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I Keu Ken Hostel
F. M. Pontoriero 171, El Calafate 9405, Argentina   |  
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“Great hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Although a little out of town, being on a hill means really great views. The staff there were lovely, especially Martin and the girl who looks like Nelly Furtado. Amazing BBQ, although few and far between this time of year. Breakfast is really dull - bread, crackers and bad coffee. Good tea selection though! And it makes up for the breakfast in other ways. Good kitchen, lovely living room and warm, comfy beds.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs are possibly a bit quieter, but none of them are loud.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Brilliant hostel.

What really made it was the staff, who were super helpful, especially Ignacio. For example within an hour of booking through hostelworld got a nice welcome email from them asking if we needed more information etc & prompt replies to our emails.

Very homey and warm feeling and atmosphere, the common area was rather nice.

4 bed dorm was a decent size with good sized lockers and comfy enough beds.

Location is good, maybe 15 min walk to bus station and Main Street and only a few minutes from huge supermarket. Also as slightly uphill get a fantastic view of the lake.

Would highly recommend.

Traveled April 2013 as a couple, stayed in 4 bed dorm.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I's close to the bus station, supermarkets, and the staff are really friendly. They can help you organise buses and tours, but I organised everything myself at the bus station. I ended up changing my plans and stayed here 1 night, then 2 nights in el Chalten and 1 night again here. This wasn't an issue. I stayed ina top bunk upon my return and there was no ladder which made it difficult to get up and down!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on our way to Torres del Paine and absolutely loved the atmosphere! The place is clean, kitchen has everything you need, staff is super friendly and helpful (they will arrange everything for your trip to see Perito Moreno glacier and all buses pick you up from the hostel). It's a place where mostly college aged people stay, everyone hangs around singing songs - it's got a family feel to it with a gorgeous view out the window.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I Keu Ken is a beautiful, friendly hostel about 5-10mins walk from the main drag and bus terminal. It is well worth the walk though. Nice new cottage feel, good beds and decent, clean bathrooms. The staff are lovely and are very helpful, they also speak fantastic English. Lali went above and beyond to help me out with getting around town and my travel plans. To top off a great stay the fridge was stocked with local craft beer varieties and breakfast was impressive consisting of freshly baked rolls and delicious condiments. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Great hostel! Super friendly and helpful staff. There are large lockers for each person in the rooms and pretty good wi-fi. The breakfast is included but is basic (bread and butter, jam, dulce de leche with tea/coffee and juice). There's a nice sitting area downstairs and a very friendly atmosphere.

They offer an asado (BBQ) once a week or so - and if you're there (and a meat eater) it's a fun time & excellent value with perfectly cooked sausage, beef, lamb, chicken and all the red wine & beer you can drink.

My only complaint is that it's a bit of a hike up the hill from the bus station (and town) on a dusty unpaved road. It's not THAT far but a bit annoying when you're legs are tired and sore from hiking. Regardless, I still stayed there a second time after going off to Chalten

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Lovely homely atmosphere and a great breakfast. It's a bit of a trek from the bus ration compared to other places, but I think it's worth it. The dorm I was in felt a bit cramped, but the common areas are good and the staff helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: F. M. Pontoriero 171, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Calafate
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Ranked #4 of 44 Specialty lodging in El Calafate
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