There is no shortage of accommodation in El Calafate, though finding a good value hotel can be a challenge, as the town is one of the most expensive and tourist oriented places in Argentina. Many of the hotels recommended by our guide book were already full up or were more expensive than quoted.
We finally settled on Albergue Lago Argentino, where we were given a triple bed dorm room for 90 pesos. The walls were fairly thin and it was a noisy enough place, but there were some friendly people around and it was fine for a couple of nights. Bathrooms and showers were shared but were clean and close to the room.
There was also a kitchen available to guests, where we ate both evenings of our stay. Restaurants in El Calafate are notoriously more expensive than elsewhere in Argentina so it was good to have a cheaper option.
The albergue has plenty of information about tours to El Calafate or trips to El Chalten, though you can find this info pretty much anywhere in town. There were also games such as cards, chess and backgammon available - making it easy to pass an evening.
Directions: One block south of the bus terminal
- Very near the Bus Station, just one block away on Campana del Desierto.
- Good kitchen facilities and nice rustic dining room tables and benches
- Lockers are available
- Rooms are like cells, there is barely enough room to walk
- Showers are unisex and the curtains seemed a little see-through
Dorms : 10 Arg Pesos (2003)
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Address: 1061 Campana del Desierto, El Calafate, 9405, Argentina