Traveling in Argentina is amazing, especially as a backpacker, and often the hostel you choose can make or break your stay. From the people and the staff to the vibe and, of course, the beds, there are many qualities that backpackers look for in a great hostel. So we’ve rounded up the best accommodation for backpackers in Argentina.
Milhouse Hostel – Buenos Aires
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The definitive backpacker hostel in Argentina’s capital, Milhouse is so popular it has two venues – the Milhouse Avenue and Milhouse Hipo, around the corner from each other in downtown Buenos Aires. Milhouse Avenue is the larger of the two and is very much the party hostel, while the Hipo is slightly more relaxed, but neither are suitable for anyone looking for a low-key, chill hostel vibe. They offer lots of tours and both have a bar and rooftop area. It boasts a great location close to many of the city’s famous sights, and good transport links to the trendy area of Palermo.
After Milhouse, Art Factory in San Telmo is one of the city’s most popular hostels. Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, San Telmo’s charming cobbled streets are lined with bars and restaurants, and on Sundays there is a huge market all along Defensa street, so no shortage of things to see and do in the area. It is also close to the historic center, and the hostel itself has a quirky design overlaid onto an old house typical of the area. The walls are covered with murals and artworks, and the bar is always buzzing.
Situated in a cosy log cabin, Calafate Hostel is just a stone’s throw away from the main drag of the Patagonian hub of El Calafate, where visitors station themselves to explore the incredible natural landscapes the region has to offer. With plenty of space to hang out, relax and chat to friends after a long day in the great outdoors, Calafate Hostel feels like returning home. The cooking facilities are basic, so indulge in a “disco” from the well-known Isabel restaurant located on the ground floor. You won’t be disappointed.
This New-Zealander run hostel in Bariloche is just two blocks away from the city center and within spitting distance of the incredible Nahuel Huapi lake that the city overlooks. An inviting wooden construction, the cosy timber theme is carried indoors to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere, with plenty of couches and common areas to chill out in. Ski and snowboard rentals can be organised from the hostel, as well as lessons and transfers to and from the mountain.
The cute Patagonian town of El Chalten has many hostels, but Patagonia Hostel is the one the proves consistently popular. A large building reminiscent of Alpine structures found in Europe, this hostel has decent cooking facilities and a number of lounges and sitting rooms dotted throughout, so you can put your feet up and relax after a hard day’s trekking. Although it is located slightly out of the center, it really doesn’t matter as El Chalten is tiny and many of the day hikes and walking trails are close to the hostel. Beds are comfy and the rooms are well maintained.
Gorilla Hostel is the daddy of all Mendoza hostels. Situated in a giant house that looks like something a rich uncle would own, it is surrounded by lush gardens and has a swimming pool out the back, perfect for those sweltering Mendocino days. The hostel is also in prime position, being just two blocks away from the nightlife hotspots, and it offers wine tours, rafting, trips to Aconcagua and many other activities.
This quaint little lodge gives you a real taste of Salta. Intimate and homely, it even has a cute little garden out the back where you can relax and catch some rays during the dry, hot Salta days. Hostal All Norte has a rustic charm and is located to the north of the main square in the Balcarce district, the hotspot for Salta nightlife, with lots of bars and restaurants in the vicinity.
Located in Ushuaia, the End of the World and jumping off point for voyages to the incredible Antarctic, the Antarctica Hostel epitomizes the kind of retreat you would find at the earth’s southernmost tip. It has a large double height living room area full of comfortable couches and a wooden mezzanine that overlooks the lounge, connecting all of the guests in one communal space. There is a garden with a barbecue, and the hostel offers lots of activities and experiences, such as a husky adventure and various trekking options.
A modern, friendly and relaxed space with some quirky touches, 531 is a boutique hostel that caters to people who like to have fun and enjoy the city. Beds are super comfy and all rooms have air conditioning – a definite plus in Argentine summer. Dorms and private rooms are available and it is located in the city center of Cordoba, close to all amenities and Parque Sarmiento.
Club de Rio hostel in Rosario is perfect for party lovers and anyone who wants take advantage of Rosario’s river. Located on the banks of the Parana River, Club del Rio offers kayaking excursions on the river as well as weekend events that are sure to make your stay memorable. Hit the bar for some wild times and you won’t even need to leave the hostel.