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Backpacker's Hostel Iquique
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The place is perfect for people who are laid back and want to have a good time and meet people. It's got a bar inside, they give you breakfast, and everything is arranged so you have no worries and have a good time. I'll definitely stay there again whenever I'm in Iquique!
It hasn't got a pool, but it's literally in front of the sea!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Very basic breakfast and sadly no hot water when I was there but you can't beat the location of this hostel. The staff were excellent, there was a nice vibe and it has good amenities, especially the kitchen. Lots of surfers here so perfect place if you come for the waves.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Ingrid S
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

The hostel was nice and in a good location, but the lockers in the room were pretty dodgy, you could easily break it open if you wanted to. The Bathrooms were not very nice, the shower and toilet were in the same cubicle so you would be swimming in water if you went to the toilet after someone had a shower.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Thank BenWha9
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband and I just spent 3 nights here. We initially booked a double room with shared bathroom, but once we got into the double room the strong odor of mildew totally overpowered everything and we could not stay in there. Also, the shared bathrooms were so tiny that my 6 foot, 4 inches tall hubby was not going to fit in the shower or bathroom. So, we asked to upgrade to the private double with private bathroom. The private double was in a small apartment separate from the main house. The room itself was ok, as there wasn't the strong mildew smell, but there was a huge hole in the wall. The pillows were not great and the bed was broken. The private shower was supposed to have hot water, but unfortunately the califone didn't work. So, we ended up showering in the shared bathroom anyway in the main house and of course, the water was cold. I complained about the hot water in our bathroom and they assured me that the next day, they would try to fix it. They did hire someone to come in and try to fix it, but the califone was broken. So, they went out and bought a new califone and by 10:30pm the second night, we had hot water in the private bathroom, but the water pressure was so low, it was just a tiny dribble. Also, the shower didn't drain. So, the third night we downgraded to the dorm rooms. The beds were comfortable, but again the shared bathroom did not have hot water. The big upside to this hostel is the very well equipped kitchen for cooking your own food and the location next to the beach. If you want a hot shower, this is not the place for you. Also, the front desk is a little lax on security and a lot of people who were not staying at the hostel were allowed to come in, so lock up your stuff.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ozoangel25
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The only good thing here is the location.

Kitchen had bugs, administration decided not to respond. Bathrooms are clean but not enough to cover the passenger demand, so peak hours are a mess.

Tobacco law is not respected here at night, so in mornings the place is a mess, filled with smoke and remanents of last nights party. If you complain about it, you will be asked to leave.

Lots of stuff was stolen from the kitchen common places due to lack of preventive safety measures and drunk people who in the munchies eat everything they can.

I made my complaints to several staff members who where not allowed to tell who the owner was until someone told me who he was, and to my shock and surprise one of the permanent party drunks was the owner, who kept smoking and strolling around the rooms flirting with random girls who clearly were unconfortable. He did not care at all and cancelled our reservations the next day and we where asked to leave. Worst of all, this person tried to pick a fight with us and he could barely stand on his feet, a real shame for being at his mid 40's.

worst stay in a long long time.

3 blocks north we found a street full of hostels, cheaper, more friendly and with a more serious focus on the customers.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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