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Rancho Grande Hostel Reviews

Av. San Martin 724, El Chalten, Argentina

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411 Total Reviews
  • 70%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 77%Location
  • 67%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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No atmosphere, staff not interested. Bad kitchen and wifi. Pay to use their computers. No breakie. Everything cost money. Small place so no bad locations in town. It was ok as a base for our hiking. Very few options in low season.


they got kitchen without knife, and the Wifi so poor, even cannot search flight ticket, if you don't cook and don't need wifi, that's good hostel to stay.


A lovely place to stay. Visiting El Chalten in the off season, the hostel was not very busy but made for a quiet place to relax after a long day's hike. The staff were very friendly and they have an adorable St. Bernard, Loretzo, that lives there as well. Admittedly, the kitchen facilities are poorly equipped and the small refrigerators are almost always packed - but the restaurant/bar staff are willing to provide you with what you do not have access to. Comfortable beds. Large lockers.


This is a lovely hostel, the rooms are nice and very clean, as are the showers and toilets. It's abit of a walk from the bus station but close to the start of all the hikes and supermarket. It has a nice atmosphere, wifi is poor but it is all over town so the only problem was really how small the kitchen was for a hostel of that size. But overall all it is a very nice hostel and we enjoyed our stay here, I would recommend staying here!


The hostel was good, clean and a reasonable price. Staff were helpful. The only downside was that the kitchen is small so it's tricky to cook when everyone is trying to get in there. Breakfast is not included, but it was cheaper than some of the other hostels so worked out about the same. I would recommend it.


This hostel is great value for money. It is inexpensive, the rooms are big enough and very clean. The kitchen is very small for the size of the hostel, but we did not cook so it wasn't a problem. The restaurant food is good, too bad there is no free breakfast. Allthough it feels a bit as a hotel, staff was friendly and helpful. There are a lot (really a lot) of Israeli travellers who form groups, so maybe this is not the best hostel if you want to meet people. We had a pleasant stay.


Can't ask for much more other than for breakfast to be included. El Chalten is expensive though and this hostel offers good value. The wifi is very slow as it is a satellite link. But it's the best it possibly could be so no complaints. Bed, kitchen and common area all good. Staff helped me book a bus too.


A huge hostel.. And for the amount of people there were, the kitchen was way too small. Which almost forces you to buy food at their bar. The heater was really hot in all the rooms, also at night. And the window could not be opened. When I complained about this at the reception they were really unhelpful. As if they didn't care. No good security system either, everybody can walk in and ask for a key for the rooms. Because it is impossible for the reception to know all the people.


great big hostel, confortable rooms but with some issues about electricity and internet, the kitchen is too small for this big hotel but the bathrooms are really good and clean, great staff.


Hostel has no internet - but all internet in El Chalten works on satellites so might get better elsewhere. Not great for socializing and moved to a better hostel after first night. Nice facilities but value was not great especially without breakfast! Nice showers too and clean bathrooms.


Staff un-interesed. Kitchen was useless; No oven, dirty warm fridges, no utensils unless requested from the restaurant kitchen attached to the hostel. One member of staff, short young lady was extremely rude to us our entire stay. Too many rooms for the services provided. Rooms were clean, big lockers and a window that opened! we wouldn't choose to stay here again.


Very clean hostel and great staff. It feels a little more like a hotel but it has everything you can ask of a hostel. They have a nice restaurant inside the hostel that is much better and cheaper than most restaurants around. The only downside is that they do not offer breakfast (they have a kitchen though)


The kitchen was far too small for the amount of people staying in the hostel. Breakfast was not included. For us it was not clear if the bed was clean. The hostel is also a restaurant so it was crowded and you dont know if someone is a guest or not. Staff not that nice and are not interested to help you. The only thing we liked was the older man who made coffee in the morning. Wifi was also very bad.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 18-24


The kitchen is to small for the amount of people who are using the hostel. Very clever if you have your own restaurant. And the beds are not really comfortable. It's not really a hostel vibe but just a place to stay.

  • 25th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nice place


It was an ok hostel. Kitchen very small, rooms ok. Close to some treks...


Rancho Grande is a great hostel to stay in. The staff are friendly and it´s located right by the start of all the major trails in the El Chalten area. Just 10 minutes walk from the bus stop and close to many restaurants, cafes anda few bars. Staff were very helpful and atmosphere was pleasant. Kitchen is small but has relatively good appliances and equipment available. Rooms are spacious and clean, and shared bathrooms are in relatively good state. Thanks for a memorable stay!


The wifi didn't really work there and it's more like a restaurant than a hostel. Shame that the breakie is not inculded. Be careful when you walk outside the hostel on those wooden boards floor, some of them are very loose and yes I injured my left foot there, silly choice to wear havaianas there!


The best thing about this hostel is the location, with amazing hiking right on your doorstep. The place is a bit big and anonymous, but you`ll still be able to meet people who want to explore the stunning mountains and glaciers around El Chalten with you. It`s a little pricey, and there`s no breakfast included, but it does the job while you get ready to explore some of the most glorious scenery you`ll ever see.


This is a horrible place The kitchen has no lighter or matches, almost no dishes or utensils. There is no supervison for quiet time 22 - 7hrs and it is not respected. Lockers are filthy; not cleaned after checkouts, the frigs in the kitchen are even worse. The front door does not stay closed. There are many burnt out lightbulbs in the ladies bathroom. There are no garbage containers in the dorms. The manager keeps the TV on futbol even while the Olympics are on! A much nicer hostel across the rd

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