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Hostel International Point
Ranked #27 of 38 El Calafate B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The view from the window was the only thing I liked in this place.

The room was old styled, with very strong smell (not a good one)
Also the bed sheets and the closet have the same smell (and it has sticked to our clothes after that). The room is not so clean, with old unclear carpet on the floor.
No internet signal was available, and the breakfast was very limited (with no additions) and poor.
The ground floor is a youth hostel => lot of noise in dinning area.
The staff doesn't speak English at all.
The demand was to pay during the CheckIn, and I wonder why ?...

Room Tip: Ask for a room with big window to the lake side
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Extremely pleasant host ! We booked this hostel based on reviews on hostels.com. Although some 15 minutes away from the high street (by foot) (which can be tiring after a day of hiking), views from the restaurant were amazing and seemed clear and friendly when we arrived. Turns out there was a problem with water in our room and the owner was more then kind to arrange for alternative accommodation in town and arranged packed lunch for us as well as a symbolic discount. Cant talk about the accommodation but extremely helpful hosts !

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

What a find!!! To stay in a double room with ensuite bathroom for hostel prices. It is beautifully situated on top of the hill. I think it has been a hotel before and therefore you find all amenities that you would find in a 3* hotel. the lobby is big and spacious. The breakfast room (as well as our room) had gorgeous views of the lake and the city itself. The center can be reached within 10 minutes walk. It is also in proximity to the bus station (although an area I wasn't too comfortable with). Just a couple of things that you should keep in mind: they don't accept credit cards, so you have to pay cash - possibly in pesos, as their exchange rates are ridiculous (and there is only one exchange bureau in Calafate which has restricted opening hours). Secondly, I asked the staff, if they could book an airport transfer for us, but this wasn't possible and they sent us back to town to boo it with a travel agency.
Overall a very nice stay. Nice breakfast and really good value for money

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Zetti
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Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

We loved this place - both the town / surrounding area and the hotel. In 12 months of travelling the Americas, Natalia was the most warm and informative host. She managed to strike the perfect balance, being helpful without being pushy or stifling us. She's a gem! The hotel is great value for money and despite what other reviewers have said, the walk up really isn't bad at all. We did three tours organised by the hotel and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. We would come back time and time again if we could!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights. Firstly before our trip to Estancia Nibepo Aike and after the trip. On both occassions the staff were exceptionally helpful the accommodation was what you would expect for the price. Comfortable room and beautiful views. We would highly recommend using this hostel for you starting or ending point for adventures in Patagonia.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We stayed in this hostel for 4 nights and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere here. It was great to sit in the lounge area after a day out and update diaries or read. Our room was very comfortable and clean and all rooms had a view over the lake. It is close to the bus station but quite a steep uphill climb from there if you are dragging a suitcase. Hotel can help you with tour bookings and a lot of the tours pick up from the hotel. Only drawback is having to deal with cash money all the time which necessitated us going to the teller machine almost daily due to the limit on withdrawals.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pam334
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Great hostel overlooking El Calafate
Pro:
Low cost of 65 peso a night
Quiet, beautiful white sheets, proper beds
Clean, home like showers and bathrooms
Views overlooking town
Beautiful breakfast w little bonus like proper coffee, medio-lunos, dulce-de-leche served by lovely staff.
Tours arranged by knowledgable inhouse staff.
Great kitchen--- fully stocked.

Cons:
They threw out our food, so LABLe!
Quiet, don't come here to party
No lockers in the rooms

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Thank Nick B
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Additional Information about Hostel International Point

Address: Av. Peron 1016, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Calafate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in El Calafate
Price Range: $10 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for the BEST HOSTEL check this out!Exceptional location, a short walk from the heart of the city, with an unforgettable panoramic view from all points of the hostel.Nice outdoor area arround the hostel with a typical patagonian style where you can delight a barbecue or just sit down with your drink to enjoy the lake view.We have private & shared rooms up to 4 people with private bathroom all overlooking the lake & the mountains.We’re a group of friends from all over the world. We have personal experience with living in Argentina, United States and Mexico. ... more   less 
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Hostel International Point El Calafate, Argentina - Patagonia

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