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It can be hard to find a hostel in the sprawling metropolis that is Lima. With so many different and unique barrios, it’s difficult to figure out which neighborhood to stay in, let alone which hostel. If you’re having trouble making a choice, check out our guide to the City of King’s 10 best hostels.
If you want to party and prefer a wild scene, this is not the hostel for you. If you want to relax and have a quiet stay in one of Lima’s safer, more upscale districts (San Isidro), this is your spot. The clean rooms are comfortable and the backyard is definitely a plus. The hostel is close to Peru’s rapid bus system El Metropolitano, which can quickly take you most places in Lima, even during rush hour.
Malka Youth Hostel, Lirios 165, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru +51 (01) 4420162
First of all it has a perfect location in Miraflores – only a short walk from Peru’s most beautiful mall that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Parque Kennedy, probably Miraflore’s busiest park with surrounding shops and bars. The hostel also has a rooftop spot where you can chill in a hammock and drink a beer – hard to beat that.
The hostel is located close to Parque Kennedy and Miraflore’s nightlife but, perhaps even better, it’s also very close to Huaca Pucllana, the surreal pre-Columbian ruins in the the middle of Miraflore’s business district. Aside from its central location, the hostel also rents bicycles for rides along Miraflore’s beautiful waterfront parks, a foosball table and plenty of musical instruments (electric and acoustic guitars, an electric bass, organ, amplifiers, speakers, microphones and indigenous instruments including flutes and drums).
Another colonial mansion, this one located near puente de los suspiros in Barranco, Lima’s colorful, bohemian neighborhood. They have a bar that’s open until 1am every night and Barranco’s nightlife is only a short walk away. The hostel is located in a beautiful, quiet part of Barranco and the beach is right down the street.
Located in Barranco, walking distance to the Pacific Ocean, Backpackers Inn boasts a beautiful interior with a view of the ocean. 24-hour hot showers and a perfect location in one of Peru’s best neighborhoods.
Hitchhikers Hostel is located centrally in Miraflores, close to the famous Parque del Amor with its kissing lovers sculpture made by one of Peru’s most well-known artists Víctor Delfín. Their accomodation includes a kitchen, a computer with internet and wifi, two living rooms where you can hangout and watch a movie and an open patio perfect for a BBQ.
The hostel’s interior has a cool modern feel and is located right down the street from Miraflore’s famous ruins Huaca Pucllana. The hostel has been around for a while and is well established within Lima. With a central location in Lima, comfortable beds and a nice backyard, there’s not much else you could want.