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Hostel del Glaciar in El Calafate is a large complex of camp-style dormitories and private cabins. With an onsite café, tour booking service, and 24 hour reception, it is a convenient stop on your visit to the area.
Hostel del Glaciar is located approximately 400m from the bus terminal and a short walk from the main shopping district and supermarket. Maps are provided free of charge at the reception desk. A small bakery can be found at the end of the street.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Travellers have the choice of staying in a shared dormitory sleeping up to four people or in a private cabin with ensuite facilities. The dorm rooms are fitted with large, personal lockers, large enough for a backpack and each bunk features a personal light and curtain for privacy. There are no charging points for electrical items in the rooms. The bathrooms are at the end of the hall and are separated by sex and a communal wash area with sinks and a hair dryer. Toilets are on the right as you enter and showers are on the left. Both are cleaned daily but with high traffic levels they don’t stay pristine for long. The showers are hot with good water pressure and there is sufficient space for hanging clothes and towels.
There is a sitting area near reception with charging points for guests to use. Reception can assist with tour bookings, bus tickets, and city maps or activities. Drinks can also be purchased from the fridge here. Past reception, there is a small courtyard on the left. The café here is open sporadically and is where guests in private rooms can enjoy their free breakfast. Straight ahead through the first door (when exiting reception) is the communal dining area and kitchen facilities. The dining area is large and open so it is often quite loud. There are more charging points here for your personal items. The kitchen is split over two levels and while it is cleaned twice a day it is a losing battle with the hordes of people that come through here. Cutlery can be hired for a deposit at reception. Wi-Fi is also available at the property however, service is intermittent.
Overall, Hostel del Glaciar offers everything you need in a hostel except possibly fast internet. Be prepared for large crowds, loud evenings, and a long wait to use the cooking facilities.
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Published on 2017-05-04
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I just returned from Argentina. This hostel was terrible! They had no record of our reservation. Despite showing them a confirmation email, they shrugged their shoulders and said there was nothing they could do. We ultimately had to stay in the Superior room for significantly more than we had initially planned on paying. The reception staff was very unhelpful and down and out rude the whole time we were there. The hostel is located about ten to fifteen minutes' walk outside of town with nothing around it. No shops, no restaurants. It is completely isolated. The hostel lacks any atmosphere. I stayed in several hostels during my trip to Argentina and throughout my life during other trips. This hostel by far had the rudest staff I have ever encountered.
Location and Contact
Los Pioneros 251, El Calafate (Calafate),
Santa Cruz, Argentina
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