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Hostel Akilpo

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Hostelz.com's Review
A well-thought-out and well-maintained central hostel with a roof terrace, Hostel Akilpo offers some of the best people watching and mountain views in town.

The Location

Located along one of the main streets in Huaraz on the corner overlooking the Mercado Central, Akilpo is very central and easy to find. While those looking for a serene base might not be thrilled by the constant traffic and street sounds, people-watchers will revel in the buzz of vendors hawking bags of live guinea pigs, colourfully-clad indigenous women from various nearby villages sporting an array of hats, and general market hubbub right outside the door. There is no central bus station in Huaraz, but the majority of the main companies are within a ten-minute walk.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms are comfortable, clean, and airy, with decent beds and sturdy shelves for storing backpacks. Private rooms have either twin or double beds; the latter also features a television. Dorms are small but perfectly formed, so you won’t be sharing with many others. Bathrooms are clean with decent warm showers, though choose your time wisely -- we were warned to get ours in before a big group of hikers got back and the hot water ran out. Most of the rooms look out on either the road or the market. There is Wi-Fi in the rooms, but it was a little intermittent during our visit. A guest computer is available in a small room next to reception.

Common Spaces

The crowning glory of this hostel is the roof terrace, which has a three-hundred-sixty-degree view of Huaraz and the snow-capped peaks beyond. Though the terrace is currently a little bare (just a few plants and chairs, though renovation plans are in place), it is by far and above the best place to observe the market induced mayhem below. There is a large kitchen and dining room accessed from the terrace too, so self-caterers can shop to their hearts' content in the Mercado, safe in the knowledge that there’s somewhere to cook the treats they buy. Inside the hostel, the reception area doubles as a lounge with sofas, but it doesn’t feel like much of a social space compared with the roof and kitchen. Tours and trips can be arranged from reception and there is an array of equipment for sale or hire there too.

Summary

This hostel has a lot going for it; it's great value for money and is run by a friendly and keen young team who are eager to keep on improving the space. The roof is ideal for sitting and watching the sunset over the snowy peaks and the kitchen a welcome bonus addition for backpackers tired of eating soup, chicken, and rice! Light sleepers should bring earplugs to block out the street noise.

by Laura T
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
October 2013
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