The capital of Peru is a cocktail of walkable streets, beautiful sea views, a long stretch of dramatic beach, bubbling nightlife, and a historical centre that’ll make your eyes water. Lima is a city that deserves your attention.
Though it’s a big city, there’s a definite tourist centre here. So do you want to base yourself here, or do you want to be somewhere a little more local?
Don’t worry: we’ve searched around and rounded up the best hostels in Lima. We want to make life easy for you when you’re choosing a budget place to stay in the Peruvian capital. If you want something in an alternative area, or if you want something that’s perfect for couples, or if you just really want to save money, we’ve got you covered.
So get ready to explore the world of the top Lima hostels!
The Best Hostels in Lima: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Lima – Puriwasi Lima
Best Party Hostel in Lima – Hostel Kokopelli
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Lima – The Point Lima
Best Hostel near Parque Kennedy – KACLLA, The Healing Dog Hostel
Best Hostel in Miraflores, Lima – Dragonfly Hostels
Best Hostel in Barranco, Lima – Barranco’s Backpackers
Best Hostel near Lima Airport – TUPAC Lima Airport Hostel
Best High-end Hostel in Lima – 1900s Backpackers Hostel
Best Cheap Hostel in Lima – Mama Backpackers
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Lima – Hostel Backpackers Club
25 Best Hostels in Lima
Best Overall Hostel in Lima
• Puriwasi Lima •
Why we like Puriwasi Lima…
Complete with a wonderfully social atmosphere and a great location in Miraflores, this Lima backpackers hostel is a great place to stay. But we don’t just like it for those reasons: this is the best overall hostel in Lima, and it definitely shows in the very cool decor going on here.
Puriwasi Lima is perfect for…
Solo travellers will definitely appreciate staying at this very social hostel. Not only are staff super helpful and help you to navigate the city (handy if you’re on your own), but there are also social events like karaoke nights, as well as a fun terrace to hang out on and meet fellow travellers.
Best Party Hostel in Lima
• Hostel Kokopelli •
Why we like Hostel Kokopelli…
We like the location of this top hostel in Lima – it’s just a five-minute walk to some epic sea views; plus it’s set right in the heart of Miraflores, an area of Lima that’s packed with things to do, eat and drink. The breakfast included in the price is something we always appreciate.
Hostel Kokopelli is perfect for…
As the best party hostel in Lima, this place has a buzzing atmosphere and comes complete with plenty of events to make sure you never get bored in the Peruvian capital. There are free walking tours, live music nights, and – of course – party nights. You’ll love how jam-packed the schedule is here!
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Lima
• The Point Lima •
Why we like The Point Lima…
We like that this place bills itself both as a party hostel and a place where travellers can stay for a chilled out time – it means a good balance of an atmosphere that’s conducive to meeting fellow travellers. The best hostel for solo travellers in Lima, the staff here are super helpful and like-minded guests make the atmosphere what it is.
The Point Lima is perfect for…
You’ll love The Point if what you’re looking for is a social Lima backpackers hostel where you’ll be able to meet, mingle and make friends with fellow travellers. Like to party? There’s a bar here that’s open nightly until 1AM, but don’t worry: they’ve got a nightlife guide who’ll take you out the best spots afterwards.
Best Hostel near Parque Kennedy, Lima
Why we like KACLLA, The Healing Dog Hostel…
Whilst we like the name of this youth hostel in Lima, we also really like that this place is set in a traditional early 20th-century house which gives it a great heritage feel. Being just a few blocks away, we’d say it’s the best hostel near Parque Kennedy in Lima. It’s also super clean, well maintained, and has a very friendly dog living there, too.
KACLLA, The Healing Dog Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re a fan of clean living and healthy eating, then you’ll like it a lot at KACLLA. The breakfast (included in the rate) consists of homemade granola, fresh fruit juice and traditional Andean bread. With a focus on healing, centred around a tradition that involves the hairless kaclla breed of dog itself, those interested in learning about different cultures will like it here.
Best Hostel in Miraflores, Lima
Why we like Dragonfly Hostels…
We like that staying at Dragonfly Hostel means being right next door to Lima’s historic core. This best hostel in Miraflores, Lima, is just a stone’s throw from the paragliding, surfing and bicycle tours of cliffside Makaha Beach, too. We also like the roof terrace boasted by this Lima backpackers hostel.
