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Pioneros Hostel Reviews

Los Pioneros 255, El Calafate, Argentina

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198 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 66%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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A big hostel with a great kitchen and dining area, plenty of room and you are rarely waiting to use the kitchen. Rooms are small, with decent bunk beds and lockers. Annoying that there are no power plugs in the rooms and you have to leave your valuables out in common areas to charge. Plenty of showers and toilets, kept very clean. Shame that the staff we experienced were very apathetic, not overly friendly and don't know much about tourism within the town.


This was a lovely hostel, home away from home. Clean, big kitchen and nice lounge though wifi was intermittent as it is throughout bariloche. Would stay here again


A bit far from center. No breakfast included...


The hostel was real value for money. We had a private room which was nicer than hotel's 4* the price. The staff were friendly, everything was clean and the vibe was good

  • 13th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Staff were nice, helpful and pleasant. Good value for money. Place is clean with a nice common area with tables. Location a 15-20min walk to the bus terminal. Lockers in dorm rooms not very secure. Kitchen short of utensils


After reading some of the reviews I was pleasantly surprised with this hostel. I was expecting it to be further out of the centre but it is only 10 minutes walking. The dorms are basic but clean with good facilities. Plus the price is much cheaper than other hostels in the area :) My only minor complaint would be that in the mornings they close the bathrooms to clean them. As most people have tours leaving early this was sometimes a bit inconvenient.

  • 2nd Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The kitchen is not really well equipped, or the equipment needs to be renewed at least. There are not too many sockets to charge telephones, and it was kind of funny to see everybody fighting to be the first to take a position in the common area with a socket nearby. The staff is great and really helpful.


Very good! It would be better for passengers to pay with credit card, too. Thank you very much!

  • 22nd Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Just stayed for one night, the place was good, nice kitchen and a lot of space to socialise etc. The only problem that it is pretty far from the bus station if you are walking, and its 10 minutes walk into town.


Great hostel. Relatively clean. No plus sockets in rooms so have to leave valuables charging in the corridor. Staff were really nice and helpful. Really enjoyed our stay here - thanks! Kitchen is clean and big and there is a big sitting room where you can eat.


We couldn't even find the hostel. The streets aren't marked at all, there was no sign outside, and no indication of anyone answering when we arrived late at night. Is this hostel still even open? I would not recommend this place to anyone, we were forced to wander around El Calafate for over an hour and were about to try sleeping in a park until we finally found another place at 1:00 in the morning.


It's possible I'm being a little harsh, but it felt like for the price simple breakfast should have been included. It was a weird vibe from the extra charges and lack of a few usual hostel services - for example, that you had to give a deposit to use silverware, and the bathrooms didn't have toilet paper. The people were nice, both staff and guests, but coming from another fabulous hostel in the area that was cheaper and offered more, I wasn't impressed with Pioneros.


Amazing accommodation in the heart of Calafate. Beautiful room, more like a log cabin, that was cleaned daily. Lively staff always willing to help with trips and questions. Breakfast was lovely, with a variety of things to eat. Transfers were easy to and from the airport and with various trips! Loved staying here and would recommend to everyone! Lots of people in the communal areas sharing food and drinks, swapping stories, so a great place for lone travelers or small groups of people.

  • 23rd Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great, but no power sockets in the rooms


I thought this place was pretty horrible. The location is far away from everything else in the town, it's overpriced, there's no atmosphere, and they try to eek out all of your money by charging for things that are normally complementary, like towels and a simple breakfast. Plus everything is very closed off, the dormitory rooms and hallways resemble a hospital ward. LOOK ELSEWHERE!

  • 12th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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