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“Best Hostel - For climbers, surfers, sport adventurers and regular tourists”
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The House Project
Ranked #21 of 343 Specialty Lodging in Lima
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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“Best Hostel - For climbers, surfers, sport adventurers and regular tourists”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

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.

Room Tip: At the back, a shared dorm, because you get a good breeze in the summer heat.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

I think the thing these review are missing is that it is a great place for the solo / cheap traveller, but for me it was not the right fit. I have to remember I am not in college anymore. If you are travelling alone and like to party - this is a great spot. If you are travelling in a group, the location can't be beat. If you are travelling as a couple, splurge the extra $20 a night and get a hotel room.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The owners were extremely kind and welcoming (deserving of all the comments they've received in previous reviews), the location just a couple minutes walking from Kennedy Park in the heart of Miraflores cannot be beat, the breakfast was delicious (above and beyond the quality you'll find in other hostels), there was plenty of hot water and the place was generally clean. If you're a backpacker looking for a bed in a dorm, look no further. The private room we had close to the reception area however left a lot to be desired (who knows, maybe the other ones are nicer?). I generally like a hostel atmosphere and I'm not interested in any kind of luxury nor did I expect it when I made our reservation, but the room was just kind of dingy compared to private rooms I've had in other hostels. It was quite dark (lighting was limited to an overhead bulb), there was no decoration of any kind to give the place any "warmth," and the beds were not particularly comfortable. It was perfectly fine for one night and I'm grateful for the level of service I received, but I wouldn't want to have stayed any longer in that room. Basic doesn't have to mean unpleasant, and it was. In short, the House Project is a great place and I wouldn't dismiss it but its private rooms need some polishing.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

the house project is located just 3 minutes walking from Kenedy park, 10 minutes walking from the sea and 10 minutes from metropolitano bus stop. City center is located around 40 minutes by bus from Miraflores. The location is perfect and safe. breakfast is also good. If you are on adventure sports and surfing this is the correct budget place. double rooms are basic, wet and the one that we were accomodation has just a small window looking on the no-where.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

When we got home and asked our kids what they liked best about all of Peru, they said...The House Project! Nico, Juan, and Pedro are exceptionally nice people as were the other guests. Bunk beds are quite comfy, breakfast is large with fresh juice smoothies, eggs, great fresh rolls with butter and jam, and good coffee or tea. It's an amazing place with a super location near Parque Kennedy. The courtyard out back is great - hammocks, foosball table, patch of grass, tables, and a new 2nd floor deck for grilling. They have paper and crayons/markers for the kids to boot. Safe, secure, friendly. Feels more like staying in a friend's house.

Room Tip: The quad and 5-bed out back on the ground floor were great. Nice to be able to let the kids out you...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

The House Project had everything you would expect from an accommodation in this price range. Good breakfast, hot water, clean rooms, great location etc. The owners have a vision - it is not a hostal, but it is a house- and they take care of everyone there. They genuinely care about the guest experience will do everything possible to fix any concerns/problems. The roof top bar got built during the 4 days I was staying there and we had an amazing bbq party. As they target adventure travelers, had the opportunity to meet with very cool people. Would love to come back to this place to see how it develops...thanks guys!

PS their biggest concern is the noise from the next door bars over the weekend; I was on the street side and did not have any problems with sleeping after i closed both windows. It could also be the Pisco Sours...

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

We stumbled upon the House Project by chance looking for an alternative hostel to the one we had booked, which was very dirty! From the moment we entered we were greeted with warmth and a very helpful attitude by Nico, Juan and Pedro. Very clean rooms and a very lovely chilled energy. We were made to feel very at home and the little things like plentiful coca tea, filtered water and a good breakfast set the House Project aside from other mediocre hostels. The guys are so willing to help, above and beyond really as we were invited to share a local lunch with Nico that was so tasty! The guys also recommended a couple of other quality hostels in Peru which we have stayed in and have been equally positive. Can wholeheartedly recommend the House Project.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: The House Project
Address: Calle Bellavista 215 | Miraflores, Lima Lima 18, Peru
Location: Peru > Lima Region > Lima
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #21 of 343 Specialty Lodging in Lima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
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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