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“Cute and Quaint Spot” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostal CasArte Takubamba
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   J.M.Serrano Nro 256, Sucre 001, Bolivia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 27 Sucre B&B and Inns
Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Cute and Quaint Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I enjoyed my recent stay in CasArte Takubamba. The facilities are great, and there's a funky, eclectic vibe from the artwork that lines the walls and peppers the common areas. I stayed in a three-person dorm which was clean and had comfy beds. We enjoyed a large common space with shared with one other room (a private double), and our own bathroom. The common area had a kitchen, but there were signs instructing us to use the kitchen out by the beautiful garden area and TV room, which is where breakfast is served.

Internet was fast and pretty reliable in the common spaces, and although it was available in our room, it was a bit spotty. Breakfast was good with an egg (your choice of fried or scrambled), fruit salad and juice added to the usual bread and jam. The staff was very friendly, and there was a bit of a quiet vibe around this hostel - perfect for couples, small groups, or solo travelers who want a bit of privacy, but it wasn't the perfect place to meet other travelers.

There were a few minor quirks. The bathrooms were quite small with the shower head sort of jutting out from the wall, which meant that most of the bathroom got wet when someone took a shower. Most of us took night showers so the room dried by the morning, but it was a bit awkward when someone washed up during the day - wet toilet paper included. The kitchen is outside, and although there's a roof over most of the cooking area, it got a little cold when we decided to cook a group dinner one night. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this place, but I thought I'd mention those things which surprised me when I moved in.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Joaquin and staff are wonderful! Really took care of us. Joaquin was so wonderful that he emailed us in advance of our arrival advising us of a transportation strike in the city and wanted to be sure we had a way to get in! Would have been stranded and miserable if he wasn't so thoughtful and helpful.

He does free walking tours in the afternoon (but don't forget to tip him well!). Had a wonderful overview of the city and covered most all the sights! (With him notating museums to go back and visit properly. So enjoyed this for the background, getting my bearings, places to visit culturally and socially as well as enjoying the time with him.

The hostal is about 12 rooms and on a quiet street just a few blocks from the main plaza and cathedral. 1 1/2 blocks away is the big supermarket, movie theater, home store and launderers and at the end of the street is a tienda and small Internet cafe.

Rooms are comfortable, clean with good simple furniture. Bathrooms are the shower/bathroom where you get everything kinda wet. Hot water may take a 2nd to get hot but then is really hot! They provide shampoo and soap as well, which I was surprised.

We had 2 different rooms, both quite nice and quiet. Surprised they were roomier than I have had with other hostals, Cleanings and change of towels are done every 3rd day but of course you can request additional times.

Breakfast is from 815a-10am, served in the garden courtyard though if weather is bad, there is an enclosed dining area as well. Breakfast is coffee, teas, juice, small fruit cup, bread and if you ask an egg. Though its the same everyday, its fine.

In the garden area, few sitting areas outsider as well as 2 enclosed rooms you can watch TV or play games. Have a wood burning over here that guests can use to cook their own meals as well. Community fridge to leave your labeled items.

Reception area has lots of tourist info, maps, weekly events. And by the reception is Art Gallery with sitting area. The artists' work dots all the rooms, hostal areas...making for a very characteristic vibe.

Seemed many guests were here for week+. So you got to meet a lot of other travelers.

In Sucre, of course do Joaquin's walking tour but also, enjoy a fresh juice and lunch at the Central Market and have a beer and watch the sunset from the Mirador at Recoleta. Mercado Campesino, which is an area of several streets is great for food, sundries, clothes, hardware items, bit of everything.

Lots of eating options: Abis (2 locations, one within 2 blocks from hostal) is wonderful!! Owner Yves, is welcoming, food is continental, tasty and well priced. La Taverne, a French restaurant is a good choice with a lunch menu (though pricey for the area at 45BS) and Nouvelle Cuisine is for meat lovers.

Lots of tourist options in town of movie nights, trivia, cultural shows. And endless tour operators for more active trips just outside of town. Go to Tarabuco, indigenous town for their Sunday market...it's about 2 hours away but a nice day trip.

Enjoyed our stay in Sucre and in such very very large part to Takubamba! Lovely comfy room with enjoyable common areas, helpful staff in a quiet but close to everything location.

come and stay here as well!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I stayed in the single ensuite room for 3 nights which was clean, well maintained and there were hot showers with good pressure! One suggestion would be to add a few hooks in the huge spacious room.

The common area/garden is a good place to chill and relax. Definitely not a party hostel but still a great place to meet people! The main square is around 10 min walk away and I felt safe walking alone at night and also early in the morning at 430am when I had to head out for trekking.

