Bolivia’s La Paz: Ten Places to Stay in the World’s Highest Metropolis
With its centre at 3,650 meters above sea level, La Paz is the highest administrative capital city in the world. The second largest city in Bolivia, La Paz holds many fascinating sights including the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco and its long history has resulted in an eclectic mix of colonial and modern architecture. An amazingly diverse and cultural landscape, this city offers a wide range of luxury, boutique and budget accommodation. We list ten recommended places to stay during a visit to La Paz.
Stannum Boutique Hotel
This hotel is known to be the city’s first boutique hotel and is conveniently situated in the heart of La Paz. Close to the Cathedral, Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church and Plaza Monolito Bennett, Stannum Boutique offers stunning views overlooking the city and the Illimani Mountain. The hotel is located within the Multicine Mall, which is the largest mall in the area, complete with a cinema and gourmet restaurant. An Art Deco theme combined with contemporary design runs through the hotel and was designed by Jorge Avila of A2 Architects and Nhora C. Quintero of NCQ Design, both well known for their work in Chile, Florida and the Caribbean.
Grupo Rosario La Paz
Grupo Rosario is a small family owned hotel housed in a restored colonial mansion situated in the heart of the museum district of La Paz. The rooms are decorated with motifs from the Aymara and Quechua cultures, and the hotel’s Tambo Colonial restaurant offers a varied menu of local and international cuisine. Specialties include llama meat and trout from Lake Titikaka, accompanied by locally produced Bolivian wine. The hotel also operates Turisbus Tours, a popular choice among Bolivia’s tour operators.
La Casona Hotel Boutique
Set in an old colonial mansion, La Casona has brilliantly preserved the colonial atmosphere, complete with up to date facilities. Furnished with parquet floors and gabled roofs, each of the hotel’s 25 rooms feature private balconies overlooking the city. It houses the La Casona Restaurant and it’s own ‘El Tapado’ Museum. The hotel is conveniently located close to San Francisco Square and Camacho Avenue, and offers a bike rental service to explore the city.
Hotel Boutique El Consulado
Nearby Cementerio General, Palacio Presidential and Palacio Legislativo, Hotel Boutique El Consulado resides in the old consulate of Panama in La Paz. This hotel houses a restaurant serving regional specialties and international dishes, an Artisan shop and its own gallery. El Consulado is part of the Topas Group, a Danish run Adventure Travel Agency, based in the building of the hotel. Other nearby attractions include San Francisco Church and Cathedral.
Hotel A la Maison
Situated in the bohemian neighbourhood of Sopocachi, nearby the tranquil Plaza España, Hotel A La Maison offers eight luxury self-catered apartments. These come complete with kitchenettes, a separate living room and dining space. Each room is uniquely furnished and filled with artwork from local artists and the hotel also features its own art gallery.
Parque Ecológico Hotel Castillo del Loro
The Parque Ecológico Hotel Castillo del Loro is a family friendly hotel tucked away on the riverwalk, close to Plaza Monolito Bennett, the Witches’ Market and the Cathedral. The guestrooms are open to patios with mountain or courtyard views and a rooftop terrace. In addition, the hotel offers its own camping area equipped with bathrooms and showers, and there is a campfire area, an outdoor pool and sauna. As this hotel is set in the mountains, the garden features stunning views and free parking is also available for visitors.
The Hotel Plaza is a five star hotel located on the famous El Prado Boulevard. With three in-house restaurants, the top-floor Utama Restaurant offers superb views over the city and surrounding mountains. Each room is uniquely furnished with artwork and décor, which give reference to the ancestral culture of Bolivia.
Hotel Presidente offers modern accommodation in downtown La Paz, a short walk from the picturesque San Francisco Church. The hotel includes two restaurants and a 24 hour room service. La Bella Vista restaurant serves regional specialties, and La Kantuta Café offers a range of exotic cocktails. The rooftop oasis club features a spa and heated pool with panoramic views of La Paz. In addition, an airport shuttle service and free parking are available. Guests can also make use of the hotel’s mobile phone rental and taxi services.
Camino Real Suites
Situated in La Paz, Camino Real Suites is a four star hotel set in the suburbs and close to Valle de la Luna, La Paz Zoo and Muela del Diablo. This hotel features an indoor pool, hot tub, health club and spa. It houses the La Tranquera Restaurant serving a menu of local and international cuisine, in which barbecued meats are the house specialty. It also offers a breakfast buffet, including freshly baked Bolivian pastries.
With its high corniced ceilings and unique colonial courtyards, Hostal Naira offers spacious, country-style rooms with large windows and patios. All are equipped with en suite bathrooms, and include a small dining table. Naira is situated in the centre of the colonial city of La Paz, at the foot of the Real Mountains, a short distance from the witches market. A continental breakfast is served daily and the hostel’s restaurant and bar serves regional cuisine and a variety of cocktails.
By Eleanor Cunningham