We stayed here when the Chilean ash cloud struck and unfortunately our previous excellent accommodation Hostel Lao was fully booked.
The hostel was just like a student house - dirty, no work done on it for years with random posters on the wall and old battered furniture. In the kitchen, the drawers and cupboards don't really shut properly anymore, the first 5 'clean' plates I picked up were grimey and whilst reasonably tidy, nothing felt clean.
Around the stairwells, dust balls and muck gathered where a mop can't have been for a long time, a similar story in any nook or cranny around our room. The bathroom had a sign with a translation into English of 'please keep the bathroom clean after yourself' which pretty much summed up the cleanliness for me. Of course once in this situation, your mind can start playing tricks, but we're pretty sure we were also bitten in the night by something in the bed - we were itchy the next day. To be fair, we didn't mention any of this to the staff on our night there, but we felt asking them to clean the entire house from top to bottom was a bit of a big request for a night's stay.
I'm sure when it was first set up it was a really great place with a good vibe, but it literally felt like it had been left to rot for about the last 18 months. Good points - location good, sturdy beds, security fine, staff friendly (although one of them was a bit odd) and atmosphere fine, although we didn't dare try the breakfast with the apparent lack of hygiene.
It was cheap (40% less than an equivalent room in our previous hostel) but I imagine most of that saving has come from cleaners. Fine if you want cheap, but the dirtiest hostel we've stayed in in South America.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family Hostel, warm atmosphere. Where you can meet people from different places, enjoying various excursions hadbecome porgaman all year, Also enjoy barbecues, wine tastings, cooking classes. Our goal is to have the best care and you feel like home. ... more less
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