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“Unexpected relaxation in Southern Peru” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel El Huacachinero

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Hotel El Huacachinero
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Huacachina
Delta, Canada
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Unexpected relaxation in Southern Peru”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

I only went to Huacachina because I want to see the dunes, which were absolutely amazing. I actually picked El Huacahinero at random, but was lucky with the result. The pool was excellent and clean, as were the rooms. Reception staff were also extremely friendly and set me up with a tour of the dunes.

After walking around Huacachina, I noticed that it looked like Ica´s party place (the nearby town). That said, I had a room near the courtyard and was pleasantly surprise with the good night´s rest that I had.

All in all, I would recommend this to anybody who is not party-inclined as a way to see the dunes of Huacachina and have a good night`s sleep in the process.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Our experience at this hotel was not very good. We were provided a beautiful room near the hotel lobby, on the first floor. The first night, (Saturday) we were kept awake from music coming from a discotheque next door. Once the music stopped at about 5:00 AM, we were kept awake by people trying to gain access to their room. The front door was locked and the custodian was fast asleep on a sofa next to our room in the lobby. He would not wake-up and the banging on the glass door did not stop for over 45 min. Finally, someone let the people in and the banging stopped. The second night, people were talking in the lobby of the hotel and the poor soundproofing seemed like they were almost in our room. The hotel is beautiful, and the location in the oasis is wonderful. They have a beautiful pool and view of the sand dunes is magnificent, so if you reserve at t his hotel, request a room on 2nd floor away from the lobby!

Room Tip: Rooms on 2nd floor or at the back of he hotel should be OK. Stay away from the rooms near the hotel...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

And yes, I'm kidding on that Title, as it IS located near an oasis in the middle of the desert! Regarding the hotel, WOW, what a great unexpected find! I spent 10 days in hostels throughout Peru and came upon this hotel online. I noticed they had dorm rooms for $25 USD per night (the "backpacker" hostels - aka dirty and not as nice - down the road were $20 a night, so this to me was a steal to be in a proper hotel with a pool, restaurant, etc.) Upon checking in it was like a breath of fresh air to walk to the dorm room and see the wonderful pool (clean, very well maintained) located right under the sand dunes. I spent the day lounging by the pool and even ordered lunch at the restaurant (also ordered a few Pisco sours, which they served to me in my lounge chair poolside!) Overall, a GREAT little hotel in Huacachina. The hotels rooms are most likely worth every penny - but the dorm rooms at $25/night were SUPER clean, organized, had good water pressure in the showers, and beds were comfortable and clean feeling. The best 'hostel' I've stayed in ever, and a GREAT find and I highly recommend this hotel. Also, the front desk gal was very helpful in booking me a Sand Dune Buggy tour (a must!) as well as a Winery tour - she handled it all and they even accept Visa. I'd go back here time and time again! I just wish someone had told me about it prior to my stay - I stayed one night in Ica and would NOT recommend that - it's a dirty/ugly little city. Just take a cab (5 soles, no more) to Huacachina right when you get in and you'll be happy - especially if you stay at this hotel!

Room Tip: Dorm room is the only option - but a great deal and super clean. You get all amenities of this lovel...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Hotel sits at edge of dune in small 'oasis' town; firstly - town is not worth the stop if travelling to Lima or nazca go direct.
Secondly - the hotel:
Sleep deprivation is a form of torture prohibited by the geneva convention but practised at this hotel. Some simple solutions would be if you insist on locking guests out then provide a system for said guests to wake the receptionist and not ALL the guests when they try to get in. So a bell only thy can hear, an intercom connected to reception only, a mobile phone number (not reception number because that can only be heard by guests trying to sleep if the reception is unmanned) even a pager just for the nightshift person!!! Also carpets, this will muffle the sound of bags being rolled along hall ways sounding like Abrams tanks rolling into Baghdad.
If unwilling to upgrade to any level of soundproofing the rooms then provide staff who are prepared to control other guests (after midnight)... PLUS Remove benches/seating from underneath guest room windows as this encourages other guests to sit and chat into the night.
Entertainment is a plus when staying away from home so providing
Internet that actually works (either could not get on or, if did connect, was too slow to do anything other than check emails, sometimes not even that!), or even a tv.
Was 'with breakfast' but that was a bread roll and fruit.
Insufficient water pressure made it difficult to get wet in the shower.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Miami Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

We really loved the location, next to the sand dunes, and we loved the pool as it is SOOO Hot, that it's really nice to have a pool when you are there! The rooms are basic, with not so much charm, and the beds are hard as rock and pillows not so comfortable, but it was a good place to stay and we would recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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538 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Huacachinero is a clean but basic hotel offering all the necessities travelers would expect of any other hotel. On paper it looks good, and comes with a pool and outdoor restaurant area. On closer scrutiny, the water in the pool is a little murky and the restaurant is expensive for Peru's standards. Nonetheless, this is probably one of the nicer accommodation options in Huacachina. Huacachinero offers both private rooms as well as dormitories.

Tip: Book your accommodations in Huacachinero and Ica upon arrival as most places are not advertised online, or only a limited number of rooms are placed online for booking.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Vejle, Denmark
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184 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

The location are perfect. The staff really friendly and helping arranging the different tours - e.g. Buggie and wine tour.
Stayed at a dorm, and it was nice and clean. Shower and luggage storage after you've checked out is possible.
Restaurant maybe a bit boring, so I would recommend one of the restaurants at the small lake - here the atmosphere are really good.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel El Huacachinero
Address: Av Perotti s/n | Balneario de Huacachina - Ica, Huacachina, Peru
Location: Peru > Ica Region > Huacachina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Huacachina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel El Huacachinero 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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