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“Not a boutique as advertised”
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Green Track Hostel
Ranked #18 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Not a boutique as advertised”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

I only stayed one night at the Green Track in Iquitos in their private room with my gf. I can't say I had a bad experience BUT when I made the reservation it said that I was getting a private room with a private bath and A/C. I did get the private room, but no private bath or A/C (I had a floor fan though). The bed in my private room was uncomfortable, the springs were literally stabbing me in the back. The bathroom was OK, could probably be cleaner. The reason I gave this hostel 3 stars and not 2 was because of the staff, they were really nice. They provided us with clean towels, directions around Iquitos and they even let me use their phone charger.

I was kind of hesitant of writing negative review out of a one night experience but maybe this will help the property improve as I think has lots of potential.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Green Track Hostel, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Hello,
Thanks for telling us about the mattress, we didn't realize and we will change it. We've fixed the listing regarding the private bath and we don't have any double rooms with air conditioning yet, sorry for the confusion. Thanks for your stay and we will keep improving!
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We changed hostel after our jungle trip to Green Track Hostel, hoping for a better experience than the hostel we were previously in. Unfortunately we experienced the same sort of thing but for twice the price.

The room was good, had a fan and the beds were fairly comfy. The bathrooms were fairly clean and provided toilet paper which is always a plus. However no soap was provided and the showers were the worst I have experienced in South America. Im all for saving water and being eco-friendly but the showers were dribbles, no power at all, it didnt get any of the dirt off us! We had better showers in the jungle!!

The kitchen is huge and has great facilities, lots of pots, pans, cutlery etc. however the positives are ruined by the amount of ants there are. EVERYWHERE! We have been in outside kitchens before and they seemed to have the ant situation under control. It made cooking very hard as whenever you put a bit of food down or even a plate, ants would be crawling over it.

Then theres the situation with the cat, which is ok (if you like cats) however I dont wish for a cat to be walking and rubbing its fur all over the table cloth where I am about to eat.

Staff were friendly but not always available - on our last day we wanted to book a car taxi rather than get a motortaxi because we had a lot of luggage and it was pouring with rain. However there was no one around in the hostel at all, so we had to walk to the place we booked our jungle trip through to order us one!! We got the feeling that if you didnt take their jungle trip, you sort of got ignored.

The place we stayed before Green Track had similar facilities (though no tv and films) plus had a very refreshing swimming pool and was half the price of what we paid at Green Track!! Try Golondrias Hostel instead for similar service but much cheaper!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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GreenTrackHostel, Owner at Green Track Hostel, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Hello, thank you for the whole week you stayed here with us and for your honest review, it help us to keep improving. I'm very sorry about the shower, I wish you told us when you were here. And thank you for mentioning that it was clean, we clean the hostel every day to make sure it is clean as possible. We are happy you like our kitchen setup and will watch for the ants. We do what we can without using toxic chemicals, but when many people share a kitchen and don't always clean after, it can be difficult to control, especially because we are in the jungle.

Yes, unfortunately Leon ( the cat) is spoilt and some time he lays on the table (I don't like it as well), but we've been teaching him not to do it and we change the tablecloths. The good thing is that Leon is a natural solution to rats and cockroaches, and he is the reason we don't have to worry about that in the hostel.

Our hostel has a very good location, large rooms, reliable wifi, no hostel has a kitchen and air-conditioned commom area like us for this price, and we do help to organize taxi, we give all general information to help people to save money and time regardless if they are join our jungle tour or not. We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home in Iquitos when they stay with us, so I'm sorry for any discomfort you experienced.

Regards the pricing of the competition, it wouldn't be ethical to talk about their business practices and why we charge a bit more. We just try to provide great services and amenities for a reasonable price. Thanks again for your stay, please forgive any mistakes we may have made, and we are constantly improving to give our guests a great experience.
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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

A friend and I found ourselves stuck in Iquitos for 3 weeks and after moving around a lot we settled at Green Track - its a great hostel, very homely and friendly atmosphere, good breakfast - a guitar and comfortable beds - couldnt ask for more really. the owner Katoo was a great guy and Nadine cooks amazing healthy food you can buy for a reasonable price in the well equipped kitchen - a pleasure to stay there

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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GreenTrackHostel, Owner at Green Track Hostel, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Hi Patrick and Helyn

Thank you for the review, shewaring the hostel with you made it feel more homy.
Your positive vibe is conthagious. Thank you so much
katoo
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Amazing Hostel.

