My husband and I typically go for more budget hostels/hotels, so for us, Kau Si Aike was a bit of a splurge. We figured that we would want a very comfortable and warm place to stay after lots of hikes in the area and we were extremely happy with our decision!
First, Patricia is the friendliest, nicest, and the most enthusiastic hostess! Even though we only know a few words in Spanish, we were able to communicate with her - sometimes through some comical miming - as her English is pretty good (she was taking lessons during our stay so it's probably going to continue to get better). She helped us set up a great horseback ride, got our laundry taken care of, kept us updated on the weather each day, and directed us to the best way to get started on hikes. In particular, we were glad she advised us to start the Laguna de los Tres (Fitz Roy) hike at Hosteria Pilar.
The location of the hosteria is itself close to the bus station (about a 10 minute walk) and near the center of the town. The rooms are simple, very clean, large and thankfully warm, and the bed was comfortable. More importantly, there is plenty of hot water for the showers. We also liked the fact that there was a large area set aside for luggage, changing, etc.
Breakfasts were among the best we had on our two week trip. I could eat a whole loaf of Patricia's homemade bread, and probably would have felt more shame in eating as much of it as I did, if she didn't happily offer more slices every time my plate was empty. Her homemade cakes are just as delicious and there's plenty of coffee, tea and OJ to power you through your hike.
Wifi is free, but we had trouble with our connection. I had read though, that wifi is generally not the best in El Chalten. We were also told, apologetically, that the connection would be very slow. Not a problem for us as we came here to disconnect anyways.
All in all, this may not be the incredible deal that we typically look for, but we'd definitely return and would highly recommend for anyone who wants to know for sure that they'll have a hot shower, warm room, delicious breakfasts and incredibly sweet and friendly hostess to greet them after a long and tiring hike.
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