The Point Backpackers Hostel is located in the suburb or Barranco, which is close to the exclusive area of Miraflores on the coast. The Lima hostel is one of five run by The Point group and is the original. This is a successful chain of hostels and they know what the average backpacker wants.
The hostel looks like a quiet place from the outside, but has all the facilities of a proper hostel inside. Security is not a worry as the front door is opened by a member of staff. Nearby and within walking distance or a cheap taxi ride away are restaurants. Miraflores is a popular nightspot, so the hostel is in a good location for those looking for a fun night out. Bus stations are a taxi ride away, as is the airport.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are spacious and vary in size. Mattresses are reasonably comfortable. The rooms have security lockers for valuables but you need your own lock. Bathrooms are clean and modern.
The hostel has lots of common spaces. There is a small garden with chairs and hammocks at the back of the hostel which is good for people to meet up in and share some of their stories. There is a BBQ area also with a cheap weekly BBQ. There is no kitchen available for guests, but a breakfast is included in the price.
The hostel bar, known as the "Pointless Bar," is a lively venue that's busy every night, even attracting some locals. There is a pool table. There is a sailor outfit that is put on the drunkest person! What could be the only downside to this hostel is the bar tab system, where you put everything on a tab and settle your bill when you check out. A lot of beers from the bar can rack up on to your tab and it's easy to forget!
There is also a DVD and TV room for those lazy days that seem to occur regularly when traveling. When you are feeling a bit more active, there is a travel desk available where you can book your next activity or excursion. There are a couple of computers available for internet. Wi-Fi is available, like at most hostels in Peru.
This hostel is an excellent place to stay. With a going-out guide, travelers are brought to the best places. Bookings in advance are recommended, especially during busy periods. We stayed here with friends who were new to the hostel scene and they have been staying in hostels regularly in the last few years and always compare the latest to The Point Lima.