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Rancho Grande Hostel Reviews

Av. San Martin 724, El Chalten, Argentina

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482 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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Best Hostel in Chalten I have ever been. Bedrooms very clean like the bathrooms. It has a restaurant inside, giant kitchen and clean too. I highly recommend it


In the shower room, it smelled like a sewer.. There is a luggage room outside but they don't lock And kitchen didn't have enough utensil forcooking and always crowded Staffs are very rude and unfriendly


a little bit far from the main part of town, but close to the Fitz Roy trail head. clean, hot showers, good atmosphere, and wifi was hit and miss, typical for this town.


This place seems like a youth hostel factory. The private room was good, the dining room a plus, and the proximity to hiking trails nice. But hearing drunk youth running down the hallways at four in the morning or people chatting loudly outside of the bedroom window until late hours was unfortunate. And don't expect Internet (though this is based on the city's location, not the fault of the hostel).


Really big rancho. For its size it's pretty clean. Any directions to reach it will be helpful cause not everyone travels with their bus company to get dropped in front. Atmosphere can be great when it's full of cool hikers.


Best coffee in South America. There was an endless supply of hot water and good pressure and the food was really good


Good location, close to the start point of the tracks, near to the supermarket, helpful staff. Showers and toilet very clean. My locker was broken so I couldn't secure my stuff.


The staff here, in the commercial kitchen, at the reception, and the cleaners were great - all very friendly and extremely helpful. The kitchen for people to do their own cooking left a lot to be desired. Dangerous cookstoves, poor array of cooking utensils, cups, cutlery etc, and insufficient spacve given the numbers trying to cook. However, most importantly, the place was very quiet at night, unlike many other hostels. Overall I can recommend this place.

  • 23rd Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Had a late night bus in from calafate which was great as it stopped outside the hostel! But once we got in they couldn't find the booking for the for the 3 different bookings of those that were on the bus. We then all got out in the wrong rooms, after about an hour of shuffling us around at 1am, got a bed. Breakfast not included and paid a fair bit for an average meal of tinned fruit and cereal. Many Trekkers which is good but leaves the rooms a bit pongy with hiking boots and clothes around.


Huge, beautiful, cozy hostel with a lovely ambience, excellent amenities, friendly and helpful staff, warm showers, and yummy food. Always chock full of trekkers of all ages and nationalities (only downside was that the kitchen was pretty crowded). Incredible value for money.

  • 17th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


All good except poor wifi.


Rancho Grande is excellently located in El Chalten (although it's a small town). The Wi-Fi is terrible, as is the case in all of El Chalten, and the kitchen is tiny, which doesn't work so well considering the hostel can host quite a few people. The showers were quite good but inconsistent on their best and pressure. The in-house is a bonus, especially considering you must likely won't be making your own food. The best thing about Rancho Grande is its proximity to the best hikes from the town.


Nice hostel with a good cafe/bar. The rooms are nice and well laid out. Unfortunately the tiny kitchen and terrible internet service let it down. The kitchen size is insufficient for such a large hostel and had very few pots, plates, cutlery for all the ppl trying to cook there. There was constantly a queue for the kitchen so we, like most others just gave up on cooking. The wifi is only available in the lobby/cafe area and barely ever works. Don't advertise wifi as it's a very bad service.


This is quiet a large but clean hostel. The double rooms are nice, also the four bed dorm (stayed 1 night in dorm until double room was available). Breakfast is average but was not included in the price of the room. Good location to start hikes from and supermarket is near by. Only problem we had was that the kitchen can be quiet small and packed for the size of the hostel but this is typical in most hostels we found in Argentina. There is a restaurant on site though if you prefer not to cook.


Great hiking advice, good big lockers, nice showers, small but good enough kitchen. Really nice overall, lots of people to meet, good location to trail heads and grocery store.


Awesome experience ... Highly recommended. Staff spoke enough English so that a non-Spanish speaker can get by with no problem. The hostel is a bit further out from the "city-centre" if you consider El Chalten to have a city center, but it is very close to both the Laguna de los Tres and the Laguna Torre trail heads.


The wifi is horrible !!!! I think it's everywhere in the city but this hostel is also a restaurant. So eveybody want to connect...... You can get internet during the morning and late in the night. The staff wasn't that helpful, just OK..... No breakfast included if you are not booking private room. The hostel is vey clean and well located.


Good place to stay: location close to tracks, staff will help you in organizing everything, there are lockers in the room. Main things to improve:Internet is very sow during evenings, kitchen was cleaned at 8 am = when all the people prepare their breakfast, which is very strange...


I didn't enjoy any aspect of this stay. The staff are incredibly rude. There is no room in the kitchen to cook, and the utensils are filthy and old, rendering them almost useless. Furthermore, if you manage to cook, there is no table to eat at because the hostel runs a restaraunt and reserves all the tables. The luggage room also never gets locked and given the amount of people in Rancho Grande, it's not safe leaving your things there.


4 bed dorms good and spacious but kitchen tiny and not sufficient for numbers staying. Also main common area is a public restaurant so many non residents there. Hard to find table to sit at if you cook own meal. Information from staff was very useful . Location ideal for accessing tracks but then el chalten is very small place. WC cubicle tiny, doors don't open properly, awkward if you are a larger person.

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