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“Amazing Location, and Nice refreshing pool!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel El Huacachinero
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av Perotti s/n | Balneario de Huacachina - Ica, Huacachina, Peru   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Huacachina
Miami Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Amazing Location, and Nice refreshing pool!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We really loved the location, next to the sand dunes, and we loved the pool as it is SOOO Hot, that it's really nice to have a pool when you are there! The rooms are basic, with not so much charm, and the beds are hard as rock and pillows not so comfortable, but it was a good place to stay and we would recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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69 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Huacachinero is a clean but basic hotel offering all the necessities travelers would expect of any other hotel. On paper it looks good, and comes with a pool and outdoor restaurant area. On closer scrutiny, the water in the pool is a little murky and the restaurant is expensive for Peru's standards. Nonetheless, this is probably one of the nicer accommodation options in Huacachina. Huacachinero offers both private rooms as well as dormitories.

Tip: Book your accommodations in Huacachinero and Ica upon arrival as most places are not advertised online, or only a limited number of rooms are placed online for booking.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vejle, Denmark
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

The location are perfect. The staff really friendly and helping arranging the different tours - e.g. Buggie and wine tour.
Stayed at a dorm, and it was nice and clean. Shower and luggage storage after you've checked out is possible.
Restaurant maybe a bit boring, so I would recommend one of the restaurants at the small lake - here the atmosphere are really good.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ica, Peru
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This hotel is a mid-range two star hotel located in Huacachina. Huacachina is a very small town surrounding the oasis, so every hotel has a good location. The rooms are very average at the hotel. What is great about the hotel is the pool area - it is large, clean and surrounded by a lovely garden. Like just about every hotel in Huacachina, there is no TV and the internet is slower than molasses.

However, the tours here are a complete ripoff. Every single tour here is 50% more expensive than it should be. If you want to get a great price on a tour, just walk outside and the tour agency located right next door charged us excellent prices. I think the name was Pelican Travel or Pelican Tours.

The breakfast is terrible as well.

So there is nothing wrong with staying here, but definitely buy your tours elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

When we arrived at El Huachinero they said they had no knowledge of our reservation which we had paid for through minihostel. I even showed them my printed online reservation confirmation but they simply refused to acknowledge it. All they said was that it is not in their system and not their problem, and said that they were all fully booked and cannot help us. We checked in instead at Curasi and there they told us that it was a busy weekend in Peru and this hotel always just cancels reservations if they can get other guests at a higher price.

This is a very shameful practice and I suggest if anyone is staying at this place, please double and triple check your reservations with the hostel. However, even then, if they decide to cancel your stay at the very last minute, I guess there's nothing you can do.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed two nights at this place. The room was very nice and clean. The pool area was very nice and the pool itself very clean. The hotel has an own restaurant which serves very good food. But as other reviewers observed the breakfast was a joke. I mean for the money you spend I think you can at least expect some eggs included in the rooms price.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I slept in a dorm with 8 beds which where empty therfore I had the wohle room for me ! Rooms and bathrooms are clean. At night it was noisy since the street is very close. The dinner was very good mashed potatoes (had it two times how good it was) the pool is nice an clean and enough sun lounge to lay down. I asked for a blow dryer which never came. Still I recommend this place because it was clean an nice.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av Perotti s/n | Balneario de Huacachina - Ica, Huacachina, Peru
Location: Peru > Ica Region > Huacachina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Huacachina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel El Huacachinero 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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