Dragonfly Hostels is perfect for…
If you’re looking for a social hostel in Lima that isn’t a party hostel, then staying at this place will be a great option for you. There’s a nice atmosphere here, helped a lot by the friendly staff, and the fact that it’s a quite a cosy space, so you can’t help but get to know your fellow guests!
Best Hostel in Barranco, Lima
Why we like Barranco’s Backpackers…
Being located right next to the centre of the Barranco district – known for its bohemian flavour, and home to artists, designers and other creatives – is something that we really like about this top hostel in Lima. Being situated in this area means plenty of nightlife, as well as cafes and eateries, right on the doorstep.
Barranco’s Backpackers is perfect for…
Looking for the most alternative, cool district of Lima? Then you’d better stay at this place – the best hostel in Barranco, Lima. Hipsters, or couples looking to explore a different area to the historic centre of town, will love the winding streets, boutiques and independent cafes of this area.
Best Hostel near Lima Airport
Why we like TUPAC Lima Airport Hostel…
This Lima backpackers hostel may not be located in the coolest area of town, but it’s definitely a good option when considering its proximity to the airport. For that reason alone we’d say it’s the best hostel near Lima airport, but it also features a free breakfast, hot showers and very kind staff. Always appreciated.
TUPAC Lima Airport Hostel is perfect for…
Those simply wishing to stay close to the airport for a night (or two) before they fly to some other destination, or if you’re arriving, will love the fact that this recommended hostel in Lima is so near to the airport. The hostel staff will even be very helpful and organise taxis for you, too!
Best High-end Hostel in Lima
Why we like 1900s Backpackers Hostel…
First of all, we love the absolutely stunning building that this top hostel in Lima is housed in. As you might be able to tell from the name, it’s a beautiful building from the early 20th century, and features spacious rooms with large windows, as a result. We can’t complain about that.
1900s Backpackers Hostel is perfect for
Those looking for a different sort of hostel experience other than the usual small dorms will love the historical ambience of this place; it’s the best high-end hostel in Lima and certainly looks the part. Couples, or flashpackers, will enjoy staying here. There’s even a nice terrace where you can hang out with fellow travellers.
Best Cheap Hostel in Lima
• Mama Backpackers •
Why we like Mama Backpackers…
This place is cosy and welcoming, but that’s not why we like it so much (though it is a huge bonus). We like this place mainly for how amazingly value for money it is. Not only are there good room rates, but there’s also a free breakfast, which is why it’s the best cheap hostel in Lima.
Mama Backpackers is perfect for…
Are you a backpacker on a budget? Then you’ll love it at Mama Backpackers. But it’s not just cheap: it’s a great, social place to stay. The rooftop area is a chilled space to meet and mingle with fellow travellers, but the best part about this place is Mama herself. She’s an amazing host. As a bonus, this place is 15 minutes from the airport too, which makes getting there cheap!
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Lima
Why we like Hostel Backpackers Club…
The private rooms here are very cosy and even come with their own separate entrance. So for the extra privacy and hotel feeling you get from them, we’d say it’s the best hostel with a private room in Lima. We also love the number of activities on offer, which also makes meeting people quite easy.
Hostel Backpackers Club is perfect for…
If you’re a couple and you’re looking for a cosy place to stay, you can’t go far wrong with a private room at Hostel Backpackers Club. We hope you’re social too: there are salsa lessons, cooking classes, free Spanish lessons, and much more on offer at this cool hostel in Lima.
More Best Hostels in Lima
Why we like Pool Paradise Lima…
You might have already guessed it from the name, but this Lima backpackers hostel comes complete with its very own outdoor pool. This is a very chilled spot to hang out, and always works as a great icebreaker when you want to get chatting to other guests. We’re not complaining!
Pool Paradise Lima is perfect for…
If you’re looking to party in a fun environment then you’d better book a bed at this cool Lima hostel. The pool is definitely a big plus here, but what with the lively atmosphere and the beer pong tournaments, you’ll have a blast at this place if having fun and being social sounds like you.
Why we like The Prime Spot Lima…
Good vibes – that’s definitely one thing we like about this top hostel in Lima. The staff make sure everybody feels welcome and at home as soon as they stay which is a nice touch. Another nice touch is the free breakfast. What’s more is the contemporary, stylish decor: we approve!
