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Hostal Pukara
Ranked #175 of 343 Speciality Lodging in Lima
Exeter
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Friendly, helpful and excellent value”
Reviewed 12 August 2011

Hostal Pukara is more like a hotel than a hostal. The rooms are all ensuite and are clean and comfortable. It was a delight for us to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of Lima, an opportunity offered by this delightful hostal. It is situated on a very quiet street in a residential district and yet is only a 5 minute walk to a Wong supermarket, and less than 10 minutes to the likes of McDonalds and Starbucks. The Park Kennedy is 15 minutes away and is a similar distance to the mall by the Marriot.

The manager was really helpful and very gracious when we said we would be unable to stay the second night as originally planned.

A good breakfast is available and tea and coffee is available all the time.

All in all, a very good place to stay if you are on a budget in Lima!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Melaka, Malaysia
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

The room itself is a little below average - being very old but the bed was comfy enough and wifi was good. Unfortunately my room was located immediately above the reception area and it was terribly noisy throughout the time I was staying there. In fact, one morning got woken up by someone singing at the top of his voice (presumably someone having breakfast downstairs was extremely happy).
Location wise it was ok - quite a walk to get to Larco Mar or to Park Kennedy.
Service also was a let down as they got confused with a tour that I had already paid for and tried to organize another tour for me.
Will not be returning to it.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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199 reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2010

Hostal Pukara is more then a hostal, more of a small, simple hotel. It its located in Lima, Peru
At 130 Gonzales Larranaga st.
San Antonio Miraflores.

The choice of me staying here was because my trip with Intrepid Travel uses this location as start of the tours of Peru.

Good location as its in a safe location and good neighbourhood and part of Lima.

It is a safe location as gate is always locked so no worries of anyone not welcome coming up to your room.

Rooms were simple, but there is a TV provided and bed was good to sleep on and clean.
There was good hot water from shower, sink and the toilets flushed quite well.

Lobby is simple but does the job. It has good front desk service, attendant was always available. Friendly service and always at attention.
There is a computer at front for internet and that was available most of the time.

Breakfast in mornings was good, it was bananas and apples and some buns, which were good.As well jam and cream cheese was provided.
There was a selection of coffee, tea and some juice available. Just remember to your dishes back in the sink.
For those more adventurous, there is a kitchen provided and dishes so you can cook on your own as well.

It is a good start location for anyone going to take in some time in Lima, Peru.

The costs are very affordable for most people who only care about having a place to sleep. Nothing too fancy, but that is ok if your looking to save money and just looking for the basics. Very good value.

The transfers provided are very good. I booked mine through email and Jose who worked as the transfer guy was at the airport waiting for me as per my request. To which he greatly deserved his tip.

Overall I recommend this accomodation for many, who are up to save money. You will be getting good location, that is safe and a decent place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2009
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2 Thank worldtravellers123
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Brighton UK
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2009

Firstly, I would qualify my following comments with 2 observations. Even half decent accomodation in Lima is generally fairly expensive, and the standard of hostel relative to price is fairly low.

That said, i'm struggling to find enough positives to recommend Pukara. Our pick up from the airport was so late we had to nudge them along with a phone call, but once we arrived the owner was courteous and spoke sufficient English. The first room we saw had no window, smelt slightly damp and had too many beds, so we took the only remaining option on the very top, recently added floor.

The room, i'm sorry to say, was one of those drab, draughty, horribly stark numbers which immediately saps your enthusiasm. The walls were scuffed and dirty in patches, there were cracked tiles on the floor & in the bathroom (the door to which was bare, dirty wood) and the only light was a single overhead energy saver, meek enough without the frosted glass cover & the usual compliment of dead insect silhouettes, but dusky at best with it.

The TV does have an impressive aray of channels, but the remote only worked by getting close enough and prodding the buttons on the set anchored to the only power point on the other side of the room., though I use the expression 'other side' euphemistically, as cat swinging was out of the question. This wouldn't have been a problem, but the room was so draughty, not to mention inexplicably colder than the exterior, that any reason to get out from under the covers (light switch by the door included) meant another 20 minutes shivering in bed. Finally, I took two water bottles, removed the shower head and filled them with hot water to keep us warm. Which, incidentally, was the only thing in the rooms favour - piping hot water and plenty of it.

Also, unless there is some insatiable party animal living near by, it's fair to assume that a late night bar or nightclub is in the vicinity, because loud music and even louder voices carried on into the stupid hours.

Worst of all though, on the second day we popped down to breakfast. But this isn't going to be a dismal breakfast story, terrible though the bread and jam is, it passes as fairly standard fare for South America. No, this is a thieving maid story. After months in Africa and Asia, we had been in North America long enough to alow minor slips in our security regime. I left a handful of change on the side table, which had actually fallen out of my pocket while I was fully clothed in bed, and when we returned from eating, the room was made up & all but 1 Soles was missing, a total of 15 Soles taken. I don't play the exchange game when it comes to thievery, any amount is too much. Of course, it wasn't quite enough and we could never have proven it & we would have been 'mistaken' so we let it slide.

