For some reason this is recommended in the 2013 South America on a Shoestring guide by Lonely Planet but I doubt it will be for the next edition. In 7 months of travel throughout the continent this was the worst hostel I stayed at. It almost felt as though the staff was doing their best to not have guests. We were arbitrarily barred from the TV room after using it once, the guest kitchen has next to nothing, and shower times are very, very regimented. There were also livestock hanging out on the roof that occasionally chimed in (very loudly). I understand tourism in Uyuni can make some of the residents jaded but their attitudes went above and beyond.
I was supposed to be given a private room, they finally registered guests in my room without preview. The access to the shower, as well as the kitchen is reduced to nothing. Not to mention how rude and unfriendly they were. I do not recommend !
We came here as the hostel was recommended on the Lonely Planet guide.The nice lady at the reception told us that they didn't have any room left and she suggested us another place to stay but she offered us the tour they organise to the salar. We came back a few hours later to book the tour and then the next day for the pick up, but we have never seen any guests at the hostel, that's why we suppose that they are not accepting guests anymore.
Well, we were a bit prepared for the grumpyness in Uyuni by the reviews of different hostals at tripadvisor. So we weren't surprised when the old lady was grumpy when we entered. The room looked nice and comfortable. A matrimonial for 120 Bs (shared everything). After we paid, there rules became clear. Take a seat when you read this because it is a long list:
1. There is only wifi from 9:00 untill 12:00
2. The only place is at the reception.
3. The only place where you can charge you phone/camera/laptop is at the reception!!!
4. They only have two spots.
5. You can shower between 9:00 and 15:00.
6. They just 'shut down' the water. So you can't even wash your hands at the sink. (Only one is still working the rest of the day)
7. Everyone working there gives you the dirty look, even if you just walk by.
8. After our salar-tour we had salt on our feet, but we may not just wash that, but we were obligated to shower totally! (This feels like a workcamp).
9. Ow, and for that price they don't supply in toilet paper or soap.
10. The only shower which has 'warm' water is right next to a toilet. When I say right next to it, I mean right next to it.
We already paid the room and in the evening she (the owner) said we didn't. After a long discussion she let us go.
This hostel is THE worst experience so far. Never ever go to this hostel!
AS HI members we have seen quite some HI hostels and though they are not always as good as the contract predicts you thnis was deffinitly the worst. We had a private room since all the dorms where full. When we showed our member cards they told us they never count for privates while we normally get a bigger discount on privates.
The beds where dusty and felt like a hammock so bend through, there where only 3 electric sockets for the whole hostel. only 2 working toilets and 2 showers with hotwater between 8 and 3. This is nice when you arrive at 5 and want to go on a tour in the morning. In theory you have enough time but not if the whole hostel wants a shower on the same time, just chouse cold our not.
Strange enough some people got the breakfast ioncluded, while they didnt even allowed us to order one. The wifi (which is part of your HI contract) didnt even exist and toilet paper you had to buy your own. A wast of money and not a good start if you wanna go on the tours