While on a 5-day, 4-night trip to Patagonia, the tour company that I hired placed me in the Calafate Hostel. I had a single room with ensuite which was visited daily by a maid. The water pressure in the shower was good but the water temperature varied from ice cold to scalding hot. The shower seemed to be cleaned just once during the four nights I was there. Bedroom was very bare bones with a full size bed, chair and little TV. In terms of the cleaning, it was a bit inconsistent - my third day the maid left towels (would have come in handy a few days earlier) and my first day I had put my toothbrush away and when I returned to the room later in the day, the toothbrush was out, turned upside down and placed by the sink. I don't even want to think what happened with that toothbrush. Anyway, compared to the rest of the hostel, the room was a little safe haven.
The upstairs dining room/common area of the hostel was gross. I don't know if that's the fault of the hostel or its guests however there were dirty dishes and unclean tables everywhere. The kitchen was filthy - dirty dishes and counters, FLIES everywhere. The dining room is the only place where internet functions. The downstairs common room is reserved for breakfast and paying customers after breakfast. Breakfast was less than basic and flies were all over the food. It's not worth it to get up and have breakfast, better to go the supermarket and buy something for yourself. After breakfast is cleared, the staff do a good job of cleaning the area which is actually quite nice, however the staff will only let you sit down if you order something. The staff are sticklers for keeping the rules when money is involved.
Front desk staff was lazy. While I was at the hostel, the majority of the time there was a very lazy, unforgiving front desk person who clearly did not care at all about the hostel or his job. There's also a woman and a taller dark-haired guy who I dealt with who were better than the other staff member.
A pro of the hostel is the prime location, two blocks from the main street. However, there are other hostels that are the same distance from the main road that are much nicer. Bottom line, you have been warned and I very strongly do not recommend this hostel.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Despegar.com, HostelBookers, HostelWorld and Odigeo so you can book your Calafate Hostel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Calafate Hotel El Calafate
- Calafate Hostel El Calafate, Argentina - Patagonia