Where to stay in El Chalten – Rancho Grande Hostel
When I visited El Chalten – the capital of trekking, a small young town in the Argentine Patagonia, I stayed in the hostel Rancho Grande. I am glad I chose this hostel because it was a real experience for me.
Rancho Grande is situated at the main street Avenida San Martin, in the second part of it.
Why I liked Rancho Grande:
- The staff working there is amazing! Very friendly, helpful, smiling and easy to talk to
- They speak both Spanish and English at the reception.
- It is unbelievably clean! They are cleaning up the hostel many times per day and do your beds every morning. I think it is the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed in. Even the toilets were extremely clean, like in a 5 star hotel!
- There is always 2 rolls of toilet paper in every toilet.
- There is hot shower and you don’t have to wait at all but it comes the second you open the hot water.
- You can lock the rooms with the key which you leave at the reception. But only the people staying in the room can get the key – safer for your things in there.
- It is not just one huge room with plenty of beds, but many smaller rooms which is what I prefer.
- There is a full-equipped kitchen (with 3 fridges) in the hostel you can use any time you want.
- There is a bar/restaurant downstairs where you can order food and drinks. They make the best hot chocolate ever! Tell Pablo to prepare it for you 😉
- You can invite your friends not staying over in the hostel and have drinks/dinner together here. In many other places only the guests are allowed to stay in but as there is a restaurant/bar in the hostel, you can all order something there and spend the time together.
- Also, you can drink your own alcohol or anything you buy somewhere else. Other hostels with a bar do not allow you to do so.
- Tap water is good for drinking.
- There are 4 computers for you to use on the first floor (but you have to pay 3 pesos for 15 minutes because satellite internet is used in here which costs the hostel around 25,000 US$ per year).
- Relaxing music is on all the time during the day.
- A cute huge dog is walking around the ground floor of the hostel. You have to hug him!
- A couple of plugs are around the hostel if you need to recharge your laptops.
- There are lockers in the rooms – you have to use your own lock. The lockers are big enough for all kinds of backpacks.
- There is a plug inside each locker in every room. Great idea! I’ve seen this for the first time in my life and I so wish it was the same in all the other hostels/hotels so you can plug in what you need to recharge, lock your locker and leave and not to worry about someone stealing it.
- The hostel seems very safe.
- You can buy postcards and maps at the reception for the same prices like in other shops in the town.
- You can book some of bus trips at the reception.
- Every night there is a guy explaining the trekking paths for Israeli people around El Chalten and all the tours you can book with Chalten travel.
- If you get a tour/bus with Chalten travel, it will pick you up at the hostel so no need to go to the bus station on the other side of the town.
- At the reception, you can ask for any information about the buses, tours or things to do in the area.
- Everyone respects the night silence from 10 pm to 7 am in the rooms.
- There are these supercool couches (that change their shape, I think they are called peen bags) to sit on upstairs to relax with the others or to feel comfortable when surfing internet.
- Your laundry can be done if you ask for it at the reception (for a fee).
- Every night there is a guy called Marino who sells metal jewelry made by himself – good presents/souvenirs.
For more information about Rancho Grande Hostel, please visit Rancho Grande website.