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Hostelz.com's Review
7 Duendes Youth Hostel (which translates to "seven elves") is a pleasant little hostel in a great little city. (Personally we saw no elves!)

The Location

Almost right in between the bus station and the main square, those fit enough to endure anything up to twenty minutes of walking needn't have to get a taxi anywhere. The footpath is not much more than twelve inches wide outside the front door so be careful when leaving the building. There is a small store next door and a fast food place across the road from that which serves cheap empanadas and pizzas. One block away there is a supermarket which should provide most that the small store doesn't.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Both dorms and private rooms are available. The bunk beds in the dorms don't have ladders but aren't so high as to make this a huge issue. The mattresses are well supported and although the pillows are quite thin, they are unusually long and can be folded over if that is your preference. Guests are not given keys for the rooms but large lockers are provided to store possessions if you own a padlock.

There are four sets of showers and toilets for the hostel, which are clean and in good condition despite the often loose toilet seats and sinks that appear to have been leaned on maybe one too many times. Cold showers aren't an issue here -- during the time of reviewing, the showers are instead almost unbearably hot with the cold tap rarely issuing more than a trickle to balance out the temperature in any of the showers. Towels are provided by the hostel for all guests, which is always a bonus to those living out of a backpack or suitcase.

Common Spaces

7 Duendes has a large kitchen with a decent oven, fridge, and a big enough table to serve breakfast to all guests. Breakfast is standard hostel fare of cereal, milk, bread, and jam. A roofed common area with heavy plastic blinds providing shelter from any wind or rain contains plenty of seating, a large widescreen TV, DVD player, and a questionable collection of DVDs. There are also a couple of heaters for those chilly winter nights. Outside this area, which has its own separate Wi-Fi, are various sets of tables and chairs. The reception also provides a seating area and two computers with free internet, a TV, and a fridge with emergency beer and water for sale. Luggage can also be stored in reception after check-out.

Summary

7 Duendes is a good social hostel, whose friendly variety of receptionists may not all speak English -- although some speak it wonderfully -- but will go to lengths to make your stay as convenient as possible. Some of the facilities may not be perfect, but this really is a very easy and pleasant hostel.

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August 2011

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7 Duendes Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Did everybody else stay at a different hostel? Run down, walls paper thin, ceiling questionable ... whole place seems to be made of plywood, tin, and a few screws. Breakfast weak, wifi weak. Gets two stars for having some type of heater in the room and average location. Stayed here one night then moved to a much nicer hostel a few blocks away.  ()
4   Nice and relaxing Nice clean hostel with good kitchen and chilled vibe, 5 min walk to centre of town. Only issue was the showers which are really hot, or a trickle of cold water. Otherwise all good.  , New Zealand ()

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