The Prime Spot Lima is perfect for…
Looking for a comfy, modern place to stay that has a more than a little tasteful eye for design about it? Then The Prime Spot Lima would be perfect for you. And not only does it look the part, this place definitely suits friendly people who are looking meet and mingle (not party animals). If that sounds like you, book away!
• Alpes Lima •
Why we like Alpes Lima…
The location of this recommended hostel in Lima (in the heart of Miraflores) is something we can definitely get on board with. But we also like the laid back, low key social vibe going on at this hostel. There’s a rooftop bar, but it never feels too overly party oriented. A nice balance, we’d say.
Alpes Lima is perfect for…
Want to have fun without being a beer monster? Alpes Lima is just the ticket. Not only does it have a chilled rooftop bar – perfect for a few drinks and chats with your fellow travellers – but there’s a general atmosphere here that makes this one a great experience. Great for solo travellers.
Why we like Red Llama Eco Hostel…
We love the cute decor and cosy environment that’s been created at Red Llama Eco Hostel. The interiors alone make it one of the coolest hostels in Lima – think whitewashed brick walls, colour pops and houseplants. The kitchen also comes equipped with free to use herbs, which is a nice touch when you want to cook something with actual flavour.
Red Llama Eco Hostel is perfect for…
For a good all round hostel experience, this place is a good option. It’s convenient to get to from the airport, it’s centrally located – with tourist sights, the beach and great nightlife all easy to reach – and it’s comfy, clean and affordable. First-time backpackers may like how lovely and laid back Red Llama Eco Hostel is.
Why we like Hitchhikers Dream Hostel…
The chilled nature of this Lima backpackers hostel is something that we really like. There are common areas here that are equally perfect for a few beers or a game of ping pong. One thing we can really appreciate are the amazing hot showers on offer at this recommended hostel in Lima. Heaven.
Hitchhikers Dream Hostel is perfect for…
Though it isn’t flashy, and maybe is a little bit basic, this is just a perfectly fine Lima backpackers hostel. It would suit a couple perfectly though, since the private rooms are comfortable and spacious, plus the location means you’ll be able to walk around and explore the city very easily from here.
• Orchid Hostels •
Why we like Orchid Hostels…
We like that this hostel is located a little further out from the tourist spots than other Lima backpackers hostels. It’s got a chilled vibe and mature decor that makes it a peaceful space to spend your time in the city. Exploring a less touristed area is always good, too.
Orchid Hostels is perfect for…
If what you’re looking for is to party, go elsewhere. This is a laid back place that isn’t about partying at all. If you’re looking for quiet time and a peaceful place to spend your time in Lima, this is for you. Vegans and vegetarians will love this place since there’s a tasty vegan restaurant just next door, too!
Why we like Global Family Backpackers Hostel…
Set as it is in a traditional Peruvian house, we love the rustic feeling of the interiors in this place: think chunky wooden furniture, tiles and neutral decor. It’s not in the centre of town, but we like that – it makes for a different experience of the capital city, which we can always appreciate.
Global Family Backpackers Hostel is perfect for…
Just arrived in the city and need to catch up on sleep? Then this recommended hostel in Lima is a great idea. It’s very peaceful, lacks the hustle and bustle of more inner-city areas, and is moreover not a party place at all. The ideal spot to get refreshed before heading in to explore the capital. Or, if this is your vibe, then stay here the whole time!
Closing thoughts on the best bargain hostels in Lima
There you have it: the best hostels Lima has to offer! We’re so glad to have been to help you find somewhere cool to stay in this equally cool city.
With so many things to do in and around the buzzing Peruvian capital, you’ll have a hard time fitting everything into your itinerary – so pick your budget hostel in Lima wisely. Looking for a great hostel near Lima Airport? This EPIC guide breaks down the best hostel options – no matter your budget!
Miraflores is a very popular area, which also happens to be near the beach, but if you’re looking for an alternative side to the city, go for a hostel in bohemian Barranco, or somewhere a little further out of town for some local flavour.
And if you can’t decide on a hostel? Don’t worry. There’s always the best overall hostel in Lima, Puriwasa Lima. Now go and have an amazing time in lovely Lima!
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