The TA reviews I read are correct. Rio Gallegos is pretty much just a place to spend the night for tourists. The hotel is clearly making efforts to update, so the hallways and lobby are nicely decorated. Room was just this side of shabby... poor security with large window on the street side and no secure option to get fresh air. As a previous reviewer mentioned, breakfast was lousy and the hotel worker was surly. But the price was right and we had clean sheets and a decent night's sleep. Nothing to brag about, nothing to complain about. Best thing about staying here was a very short walk to Heladeria Tito... good ice cream stop. considerably nicer than the neighborhood.
What I liked:
- The room was a fair size.
- Kettle and mini fridge in the room.
- The bed was comfortable enough, and the shower was good (lots of pressure and hot water).
- Secure parking was available at no additional cost.
- Staff were really nice and pleasant.
- Within a short walk to many restaurants.
What I didn't like too much:
- Breakfast left a bit to be desired. Had the standard fare - facturas, ham, cheese, etc but quality of the offerings not the best. (Though to be fair, the cost of the room justifies this.)
- No hairdryer.
Conclusion: A good place to break a long drive from Ushuaia to El Chalten. Good value for money. Would stay here again.
Reasonable wi-Fi, clean room but quite basic facilities. Cheap room rate.
Very poor breakfast served by a quite surly member of staff.
Would book again
If you're travelling to Rio Gallegos take pesos, no where to change dollars
We arrived early and was allowed to checked-in to the room which was great after a 17 hours bus journey. Hotel staff was friendly and the breakfast was good. The hotel is near to restaurants and city centre. There's even a very nice ice cream shop less than 5 mins away.
I booked a room after reading the reviews in Trip Advisor and they were spot on.
I rented a single room and it was very clean and very comfortable. The TV was kinda small, but I wasn't there to watch TV anyway.
The hallways had a subtle smell of gas, probably leaking from the heaters and the Wi Fi didn't reach the rooms (you had to go to the lobby in order to have a proper Wi Fi connection.)
The location of the hotel is pretty central, but I wouldn't consider it a huge advantage, since there's not a lot to see in the city. It's about 6 blocks away from the main square (lots of unkept trees and families playing football) and 5 blocks away from the "costanera", which is really grey and ugly.
Overall, it's a great choice. Very, very comfortable.