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Rancho Grande Hostel Reviews

Av. San Martin 724, El Chalten, Argentina

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527 Total Reviews
  • 73%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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Great lunch box. Poor wifi.

  • 26th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Serbia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Hostel is very near to the Fitzroy trail. There are two kitchens for people to use but there is very little equipment to actually cook your own meal with. We asked for a saucepan and the only thing they had was a pan the size of a cauldron. There are cheaper hostels elsewhere in El Chalten.


Nice hostel to stay in El Chalten. Good value for the money. Mattresses could be changed as they're caved in and not confortable. Clealiness is good by South American standards but there is room for improvement. Otherwise, the atmosphere was very good, well situated for trekking and we met great people. I recommend for people who want to go to El Chalten on a budget.

  • 16th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Decent place, pretty big, nice hot showers with good water pressure. Close to the trailheads for Laguna Torre and Fitz Roy. I only wish that there were more cups/bowls/plates in the kitchen and that the women's bathroom didn't have a slight odor (it did seem clean otherwise).

  • 10th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


My pack cover was stolen from my room but granted, the lockers are great (but who thinks to lock up a dirty wet pack cover?). The kitchen didn't even have bowls, they really need to restock their kitchen supplies. Chalten Travel buses drop off right outside but they never told us as we got off at the station so we walked the 15 min across town in rain to find the same bus sitting right outside the hostel. So if you come in on them, just tell them you're staying at Rancho Grande! Close to trail!


The staff werent super friendly and they didnt give out maps like most hostels do but everything else there was nice.


A pleasant place to stay with good beds and food. Wifi in the whole of the town is limited due to satellite connection only. An observation is that the hostel is trying to be a hostel and a restaurant which means less space both upstairs and downstairs :(


Complete summary: Restaurant first ... Hostel second


Personnel pas accueillant du tout. Nous avons dû aller à la gare routière, située à 15 minutes à pied, pour obtenir une carte de la station! L'auberge ressemble plutôt à une usine où des groupes de touristes peuvent venir y manger. C'est donc très bruyant. Il y a 2 cuisines dans lesquelles il y a très peu d'ustensiles. Le point positif est la propreté des douches et des wc.


The staff were not friendly or helpful, the kitchen did not have proper utensils to cook, only blackened broken pans with no handles, a couple of plates and no utensils which made it very hard to cook, it seemed in order to make you buy food from their restaurant which wasn't particularly good. El Chalten itself was lovely but wouldn't recommend this hostel.


Staff werent very helpful, place was overpriced and super crowded. Not a nice atmosphere.


We needed internet to make reservations to the next city we were supposed to go, but the Wi-Fi never worked and the staff didnt help us at all about it

  • 8th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The 4 bed dorm was clean and comfortable with large and secure lockers. The window had a slight gap which when windy meant it was very noisy. The common area was decent but the kitchen was lacking pots,, glasses and cutlery. The staff are not very friendly and offered no information about the area on check in. The staff also knocked on the door 5 minutes after check out time and asked us to leave. Wifi doesn't work and they don't lock the luggage storage room, very easy for someone to walk in.


The staff was amazingly helpful getting us accommodations in another town. They went above and beyond and seemed happy to do it.

  • 1st Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


There are good lockers in some of the rooms. The showers always had hot water and there was always one free. There is no breakfast included in the rate. I felt this was poor value for money and I paid a special promotional rate. The location is great for walks to Fitzroy. I didn´t really have many dealings with the staff - they seem curteous but no more. It is a bit of a backpacker factory with people constantly coming and going but as a base for hiking it was fine.


Upon arrival, the staff member made us pay directly without even explaining or welcoming us, which didn't make us feel that welcome. Room was decently sized, beds not that comfortable, big lockers, beware it might get hot at night. Some of the bathrooms are tiny, not even enough room to close & lock the door. No water pressure when flushing, a big minus. Location perfect for day treks into the mountains. Do not expect WiFi. Overall there are probably better and more comfortable options in town.


Pretty great hostel. The rooms were ok sized and clean, the kitchen relatively useful and the bathroom clean. The big plus about this hostel is the helpful staff that are able to book busses, same price as the bus station with a in-front-of-the-hostel-pickup, give advice on the hikes and are helpful in guarding the luggage you might leave while going on a track. The only big downside is the lack of wifi, which is common in Chalten but this hostel has def. the lousiest connection.


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


This hostel is quite nice and the staff is also helpfull. Its main drawback is that even though the city is small, it still takes some minutes to get to the hostel by foot, which can be rather bad if you are already tired of so many treks. The hostel also offers a restaurant with good food a nice prices.

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