KACLLA - The Healing Dog Hostel is a small, hippie hostel in a beautiful, colonia building in Lima. The hostel, formerly Boulevard Backpackers Hostel, is in the process of being rebranded to the new name.
Located on a side street in Miraflores, the hostel has the advantage of not only being in the centre of the touristy area of Lima but also on a quieter street where you are away from the loud honking traffic of the city. From here, you are ideally situated to explore this district, as you are only a few blocks from the ocean views and surrounded by a number of bars, restaurants, and tourist sights. The historical centre is also relatively close by, and can be reached in a taxi in fifteen minutes, or you can take the bus, which leaves a five-minute walk from the hostel and takes no more than twenty-five minutes.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are very large and have huge lockers, which can fit all your valuables and remove clutter from the rooms, making them appear yet more spacious. One potential issue, however, is that the dorms open out onto the communal areas, meaning that if you are trying to sleep during the day, the room is flooded by noise from the adjacent TV room. The beds themselves are very comfortable with relatively new mattresses.
The showers can get to a good temperature, but the pressure is quite poor. There are separate communal showers for men and women that are quite public; your only privacy is a curtain. There are more than enough to ensure that you should never have to wait, even at peak times.
The free breakfast, comprised of bread, jam, and butter, is served daily; you are also given two oranges that can be eaten or squeezed in the juice maker. The breakfast is served in the open passageway that has three or four wooden tables and chairs, along with a few benches. Inside is a small TV room with comfortable sofas and a big TV screen. Adjacent is the library featuring books in Spanish and a few wooden tables. Upstairs there are private rooms that tend to house longer-term residents. A communal computer is available in the reception area and is free to use.
This hostel is small but has all the facilities that you would need from a hostel. The only real issue is that some of the longer-term guests, while very friendly, are a little strange, mostly due to the copious amounts of marijuana consumed in the communal areas, even during breakfast time. If this isn't a problem for you, you should be perfectly happy with your stay here.