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Backpacker's Hostel Iquique
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

The hostel is very good. The location is perfect right next to the best beach in town. Don't listen to people who complain about the kitchen - it is huge and very well-equipped - most convenient place to prepare your meals in a hostel I have seen in a month travelling through South America. Common space is also excellent - nice sofa in front of TV that makes you feel at home, pool table, tables in the garden, barbecue. We had a private room which was clean and quiet, with a big bed - though a bit dark as the room didn't have a proper outside looking window.
WiFi unfortunately only in reception area. But this seems to me as a single real flaw of this place. Ah, and there is a cute dog wandering in the reception area:)

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

I was there several times, if possible in the small single room s/n The shared rooms are large, it has large lockable cupboards.
Very nice terrace with views of the Pacific Ocean and nice garden, WiFi, unfortunately, only in the lounge. Only shared shower and toilet.
Barbecues are very nice.
Simple breakfast included.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

The place offers spacious and clean rooms close to the beach and a casino. There are lockers for everyone in the common area (also for people in double rooms) and the common area itself is lovely. A huge disadvantage are the other facilities: not enough pans in the kitchen (only one frying pan), WiFi which only works in the common area AND ways too less toilets and showers!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2013 via mobile

This hostel is ok if you want a party hostel, but if you don't want this, skip it. It is really noisy in the rooms and you here everything from the garden. There is no stop on the music so it goes on all night. The kitchen is big, but not everything works. There is a wall to put your food in with your name, but our food was stolen. The lady said that it was our own problem. There were also some big cockroaches in the kitchen, but they didn't do anything against it. And the showers are in the toilets...

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

After reading reviews, this seemed like the lesser of all the other bad hostels. But when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. The hostel was very clean, the staff were friendly and helpful. It was a really nice hostel. We had a huge private matrimonial room with a deck. The common women's bathroom was clean and never overly busy. The men's has the shower and toilets combined in a stall, but my husband didn't mind (I would have). This hostel has the best common area we have seen in 6 months of traveling. Very easy to meet other travelers. The kitchen closes at 11pm, which is only an issue if you forget and leave your beer, wine or water in there. It's good though as it keeps drunks from stealing your food and drinks. However, there is a secret way to get in, so a couple of our beers did disappear the first night. Just need to wrap in bag better. The beach and surf breaks are only a block away and the grocery store is 4 blocks away. You can hear people talking until 1:30am. But it wasn't bad enough to keep from sleeping, if we decided not to join them. Great hostel! Definitely recommend.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Amunategui 2075, Iquique 1101948, Chile
Region: Chile > Tarapaca Region > Iquique
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Ranked #1 of 54 Speciality Lodging in Iquique
Price Range: RM63 - RM313 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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