Clean, Friendly, Safe, Affordable, ECO-CONSCIOUS!

They have reliable wifi, cute living room and court yard, great information on the things to do in the city, clean rooms, great staff.

The owner was amazing. Opened my eyes to a lot of things going on in the country.
Very environmently aware, and that is always important to support. He is helping the people, animals and flora of this part of the world. Working to conserve this amazing place and help the people living in the Amazon.

I got a few flyers on not supporting the illegal animal trade in the city, which is actually easy to do if you are not careful! Passing them out and letting people know about the importance of the tourists impact in this area!

To the owner: I want you to know how much your work has inspired and affected me, please dont give up on what you are doing, you ARE CHANGING THE WORLD. And I can only hope to have such an impact.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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GreenTrackHostel, Owner at Green Track Hostel, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you,

This world need more people like you that are looking beyond the picture, Thank you for coming to the Amazon and dedicating your time (and money) in conservation, There is a growing moovement in this direction, but we have to start at home, using showers, eletricity more responsably, manage our waist etc. And helping other to have a better life.
Gracias

Katoo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

My friends and I stayed at Green Tracks Hostel for one night while we were in Iquitos and I am so glad we did!!

The hostel itself is great! Very clean and safe and at 25 soles, it is one of the best deals you can find. They have free wifi with a good signal that reaches to the rooms. They offer free breakfast that we unfortunately forgot about so didn't get to try. There's a cute courtyard you can sit in and also a living room area.

The people working here were the highlight of our stay. The chef was so friendly and sweet (I'm sorry I can't remember her name). The owner gave us some of the best information we received while we were in Iquitos. He is the most eco-concious man I've met and his knowledge was greatly appreciated. He owns a reserve and is passionate about conservation and low impact tourism. If you do anything while staying here, make sure to ask him for recommendations on where to go so that you can be a responsible tourist!!

-Thank you for your work. We passed out the flyers and tried to spread the information you gave us. I wish there were more people like you in the world!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Sedona, Arizona, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2012

My entire trip to Iquitos for the past 15 days has been nothing but auspicious. Caleb sat across the aisle from me on our flight into IQT from Panama City, Panama. I did not know him as this was my first-ever trip to IQT...to South America in general. When we landed in IQT Caleb started a small conversation with me, not ascertaining where I was headed. I shortly after was greeted by the owner of the jungle-based lodge where I was to stay and was told how Caleb mentioned me...so began my 2 weeks of adventure and synchronicity.

When I needed to relocate from the jungle into the city, another expat whom I had befriended was taking over the lodge for a few weeks while the owner went on holiday back to his home country. Again, Caleb's name was mentioned as a great hostel to use. I had never stayed in a hostel before, so I didn't know what to expect. Finding Green Track on Facebook was a blessing since I have no phone, and I made a post to them...getting a reply within 10 minutes from Green Track's other owner, Katoo! I made my way to the hostel shortly after and met with Katoo who reassured me they would not try and sell me anything. While I thought that odd, it proved to be fully true. All they offer is a home, and it is as good a home one can expect in the jungle.

Katoo and Caleb are angels in a great "third world" city. You will not go wrong staying at Green Track, and I have pretty high standards from years of traveling abroad. Enjoy your trip to this jungle city of hidden charms!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2012

if you are in iquitos and want good clean accomodations you have to stay at Green track.
Katoo and Caleb are the best hosts and make you feel welcome and at home.
Green track is within walking distance of the main plaza. Laundry service is just around the corner with lots of restaurants and drinking establishments.
If you need anything they are happy to help out and are both extremely knowledgeable.
Pisco sours, real jungle honey, good wholesome breakfasts, you can't beat that!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Green Track Hostel
Address: Ricardo Palma 516, Iquitos, Peru
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Location: Peru > Loreto Region > Iquitos
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #18 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
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Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Green Track Hostel NOW MOVED TO THREE DOORS AWAY in the heart of Iquitos, Peru, located in a nice residential area. It is seven blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Iquitos, and also walking distance to Belen market, a popular tourist attraction. We have private rooms as well as air conditioned dormitories, and a private courtyard and ROOF TERRACE. We invite our guests to use our extra large kitchen for food preparation during their stay. Wifi internet and a BRAZILIAN breakfast is included to all our guests. We are the gateway to the Tapiche Reserve. ... more   less 
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