This hostel is absolutely amazing. I had such a wonderful experience. I originally booked for one night but I ended up extending for one week! The girls who work at the hostal (Eva, Lizzy, Alli, and Negra) are so helpful and fun. They know a lot about the actvities the area has to offer and they gave great advice on what to do. They planned various BBQs and burger nights. It was a great way to meet other travelers.
The hostal is located in front of two bus stations and is super convienent to travel to the surronding areas to see the hotsprings, national park, etc. It is only two blocks away from the main road and a 5 minute walk to the beaches.
The volcano trip was fantastic. The guides were so communicative and very professional. The hostal works through a private agency so the transport picks you up and drops you off at the hostal. The climb was incredible and it is a truly glorious view from the crater. I highly recommend booking this tour through the hostal.
The hostal is very cozy with great common areas. The bathrooms are frequently busy and toilets are sometimes clogged (but who cares about bathrooms when your traveling anyway??) The hostal has a great vibe and I think attracts people with good positive energy that are socialble.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal el Refugio is proud to be "our pick" in the latest Lonely Planet for both South America on a Shoestring and Chile guides. Hostal el Refugio is a warm and friendly hostel, run by a Dutch-Chilean couple, and a great place to meet other travelers. The hostel is designed as a mountain hut and thanks to the inviting communal areas it is the perfect place to rest and recharge after a day of outdoor activities in the area. Both the owners and staff (experienced travelers) know Pucon and its environments thoroughly, and are happy to share this information and make personal recommendations. They are waiting to make your stay in Pucon unforgettable. Hostal el Refugio es mucho mas than just a place to sleep! ... more less