Absolutely superb hostel. Comfortable, spotlessly clean, and boasting exellent kitchen, common room, and patio spaces, Lagares has everything a traveler is looking for. However, what truly makes this place outstanding is the staff. Javier, Fabricio, Jessica (just to name a few) are nothing short of incredible. The entire team will go out of their way(s) to help you with anything you need. Easily ranks in the top 5 stays I've had during my 3 months in South America.
Good fun to be had here! DO NOT miss the bbq nite(s). Great for an extended stay - kind of like a little hostel oasis in the Atacama. Outdoor gym on site. Fantastic. Victor and staff juggle multiple roles as hosts, entertainers ,drivers, travel agents, cleaners etc. This is all well and good most of the time. However, the human element(s) of hangovers, complacency, and inexperience can lead to less than desirable service at times.
Stayed in a 6 bed dorm. Was spacious because only 2 ppl were sleeping there. Otherwise, would have been a bit cramped. Room had a layer of dust but was otherwise clean. A bit stingy on the breakfast portions. Asked for an extra egg one of the mornings. Not a chance. Fantastic rooftop area. Comfy with ecellent views.
A superb and cozy hostel. Well worth a stay. Loved the cat.
Color Hostel is very basic but serves its purpose well enough. The 6 bed dorm is small and cramped. Air conditioning is promptly shut off at 8 or so AM, so don't expect respite from the heat except while sleeping at nite. The staff slept in there with me - a real family feel - but one of them snored. Good breakfast and comfy beds. Toilets often missing paper.
Outstanding staff and fantastic location. 3 bed dorm had no window and was quite small. Not ideal.
Overall good value for money. Often had to ask (politely) to use common room to watch TV/movies because staff & staff's friends were constantly watching Chinese soap operas, variety shows, socializing etc. Always felt as if intruding and 'pushing' people out. Night staff attendant had strange habits - early morning he would wake up, sing/talk to himself (loudly), go to the bathroom with the door (wide) open and 'do his business'. Not pleasant and very unwelcoming.
Single male = staff couldn't have cared less when checking in. They made a mistake and put me in the wrong room - later, after unpacking and settling in, they told me I went to the wrong room, as if it was my fault and I chose it!!? So, I had to pack up again and move down the hall - no accountability for their error, and I was made to feel I was inconveniencing them rather than the other way around.