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Posada Patagonica Nakel Yen
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We stayed here 3 days and within this time we saw plenty of things. The staff is very helpful and informed us about the best options we had. Perito Moreno, glacier tours and horseback riding. The hostel is very nice, the rooms are also nice, clean and warm. Before arriving here I read some reviews about the noise during the night and the quality of sleep. It wasn't the case for us, we slept very good and it was no noise at all (we had a double room with private bathroom at the first floor). As for the hostels location, it's a 10-15 minutes walking distance from the bus station, where you have to descend a hill, the only problem is that on return you go uphill :). But it was no problem for us.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Nice place to stay. Hostel world etc says short walk from bus station, not true!! 25 min walk with good amount uphill, not pleasant with backpacks. Wouldn't have minded if said so on description, have walked further to other hostels from station. Nice welcoming staff. Have communal BBQs arranged for small fee. Good sized and clean room with good and clean bathroom. Warm shower with decent power. Nice breakfast with clean kitchen and decent cooking pans/utensils. Good wifi. 

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

I booked a 4 night stay at this hostel after reading all of the good reviews I read. The hostel offers extremely friendly staff that love to push tours on you, but overall like to help you e kitchen facilities are great for making your own food. The location is a bit out of town but the walk is only about 10 minutes away. The asados have a fun atmosphere that makes you intermingle with the others at the hostel, although I have definitely had better hostel asados in patagonia (i.e. the meat was so-so with no seasoning, cheap cuts, over cooked). Breakfasts are very basic with buns, sweet spreads, sugared juice and coffee. The bathrooms seemed to be cleaned decently enough so no complaints there.

My biggest complaint is that the hostel offers zero sleep quality. We stayed in an upstairs private room, with shared bathroom, which faced the street in front of the hostel. The bed was horribly uncomfortable with springs digging into our hips and ribs all night. Luckily we had our camping mats so we were able to put those on top of the mattress but it didn't help the fact that the mattress caved in the middle. Also, the hostel kept the heat on permanently so the room would become a horrible sauna in no time if you didn't keep the window open. Unfortunately, as soon as you opened up the window, all you would heat is the partying happening below you on the porch, loud music and street traffic (ie. all the cars without mufflers). Since the lobby common area is so small, everyone would go outside in the front of the hostel to hang out until 3 or 4 AM, talking loudly, smoking and playing loud music. The bar across the street also didn't help with the noise level. Overall, we maybe got an hours sleep each night we stayed there, which made our hiking and excursions a little challenging. The window also had crappy drapes that did nothing to stop the street light from shining right into our rooms. To help the situation, we tried wearing eye masks, ear plugs and, downloaded a white noise app but it barely helped our ability to sleep. We were so exhausted by the 3rd night we tried finding somewhere, anywhere, in El Calafate to sleep other than this hostel but everything was booked up at that point.

Overall, I would say skip this place entirely and go to another hostel and treat yourself to sleep.

Room Tip: Very noisy rooms on ground level as well as rooms overlooking the street.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Nakel Yenu for 4 days with my boyfriend in a double room. The place is close to the center and the staff includes four kind and friendly guys. I loved the fact that it was always clean and cozy, with great music and great wibe. The breakfast was luxurious! Also hot water all the time, good Wifi, great beds. The kitchen is aslo fully equipped and convenient to use. Last thing - I highly recommend to buy turist deals like a visit to the Perito Moreno glaciar through the hostel - prices are lower than those offered by the agencies at the center.
So enjoy your stay - you will not regret!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

Nakel Yenu is a good backpacker's place. You get good value for your money, even though some basic things are missing, for instance hooks to hang clothes in the dorms (it wouldn't cost a lot of money or effort to add them) and also storm plugs in the dorms. The kitchen, in a separate building, is roomy , well equipped and welcoming. Breakfast is good. The staff is very easy-going and friendly. The internet connection is really bad! It's not directly in the town center but you can get there walking 5 min.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Pros:
- Beautiful dining area
- good asado dinner with unlimited wine
- helpful, welcoming staff, all spoke English well
- good hot water
- location close to the grocery store, a quick walk downhill into town

Cons:
- Rooms on the ground floor open right onto the lobby so are rather noisy
- Unreliable WiFi

Room Tip: The rooms on the ground floor open right in the living/reception area, so they are a bit noisy. We w...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

I stayed at Posada Patagonica Nakel Yenu, for 17 nights. I enjoyed my stay there, it had some of the best coffee I have found in Argentina, great hot showers, and a very helpful and friendly staff. Beds were re-made every day, linen replaced every few days, and it was staffed by dedicated and competent maids.

A few areas could use some improvement: The room lockers were large but the lock clasps are flimsy. There were few power outlets in the dorm rooms which produces the curious spectacle of guests sitting on its tiled corridor floors, plugged into the power outlets in the corridors, recharging their notebooks or laptops. The worst thing about Nakel Yenu are its annoying flies: the hostel could use a fly eradication program, fly paper or at least some fly swatters: there were ofter 10-20 annoying flies buzzing around in its dining room and lounge, and many more flies in its kitchen.

Nakel Yenu’s WiFi was just ok but often unreliable, the signal was weaker in the dining building and sometimes would just drop abruptly. Forget about watching videos without download disruptions. Its breakfast rated just a 2 on my 10-point SNI Scale (Sustainability-Nutrition Index) with just rolls, jam, a sugary juice, tea and coffee (adding some whole grain breads, cereals and fresh fruit -- apples bananas, mandarin oranges, etc. -- would make the breakfast more nutritious). But kudos for recycling organic waste.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Thank James S
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Address: Pto. San Julian 244, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Calafate
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Ranked #13 of 71 Speciality Lodging in El Calafate
Price Range: £9 - £39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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