It’s a 4-Star Hotel…It’s a Bed and Breakfast…No– It’s Actually a Hostel

So, for all of you travelers out there that say you’ll never stay in anything less than a 4-star hotel…well, its time to have your eyes opened.

A private bedroom in a hostel in Lima, Peru

I had the opportunity to stay in the nicest hostel that I have ever seen when I stopped in Lima on my way back to the United States from Cusco, Peru. Now, if you’re already thinking negative thoughts because I mentioned the word hostel, well, to put it bluntly, you’re already wrong. I realize that some people have absolutely no idea what a hostel is actually like, which is part of the reason I wrote this post after staying in a very nice hostel in Bariloche, Argentina. If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, I invite you to please check out that article which compares the amenities of a hostel with those of a 3-star hotel.

A private bathroom (with shower) as part of a private room at a hostel in Lima, Peru

As for the hostel in Lima, here is what was included:

  • Prices ranging from $10 – $40/ per night for anything from the 12-person dormitory to the private room.
  • Continental breakfast.
  • Free WIFI.
  • Tourist assistance and someone willing to call for you to book tours, order take-out, or whatever you need.
  • Ovens and stoves to cook your own food.
  • Refrigerators stocked with juices, sodas, beers, and other refreshments and snacks.
  • An incredible social atmosphere including: Television, computers with internet access, a plethora of movies, Playstation, table-tennis, billiards tables, dart boards, and hammocks set up for reading/ relaxing.
Table-tennis games on an open roof at a hostel in Lima, Peru

Anyone who has stayed in a hostel before will probably tell you that the best quality about them is the social aspect. I’ve met some of the most interesting people in hostels, whether they’re just stopping by for the night on their way home from a short journey, or they’re spending the night in the midst of a 4-month journey backpacking across South America and have been exploring cities, mountains, and jungles alone. Either way, everyone you meet in a hostel will have a story to tell worth hearing, and probably traveler tips that they’ve picked up while on the road that they’re eager to share.

Hammocks on an open rooftop at a hostel in Lima, Peru

If you get the chance to stay in a hostel while on the road, take it. After all, what do you have to lose?

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Author: Nathan Bush

Nathan Bush is an avid traveler, adventurer, and professional wedding and landscape photographer. His absolute favorite pastime is hiking all the while lugging his camera equipment into the backcountry in order to capture beautiful images of the wild. He currently lives in Colorado with his soon to be wife, Florence.

15 thoughts on “It’s a 4-Star Hotel…It’s a Bed and Breakfast…No– It’s Actually a Hostel”

    1. The colors in this hostel were absolutely outstanding. One of my favorite things about it. It really gives off the feeling of being a warm, friendly environment, which it certainly was.
      Nate

  1. My friend and I stayed in a $4/night hostel in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, and it was one of the best decisions we made. We shared a 6 bunk room with others, but everyone was super friendly and considerate — even when my friend and I went to bed at 9 one night so we could get up at 5 to go waterfall rappelling. That decision afforded us the opportunity to splurge elsewhere where we otherwise couldn’t have afforded it if we had been staying in an expensive hotel. We met fantastic people and had a really great stay!

    1. That sounds awesome. I’ve only ever met really awesome people at hostels– I have yet to have a problem with anybody. One of the best things about hostels is the cheap price opening doors for more adventure for sure. Lots of people tell me I should look into going to Costa Rica because its very affordable. $4/night sounds like a pretty great deal hah.

  2. That’s good info Nate. The one and only time I stayed in a hostel was up in Gorham, NH in preparation for a 3am hike up Tuckerman’s Ravine. The only good thing I can say about the experience was that it was only $20. Even though it was “no smoking,” the owners down stairs smoked so heavily that it still smelled like I was sleeping in a giant ash tray.

    1. Oh wow, I would definitely consider that a bad experience. I have yet to run into anything like that, but I can see how that could ruin the idea of staying in hostels for you. Ahh Tuckerman’s is a great hike, but was there a reason you had to set out so early in the morning for it? I’ve done Mt. Washington a few times now and usually don’t start hiking until 7 or 8am.

      Sorry to hear about your poor experience staying in a hostel!
      Nate

    1. Sure thing! You can keep it in mind when traveling just about anywhere. All it takes is a simple google search to find a hostel anywhere in the world.
      Nate

    1. Ah Panama will be a cool trip. I stopped in Panama City on the way to Peru, but only as a layover in the airport. Flying over Panama was great though– everything was so green. I can’t wait to hear about that trip from you!
      Nate

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