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Hostel Ruca-Potu
Ranked #130 of 179 Specialty Lodging in Mendoza
Reviewed June 5, 2012

The son of the owner talked to us on the bus station and promised that they have wonderful rooms with tv and direkt close to plaza independencia. We got to the hostel and took the room because it was already late in the evening. The owner promised that it's a quiet family hostel... NOT TRUE! The beds were terrible...there were people partying in the patio till 3 in the morning.after we complained twice, the owner didn`t do anything. The TV did not work. In the morning we told the owner that we could not sleep because of noise, that tv does not work and that the hostel is not at all central. We asked to have at least some money back. He was soo unfriendly, getting angry. We wanted to talk politely with him. No chance! He just kept playing his online games, commanding his daughter around to clean and was so rude! Then he just ignored us while we were talking. We left immediately! Horrrible experience!!!
Changed to Hostal Confluencia...120 pesos for double room and so nice people, good kitchen, clean.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Sophie d
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

This hostel has good prices, but everything else is horrible. I felt like I was harassed daily by the people who work there (the owner, his girlfriend, and his sons). They constantly barged into the dorm rooms and used the private guest's bathrooms there; I felt like I had no privacy. They smoked in the house, yelled at me and other backpackers for not drying the dishes, and took over the common room's computer and tv that is supposed to be for the guests. They lied about having wi-fi in all of the rooms and the computer in the dorm room did not work- I guess it was just there for decoration. Also, they never cleaned the bathroom when I was there and when other people left the dorm, I never saw anyone change the sheets. Overall, I don't recommend this hostel to anyone...paying a little more for another hostel, in this case, is definitely worth it!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Kenia S
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

I don't have many comments on the hostel because I didn't actually stay there. It was overbooked and he told us we had a problem over the loud sound of his son and his girlfriend watching very loud tv. He had beds in the dorm for us for three times the price we would pay for a private room. He kept telling us it was our problem and after some arguing he offered us an apartment four blocks further away from the centre for 900 pesos, because it was semana santa we didn't have any other options so we took it. When checked out of the apartment we wanted to store our luggage for the afternoon, he didn't want to do it because we didn't check into the hostel, telling us again it wasn't his fault or problem. For 15 pesos each he would store our luggage. I had a bad feeling about the owner from the get go, reading other reviews that feeling was right.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Thom F
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Ariel who owns the hostel is very friendly and offers really good advice on tours and day trips. The hostel is not the best of locations but is only about a 5 or 10 minute walk from the city centre and is cheaper than other hostels in Mendoza. There is a free, very basic breakfast. Hostel is cosy although the main dorm is very cramped but with a nice ensuite bathroom and great shower. The free wine in the evenings is great!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank nina128
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

Free pickup from the busstation! A very safe and secure hostel, with locked gates which means it is actually closed for everyone who does not have a key to the front gate. Breakfast whenever you wanted, and a pool which you could actually use and swim in! Great! A very spacious, clean and beautiful backyard with lots of tables, chairs, a fussball-table and a nice pool. The tripleroom had a very spacious private bathroom, it was excellent. The internet did not work most of the time, + it was located in a somewhat dodgy area (at least at night). But other than that, it was a great hostel with a very friendly, funny and helpful owner who treated you as one of his own kids!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank maggimaggi
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Reviewed December 7, 2010

tourism information, nice people, free transportation from the bus station, breakfast..
free wine ..
. such a comfortable place...

Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
Thank Claracrocodila
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Reviewed September 22, 2010

Even on advertising materials it looks pretty well almost everything what was advertised (or maybe all) was not true. The owner behavior was very strange, your fat son was downright annoying, breakfast was poor, advertised wine for free was really disgusting, etc. In addition to all those mentioned above the landlord took from us 180 USD to give us (four people) ride to the Cordon del Plata (aproximatelly 50+ km far from Mendoza).

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank radekf
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Additional Information about Hostel Ruca-Potu

Address: Av. Gobernador Ricardo Videla 1275, Mendoza 5519, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Cuyo > Province of Mendoza > Mendoza
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #130 of 179 Specialty Lodging in Mendoza
Price Range: $57 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay in the family atmosphere of Ruca Potu Hostel! Swimming pool, free wine, all you can drink! So much to do. Just have a look and see for yourself! ... more   less 
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