I stayed at this hostel with about 18 of my medical school classmates while volunteering for a Medical Mobile Clinic with Medlife and I had an absolutely terrible experience.
First, the lack of security lead to the theft of money. Youth Hostel requires you to leave your key at the front desk whenever you leave the hostel. However, the front desk is not attentive to the keys whatsoever- sometimes no one is at the desk guarding the keys and most times when you come back for your key, the employees tell you to go around the desk and grab they keys yourself. This clearly poses a problem, and for me personally, it led to the theft of $140 US dollars from my money belt that was stowed in my luggage in my hostel room. My roommate and I left the key at the desk, left for the medical mobile clinic (together), and came back (together) to missing money. Someone easily "borrowed" the key and stole the money- the hostel took no responsibility, and did not even offer an apology. They only assured that they would be more careful with the keys in the future.
Next, the room assignments. The staff was highly disorganized in assigning rooms and keeping their guests straight. This resulted in about 6 of us moving twice in the matter of a week. We were there for a two-week stay and within the first week, we were forced to move to three different rooms. Very inconvenient, especially after a long day of work in Lima.
The rooms themselves were atrocious. The beds were damp, the pillows smelled of mildew, and the bathrooms had cockroaches. The first room I was in had 12 beds, 1 working toilet, and 2 showers that got hot water 1 at a time.
The staff was not unfriendly by any means. However, I would not recommend this hostel to anyone who cares about their belongings, safety, and comfort. There are better options for your money in Miraflores.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostelling Lima, is a Hostel belongs to Hostelling International. Lima Hostel is located in Miraflores, a residential district of Lima that concentrates the biggest quantity in recreation centers and trade of Lima.Here you will find a traditional, beautiful place, full or history and safe, where exclusive hotels of 5 stars abound, casinos, discos, pubs, restaurants, banks, supermarkets, exchange houses, folkloric fairs, laundries, mail, Internet, cinemas, as well as others.We have 20 rooms, dormitories, private rooms single, double, double, triple and quadruple rooms, all with private bath, TV and cable.Our facilities include garden, barbecue, swimming pool, kitchen for guest use, and free internet access, lounge bar and TV room, where they can share good times.We specialize in receiving groups, for which we provide all facilities and even conference rooms we provide the necessary equipment. ... more less
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