Marcopolo Inn Bariloche is part of a chain that can be found in different cities in Argentina. So you already know you'll be laying your head down in a well run, proper hostel. Don't expect a cosy or authentic atmosphere, but rather a hotel-like environment that is perfectly adapted to backpackers.
The hostel is not quite a ten-minute, uphill walk from the main street. The bus terminal is a big, thirty-minute walk. The hostel is easy to find, and located on a one way street, so there's not that much traffic in the street.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Marcopolo Inn is a multiple-story building, that has a great range of rooms -- double, twin, triple, and dorms. The rooms are clean and spacious. They could have stuffed it full with bunk beds, but this is not the case. There are only single beds with a lot of space between them. Every room, the dormitories included, has a private bathroom. Everything is cleaned on a daily basis. Toilet is good, and the shower, bidet, and sink all work perfectly fine and provide hot water. The door can be locked, so no need to worry about privacy.
Next to that, the room also comes with lockers, but you need to bring your own padlock.
Next to the reception, which is downstairs, there are couches and a TV. There is also a desk with two computers. The entire first floor is common space. There is a (rather small) kitchen, a bar, and an area filled with tables and benches allowing almost all the guests in the hostel to have dinner together. Breakfast is included in the Marcopolo Inn and it is pretty decent -- freshly baked bread, cereal, butter, jam, dulce de leche, cheese, tea, and juice.
In contrary to other hostels, Marcopolo Inn also offers a free dinner to all the guests. Don't expect too much, though. The portion you get is about a third of what you normally eat. And it is not very tasty either. For example, spaghetti is simply pasta, tomato sauce, parsley, and a topping of sour cream -- no meat, no vegetables.
There is free Wi-Fi available, but the connection breaks down every ten minutes. The hostel has a different signal for every floor, but sometimes the floor beneath or above you works better. It's quite frustrating! The bar opens in the evening and there is also a pool table.
Marcopolo Inn Bariloche is a pleasant place to stay. It offers you plenty of information on the city and its activities. It houses a lot of people, but the hostel is big enough, that you will definitely find a spot to relax.