I had a great time at this hostel. Juan and Nico were so friendly, and Pedro (who was away while I was there) coordinated my trip with me in advance, answering my questions. I was worried it would be too hot in the hostel in summer, but it was fine. It's not a crazy party hostel, so no drunken travelers woke me up in my mixed dorm room at 3am. I stayed a week and during that time I went from the only person in the dorm to one of 5. I got the single bed (instead of the two bunkbeds) and loved my window breeze.
Some people got up at 6 to go surfing, others went to bed at 2am, and everyone was respectful of each other. There's a nice communal area to hang out with hammocks and a grass area. The wi-fi is pretty reliable, though it went out a few times thanks to construction on the Bellavista. It's right next to the Calle de Pizzas, so on Thursday-Saturday nights there's loud music, but a room in the back mutes it. It didn't bother me.
There's a good mix of North Americans, Australians, Europeans and South Americans. So I met some Chileans, Argentinians, Dutch, Germans, French, and Australians over the course of 5 days.
There's a small cooking area with a mini fridge and a handful of people make dinner there. There's also a TV and comfy couches to hang out in the evening. Some people drank beer or shared wine before or after going out. A lot of people were staying there on their way to Cuzco or sandboarding. I was rockclimbing and headed to the rock climbing gym 2 blocks away. Met some people there and then headed outdoors climbing with them, so it's great for meeting likeminded sports enthusiasts or getting suggestions on where to go. Juan's brother owns a sushi place called Magmo nearby and you get a discount if you stay at the hostel. 35 soles for a bed in a friendly place was completely worth it.
Clean showers, clean rooms (there's a lady that comes every day, which is important because Lima is so dusty and the hostel gets dirty fast with so many people coming and going), linens provided, scrambled eggs, bread, jam and fresh juice for breakfast too. And it's really safe, since Juan chastized me for opening the door to world-weary backpacking strangers, but strangers none the less. They stay up all night to let people in, so there's 24h access for guests.
Such a great location. And it's better than some of the other budget accommodations in the Ovalo in Miraflores. Nothing sketchy. Good atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The place for cool and young minded travelers who love having fun at all times and share our passion towards arts, local culture and outdoor activities! It features a Surf Bar, Smoothies & Sushi Lounge, and a backyard patio with couches and hammocks to chill out. Every room and dorm has a ensuite bathroom with hot shower. Breakfast is included from 8am until 11am and WiFi is available in the common areas at all times. Please keep in mind that due to our bar and location in the heart of Miraflores District, nights could be noisy. We do supply free earplugs for those light sleepers. ... more less
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