Rancho Grande Hostel Reviews
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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.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
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.
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.
No major complaints but you really need to cater for guests who want to cook for themselves...the kitchen is tiny and when coach loads of non clients come in for lunch it´s a bit chaotic..... due to this and the sheer size of the place I would recommend going to a smaller place as it feels like a big hotel....impersonal and indifferent.
Although a small and unnecessary act, the making of the beds every day was absolutely fantastic! I hadn't realized before how much I enjoyed a nicely made bed after traveling for a bit.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Mixed feelings about our stay at rancho grande. Nice living area upatairs and free computers and wifi. The downside was the beds, completely done linke hammocks, and the kitchen. If You have room for more than 60 people, two cups amd three glasses are not enough, bare any cooking equipment... That is orobably the downside if you have a restaurant in a Hostel...
good hostel with restaurant attached to it. Keep in mind that wifi does not work well in the entire town and that breakfast is usually not included.
The cleanliness in the dorm was not as good as in compareable hostels I have been to. Apart from that everything was as I expected it to be, the food was good and prices for it fair - drinks (especially beer) are expensive The biggest advantage of the hostel is a woman called Cecilia - she seems to be the expert on all questions one can have about the hikes around El Chalten. She is really helpful and provided me the information I needed to make the most of my four days in El Chalten - THANKS!
Good hostel. Good wifi in the common areas. Warm room, good showers. Small kitchen but ok. Big food portions from the restaurant. Chalten travel bus to and from El Calafate stops here - big plus!!!
The rooms were very nice, it was a bit weird having a restaurant in the lobby. And the kitchen was a bit sparse. You sometimes had to ask for a light for the burners, or for dishes. There were a couple of mini fridges, which were very full during my stay, and there wasn't a good place to store your non refrigerated foods. The rooms were really nice. and the other public areas were comfortable. And the price was right!
This is a very nice hostel n a great location in the town. I would recommend if you need to book your next buses or hostels via the internet that you do this before arriving in el chalten as the internet is pretty much non existent in the whole town.
Very awesome place to stay in El Chalten. This place is gigantic, has a good restaurant, and the social areas are great. The kitchen is very very small for the size of the hostel though, and I had to wait even though it's not even high season! Internet is very slow and might not work at all some days, but note that the whole town would probably be on the same boat as internet is delivered via satellite. Would stay here again.
This was the only hostel available when we booked our stay in El Chalten last minute. We ended up really liking it. It seemed like it had the only restaurant in town that was open (since we were in off-season). It was nicebeing able to just eat in the hostel. The staff spoke English and were helpful and friendly. Since it was off season, there weren't too many other guests, but the set up of the hostel makes socializing easy. The beds and and bathrooms were very clean and in good condition.