So why not consign this place immediately to the gutter of shoddy hostels? The communal areas are nice enough - an eating area, a courtyard and a patio. When the sun shines, i'm sure, these are lovely perks, but the sun very rarely shines in Lima, the city being shrouded in long months of sea smog. The kitchen is functional, though somewhat dog eared, with a full compliment of equipment. The WiFi worked well enough in these communal areas, and there is a single hard line, free to use, though a little tempremental & often in use. You can sit and watch DVD's in the fairly inhospitable area adjacent to the reception.

Also, location wise, it is usefully close to Miraflores, though still a 10 minute walk. But it's slight detachment in a residential street near a park makes it safe, and the entrance is gated and manned 24 hours. It's also just a couple of minutes walk from the Wong supermarket if you do want to cook for yourself, and McDonalds, Starbucks and even Caesars pizza if that's your fancy. And the owner is helpful, though he does sabbotage most plesantries with the offer of some tour or other. Lastly, we snooped on other rooms as we passed them being cleaned, and I think we got one of the shorter straws, although we're still talking about degrees of basic here.

So all in all I can't recommend Pukara. If you don't miss the communal areas or kitchen, the hotel Taca is around the corner opposite Wong supermarket. We took a look while weighing up jumping ship, and for less than half the price you can have a room no more basic, and for still less money than Pukara, you could have a huge room with a massive bathroom and jacuzzi. If we hadn't commited to 3 nights & enjoyed cooking for ourselves, we would have moved.

Another option still would have been to stay in Barranco. Though much further out from Miraflores and the centre, it's really charming and full of nice cafes and restaurants - nicer than Miraflores in my opion, and only a short bus hop (less than 2 Soles) away.

To sum up, I think we would have been better off spending less (because the room couldn't have been much worse) and feeling like we got what we paid for, or spending a little more, and getting something much better that actually represented value for money. By and large, a last minute make do, or one for the sunny months only.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank MrBeluga
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 23 July 2009

clean and comfortable
friendly atmosphere
Internet access avalible

  • Stayed June 2009
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Thank winkle8
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New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2009

Good relaxed and quiet location, friendly staff, limited English, very basic rooms. They're doing ongoing work at the place so may get better room wise.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
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Thank divawit
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2008

Hostel pukara was an inexpensive and reasonable hostel. It was a little walk from the main area of Miraflores but was quiet, clean with good cable tv and the usual bread and jam breakfast.
BUT
Be careful of Atlas tours who offer to arrange tours travel and accomodation here.
We booked a series of bus journeys and hotels/hostels through them via Pedro Luna to save time and effort. most of the hotels were ok for the price paid. it was all a bit disorganised though and we had inadequate hotel and travel information for a smooth journey- we decided after a few moves that it would have been easier and cheaper to book ourselvesas usual..
The worst was yet to come when we arrived in Cusco for our 2 day tour to the sacred valley and Machu Piccu.We had changed the date 2 weeks previously and had been assured that all was ok. We then found that there were problems with our train. We did however leave on the journey to the sacred valley the next day then on to aguas callientas that afternoon.The following day we we went to machu Piccu, I phoned the local agent ( at 2 pounds a minute on my mobile) to check on our return train and was told to collect the tickets from the hotel at 2.30pm. we left the site early to do this only to discover the tickets weren{t there. what happened next in summary ....another phonecall and we were told to meet someone at the station, 40 minutes later still no show, the agent stopped answering the phone, man turned up at station, queued for about an hour as there seemed to be no tickets left that day, much confusion at this ticket desk, man from agent disappeared, our tour guide from that day came to help and we booked a train the next day to the sacred valley, we found accomodation in the village and the following day took the train, followed by a taxi back to cusco.
We therefore left Macu piccu early, spent about 2 1/2 hours in the station had to spend an extra night there and ended up paying for a taxi back to cusco.
I wrote to Atlas travel asking for only a refund of the cheap hostel we paid for in Aguas Calientas and the taxi. after about 3 or 4 email I got nowhere and he refused to accept any responibility, just blaming the local agent.
save yourself time and trouble and just book it your self or through a more reliable agency.

  • Liked — cable tv, price
  • Disliked — Atlas tours selling in the lobby. a bit of a walk to centre
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Brightonandrew
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Property: Hostal Pukara
Address: Gonzales 130, Miraflores | San Antonio, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Region: Peru > Lima Region > Lima > Miraflores
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Ranked #175 of 343 Speciality Lodging in Lima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostal Pukara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Pukara is a turistic and pleasantly hostal with three floors, situated in a good area of Miraflores, near an attractive park. The hostal Pukara is a fully-modernised rustic-style building with wood flooring and traditional decoration, centred around a charming two private patio for guests use. All the usual amenities – such as board games, cards, DVDs, music, etc – are freely available for your use. ... more   less 
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