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Hostelz.com's Review
Gringo's Rincon Hostel is well located near the city center in Sucre. It is a new hostel and this is apparent in many of the details. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel, including the dorm rooms; however, as is the case with Bolivia in general, it is slow at times. It can be difficult to access the network if many people are using it at the same time. Laundry service is available for a very small fee.

The Location

Gringo's Rincon is three blocks from the city center and four blocks from the Central Market. Sucre is a small city and from the hostel it is quick and easy to reach anyplace in the town on foot. There are many shops and restaurants right outside the hostel door.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Four-, six-, and eight-bed dorm rooms are available; however, there are no private rooms. The rooms are spacious and the sturdy, well-constructed bunk beds are slightly larger than typical bunks. The mattresses and bedding are comfortable, though the pillows are large and hard, and quite uncomfortable. There are no lockers in the bedrooms; the bedroom doors do not lock. The only way to enter the hostel is to be let in after ringing the doorbell or using a code on the front door keypad. There is twenty-four-hour reception.

The bathrooms are brand new and immaculately clean; however, there are three toilets and two showers for the entire hostel, so if the hostel is full, there can be a wait for the facilities. There is ample hot water and good pressure in the showers. The bathrooms are large enough to change clothes, though there is no place to put shower toiletries other than the shower floor.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a rooftop area with a large table and chairs, the only common/lounge space in the hostel. There is a small but fully equipped kitchen. It has a table and chairs though there is only space enough for one person to cook in the kitchen at a time. Breakfast is not provided, though food from the markets and restaurants in Sucre is very cheap. There is the start of a book exchange, though the hostel is still quite new so there are not yet many books available.

Summary

The upside to a stay at Gringo's Rincon is that it is a brand new hostel in a great location and the newness is apparent in many of the details. It is open and airy with a very positive energy. The staff are friendly and eager to accommodate the needs of their guests. The downside is that there is no real common space to hang out other than than the rooftop, which is rather sparse with one large table and a smattering of chairs. The hostel thus has less of a social atmosphere. It is otherwise a very good option for Sucre.

by Stella
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2014
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Gringo's Rincon Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   You think you will leave, but you may not! Gringo's Rincon is an iconic place to stay ... Almost everything about it is great. You will be relaxed and chilled out, so don't make any plans to leave. Most people stay much longer than intended. I planned for a week, and stayed two. Mike is the owner and he is a quirky, funny, amusing guy. He keeps the hostel is excellent and clean condition, and is a constant presence, so if you have any questions or concerns, he is readily available. Because he is vigilant about who comes in and out of the hostel (only paying guests), your things really are safe. In spite of the fact that there are no lockers, I did not feel concerned for my things at all, nor did any problems arise while there. There is a chilled out rooftop terrace, which is great for the day. However, don't expect to party up there at night, as you will be "moved along" to go party elsewhere. This hostel has a great community vibe, but is not a party hostel, per se. It is a safe, clean and comfortable place to chill out and rest your head. You will find yourself becoming fast friends with the other hostelgoers. The only major drawback is the fact that the mattresses are not that great. I think the upper bunks had better mattresses, though, so maybe that's a better choice. Because of the location, you can walk anywhere in Sucre, from the hostel. All in all, I definitely recommend this place!  , USA ()

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