing. lockers secure, buzz and video entery so totally safe. Really close to everything you need. Best hostel I've stayed in during my year traveling. Stayed an extra 2 nights because it was chilled and laid back.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Superb hostel,great facilities including 2 kitchens,yes,2 kitchens,excellent chillout areas including tv room,movie rooms,pool table,darts board,hammocks. All staff are wonderful and willing to help with any questions. Highly recommend staying here

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The hostel is awesome. The staff is friendly and helpfull, the bedroom is great, such as the beds and showers. They clean the house every minute and the kitchen is good too, with free tea available all day.
If I ever return to Arequipa, I'm going to stay in Arequipay again for sure

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

The hostel is all you read in the reviews, awesome facilities, comfy and warm beds, cool atmosphere, incredible common areas, excellent atention and great location.

You can enjoy so many things in there that you would defenetely stay longer.

The girls who run the reception are super gentiles and they give a perfect welcome to the Hostel it self and to the city and sorounding areas. Also they have great tours to offer on the front desk, we took the Full Day at the Canyon and it was perfect.

Totally reccommended hostel. One of the bests!
Highlight: they have a super sweet boxer dog!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I found the hostel a little basic and rough around the edges, especially after having come from Pariwana Lima, which really spoils its guests. Nonetheless, Arequipay Backpackers offers clean and safe (the hostel is located in a gated compound) accommodations.

Some upsides: Extremely friendly and helpful reception staff (probably the most personable I've met on my travels throughout South America); Wifi is available throughout the hostel (although the connection in the third level rooms is weak; the hostel is able to organize tours for its guests but proceed at your own risk. My Colca Canyon tour wasn't fantastic but my Countryside bicycle tour was excellent.

Some downsides: There isn't enough electrical outlets in the larger dorms to go around; and the hostel is a 15 minutes walk from Plaza de Armas (there are closer hostels to the main square). The nearest ATM is in the town square, so make sure you carry enough cash to pay for your accommodations.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Arequipay Backpackers Downtown

Address: Pasaje Ohiggins 224 Vallecito, Arequipa, Peru
Location: Peru > Arequipa Region > Arequipa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 109 Specialty Lodging in Arequipa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The address of our new location (since 1 year ago)is PASAJE O´HIGGINS 224 VALLECITO (Arequipay Backpackers Downtown) and when you take a taxi to come here you have to give them our address. DO NOT TELL THEM ONLY THE NAME BECAUSE THEY MAY TAKE YOU TO OUR OLD LOCATION WHERE NOW IS OPERATING ANOTHER HOSTEL. ********About Arequipay Backpackers Downtown*******We are not a basic hostel, do you know why? Because we have attractions and facilities that others in Arequipa do not have that make us the funniest, coziest and homiest hostel in town all brand new with a funky and modern d�cor. We are a cozy hostel and you are going to feel like you are in your own home. We offer both indoor and outdoor spaces that are perfect to socialize with all travelers. If you are looking for a place to relax and recharge your energy to continue your journey the best place in Arequipa is Arequipay Backpackers House!. We are not a party hostel where you always going to find people that disturb your peace of mind, here you going to find tranquility, great vibe and the best service in town, we put our guests above and beyond because you are number one priority for us. We know - you like it clean�that's why we take care of it around the clock making sure everything is spotless. LOCATION:Only five blocks away to the main square. Even though we are situated downtown, we are in a peaceful neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle of the streets around the main square in a private neighborhood. Our location is perfect because it�s near banks, supermarkets, bars, and principal tourist attractions. *******FACILITIES****** A Game room with a 32 LCD HD TV and professional Pool table. 3 computers with flat-panel with free internet and wifi Two movie rooms with a 52 LCD HD TV with DVD and an extensive movie collection. Hockey Table, foosball table and Ping Pong Table. PLAY STATION 3! with the latest games Patio with hammocks, patio sets and a heater. A kitchen good equipped. Barbicue Area *****You will find for free***** Free Individual Lockers Free tea and coca tea 24/7 Free spices to cook Free Wireless Internet Connection and 3 computers Free access to guide books from all around the world Book exchange Free Maps and Advice Free Luggage storage Free Satellite TV and films, Free bread in the mornings (we don�t offer breakfast although as courtesy there is bread for free from 7 am to 10 am and free tea and coca tea 24/7) +++++++Location++++++ If you take a taxi please say the taxi driver that our address is near to COLEGIO CLARETIANO, or in front of HOTEL CASA DE AVILA, or near the intersection of Calle san martin cuadra 1 and calle cusco cuadra 1 in vallecito almost one block away from siete esquinas +++++++++Warning about the taxi drivers+++++++++++ There is a high level of corruption between the taxis inside the bus station and some hostales! So please do not believe the taxi drivers when they try to persuade you not to come to Arequipay Backpackers Hostels taking you to other hostel, they always lie because those hostales pay the taxis commission and for sure you will not find a better hostel like Arequipay, our comments are our best guarantee! ... more   less 
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