Disclaimer: Most people who stay at this hostel seemed to be traveling alone or in groups, staying in dorms, and were generally on the younger side. For anyone in that camp this would probably be an amazing hostel to stay in (as proven by all the rave reviews), but this perspective is based on my experience in a private double room as a couple both in our late 20s
The view at Penthouse 1004 is undeniably special - from our bedroom, we were able to see the sun set over the lake every day, which was stunning. The hostel definitely makes the most of its wonderful location, and has better views than most hotels. It deserves to have a great rating for this reason alone. There's also a nice culture in the hostel of being respectful to all guests - there's a big kitchen and common area for socialising, but these are closed around midnight so that everyone can sleep easily.
BUT, for us, it didn't tick many other boxes. All bathrooms are shared, the private room was just OK, breakfast was extremely basic compared to other hostels (just bread to toast over a grill), and the quality of the staff was patchy - some members of staff were lovely and extremely knowledgeable, but often there was no one at the desk so you'd have to search around the hostel to find someone to help. Overall, we had much better stays at much cheaper hostels, and were left quite underwhelmed after all the hype and awards. Again, it's probably great for many travelers, but I would not recommend this hostel to a couple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Penthouse 1004 is the most famous lodge in Bariloche not only because of the stunning panoramic views, but also for its cozy and homely atmosphere. You can enjoy the scenery from every area of the house, including all bedrooms. We have dorms with 4,5,6 and 7 beds. As well 3 beautiful double rooms, two matrimonial and one with a twin option. All of the rooms are spacious and luminous! They have central heating and individual lockers.The large living room invites you to chill out on the comfortable couches after a long day of hiking. The size and the furnishing of the dining room make the perfect place for socializing with guests from all over the world. An eclectic selection of music helps to create the right atmosphere for each moment!The Penthouse 1004 was born due to the human quality and warmth of all its visitors. We don’t want to break this important spirit of friendship, that’s why we decided not to have a TV. We have a fully equipped large kitchen with utensils and basic ingredients (spices, salt, oil, tea, coffee, sugar), three big stoves and a microwave.The free breakfast includes fresh homemade bread, butter, homemade jam, dulce de leche, a healthy cereal mix, milk, coffee and tea.There is free internet access and Wi-Fi. You can’t miss sun bathing, having a drink, reading a book or just relaxing on the large balcony looking at the lake and the mountains. As the house is non-smoking there is a smoking gallery on the balcony.We offer free luggage storageBook exchangeOther services: laundry and a small selection of drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks). There is a parking area in the building. We have lots of information about things to do in Bariloche. We can help you to organize different tours, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, paragliding, rafting, fishing and so… ... more less
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