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“Our Favorite Hostel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alaska Hostel
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Denver, Colorado
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59 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Our Favorite Hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

We have been traveling for the last year; everywhere from Europe to Asia to South America and this is our favorite hostel so far.

It takes about 20 minutes from the bus station and 15 minutes from the center of town to get there, but the location is still great. Bus access is very easy and once you have a bus card, getting around Bariloche is a breeze.

We enjoyed the mountain cabin feel of the hostel. The layout allowed people plenty of space, but made the atmosphere conduce to talking and sharing with other travelers. The breakfast that is included is great. The spread isn't huge, but the bread is baked fresh while you eat, and the coffee is brewed not instant.

The owner/manager Javi was a really informative, friendly, and attentive guy. the rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, and grounds are very clean and well kept. We thought that the patio and grill area were great for hanging out.

Definitely spend some time hiking in the area, buy some meat from the carniceria a few blocks away for an asado, check out the local brewery for happy hour.

We would 100% stay here again and recommend this place to people looking for budget accommodations with a chill/relaxed hostel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bondi, Australia
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

I stayed here as everyone I ran into so far on my travels that had been to Bariloche had stayed here and raved about it. I was not disappointed. Alaska is a home away from home, the best hostel I´ve stayed in so far in 2 months of travelling in South America.
Naty, Javi and Luca are wonderful hosts. On arrival I was given a full induction and run down of the hostel, the town, transport, what there was to do and see in the area and advice on how to maximise my time there.
The hostel itself is very cosy, the beds comfortable, the bathrooms clean, great breakfast of homemade bread and jams. The atmosphere was very chilled out and friendly.
It is out of town, but there is no reason to go into town at all - except to the chocolate shops! Everything you want to do is out of town, and you´re halfway there if you stay at Alaska. The buses are easy to use and run frequently.
Get in early and make sure you book to stay at Alaska.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bel_cox_
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

Lovely place, best hostel I stayed in on this trip. Javi was very helpful, gives you a proper 'induction' session at arrival and explains everything you would usually have to ask - like trasport, hiking options, attractions etc. I find it a great value service. Atmosphere is very chilled, it's nice to come back after a long hike. Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jojomojoboo
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

As hostels go this is at the top of the list. The owners Nati & Havi are a young couple & have really put some effort into making the place welcoming & well equipped.

It's out of the main town (absolutely no need to stay in Bariloche town) off the main road & really close to the transport links, supermarkets, local stores, 3 micro breweries & a darn good steak house if you fancy a well priced meat fest!

It had a really well equipped kitchen (2 cookers & more equipment than you could ever need) The social areas were great & with the place being so chilled, everyone tended to hang around mix in.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PDMVAN
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

The staff at Alaska Hostel are welcoming and warm, the rooms are clean and cozy, the kitchen is beautiful and clean, and the location is quiet and central (not in the city or on a main road, but the bus is easily accessible). I highly recommend this hostel, it is the best one I´ve ever stayed in!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 73Lis
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

i spent about 10 days at the Alaska this year on my first ski trip to argentina. it couldnt have been more perfect. the culture of the hostel was awesome- in early september its a combination of skiers, climbers and the occasional wanderer. somewhat younger crowd that was always very social, but never too loud too late. the owners live across the street and are always around to help out... and i mean with anything... we had a skier tear his binding out of the ski at cerro catedral and Javi produced and endless supply of power tools and hardware, not to mention personal expertise, to get us back in the game. he also offers to throw large cookouts pretty regularly... for us this featured the best churipan ive ever had and a mountain of local trout. amazing. i cant say enough good about this place

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

Harvey and Nati bring you in like one of the family, everything you need for a cheep ski holiday is close by. Not in the middle of Bariloche downtown but close enough for a quick bus ride to get anything you need. Ski rental is easier up the mountain so no need to carry it on the bus. Showers were hot and the dormitory beds were comfortable. Large enough kitchen with two stoves, ovens, sinks and fridges. Ask Harvey about playing indoor football with his friends, Great fun after a few beers!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sn0mad
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Property: Alaska Hostel
Address: Calle Lilinquen 328 | Pinar de Festa, San Carlos de Bariloche R8402HUD, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Rio Negro > San Carlos de Bariloche
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 249 Specialty Lodging in San Carlos de Bariloche
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a stunning view of Cerro Catedral, 4 blocks away from Playa Bonita and only 10 minutes from downtown Bariloche you will find a rustic hostel with great atmosphere, where you will feel at home. We are located at Km 7.5 Bustillo Road, in a pleasant and quiet area very close to Playa Bonita, on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake, with an incredible view to the mountains. Just ten minutes from downtown Bariloche, in the way to Cerro Catedral Ski Center and Llao Llao Hotel. Once at the hostel you will find a full equipped kitchen and washing facilities, a garden with a place for BBQ, parking, free internet access, WiFi in all the hostel, TV, DVD & movies. ... more   less 
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