Good coffee/ice cream place-Abis Patio which is one block away. There is also a free walking tour provided by the owner! The laundry provided by the hostel was slightly expensive but there's a good and cheap laundromat one block away!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Stayed in a double room. The property opens into a great courtyard and the rooms surround it (the recipe for a quiet night). Our room was big with a great bathroom and hot shower. Wifi was on the whole time; not the fastest in bolivia but great stability.

The room is great but it's really the staff that puts it over the top. Juaquin's daily free tour of the city is a must-do. If you come in the low season it might just be you and him. He speaks great English, is very friendly and will give you a great tour of this city. It's probably the best free tour we've had. Of course it's nice if you tip him, same as free tours elsewhere. The other staff members speak mostly Spanish but are helpful as well. They won't be rude even if your Spanish is awful like mine ("yo tengo.... ropa..... mmmm.... dirty....).

Excellent breakfast, at a good indoor/outdoor area where it's easy to meet other travellers.

4 blocks from the square is accurate, but two of those blocks are nothing-blocks on a slight incline, which gives it a somewhat remote feel. However, on the way to the square is an awesome supermarket with ATMs (try the chocolate, or catch a movie!), which easily negatives this. Laundromat near there is excellent as well.

Thanks Juaquin, I hope your mom's birthday went well.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geertruidenberg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We really liked this hostel in Sucre. The hostel is at a good location in the city center. The rooms in the hostel are spacious and of high standard. The bathroom and the bed were clean, however the floor could use come cleaning. And we were surprised they did not cleaned the room or changed the towels after the first night. So we had to ask for new towels (no shower curtain in the bathroom, so lots of water everywhere) and toilet paper by ourselves. However, the shower was amazing! Really continious hot water and enough power, the best in weeks!
The breakfast was nice, with the fresh bread and the dulce de leche. And you can enjoy your breakfast in the little garden: a really nice way to wake up.
The staff is friendly too: they phoned to the bus terminal multiple times to check whether the road blocks between Sucre and Potosi were still ongoing.

Room Tip: Room 6 was beautiful, however they should check the lock, we had sometimes problems opening it.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Nice hostel. The rooms are very clean with bright colors and thick, firm mattresses. There's indoor and outdoor common space, wifi and great breakfast (bread, jam, a scrambled egg, tea, juice and a cup of fruit with yogurt). The space has a cool open courtyard so my room had plenty of light but sound can carry so while it surprisngly wasn't an issue for me - even on a saturday night - bring some earplugs just in case

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The staff were super friendly and helpful. Good layout of the hostel and breakfast decent for bolivia.
2 major criticisms: good to have heating but it cannot be turned down so at night it was far too hot which impacted sleep.
I'm afraid the place is not very clean. We even found used underwear in our bathroom...not pleasant

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: J.M.Serrano Nro 256, Sucre 001, Bolivia
Location: Bolivia > Chuquisaca Department > Sucre
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Sucre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal CasArte Takubamba 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal CasArte TakubambaWelcome to our family run hostel were you can rest and relax, or maybe participate in some of the workshops: theater, painting, ceramics or playing Latin guitar. The hostel is an old house with lots of atmosphere localized in the historical centre in Sucre. It used to be the home of our grandparents and is now totally restored and upgraded to modern standards. We have single, double and triple rooms all with private bathrooms. We serve breakfast and during the day you can make your own coffee or small snack at our guest kitchen in the courtyard. You can also visit the art gallery where local artists share their creativity and inspiration with us. If you enjoy cooking you are also welcome to use our traditional Andean stone oven. The smells and flavors are unique and its perfect to make everything from bread to pizza to meat and vegetables. Welcome and enjoy your stay!SERVICES - Breakfast, Hot-gas powered showers, WiFi, Towels, Guest kitchen,Check in 1:00 PM,Check out 11:00 AM - Special prices for weeks, months and longer stays. The hostel is only 450 meters away from the main square, localized within the historic city center, on a quiet street. The main supermarket, cinema, ATMs, travel agencies are located 200 meters from the hostel. We are 350 meters from Nicolas Ortiz, the street where you will find cafes, restaurants, bars, concerts, "Fiesta" at night in the city. At almost every corner nearby you can grab a taxi or jump on or of the minibuses that takes you around the town.-From the bus station 5 minutes by taxi and 15 minutes by bus -From the airport 10 minutes by taxi -From the main square a 5 minute walk -From the Central Market 7 minutes walk ... more   less 
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