Double room with a private bathroom and TV was 60 soles per night. (I asked for a discount but they wouldn't give me one).
I was given the room on the very top floor. It was very clean and spacious. There was a large double bed and a small single bed in the room. The bathroom was modern and clean. The shower was powerful and hot. Overall the room was great.
However the rest of the hostel was completely empty and looked like it had been empty for a while. I think the top floor room is the only one looked after and used, it looked completely different to all the other rooms.
I don’t think many backpackers head to Pimentel (because it’s rubbish, more of that at the end of the review). I wouldn’t have wanted any of the rooms on the ground floor of the hostel. It had a real hospital feel about the place and there was a funny smell.
There is a kitchen for guest use but it’s not clean.
There is no WIFI or internet. There is a small internet café just around the corner, near the main supermarket which had fast internet if you need it.
There is a roof terrace with a view of the sea and the surrounding town (not attractive) but there are no chairs or tables up there.
You don’t get a key for the main entrance, you have to ring the bell and wait.
Overall the top floor room was perfectly fine and comfortable. You could stay a few nights there but why would you? Pimental has nothing to offer. If you need a one night stop to break up a long journey to Lima or something, go for it, but if not give it a miss.
If you are wondering whether to go to Pimental or not, my advice would be DON”T GO. There is really nothing there. It is a pretty dismal town, pretty much all in rubble (they are redoing the central plaza but it’s not done yet). There is the odd fancy villa dotted around, but right next to something like this there would be a house in rubble. The beach is dirty; you wouldn’t want to swim there. Maybe if you are a hardcore surfer you’d go in. Also there are not very many food options, it’s basically the same sea food restaurant repeated 20 times. The restaurants also shut around 6.30pm-7pm so you’re in for a boring night!
I went to Pimental to break up my journey down to Trujillo from the Ecuadorian border (from what I’d read on the internet Chiclayo wasn’t too great for sleeping, Pimental was the place the backpackers went to). I did debate whether to go to Mancora or Chiclayo/Pimental…….I clearly made the wrong decision! If you want the beach and all the fun that comes with a great beach town go to Mancora. Chiclayo/Pimental and really Trujillo (I went there also) are not really great beach options and are pretty dead now as it’s out of season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colonial house from the beginning of last century. It has a nice patio and garden. Some rooms have a beautiful view of the old pier Pimentel (12 Km of Chiclayo City) - where once sugar was exported via a train that reached the high seas. The home features skylights and still retains its old floor with oregon pine doors. 20% of the guesthouse has been refurbished with some modern architecture with wooden floor. This mansion was the summer home of former owners of the sugar plantations where a military government in 1968 will expropriate their lands and sugar factories (with the famous law "the land to the tiller" according to the government of those years ). Later collapsed the sugar industry. Currently there is no longer the train was brought from Europe. Even the old pier for tourist walks preserved. ... more less