Campo Base Youth Hostel was definately the worst Hostel International Affiliated backpackers dormitoy that I have stayed at in Argentina, I would not reccommend Campo Base Youth Hostel to a fellow traveler or friend. The relitavely newly established Campo Base is much like many new hostels aspiring to compete with large ¨party-hostels¨ franchises, such as Loki and Wild Rover, however, Campo Base lackd the common sense and attention to detail to ever be on the same playing field.
The very hot and cramped shared bedrooms were hard to sleep in, my bed was at the top of a triple-stacked bunk style accomidation that would seem more fitting in a over-seas military bunker that a Hostel International youth organization. However the worst antagonist to sleep would have to be the loud music which blared from the main dining and bar area located oddly to one half of the groud floor boarding all dormitory windows, which were all opened widely in order to allow some fresh and somewhat cooler air into the stuffy rooms. Unlike a LoKi or Wild Rover hostel, the rooms were far from soundproofed; there was no quiet areas to accomidate a backpacker who was in need of quiet and rest and no rules to when the bar and music was to be off limits.
My first night of sleep was rudely interupted after four hours of shuteye at 3:00 am by the hostel receptionist and group of friend who partied loudly to uptempo dance music until the mid-hours of the morning with no care or consideration for sleeping guests. My second and last night I decided to stay out later in the city of Mendoza having a few drinks of the very popular Fernet herbal liquor, in hopes that by the time I returned to my hostel at 2:30 am the volume of music would be on steady decline and I would be intoxicated enough to pass out despite the noise. I returned to my bed and made my accent to the top bunk to find my bed occupied by a newly accomidated guest who was assigned the same bed that I had been sleeping in the previous night.
Aparently the lobby reception had overlooked the fact that there was already someone, me, occupying the bed and had given it to someone else. I wanted to gather my belonging and leave that instant, however in consideration and pitty of the other nine sleeping guests who occupied the room, I was unwiling to turn on the lights and pack my things together in the middle of the night. After an hour or so of searching the computer database while I rested in the main lobby, the two lobby receptionists found be an unoccupied bed in a small, unventilated room of two double bunks and I slept in my cloth as my night-wear had been left on my previous bed which I found thrown on the floor of the room the next morning.
Checkout was at an early 10:00 am, and the receptionists argued that I still had to pay the full amount even though there was a mixup with the beds and I was apparently unregisterd in there computer database. To avoid further stress and to allow the receptionists to unlock the main gates in order for me to leave I reluctantly paid the thirty-eight peso HI member fee and left tired, unaccomidated and somewhat bitter about the rude and dismissive service that I had recieved.
I will certainly not go back to Campo Base Youth Hostel and would not reccomend it to anyone that is looking to have reliable occomidations and sleep. Hopefully my review saves some stress for fellow South American Backpackers, in an otherwise beautiful country filled with beautiful and kind people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Base Campo Hostal is the first hostel in the city of Mendoza, with over 20 years of experience, it is modern, colorful, cheerful, ideal for youth, us located in downtown,half a block from Independence square, by so its location is excellent. A hostel with a warm atmosphere that will make you feel at house,offer economic activities and also offer other hostels which you can interact, make new friends and have a unique and unforgettable experience! ... more less
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