Like everywhere else in South America, there is a broad choice of accommodations in the main Bolivian cities and villages near tourist attractions. One can find accommodation that fits his or her own tastes and budgets. In the most expensive category, hotels (also called "Hostal") guarantee a minimum of comfort and services according to the number of posted stars. For the more modest budgets, Pensions and Residential represent interesting points of fall. Such places usually provide basic comfort but facilitate contacts with local people and other tourists.

We have traveled around Bolivia and stayed in a few towns. Below are listed the different hotels we had the opportunity to test.

La Paz

Bed and Breakfast Mary

Calle Abdon Saavedra esq. Landaeta

Mary will welcome you in her nice apartment located in the heart of La Paz, near the shops and restaurants of the main avenue of El Prado. The place is very quiet, comfortable and sunny. There is a nice panoramic of La Paz and the Cordillera Real. A good deal for friendly holidays, Home Sweet Home!
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Violettas' apart hotel ***

Calle Lanza Nº 464

Located a few steps from the Prado Avenue, the hotel is a perfect place to fully and freely enjoy Cochabamba. The apartments are very comfortable, well equipped (rooms, kitchen, lounge with cable TV), the staff is friendly, very professional, and service is impeccable. Excellent value for money. We can only recommend it!
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Hotel Las Kantutas ***

Avenida Jauregui esq. Bolivar, tél: 2 862 2093

Downtown, new (or renovated?) hotel, pleasant atmosphere, very confortable and nicely decorated rooms. Ask to see several rooms so that you can select a sunny one with nice view (nights are quite chilly in Copacabana) from the balcony.
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Hotel Ambassador **

Avenida Jauregui, tel. 2 862 2216

Downtown, rooms are reasonable, a good address for modest budgets.
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Hotel Cerro Verde

Calle Ayacucho 5037

Located near the main square, this new building (which was under construction in 2005) is surrounded by a lovely natural environment with amazing view of the Yungas valley. Rooms are reasonable, the swimming pool is relatively well maintained (during high season).
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Titicaca Lake - Island of the Sun

Residencial Yumani

Calle Ayacucho 5037, tel. 2 233 4354

In Yumani, on top of the island, view on the Kakayo Queña ridge (South West of the island). Very cheap (about $3/night), friendly hosts. Rooms are reasonable.
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Residencial El Imperio del Sol

Calle Ayacucho 5037, tel. 2 233 4354

In Yumani, great view on the Island of the Moon and on the Cordillera real. From outside, the place looks charming and good for relaxing, price is comparable to the Residencial Yumani (so very cheap), but unfortunately we did not have more time to test this pension (next time, for sure!).
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Hotel Residencial Colonial

Calle Hoyos 8, tel. 2 622 4809

Located in downtown Potosí, nice colonial style. Rooms are large and confortable.
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Santa Cruz

Hotel Asturias ****

Calle Moldes 154, tel. 3 333 9611, e-mail

Not very far from the center of the city, in a relatively quiet and rich neighbourhood, nice place with swimming pool and tropical plants, rooms are confortable. We would deplore the lack of concern of the management for maintenance and renovation of the hotel (eg defective plumbing bathroom), a pity for a hotel of this category!
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Hostal la Siesta ***

Calle Vallegrande 17, tel. 3 334 9775, e-mail

Downtown, friendly hosts, not expensive but the place is not exciting, rooms are basically furnished, the swimming pool is in a tiny corner bordered by an ugly concrete wall, the hotel is extremely noisy at any time (vicinity of the sport field).
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Hostal Mirador

Calle Muñecas 400, tel. +591 2 289 5008

Pleasant hotel located downtown, the rooms are correct, sunny terrace with lovely views over the valley.
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Hostal Sucre ***

Calle Bustillos 113, tel. 4 645 1411, e-mail:

Downtown, nice colonial style, rooms are big and well furnished, the service is excellent, the hotel is quiet. Certainly the best of the three hotels that we have tested.
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Hostal Recoleta Sur ****

Calle Ravelo esq. Loa, tel. 4 645 4789, e-mail:

Downtown, friendly hosts but the service is sometimes not at the level we would expect for a 4 star hotel, rooms are fine but the carpet is a bit dusty, hotel is quiet.
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Grand Hotel ***

Calle Aniceto Arce 61, tel. 4 645 1704, e-mail:

Downtown, very nice atmosphere at the middle of exotic plants, the rooms are fine, a bit noisy on the first floor (wooden parket cracking in the corridor). We were disappointed by the strong smell of cold tabaco in several bedrooms (unbearable for non-smokers!) and few major mistakes in the service which are not at the level we would expect for a 3 star hotel. Nevertheless, we were there in 2003, service has certainly improved since then...
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Hotel Mi Residencia **

Calle Manuel Limpias 76, tel. 3 462 1529, e-mail

Downtown, friendly hosts, rooms are reasonable.The owner of the hotel also has a second hotel with the same name (3 stars) with swimming pool, located at a few minutes walk from the center of the city.
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Hostal Residencial Avenida

Avenida ferroviaria, tel. 2 693 2078

Downtown, cheap, rooms are cold and poorly furnished. But, nobody goes to Uyuni to search for confort! Hotel for one night for most of the tourists traveling to the Salar and Sur Lipez.
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