We stayed in Hostel Lao for a few days. As we're a couple, we got a private double with a bathroom. The room was very nice and tastily decorated, with a comfortable bed, a spacious bathroom and even a couch - this was hotel-grade and great value, definitely one of the nicest room we've seen in our five weeks trip. The doors were quite noisy, and our room being next to two bathrooms for the dorms, we didn't have the best sleep. Common areas were great.
Service was a bit up-and-down, one time we had great tips by very friendly staff, other time quite unclear directions in a not-so-friendly manner. One thing I would recommend to change is that Hostel Lao asks you to pay upfront for the Lujan de Cuyo bike rental (the alternative to Maipu). We went there and all the wineries we wanted to visit were all closed... That would have been fine, had we not already paid for the bike rental. The painful bit is that it seemed totally fine to just rent it out there without pre-paying. I'm sure Lao strives to provide the best experience in the things they recommend, and it would be great if they could change that.
The hotel is a bit far from center, on the east side of the center of Mendoza, when most of the action and restaurants are the west side - had to walk up to 30 minutes for some of the good restaurants (a walk you don't necessarily want to make after biking 30 kms)
All in all, we were quite happy with the hotel thanks to the wonderful room and some of the very nice staff. Just a few things to fix for Lao, but we still enjoyed it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel Lao is like a good friend's house where you can relax and meet people. Owned and run in a different style by English-Argentine travelers. For 5 years we have been welcoming travelers to stay with us, enjoy our home and see a more Mendozan side to the city. With just 24 beds to keep things friendly, chilled and clean; Lao is a traveler's oasis in the middle of a great city. A social, lively home, NOT a party hostel! ... more less
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