Arequipay Backpackers House
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Arequipay Backpackers House Reviews
Great value for hotel quality facilities Jun 16, 2010
I think this place must be one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in, Arequipa Backpackers moved to their new location (which is a little bit out of town but they'll give you a free ride into the city up until 10am) and re-opened around April 2009 I think, and it shows. Located in a modern building resembling a huge villa, it was clean with the best mod-cons, 4 free internet computers all with 17" flat screen monitors(internet was lightning fast by Peru's standards), a TV room with another huge flat screen TV, one of the best equipped kitchens I have ever seen in a hostel, palatial ensuites to the dorms, and a pool and hammocks which are set in a beautiful garden. The staff are friendly and helpful and speak excellent English, they'll bend over backwards to help you organize bus tickets (at no commission), laundry (back the same day), pizza deliveries, taxi's and tours to places such as Colca Canyon (again this is done at no commission). They are not pushy with their tours and partner with a company located in central Arequipa called Peru Suisse who we ended up using after several hours of comparing companies in the city. An ok breakfast is included in the room and if you want to cook for yourself they'll take you to the supermarket nearby (think this has to be before 10-11am though). One of the only negatives was that there are no lockers in the rooms but if you are worried about your valuables then they do have a safe. The hostel is also in a really safe area and in its own gated community with a security guard should you need any extra reassurance, though Arequipa is probably one of the safest places in Peru.
It's probably not the place to come if you expect a party at your hostel every night but if you want a beautiful (and spotless) place to stay with all the most up to date amenities and friendly staff then this is the place for you. It's listed on book Hostelworld and Hostelbookers and I'd recommend advance bookings as its not a huge hostel and due to their popularity they fill up quite quickly, also because they're out of town you don't want to turn up to find they don't have room.
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