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Hostal Merlin
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This place is more like a 'home' than a hostal. John (the owner who speaks perfect English) was super welcoming and went out of his way to show us around and make us comfortable. He even walked us 'downtown' to show us where to eat, where the grocery store was and filled us in on the local history/lore. It was a wonderful introduction to Punta Hermosa. The house has everything one needs and the beds were SUPER comfortable. The bathrooms could have been a bit more clean and the house had a bit of a moldy smell to it but we were not phased. He advertises that there is a swimming pool on the property. There is, but it is cracked and won't hold water anymore, so don't anticipate a pool party. We had a hard time finding the place (it is located in a private community) so make sure you know what the place looks like or you get really good directions prior (there isn't a sign out front). Overall, the place was wonderful. Super chill and laid back. So glad we stayed there!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

John could not have been more helpful. He took the time to walk around Punta Hermosa, showing us the nearest store and good restaurants along with telling us a little about the area. The hostel was clean, quiet and a great place to chill out. The kitchen had everything we needed and John made us feel like we were in our own home. If you are looking for a hostel close to the beach in Punta Hermosa, definitely check out Hostel Merlin.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Robina, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Just spent 3 days in Punta Hermosa at this hostel and was great to get away from the city and chill by the beach. Coming here I just chose it cos it was so close to so many surfing breaks and a pretty a good price. Juan the owner emailed us ahead of time and let us know how to get here and to call if we had any dramas. We got here and were glad we chose as it was a nice little town with nice beaches and got some alright waves. Best sunset ever.

The house itself is really cool and Juan showed us around town. I have stayed in many hostels around the world and never had anyone do that which was really cool and. He let us know where to get good food and where to get cheap fruit in a local market. He even had a surf board to lend which normally costs you wherever you stay. Having a kitchen to cook a real meal was a bonus after staying in some basic places before here.

All and all a chilled place and wish I could stay longer. Gonna start saving so I can get back here.

Check it out if you are in this part of the world.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Troy N
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Gifu, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2013

John (Juan) has really looked after us, showing us where everything is and making sure we have the greatest time; he even watched our stuff while we went surfing!

His English is good too so you can get a lot of information about the local area and Peru in general. As we're only here for a few days, this was great for us and we all wish we could stay longer!

The house is really nice and has facilities for cooking, but it's also super close to the beach and the restaurants and the local market.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 20, 2013

I came to Punta Hermosa with some friends for a beach break- we weren't disappointed!

Juan the owner is very welcoming, giving us a tour of the town and advice for the best surf spots and places to eat.

The hostel itself is like a second home- very welcoming and clean- well equipped kitchen and plenty of bathrooms. Good soundsystem in the living room also!

The internet was unlimited and free and usually good- although it got a little slow if we all tried to access at the same time- although this is to be expected. As a whole though the internet situation is good.

In a place like Punta Hermosa it really pays to have advice from a local- would definitely recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Ed B
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Lima
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2013

For the weekend I went with my girlfriend to Punta Hermosa, looking to enjoy our first beach trip of the year (I´m from Germany, but we both live and work in Lima). I checked a bit around and found Juan´s "Merlin" and his website, so I called him up to ask about available rooms, pricing etc.

Talking to Juan on the phone was a pleasant surprise, as he was very open and natural, without the "slick salesman attitude" you sometimes experience when looking for a place to stay.

The hostal itself was just what me and my girlfriend were looking for - not some "posh", upscale place where you have to walk on eggs for being afraid of breaking something, but a nice and cozy place where you can feel right at home and let yourself be.

In fact, we barely left the house at all...we cooked in the kitchen, chilled in the living room, listening to music, talking...no pressure, no stress, it was just so peaceful and quiet.

The good thing about Juan is that he is very friendly and helpful, but at the same time he lets you do your thing, without imposing himself or nitpicking. In our first night he also took the time to show us around - best way to the beach, groceries, good restaurants etc.

All in all a great experience, and I can honestly say I recommend "Merlin" to everybody looking for a stress-free and super-relaxing beach experience.

Room Tip: We booked the "Suite matrimonial", so I cannot comment on the other rooms. When we firs...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brasilia, DF
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Went alone to Punta Hermosa for the last New Year´s Eve and thanks to John and his Hostal Merlin it was an awesome experience! The place it's quite clean and comfortable and seems like a family beach house. I stayed in a private room with bathroom and tv at for one of the best value for the money I´ve ever had at a beach hostel. From the start John helped a lot, showing Punta Hermosa´s highlights and points of interest as the near stores, restaurants and so on. Even being alone, the atmosphere of the place favours interaction and because of that I was able to meet all the other guests during homemade barbecues and parties we were able to throw inside the hostel. So if you´re looking for a really friendly place for a nice cost in a great beach site, Hostal Merlin quite fits the description!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank DanLinder
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Property: Hostal Merlin
Address: Jiron Pimental 131 | Esquina con Avda, Punta Hermosa, Peru
Location: Peru > Lima Region > Punta Hermosa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Punta Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hostal Merlin 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Merlin more than a hostal is a lodge. That means that in more of your room with its own bathroom, you have free access to all the area of a normal house that we prefer to named home. We take care about the privacy and relax of guests allowing no more than ten passangers together or even less. We avoid crowd working at 80%, but all year long.We provide all just arriving friends a welcome tour of the district, knowing basic daily places such markets, stores, banking machines, drugstores, beaches, etc. So they can to do their own routine as his wish.We provide guide and assistance in suggest restaurants, surfshops, transportation, banks surfing etc when is required. Our bilingual experience is also useful to better both way communication with local people. Welcome...!! ... more   less 
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