Albergue lo de Trivi
El Chalten, Argentina
130 Argentinian Pesos (approx $34)/night
El Chalten is a tiny little town. Only last year they finished paving the road from El Calafate, and I can imagine how it's going to explode in the years to come. Just in the time since my travel guides were published, the town has installed its very first ATM machine, multiplied its internet facilities fivefold (it's still provided via satellite and is too slow and expensive to actually bother using), and paved it's main street.
There are tons of opportunities there for someone who may want to open a 'tiny mountain town' sort of business. A good bar with good beer, a massage place, some sort of spa/sauna/jaccuzi facility... There are all kinds of things it lacks which we imagine would be hugely successful there. The town only came into existence in 1985, and construction is taking place on every corner. It was really neat to visit at the brink of what's to come, and I'd love to see how different it is in five years.
Anyway, this post is supposed to be about the place we stayed. It was lovely. The father (one of only 600 people who reside in El Chalten year round) and two sons who ran the place were lovely. Here it is.