Arriving at 0330 in the morning is never going to be good in any hotel let alone a hotel in La Paz. At night the modern architecture is only partially apparent and is weird and out of context with expectations.
The staff reception was really very good as it was night staff only and they were keen to get me settled in but in a good way.
In the morning the hotel looked much better in daylight. The design grew on me during my stay and it is modern and refreshing, light and airy. The style is something along the lines of chic modern Scandinavian style.
The rooms are well appointed as the hotel has only been open a month so everything is spotless and new. It is above basic and the fixtures and fittings look as though are well designed and will last well. For a welcome change the room is well lit and for those that spend time in their room working this is a real bonus in comparison to many other hotels. There is a laptop size safe and the bathroom is again well lit with a good shower.
I needed to speak to the management as I was hosting a client and needed some information. This is a family hotel and I spoke to the son Oscar, he was clearly dedicated to his job and determined to make a good start even better.
It is worth noting the location in the Southern residential area, it is quieter than the central business district hotels with some decent restaurants in walking distance. It is also a little way away from the tourist area. This is not a bad thing and crucially it is lower than many other La Paz hotels, even a few hundred metres can make a difference for those unlucky enough to suffer from Sorochi or altitude sickness. Oxygen is available in the hotel too if you really take a hard knock on that front.
All of the staff were cheerful and clearly inculcated with Oscars enthusiasm, they were also efficient and very helpful.
The swimming pool is actually useful as you can do laps if you really want to punish your lungs.
My only gripe was the lack of coffee making facilities in the room, nice when you work in there. Also internet was a bit sporadic as there are often power cuts due to electrical storms knocking out the city power, the hotel has it´s own power plant but this cuts in and often the server is affected. There is nothing that the hotel can do about this as it is more or less an act of God although standby power is a real bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique settings and a concept rarely seen in the country. Avant Garde desing that combines esthetics, and comfort in a way that defines it’s personality. ... more less
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