Flying Dog Hostel Iquitos is a huge, open, and airy hostel in central Iquitos. The hostel has a welcoming and friendly vibe, which is apparent as soon as you arrive.
Flying Dog has a great location opposite the River Amazon, so there are amazing views, especially at sunrise/sunset. Belen Market is five minutes' walk away, along one road. And the main street is a couple of blocks behind the hostel. The hostel is easy to get to from the boat port, due to the small size of the town. The hostel is close to shops, laundry, Belen Market, floating town, restaurants, and pretty much everything you'll need. We were warned by the hostel staff to not carry a handbag, as this could attract unwanted attention/thieves, especially at Belen Market and at night.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are fairly spacious with a ceiling or floor fan, lockers for each bed, and a bit of room on the floor for your things. The beds are large and comfy. You can hire a towel from reception. With the dorm rooms you aren't given a key, as it's kept at reception in case one of your roommates locks the door! There are six- and eight-bed dorms, all with shared bathrooms. There are also private room options. The bathrooms are clean and basic. The shower cubicle has a little stool for your things and a small area to change. The water is cold -- which isn't so bad, as the weather is hot and humid!
The hostel has a large kitchen with basic utensils for cooking your own meals, but no communal salt, pepper, or oil. There is filtered water in the kitchen for drinking, but this did run out when we stayed there! Breakfast is included in the room rate, which is good. The breakfast isn't too bad either -- it's eggs and bread and jam with tea or coffee -- and one of the staff members cooks it for you! There are a few sofas in the large reception area with cable TV. There is also a small bar next to the kitchen, which is great for chatting with other people from the hostel. But it is right by some of the dorm rooms and can be annoying if you can't sleep with noise!
Flying Dog is a great hostel for exploring the town and nearby market. The staff are very friendly and helpful and take pleasure in getting to know you and learning your name! They are also very knowledgeable about the local area, things to do, and onward travel. The hostel makes a great base for a few days exploring Iquitos.