Rancho Grande Hostel Reviews
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I agree with most other reviews. The hostel is very very nice, excellent location and atmosphere but the kitchen has very few pans, and other cooking equipment, so you actually have to stay in line to cook something. Some of the staff are helpful but some others were only interested in getting you to buy food from the restaurant at the hostel. All in all, a beautiful experience still, despite those little anoying, but manageable, situations.
Many older travellers so it was hard to meet young people like ourselves as the place is overrun by over 50s, maybe an age restriction would help. Otherwise excellent hostal, good breakfast and service.
One of the best hostels i've stayed at. Very clean. Great facilities.
This is not a regular hostel --there are no cooking items. You can ask at the bar for a bowl or a spoon or pot for cooking, and they will ask you to look in the kitchen again, and then you will have to wait in line again to get the items at the bar. But, you cannot start the stove either since there is no lighter or matches provided to start the stove. The kitchen always seemed dirty and crowded. You are unable to wash or dry clothes there as well.
We had a good stay at Rancho Grande, but it's not a typical hostel and it definitely has more of a hotel feel. First of all, it's huge so there are constantly people coming and going and the kitchen is pretty small and limited. The location is a little on the far side of town and the staff wasn't super helpful (but I think that's because they just have so many people in there asking a bunch of questions all the time). In general, I would have preferred a smaller place, but it works.
I had a lot of fun at this hostel but there's some issues. First the kitchens are pretty bare bones, there's like 5 plates for 2 kitchens and you have to ask for glasses\plates from the restaurant there. Bigger problem is the staff seems really annoyed when you ask for a cup or plate (because they want you to eat/drink at the expensive restaurant?). In defense of the constantly annoyed staff, the place was crazy busy but staff attitude was a bummer. Also the group showers have no privacy.
Decent hostel. Staff are great. Kitchen is a bit small and gets very crowded. Breakfast in the restaurant is overpriced for what you get, $100 for two strips of bacon and scrambled eggs. Small gripe, still a good hostel at a great location to the treks.
Kitchen is poor equiped but staf is verry helpfull. Internet is a bit of a problem if you re not verry patient. Excellent showers!!
Wi-fi is terrible (most of El Chalten is like that) but the whole place was very clean and the beds were comfortable. It is at the north end of the town so convenient for hiking but further from the main bus terminal (12 min walk).