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Surf Hostel Meri
London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Couldn't agree more with review from 4th November. Not a great place, would not stay again or recommend.

We arrived on early bus from Mancora, 7.30 in morning. Understandably room was not ready although they did get room for us by 10am while we grabbed breakfast elsewhere. This is a positive. Also very close to beach and quiet at night, that's all my positives used up.

The place was very unwelcoming, no intro to Mancora or shown around place. Not told about breakfasts/activities at hostel. Whenever we went to reception nobody was there, also very difficult to work out who actually worked there.

Wifi was sporadic and not great.

Check out time very early, although we benefited from this!

They agree to keep luggage but by the side of reception table. No locked doors, tickets for bags etc. Would be very easy to set up a locker/luggage room.

Place was clean, tidy. Showers as said below was a pipe in the wall, not good power and cold water. Either dribble warm or ok power with cold water.

Toilets pretty dodgy, poor flush. Difficult to flush anything down. Walked in after someone else who had been unable to flush properly. Pretty off putting.

Finally when leaving, handed in money. Not asked how our stay was.

Clearly not bothered.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights in a private room.

Pros: location (right on the beach and a short walk to everything). Shower (when I say shower I mean pipe in the wall) was hot. Ok wifi.

Cons: on arrival we weren't greeted, the staff just looked confused by our booking, we stood around for 20 mins while they sorted the room out but nobody explained what was happening. Even the owners didn't say hello and just sat in the corner when this was going on.
It's a surf town and they seem to be affiliated with a surf school but when we asked anybody about surf lessons we never got any answer about how to arrange a lesson etc. it was really bizarre. There doesn't seem to be any desire to drive their business. The place is grubby. The bathroom smelled.
There was glass on the floor of the bathroom for 2 days!!!!

It could be a great space and place with a little bit of friendliness and work.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This hostel is one of the nicest that i stayed in in Peru. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food they served from the restaurant was very well priced, healthy and very tasty. The surf was amazing. I liked it sooo much that i ended up staying alot longer than i planned. I would recomend this hostel to anybody.
Thankyou Surf Hostel Meri

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finlandia
2 reviews
Reviewed August 27, 2013

I spend four weeks in total at Meri hostal and I totally can recommend it for people who wanna just take couple of days vacation from vacation. Social areas are good, there is space to hang around on couches or at the hostals bar where you can buy good coffee(!), cerveza, cakes, gaseosas etc. Guest kitchen is normal, if you dont feel like cooking you can order amazing breakfast(not include in the price) and lunch from hostals kitchen. I stayed in the 4-bed girls dorm which was cosy and spacious, bathrooms were clean, didnt have anything to complain. Wifi works nicely.

For sun lovers the location is great - beach is just other side of the street. If you wanna learn surfing you can take surf lessons from the hostals surf school and rent board and wet suit as well for competitive price.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

First I stayed in other hostel in Huanchaco, but changed to Meri because of the surf lessons they do. I was planning to stay in Hco only for a few days, but I fell in love with the small city and the hostel so ended up staying for almost 2months.

I loved the atmosphere and the cozy feeling in Meri. Surfer family that owns the hostel lives in the same building where the hostel is. There are lovely cats and a dog, and sometimes local young people skating in the hostel. The hostel has two floors, and many good indoor and outdoor places to chill and spend time (roof terrace, tv and living room, backyard, hammocks, bar terrace..).

Breakfast is not included, but all the food they serve in Meri is very good and inexpensive. They also sell beer, cakes etc. Guest kitchen is basic. Wi-fi works well. The location is purfect, and yhe ocean is just in front of the hostel.

There’s a surf school with good teachers, where you can either take surf lessons or just rent equipment. I really enjoyed my time there, and miss all the stuff and people I met in Meri and Huanchaco!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed August 5, 2013

I ended up staying in this hostel for a while, which is atestament to how good it is. Conveniently located right near the best break and with a fantastic sea view, this hostel is great for anyone wishing to be right by the surf or just relax.

The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, they helped no end with my surfing and having Yenth Ccora's surf shop was an added bonus as I bought a fantastic surf board which has served me very well and is now taking on the cold and small Atlantic waves.

The only downside was the food was fantastic and I couldn't keep away from the cakes which added spectacularly to my cake bill :-)!

Room Tip: I preferred the downstairs room for surfing but the large dorm has an excellent view of the sea brea...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Huanchaco, Peru
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Excellent location of this hostal, in the middle of evetyrhing there is to find in Huanchaco. The staff is great, you can buy food at the hostel, and they even have a vegetarian alternative! The family who is running the hostal is kind and will help you with anything, and they speak english as well. the athmosphere at this hostel is totally surf, relax and enjoy. they have a bar, where they sometimes help the volunteer organizations to offer activities to raise money, great spirit! and the cakes made by the european hostel owner, taste really good, so you better watch your weight. The hostal appeals to any kind of traveller, it has a roofspot where you can chill out with privacy and you can cook your own food in the hostels kitchen. I have stayed in Huanchaco for quite a while, and this hostel is definetly the best due to service, location and the staff, and even the prices are good. Its clean and you can choose if you wanna share a dormitorio or if you wanna have a private. Totally recomend it!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Surf Hostel Meri
Address: Av. La Ribera 720, Huanchaco, Peru (Formerly Surf Hostal Lily)
Location: Peru > La Libertad Region > Huanchaco
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Ranked #8 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Huanchaco
Number of rooms: 11
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