La Tosca Hostel



Hostelz.com's Review

La Tosca Hostel is an average hostel but has a good location and is kept clean and tidy with a warm welcome from the owner.

The Location

This hostels has a good location; it sits between the bus terminal and the seafront. It is an easy walk of four blocks from the bus terminal -- it takes less than five minutes. The main shopping streets are within a five-minute walk also. There are plenty of shops, cafes, supermarkets, and bakeries all close by.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are big but quite dark, with little natural light from the small windows; the fake exposed brickwork, hard concrete floors, and dark bed linen just make it worse. The beds are big, with the top bunk pretty high up. There are large under bed storage areas which just need a padlock. The bed linen is pretty basic, but the beds are comfortable. The dorms are en suite. And the bathrooms are kept clean and they are well stocked. The showers are huge with good water pressure. The room doors have a lock and you are given a key for the front gate lock also. Security is good, as you have to be buzzed into the hostel if you don't have a key.

Common Spaces

The reception area includes a dining area, where breakfast is served and there is a little relaxing area with sofas and a table. There is also a computer for guest use. This area lacks atmosphere. Behind the reception desk is a kitchen where staff prepare breakfast, but it can also be used by guests for preparing and cooking meals. This kitchen is well stocked with utensils, but it kind of feels like you shouldn't be there, as it's right behind the reception desk. The breakfast consists of three or so different types of cake with tea or coffee. There is a nice outdoor area with a few sun loungers. There is also a sink for washing clothes and an area above the sink to dry your things.


It seems like a few of the guests live at the hostel on a long-term basis. There were a few faces who seemed very at home.
by Treaclelicious
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
November 2014


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "La Tosca Hostel" at Sarmiento 437.)


Sarmiento 437, Chubut, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
-42.770585, -65.037620
latoscahostel@gmail.com, desk@latoscahostel.com, marianore@infovia.com.ar
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Warm, helpful and friendly
A great place to stay. Eduardo is sweet, friendly and helpful, and is very patient when you try to practice your Spanish! He also makes a very delicious flan in the evenings, which he is always keen to share. The hostel has two spacious kitchens with plenty of utensils. The trips from here are excellent and you get a discount for doing all three. We found the 'semi-private' bathrooms a bit awkward (the bathroom is in between two private rooms with access from each room, so you have to knock before entering in case you walk in on a complete stranger), but everything else about the hostel is great. When we checked out I left my ring in the room and Mariano sent it on the bus to the bus station for me and checked to make sure I had received it. I'd recommend La Tosca on that alone!
Hostel La Tosca is a nice place to stay, whether for a couple of nights or for long term. It's a nice place to meet people with a small common area and large sitting area of four large tables. The walls are all brick, which gives it a warm atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and willing to give any information about the area and arrange tours as well. The owners live in the hostel and if you are lucky, they will prepare you a typical Argentinean flan desert for your first night there. The Location The hostel is located in a good area, in between the bus station and the beach promenade within a few blocks from the main city. It is five blocks from the beach and a block away from a large supermarket. The hostel is set back off the street with a nice garden with a hammock, lounge chairs, and a table to eat out on with good weather. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorms and private rooms are good, clean and have some space for your things. Security is good as long as you lock your rooms. The bathrooms and showers are separate from the rooms and there is no problem with waiting for a shower or bathroom. On the whole it is very nice and homey. Common Spaces The common areas are nice and help people to meet or share in watching one of the many DVDs they offer to their guests. There's a large common area consisting of four tables, a couch, two chairs and TV, DVD and 1 computer for guests to use free which is conveniently available for guests. Breakfast is served by an employee, waitress style, consisting of coffee or tea and medialunas (Argentinean croissants). The kitchen is big and clean, with everything you need. However there is one problem with cooking at La Tosca. There are kitchen restrictions on using the kitchen from 5 to 8 p.m. In these times the owner cooks meals for guests, which you are able to eat as well for a price. Although the owner states that the kitchen is free after 7 or 8 p.m., she is usually taking up the whole kitchen cooking for her family for dinner. This is very uncomfortable for the other guests who would like to cook in the evening as well. The owner is not friendly when you are in her kitchen and makes the atmosphere uneasy between her and the other guests. Summary Overall, we like this hostel. The atmosphere is nice and it is clean, tidy, fun, secure, friendly, and in a good location -- everything you need in a hostel. Besides the kitchen situation and lack of space to cook, this hostel is a good pick.
Brooke Lore
Fantastic place to stay!
La Tosca, with its open courtyard and kitchen/lounge was an excellent place to mingle with other travelers. The owners were very friendly and helpful. Although not extremely roomy, accommodations were more than adequate, with big lockers, and very clean rooms. I would certainly stay here again!
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