Antarctica Hostel, Ushuaia

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1,463 Reviews
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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 Ushuaias 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 dont 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 didnt 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 arent 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.

Laura T
2014-02-16

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.

Lucas
2013-03-25

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!

Carol del Cura
2008-03-01
Spain

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.

Ashley
2007-03-15

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!

Anonime
2006-06-28

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.

Robert Dormer
2006-01-23

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!

Kirsty Denley
2005-10-27

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.

Roger and Mandy
2005-06-28

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Antarctica Hostel Reviews from the Web

The Hostel is just OK.

Rooms are VERY BASIC.

You need to make your own bed when you arrive.

No curtains beds are old and not comfortable.

ashito007
2022-07-28

Great experience here. Only improvement could be fixing the squeaky loud doors

havrejadyn
2022-03-18

Stayed here for two days - staff is great but not really a very social hostel.

anyathomas153014
2021-12-22

Loved staying here! I really liked the location and the staff was super nice and helpful with planning day trips and helping you get where you wanted to go!

eplaner113658
2021-12-18

This place is a great location and good price. The bathrooms and bedrooms were a little rough however. I was ok staying here for one night but not any longer. The restrooms were rough and separate floor from the dorm rooms.

xlove2shopxx
2021-12-09

Generally it was good. The heated floor saves lives here. The staff was nice. Common areas are nice, but the showers would need a bit of renovation.

tokesisandor5867
2021-11-27
Liked: Well set up and run by staff, access to suport and information and was made easy. Comfortable and inviting atmosphere with good facilities at the hostel. Manager Gabriell was more than accomidating and I found him proffessional dealing with different cultures, languages and backgrounds. Very impressed with my stay!  Disliked: Slight noise from acomidation on 1st floor but not bad enough to be an issue.
Customer review
2014-03-30
Liked: great staff, good kitchen atmosphere  Disliked: prices of the liquor wayyyy to high
Joao Novaes
2014-03-18
Liked: The property is well placed close to the Maritime Museum. Also, it is close to the main street and the port area and restaurants.  Disliked: The rooms were not upto the mark. The dorm beds were not clean (Including linens). The utensils provided in the kitchen were either broken or were too old and dirty to use. Staff was helpful but they tried to overcharge me for the tours. Which I found out when I booked the tours on my own.
Abhishek Sinha
2014-01-27
Liked: location, option for private double room, clean bathroom, helpful staff  Disliked: broken kitchenware
Customer review
2014-01-05
Liked: Helpful and motivated staff, excellent kitchen, lovely common room, clean bathrooms, good location...  Disliked: Bliss left no negative feedback.
Bliss von Malapert
2013-12-30
Liked: Very nice hostel! The staff was very fun and helpful all the time. The main area was very cozy, warm and the atmosphere was relaxing and calm (good music too!). The 6 bed mixed dorm was very big and you had a very great view from the room. Big lockers. Nice facilities and clean.  Disliked: Nothing.
Pierre-Luc Joncas
2013-12-23
Liked: They give good breakfast in the morning (very early, 4.00am because my bus is 5am)  Disliked: friendly staff and again good breakfast.
Pan Jenny
2013-12-20
Liked: Staff really great and friendly, cant help enough. Great location, underfloor heating is nice, and EGGS AT BREAKFAST!!! Best hostel breakfast on offer Ive ever had! And just what you need before a day trekking. Buenissimo. Muchas gracias.  Disliked: Nothing.
Anna Douglas
2013-12-10
Liked: Nice place, free internet and brakfast.  Disliked: Nothing.
JON UNZUETA
2013-11-21
Liked: Good hostel with excellent kitchen facilities. Good chill out spaces and spacious dorms.  Disliked: You have to walk through the kitchen and common areas to go to the bathroom and showers. All good for us but could be awkward for some people
Philip Ladomirski
2013-11-20
Liked: Loved the open shared space., very cool. Staff couldn't do enough to help - really friendly folk!  Disliked: The kitchen was well-used and it was a bit tricky to get the space to prepare food at times. But all very friendly so not that much of a hardship - just start cooking early if you're hungry!
Customer review
2013-03-28
Liked: Good arrangement of common area  Disliked: The bathrooms are on on a different floor to the dorms, very inconveninet for the toilet in the middle of the night.

Loud noise from the nearby disco on a Friday night

Peter Eccleston
2013-03-16
Liked: The staff was very friendly and helpful. Great place to meet other backpackers.  Disliked: Nicole left no negative feedback.
Nicole Soell
2013-02-24
Liked: Very comfy place with great type of backpackers. Nice bar area and common room as well as kitchen.  Disliked: Bathrooms are located downstairs whereas dorms are upstairs and you have to go outside to enter into the main building area.
Customer review
2013-02-19

Description

As our guest you will enjoy almost all the comforts of modern living at affordable rates and a friendly warm atmosphere in the heart of the most southern city in the world (2 blocks from the main street).

We have six person dorms and doubles in a newly constructed building specifically designed for the needs of travellers. You can enjoy our spacious common area with bar, large communal kitchen and dining area, or cook asado, a traditional Argentine barbeque, in the garden.

From our location you can take in views of the Beagle Channel and the mountainous horizon beyond. Our friendly staff are here to ensure that you make the most of your trip to �El Fin Del Mundo� (End of the World).

For those on a budget, the self-catering aspect of our hostel, the close proximity to the supermarket (only 1 block) and the European breakfast included, can be a great money saver.

We have clean, well maintained shower and bathroom facilities with hot water 24hrs a day. For your convenience we have inexpensive laundry service at your disposal.

In the common area you can relax after a day´s trekking with a drink from our bar (with a wide variety of local and international beers & spirits), free wifi and internet on our computer that is available free of charge to all guests. We also have a wide range of music & some instruments to play if you do.... We have 24 hour recepcion for check-in/out, which sometimes can be complicated due to busses breaking down, ect.

Come and meet us at the end of the world!

Location and Contact

Location

• We are centrally located:
• 2 blocks from the main street (San Martin)
• 3 blocks from the Tecni-Austral bus stop.
• 1 block from the supermarket
• 1 block from the ATM and money exchange
• If you arrive at the airport the easiest thing is to take a taxi or remis to our hostel for aprox. $95 pesos.

Map

Map

Address: Calle Antartida Argentina 270, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Antarctica Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Antarctica Hostel Ushuaia www.antarcticahostel.com
Phone Number: +54 02901 435774
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Bar

Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Food/Restaurant

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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