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“Good hostel” 4 of 5 stars
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Bacoo Hostel
Alto de la Alianza 693, La Paz 02, Bolivia   |  
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Ranked #23 of 50 Specialty Lodging in La Paz
Cleveland, Ohio
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9 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good hostel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

My friend & I stayed here for quite a few nights as we used Bacoo as our base as we went back & forth from La Paz to Sorata, then to Huayna Potosi. Many comments on here talk about how cold it is... of course it's cold, it's La Paz!! The blankets here are super warm and beds very comfortable, so the cold posed no problem. Facilities were clean enough, and while some staff members were more helpful than others, some went out of their way to help us and were very courteous. Breakfast was just bread & jam & milk, so we bought oatmeal to supplement what they provided. Only downside is the bar music was kind of loud at night sometimes and though most of my showers were hot, a couple were cold... I guess it's all about timing... check the water before you decide if you want to shower... if it's cold and you aren't willing to take a cold shower, just wait and it will prob heat up again soon. They also have useful lockers, you can get laundry done in one day, and they have computers with internet. Good location, right off the bus line coming down from the airport in El Alto, and a 10-15 minute walk to Saranaga street/the tour operators.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Miami, Florida
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19 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

For the price paid (for a double room,private), it's honestly a bit of a rip off. The outside and bar are in great shape and clean, but the room has paint peeling off the walls, mildew in the bathrooms, and lumpy old bed and pillows.
The security of the place is fine from the outside, with a locked gate with security camera and 24 hour staff. However the doors to the rooms are flimsy and easily openable. The wifi is good enough if people stay off Skype...but they dont, and when someone gets on, no one else can do a thing.
Overall, I was disappointed because of the price.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bexhill, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We booked this hostel because it was cheap and because they advertised parties, jacuzzi and because it looked lively. However this was not the case, hardly anyone there and we asked if the jacuzzi was working and we were told 70 bolivianos if we wanted water in it. Rooms were standard, best thing about the place is the price.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I went to bacoo hostel becuase I was just passing through La paz for the night and the hostel is near the bus station which is great. That was pretty much the only great thing about it though. The bar is nice but a bit boring, I was there on a Saturday aswell so thought there might be abit of a night life but it closed really early becuase no one was there. The bed was fairly comfy and I slept ok. I would recommend if you need to stay close to the bus station

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orleans, France
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Nice garden, nice bar and games. Looks like a party hostel, but it was almost empty when we were there. Good prices though, but they could change some of rooms' locks.
Helpful staff and many services.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

In fairness we turned up without a booking and managed to get a private room. However, the room was very cramped (bunk-beds) and pretty cold. The toilets and showers were only accessible by going outside (not great in the freezing cold) and the showers weren't hot. The bar looks good but the staff weren't particularly friendly and there was no atmosphere. The good? The location is good. We were given more blankets when asked and there are small lockers in reception. There's also a nice outside area which is probably really nice when warm outside. But I'd recommend staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Great value for money, staff is amazing in particular Isabel who was superhelpful, we stayed 3 nights instead of 1 as originally planned.
Approx 10 minutes walk into main tourist area and same distance to bus terminal, very convenient.
Laundrette is nearby and hostel has a travel agency desk which can help with buses.
+ super clean
+ comfortable beds
+ fast wifi
+ plug sockets in lockers
-no cooking facilities (seems to be the norm in Bolivia)

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Alto de la Alianza 693, La Paz 02, Bolivia
Location: Bolivia > La Paz Department > La Paz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 50 Specialty Lodging in La Paz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pack your 6 senses !Bacoo hostal La Paz is set in a large garden and has plenty of areas to fun whether it be in the shade of one of our fruit trees or in one of our hammocks or drink a beer in jacuzzi.Our property has a beautiful colonial architecture, with a large beautiful garden and you will feel the true fun in our hostel, either the bar or restaurant or just hang out in the jacuzzi, you'll have the best experience… ... more   less 
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