I was going to arrive at midnight in Lima and thought that I would just find a place to crash rather than waiting in the airport until my connecting flight to Cusco the next morning. I found Hostel el Caribe on the net and thought "it’s only for a few hours, how bad could it be?" I arranged to be picked up from the airport by the staff and sure enough they were there waiting! Yea! The website boasts that the place is only 5 min, which it was, in a slum. The staff couldn't have been any nicer but when I dragged my luggage up the 4 flights of stairs and entered my room I started to laugh. It was sooo bad. It looked clean enough but it made a Motel 6 look like the Crillon in Paris. Just to verify how rough the towels were I dragged one across my skin and it left visible scratch marks! It advertised hot water 24/7 which it did have, but not enough light to shave by in the morning. There were at least a hundred hairs from previous guest’s nether regions in the shower, and the bathroom mirror had been cleaned with toilet paper so there were zillions of tiny pieces of paper stuck to the mirror.
My room had sliding glass windows that lead onto a balcony that did little muffle the constant sound of traffic and people milling about outside the place. There was floor to ceiling side window facing the streetlight outside that didn't have a shade. For some reason there was a frosted glass window above the door without a shade either so the constant light from the hallway and from the street focused right on my head while trying to sleep.
There was so much noise from the other "guests" blasting music or TV that I think I may have gotten 30 minutes sleep during the 5 hours that I was there.
The free internet in the lobby didn't work while I was there.
If you have a 4 or 5 hour layover, stay at the airport.
I do have a few pictures of this place I'll post later.
- Also Known As:
- Hostel El Caribe Hotel Lima