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Positive Hostel & Backpackers
Ranked #30 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Arequipa
Reviewed November 21, 2013

This hostel is not very good in my opinion the lady running it wax horrible from the beginning to end.The man and reception lady are both friendly.When we went for breakfast we asked for eggs like everyone else got abc the lady shouted at us in Spanish even though she knew we didn't speak it this was quite embarrassing especially wen we found out after she was telling us we didn't pay right price for eggs in breakfast.This is defo wrong as we payed the same as other girls in our dorm and they got eggs.Basically just don't stay here unless u want to feel uncomfortable all of the time!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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1  Thank Ciara L
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

We usually opt for cheap hotels or guesthouses but gave Wayra a go after booking through booking.com.

It is really central - 3 blocks from Pl des Armas, safe and secure, very clean and extremely friendly. Great views from the roof.

It ended up being the cheapest but also one of the best places we stayed in Peru.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We arrived here at 4am and got a bed in a clean dorm. You have to walk through the open or the breakfast room to go to the bathroom, but the showers were so far the best in 4 weeks.

Very friendly and nice staff, although limited in speaking English. We asked for some needle and thread and they bought it for us. The tour we booked through them to the Colca Canyon was of good quality. Free and fast wifi as well as internet on the computer. Finally some nice breakfast with decent bread.

It is close to the center, but also next to a busy street, so the sleeping quality after 7am is disrupted by the many cars (but also depending on the room).

Would recommend

Room Tip: Take a room away from the street, it gets very noisy
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Thael88
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Francisco B, Propietario at Positive Hostel & Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Thank you very much for your opinion. Your suggestions will be taken into account.
Thanks for visiting.

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Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Only a few blocks from main plaza. Helpful and friendly staff. Great price for the included simple but delicious breakfast. Very warm & lovely owner, let us in at 10pm & gave us a room, would stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Megan W
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

The location is very good but there are dozens of other hostels nearby and I would definitely choose another. We were four people staying in the Wayra River Hostel for two nights. For the second night the staff increased the price with 200% due to a mining conference in Arequipa(!) so we went to another hostel which had its ordinary prices. Our room was only a plank wall from a very noisy street so sleeping was difficult. Cleanliness is low even compared to the standard in south american hostels overall. In conclusion I would make myself and my friends a favour and book a good hostel because there are plenty!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Daniel E
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Francisco B, Propietario at Positive Hostel & Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2013
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Danie E. Tu opinión es muy injusta y mal intencionada.
La semana de tu estadía es la temporada mas alta cada dos años en la ciudad, por eso subieron los precio y las habitaciones ya estaban reservadas.
Se percibe en tu comentario una molestia, pero no es justo que te inventes cosas para perjudicarnos.
Tu comentario no tiene coherencia con los demás comentarios realizados fechas anteriores.
Saludos, que sigas teniendo un buen viaje.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

My wife and I arrived end of July 2013 and are still here at 5th of Sept. as we have retired so have plenty of time. We have a double room with a nice bathroom and hot water shower all the time.
We have BBC and CNN on our TV but there are many English movies on TV especially at night.
The Internet is really good now that it has just been upgraded, so we we can stream Youtube which is great. Everyday is sunny during winter and it is lovely to have the private courtyard with the sun streaming in, so a cold beer is very nice. There is a full kitchen as well plus breakfast which includes a fried or scrambled egg plus the usual coffee, tea etc.
Just three blocks away is the central square and the shopping mall plus loads of shops and things to see. Arequipa is a lovely city, well worth a stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Francisco B, Propietario at Positive Hostel & Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2013
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Hola Robert,
Gracias por tus comentarios. Espero que se sigan divirtiendo en su aventura por el mundo. Nuestra familia los extraña y les manda muchos saludos y bendiciones.
Gracias por visitarnos y pasar buenos momentos.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This hostel was great. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the breakfast is plenty. However what stands out from the rest is the customer service. Alfredo and his son swell as all the staff are very friendly and helpful and go way beyond the call of duty.

I really cannot state this enough, the customer service is superb. Without wanting to go into detail their advice, help and even accompanying us was much more than we expected and made us feel very welcome and like one of their family.

In sum, hot water, secure, good breakfast, clean and inexpensive with amazing customer service.

The only slight downside was that our room was next to the common area and kitchen but we didn't mind when they made us feel so welcome and relaxed.

We would certainly recommend the hostel and would to back for sure.

Room Tip: If you can afford it get a room with a private bathroom as these have a view of el Misti and are on...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Positive Hostel & Backpackers

Address: Cruz Verde 309 | Calle Cruz Verde 309, Arequipa 0051, Peru (Formerly Hostal Wayra River)
Location: Peru > Arequipa Region > Arequipa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #30 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Arequipa
Price Range: $16 - $27 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Positive Hostel & Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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