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Reviews of Arica Surf House Hostel

Hostel | O'Higgins 661, Arica, Chile .

91.1% Overall Rating

177 out of 183 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (28/07/2014)

"Awesome breakfast. Friendly staff and big lockers in the dorms and a lot if space"

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Facilities

  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 11.97

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

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91.1%

Overall Rating

177 out of 183 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Arica Surf House Hostel'

Atmosphere
90.4%
Location
90.4%
Facilities
90.4%
Cleanliness
88.0%
Staff
97.6%
Value
89.6%
Safety
91.2%
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91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

28 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome breakfast. Friendly staff and big lockers in the dorms and a lot if space

Disliked: 12.000 pesos for a bed in a 10 people dorm is too expensive

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Norm Flemington

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 March 2014 Norm would recommend this property

Liked: It was a surprise to walk into after having driven through the city. Very open with lots of common spaces.

Disliked: It could have been a little cleaner.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Frederick Cowles

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

30 December 2013 Frederick would recommend this property

Liked: Very specious dorm. Always clean, and staff are helpful.

Disliked: I would recommend the hostel to have a local city map so what is available in the area could be shown in an easy to follow map..without a guide like that it is easy to wander and not know where the sites or places of commerce are located.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

James Stead

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

23 December 2013 James would recommend this property

Liked: Good hostel, we stayed in the dorms, lots of space in there and first hostel in chile with big enough lockers to store a full pack. Great breakfast and helpful staff.

Disliked: No hostel events etc. so not good for solo travellers looking to get involved with other travellers on nights out - tours etc.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Dominik Thuerkauf

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 November 2013 Dominik would recommend this property

Liked: Lively Hostel. Since it seems it's the only one of it's kind in Iquique it attracts all different kind of travelers. The comon area is big, the kitchen is good, but since almost everyone is cooking it can get packed. Stuff is helpful and nice.

Disliked: Internet only in the common area and very very slow. Bathrooms are small and most times quite dirty. The 8-bed dorm has only 4 lookers.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

17 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice and freindly staff, good atmosphere

Disliked: Some rooms may feel a bit crammed, but ok

91.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

11 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: No complaints

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Tracey Cox

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

16 August 2013 Tracey would recommend this property

Liked: Stayed in a private room with bath - nice room, great hot shower, well-equipped room Nice cafe and decent breakfast, though a larger helping of juice would have been nice - eggs cooked to order. Nice, friendly staff. Free yoga

Disliked: Did not empty the toilet bin in our room without us asking. I don't mind hostels not cleaning the room when you are only there a day or two, but when you can't flush paper down the loo, bin emptying should be standard. It could have been an oversight of course. All else was great

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Stephan Rabathaly

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 June 2013 Stephan would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere and the location

Disliked: a nice

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

29 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The dorm was huge. No bunk beds in sight! Personal lights, plug sockets and a chest at the end of the bed. Very comfortable.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Andrew Hamilton

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

26 May 2013 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome hostel, great breakfast, clean, massive dorm with plenty of space, a great chill out area, good kitchen and excellent staff. Highly recommend.

Disliked: Nothing

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

stephen stone

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Family Holiday

01 April 2013 stephen would recommend this property

Liked: Staff were really helpful. English was spoken.

Disliked: Room not made up. Small breakfast.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Nick Hopwood

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 February 2013 Nick would recommend this property

Liked: The dorm is amazing! Eight beds but all big, great mattresses, well separated in a massive room and NO BUNKS! It is without doubt the best eight bedder I've stayed in after a year on the road. A great breakfast with proper coffee, cereal & yougat or eggs, toast and cake. A kitchen and enough space to sit, eat, chat, work all round this place off well. The staff are great, two of which speak excellent English. It's not a party hostel but has a really nice mix of younger kids and older goats (like me) from all over the world. Very good.

Disliked: It was my fault but I arrived on an early bus from San Pedro. I didn't tell the hostel so was stood outside for an hour and a half until they opened at 8am. No criticism of the hostel, but if you are going to arrive before 8am, you should tell them or make plans for your wait.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Heather Lymbery

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 January 2013 Heather would recommend this property

Liked: This is the friendliest place I have stayed in 10 months of travelling. The staff and the owner are sooo friendly and helpful. The beds are comfortable, the showers are hot and the downstairs communal area is very nice.

Disliked: Nothing

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
Visiting friends or family

06 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location, facilities

Disliked: can get noisy due to other guests, and staff do nothing to limit the noise

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean, close to the city centre, helpful staff.

Disliked: Nothing.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Gabriel flores

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

27 September 2012 Gabriel would recommend this property

Liked: Un lugar muy bonito un hostel dirigido a los que les gusta el surf muy comodo y los que atienden muy serviciales y buena onda

Disliked: ninguna mala opinion

97.1%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Sean Wrigley

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

15 September 2012 Sean would recommend this property

Liked: Great relaxing place and really is a great surf house.

Disliked: Bit far out from the beach but still not bad.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere is really great at Arica Surf House! And one of the best things is the big common area, half inside half outside. in this room there is also the big kitchen, which is well equipped. Definitely one of the best hostels i have stayed in during my travels!

Disliked: The dorm has 12 beds, which can be loud. But until now I couldnt complain, it is surprisingly quiet. But that could have been luck...

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

01 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The 11 bed dorm was surprisingly compfy and quiet. Common area with big tv screen and couches are very nice to chill, kitchen is quite big. Breakfast was amazing! And a very good location in the city center. Would stay there again.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Kevin Wu

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

29 May 2012

Liked: no

Disliked: it is far away from bus terminal either downtown, also it is not good for backpackers....

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere was excellent and the location, just few steps from the beach, was just perfect.

Disliked: Toilets and showers. Too small, impossible to keep clean.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Meike Stahnke

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

04 May 2012 Meike would recommend this property

Liked: Like everybody else here said before the staff is very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is relaxed and I liked the view up into the stars from the kitchentable. It is very clean and the dormitory has lots of space. If you need a very quiet and dark place to get a good nights sleep, then it is the wrong choice because you here the traffic from the street and the streetlights are in front of the window. But for me it was great. The beds are comfortable and the kitchen is really fully equiped. Good breakfast. I recommend this place.

Disliked: Meike left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

25 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It has a really relaxed atmosphere, very chilled. Like the fact that there are no bunk beds in the 8-bed dorm and that each bed has it´s own light and lockable box.

Disliked: Could do with a bigger girls´ bathroom.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Pamela Ross

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

27 March 2012 Pamela would recommend this property

Liked: The dorms have no bunks. Each bed has its own light, two outlets, a chest to lock things in, and plenty of room. The breakfast includes eggs.

Disliked: Often only Spanish speaking staff available but always very friendly and trying to help.


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