Kaminu Backpackers Hostel

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The Hostelz.com Review

Kaminu Hostel is a no-frills hostel that is perfectly located in the heart of Barranco.

The Location

Located on the pedestrianised street that runs down from the Bridge of Sighs to the views of the sea, Kaminu Hostel is perfectly located to explore the historic district of Barranco. This area was previously ignored by travelers in favour of the more modern Miraflores, but this trend is beginning to change as travelers are enticed by the beautiful architecture and some of the best nightlife of the city. This is where the locals come to party.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms are large and there is plenty of room for all guests and their bags. The wooden bunk beds are large and the mattresses cosy. Covers are provided in the winter to help keep you warm during the night. Metal lockers are outside the dorms and are large enough to fit a daybag.

The womens' bathrooms are found on the ground floor by the reception and also on the roof terrace. To find the men's, you have to walk up two flights of stairs where they are located outside, by the bar. The toilet doesn't look particularly clean, but the two showers are acceptable and quite pleasant, with hot water on demand.

Common Spaces

The main common area is the large roof terrace that boasts impressive views of the Barranco area down to the beach. At the top of this area is a bar that is well stocked -- but it was not particularly lively during our stay. Down a small flight of stairs is an open area that can house overspill from the bar. There are a few seats to help you relax and possibly even catch a little sun during the summer.

Downstairs is a very small TV area with a PlayStation 2 and a few games as well as a communal computer that is free to use. There is a small kitchen alongside, although this is not really adequate to cook anything spectacular.

Summary

Well located and surrounded by bars and restaurants in beautiful Barranco, Kaminu Hostel is a little different from the hostels a few miles away in touristy Miraflores. The location of the hostel is guaranteed to give a more authentic experience to your trip to Peru's capital, and the comfortable beds do their best to ensure a good night's rest at the end of the day.
by Elgrumpygringo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2014-07-25
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Kaminu Backpackers Hostel" at Bajada de Baños 342.)

Location/Contact

Address
Bajada de Baños 342, Barranco, Lima, Peru
Coordinates
-12.148885, -77.022419 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Website
www.kaminu.com
Telephone
(+511) 252-8680
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
You should definitely consider Kaminu
Everyone had told us to stay in Miraflores while in Lima, and we'd heard that Lima was potentially a bit unsafe (which, after we got there, did not really seem to be the case). Kaminu is not in Miraflores, it's in Barranco -- a neighbourhood next to Miraflores, and we loved it. The little neighbourhood around the hostel is great. If you turn right out of Kaminu, there's a bunch of little restaurants that look out over the sea. You can get great ceviche, lomo saldatdo, pisco sours, all fantastic. if you turn left and go up the stairs, you've got a Starbucks, and you'll see a restaurant called Rustico. They do a lunch buffet for about $10, and it's a great way to get an introduction to Peruvian cuisine because you can try everything. It's a really nice restaurant. One thing, though, it's pretty tricky to find by taxi because you can't actually access it from the road. You cannot actually see the guesthouse from the taxi, you must get out and walk about 1/3 of a block down a pedestrian street to access it. If your driver is like ours, he'll get you right up to the pedestrian bridge and then get really confused about why he can't find the address. Just get out at the pedestrian bridge and walk under it (downhill), and the hostel will be on your right. Kaminu itself was pretty cool. The staff were really helpful. They arranged our bus tickets to Cusco and even had them delivered to the hostel for us, and they arranged our taxi back to the airport on the way home. There's a lot of good info for travelers at the hostel, and they have a little bar situation on the rooftop with cheap drinks, and weird infused pisco concoctions including, notably, coca leaves and garlic. By no means should you drink these, but you should probably try them. The rooftop bar is also a really good place to meet other travelers and get advice about where and how to go in Peru. The only downside is that we had a private room that faced the street (the one by the front desk), and it was REALLY noisy at night. People were walking by outside in big, drunk groups and carrying on at all hours of the night. Also, we could hear people coming into the hostel, either clamoring in drunk, or standing at chatting with the person at the desk very clearly. This probably wouldn't have been an issue had we been in a different room, though; so if you do go for a private room at Kaminu, ask for one at the back. Otherwise, great place.
ShanghaiMouth
Age 35, Canadian
2015-07-26
 
The best hostel in Barranco
We arrived at 2:30 a.m. and the owner, Piero (a great person) went for us to the airport. We spent six days in Lima and we just love it. Great location, very clean, and friendly staff. We were very comfortable over there.
vanessa
(usa)
2008-12-19
 
A perfect place to stay in the big city
Kaminu is a place were you feel warmly welcomed. Especially in this city, it's very important to have a nice place to come home after visiting the interesting sites. Kaminu is such a place. Piero and Paco are very concerned of helping all the "lost tourists" in this foreign country. They pick you up, they give you information and they mix the best pisco sour in town. interesting conversation about Peru, collective cooking in the modern kitchen, and partying at the huge terrace made my stay unforgettable.
Henning Grobe
(Germany)
2007-10-28
 
Nice
Very nice place. Clean, secure, and great location. Friendly staff. We just love it!
TYLER MCELHONE
(USA)
2007-09-24

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