Patagonia Hostel, El Chaltén

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Hostel service good but not for a long stay

Beds are comfortable not too soft nor too rigid, silence is required from 00:00 to 08:00 AM so it allows for you to get good sleep. Bathrooms are downstairs so if your room is upstairs you have to go all the way down every time you need to use them. Stairs are exposed so everyone sees when you shower or carry your dirty laundry or whatever. Bathrooms are divided in men's and women's, there are two showers, two sinks and two WC in each. So far it has been enough as I had never had to wait to shower or use the WC, they can get smelly sometimes and careless people get the floor wet when they shower, you also have to keep an eye on your belongings in the bathroom and common areas as they might get stolen. Rooms have four comfortable beds and individual lights, the dorms are mixed male and female. The have a lot of hooks to hang your clothes on and sometimes shelves.There are no plugs in the room to charge your batteries you need to leave your device in the lounge area upstairs that can get quite crowded specially in rainy days. Walls are thin and when there is people talking in common areas it's hard to sleep. The kitchen is well equipped, with about 8 burners, a microwave oven and a fridge you can use, trash is classified and recycled so there is less impact on the environment. There is WIFI that works ok but the internet speed in El Chaltn is slow, so don't plan for any remote work. Some guests were able to use Skype. There is a sink for you to do your own laundry with your own soap, and several ropes to hang it outside, pins are provided. If you need more clothes washed they have a laundry service for up to 7kg of clothes for a cost of, at this moment, 25 pesos. There is a dinning area that gets a little crowded in the evenings, and a lounge upstairs with seat for 4 people. There are books and guides to borrow and a TV which a dvd player. Movie selection is only 5 or 6 films, so bring your own. The staff is not carefully selected, there is only one that seems to care about the service and the rest are young girls, some of them in the reception are helpful but some can even be bitchy and not willing to reply your questions. The lack of a nearby bathroom is a make or brake thing for me, discouraging for a long stay.


Average (but probably good by El Chalten standards)

Well-cleaned hostel. Individual reading lights for each bunk. Lockers available for a refundable deposit. Inconvenient requirement to charge iPods/batteries in a cupboard that has some plugs. Would be nice if they got some Wi-Fi but the same criticism could probably be leveled at every hostel in the town. Staff a real mixed bag -- the dark-haired girls would hardly give me the time of day (and one of them would only play U2 on the stereo for the duration of her shift), but the blonder one was extremely helpful.

John McCabe

Albergue Patagonia is well situated in El Chalten, right on the main drag. It is easily recognized from the street by its cozy brick red appearance. The atmosphere here is very home-like and relaxed. If you want a loud, party atmosphere with lots of people, this is not the place for you. But, if you want to meet a few people, relax, have a place like home, and get personal attention from the staff, this hostel is perfect!

You will enjoy the kitchen and dining area, which has a real comfortable feeling with the wooden tables and benches -- perfect for a cup of tea or mate -- just what you need after a long day hiking or ice climbing! There's a stereo system and good music is played throughout the day. The kitchen has about three stoves, and is slightly small for more than three cooks at the same time. It's kept very clean and there is a sign that reads something like "This is the perfect place to demonstrate the quality of your family education. Please help keep the kitchen clean." It works! Upstairs, there is a little lounge area with some books and plenty of magazines for mindless relaxation.

The rooms are kept very clean and the beds are comfortable. Rooms sleep 4, 5, or 6 people and are very quiet for a good night's rest. Lockers are available outside of the rooms in the lounge area, but bring your own lock. Showers are hot and bathroom is kept clean. A hand towel and soap is also provided in the bathroom, which is a nice amenity.

Bikes are available for rent and the staff are very helpful in organizing glacier trekking and ice climbing courses. They are unique from some of the other hostels in that they can book with a company that takes out smaller groups, so you get more attention and time on the ice than the bigger outfitters. They also give great hiking advice.

Elaine Kan


El Chaltén is one of the most important centres for outdoor activities on our planet. Travelers from all over the world come together here for a unique experience in the very heart of Patagonia. A never ending range of aventures awaits you among the most spectacular montains surrounded by beautiful glaciers, century-old forest and dreamlike lakes.

Patagonia Hostel is a member of Hostelling International, the biggest hostel organization in the world, which guarantees you its international standards of security, hygiene and confort. Here you will find all services required to make your stay much more confortable, with a maximum of time to enjoy the National Park, at a reasonable price.

As the owners of "Patagonia" we have lived in El Chaltén for years, as we love nature and the mountains. In our hostel we try to be aware of ecology and not to harm the environment.
We have a lot of material to provide you with information on walks, ranging from an easy hike to the more difficult and challenging trekking. We can also advise you on excursions and transport in the area.

Location and Contact




Address: Avenida San Martín 376, El Chaltén (El Chalten), Santa Cruz, Argentina

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Website Patagonia Hostel El Chaltén
Phone Number: +54-2962-493019
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


BBQ Grill


Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Currency Exchange



Gym/Fitness Room

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental



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