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Rancho Grande Hostel Reviews

Av. San Martin 724, El Chalten, Argentina

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543 Total Reviews
  • 67%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 81%Location
  • 69%Staff
  • 67%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 63%Facilities

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The rooms are awesome, and also the shower. The problem remain in the kitchen, where there's absolutly nothing, you have to ask for everything in the restaurant. They will hand you in good mood, so that's just a tiny problem...


Nice clean hostel and great showers. Good restaurant and atmosphere. Kitchen was very sparse and breakfast not included.


The nice thing about this hostel is that it is located right at the trail head. It's a bit far from the center of town, but after a long day of hiking it was so nice to be less than five minutes from the end of the trail.


Very big hostel, located on the end of town, but town is small anyway so it doesn't matter. More expensive than other places so I moved after one night. Lights on each bed in dorm rooms and power sockets located inside lockers, which was nice. Large communal area, but kitchen probably too small for number of people there. Toilet wasn't working in the ladies bathroom.


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 :(


The hostel has a big common area with chairs which is good to meet people. Hostel is very expensive compared to other places and the prices vary so much between different web pages, even when you try and book another night they don't match the cheaper price. I understand it's a business but common sense would be great when there is such great variance. Security is great with a key to each room and lockers. Kitchen lacks many utensils. I would look elsewhere to compare next time


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.

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