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Hostelz.com's Review
Feeling a little like an Alpine ski lodge, Antarctica Hostel's wooden building has a cool, easygoing vibe in central Ushuaia.

The Location

This hostel is a couple of minutes’ walk uphill from Ushuaia’s main street of shops, restaurants, and tour operators and is also just a few blocks from the waterfront. Ushuaia is a very compact town and easily walkable. The airport is only a short bus or cab ride away too -- you can see the runway when you are down by the water.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorms are absolutely fine but don’t match up to the cosy ambiance in the rest of the hostel. Bunks are metal framed and the sheets and blankets have undoubtedly seen better days. There didn’t appear to be any means of heating the rooms either, which could make it very cold in winter. There are useful, bag-sized lockable cupboards for your belongings.

The rooms are all at the back of the building reached by outdoor walkways, with some upstairs, accessed via the kitchen and some on the ground floor. Big bathrooms (separate for male and female) are great for their laundry sinks, drying racks, and the number of toilets and showers (always powerful and piping hot) but terrible if you are staying in one of the upstairs rooms as you have to go outside and then through the whole hostel to reach them. Midnight toilet trips are a no-no unless you want to get very chilly!

Common Spaces

The common space is a huge, open-plan lounge overlooked by a mezzanine deck, which houses the kitchen and dining area. A sloped, wooden ceiling and big windows make it feel simultaneously bright and airy, yet cosy. The lounge has bookshelves, computer, comfy sofas, and gigantic coffee tables, which look cool but have a slightly divisive effect in that you have to almost shout to speak to the person on the opposite couch. The tables are also covered with pile after pile of leaflets, which make it hard to actually use the table to use the board games provided, for example.

The reception/lounge doubles up as a very laid-back bar, serving pretty cheap drinks. While you aren’t supposed to bring your own booze, no one seems to mind people drinking their own stuff in the kitchen. The deck kitchen is great for cooking your own meals -- loads of equipment, two cookers, massive fridges, and a good amount of tables and chairs. The lounge is very nice for relaxing, but because the Wi-Fi only works in there, it means there's nowhere else to go if you want to Skype or check the internet; people also sit here with laptops rather than talking. The kitchen is better for meeting people and socialising.

Summary

Hostel Antarctica is a really nice hostel, with a lot of great aspects -- helpful staff, central location, a very good free breakfast (eggs are provided to cook yourself), proper kitchen, and chilled lounge. Its downsides are the lack of any closed-off communal space to make a phone call, for instance, and the lack of bathrooms upstairs.

by Laura T
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
February 2014
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Antarctica Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Good but flawed. Really great common area, clean bathrooms. 3 of 4 men's showers need repairs. Wifi ok. Breakfast standard. Mattresses and pillows are very cheap even for hostels. Hostel asks/tells you not to bring in alcoholic beverages, both twice during checkin and with a couple dozen signs, buy theirs at double price instead (You are a hostel, not a bar. You can sell drinks, but hostels you can always eat/drink your own stuff!). Also, march 2013 a club opened across the street. I didnt find it *too* loud but others complained, and one person switched hostels on account of this.  ()
5   Brilliant! I stayed in this hostel for about a week and it was amazing, the place was very clean, and it had a homey flavor to it. One of the best features for me is that it was literally across the road from a "boliche" (night club) where I stayed until the sun came up and you only had to cross the road to go back "home," no taxis or night buses needed! I've traveled in different countries but had to go to the end of the world to find the friendliest receptionist in this hostel -- Sebastian (he works at night) and he is incredibly friendly and nice. The girls who work at night are also very helpful. Thank you to all of you for making my stay a memorable one!  , Spain ()
5  Wonderful atmosphere. Bar in the lobby with big comfy couches. The area is always full of tourists sharing their adventures over a Quilmes. The staff is so friendly and helpful. Highly recommended! Breakfast included -- really good bread, jam, coffee, and eggs you must prepare yourself. Large kitchen with everything you need. Every night we were there, a large group of travelers would join forces and cook big meals together either in the kitchen or on the grill outside. This place is everything a hostel should be.  ()
5  The only thing I can say is I love the place! The staff is great, very welcoming and helpful, the rooms are nice and warm and they have an awesome livingroom. Unfortunately I had to move on, but believe me, no way that you want to leave this place anymore. Also because Ushuaia and surroundings are amazing of course!  ()
5  Excellent. Underfloor heating, keeps you toasty when its freezing outside. Staff are really friendly, and not in your face. Very chilled and laid back atmosphere. Recomend it to everyone.  ()
5  It was so good I ended up staying two weeks after my return from Antarctica. Jon and Stuart are great hosts who have made probably the best hostel in Argentina — fantastic, fantastic!  ()
4  This hostel has a great atmosphere in the bar, and the owners Jonathan and Stuart have worked really hard to make this the best place in Ushuaia. The staff are really helpful, and the under floor heating is good, as is the book exchange and free Internet. The only reason that we haven't given it 5 stars is because for 2 nights we were woken by loud music from the bar at 4 and 3 a.m., and we were in the room furthest away. Those in the closest rooms were up playing cards for 3 hours and a bit grouchy in the morning. Also, the bathrooms smell really bad and are quite a distance from the rooms. If these things were put right, we'd give top marks.  ()
5  This is a great and fun place. The staff are very nice. The only risk is you might get stuck there because you will love it so much!  ()

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