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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hostel 41 Below

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Hostel 41 Below
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Mendoza, Argentina
1 review
“Best hostel ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

My stay at 41 below was wonderful! The hostel was kept really clean, the bunks were comfortable, and the kitchen was fantastic. Met lots of really interesting travelers from all over the world. I have to say the best thing about the hostel is the staff. A super great guy named Leo manages the place, he was really helpful with getting to know the sights around Bariloche, with the buses, and he even got us a discount on some tours. Leo and the staff he hires to work at 41 below are what give the place its friendly, realxed atmosphere that made my trip to Bariloche incredible!

Room Tip: I stayed in a dorm room with my travel companion and 4 other travelers. The room was quiet at night...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

To run a great hostel you need to be there. If you let some twenty year old on a gap year (that you're allowing a free bed in return for cleaning your toilets) run reception, you're doomed. If you let them decide the music that plays on the house sound system, you might as well let the bank know you're off to Pakistan.

Leonardo is there, practically always. He must get sick to death of answering the same questions, telling door steppers he's full, serving breakfast, drying the dishes the lazy have left and maybe even sick of his own (very well selected) house music.

What he achieves though, quite effortlessly it would seem to us dumb backpackers, is a hostel that feels like home. Now there's an overused description you often find on the hostel booking websites, evidently written by people who must have had an unfortunately turbulent home life. But when I left 41 Below, and Leonardo embraced me on the steps as stumped off to the bus station, I felt genuinely sad. That doesn't happen often, as any seasoned traveller will qualify.

So here's to Leonardo, his dreadlocks, his charm and his time and effort and commitment 24/7. If more hostels were run by Leonardo, the words 'it's really homely' might become more meaningful and less used by those normally used to sleeping in a box under a bridge.

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

The whole hostel (rooms, bathrooms, showers, common area, kitchen) is incredibly clean so you can relax and enjoy the stay without worrying about the usual hostel grime.

Leo and all the staff are very friendly and helpful, they will call and make inquiries or reservations for you and give advice on things to do, walking routes, the best ice cream shop etc. You can even borrow a bus card to get around. They have thought of it all!

The common area is large with a big dining table and couches and its difficult NOT to meet people. Although there is a TV it's rarely on because people are more interested in socialising, another sign of a happy hostel atmosphere.

Breakfast is good (ie not just bread and jam like many places). The kitchen is well ordered and care is obviously taken to keep an eye on order and cleanliness in there, so that it's easy for everyone to use.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights over Xmas and loved it. Silka and Leonardo were great hosts. We arrived Xmas eve and were told there was a Xmas dinner that night, and we had been included in that if we'd like to - it was great. Really delicious food and great way to mingle and meet everyone else. We also did a Xmas secret Santa which was lots of fun.

The communal atmosphere at 41Below is the best we've come across, the big dining table for meals and the couches and bean bags really lends itself to chatting and making friends with the other guests.

The hostel was really clean, super comfy beds and great value.

Silka recommended a great Steakhouse for Xmas night - it was amazing! The best meal in Argentina so far. Leonardo also gave us some great tips for hiking - a little off the beaten track away from the crowds of people!

These guys are great! Would absolutely stay again!

  • Stayed December 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

We didn't even stay in this hostel as they were fully booked on the afternoon that we arrived, but Leonardo was still incredibly helpful in our mission to find some bikes for a big trip we wanted to make. He made various phone calls, offered us ice cold water and tea while we waited for his friend to ring back and was generally just really really helpful. We were really ad they were fully booked as Leonardo really knew how to look after guests.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

We were welcomed by friendly Leonardo after a 31 hour bus ride with a cup of tea and he carried our bags to our room! A small hostel with 1 big table where it's easy to meet people. It's clean and breakfast at a set table with medialunas and cereals. I can highly recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Itajubá, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

It's a wonderful place, clean and with a cool atmosphere. The staff is great, they helped me a lot with the language and tips about the best places to go. If i come again to Bariloche, there's no other place that i'd like to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hostel 41 Below
Address: Juramento 94, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Rio Negro > San Carlos de Bariloche
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Ranked #11 of 252 Specialty Lodging in San Carlos de Bariloche
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hostel 41 Below. A New Zealander run hostel located in a quiet street in the heart of Bariloche, just 2 blocks from the center of town and the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Run by travellers, for travellers - we know it's the little things that make a difference : comfortable furniture to chill out on, a great music collection, DVDs, free Wi-Fi, thick comfy mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, storage lockers in every room, free tea and coffee. ... more   less 
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