We stayed in Tarija just before Christmas. It is worth noting this is probably not a good time to visit, particularly if you are wanting to visit the vineyards in the area, as they all seemed to have closed early for Christmas.
We spent two nights at Hostal Carmen, which is more of a budget hotel than a hostel. We arrived early morning after travelling by overnight bus from Sucre. We were unable to check in and the person at reception spoke no English & my limited Spanish was not getting us anywhere. He did call his manager who spoke English & advised us we could leave our bags and check in later in the day. Nothing was open in Tarija before 9am/10am and there is little to do in Tarija before cafes opened.
The hostal provides a buffet breakfast, which was OK. They advise they have pancakes & other hot food available, but nothing was available when we ate. Given other reviews commenting about this, I suspect they no longer provide hot food, but have not removed their sign.
The room was fine - small double bed & a single bed with a private bathroom. Hot water was available throughout the day and was hot (often not the case in Bolivia!). Free wi-fi connection is available & throughout the hostel with a good connection.
The hostel is located a short walk from the centre of Tarija. There are no cooking facilities, so you do need to eat out. We tried to find some places away from the main square, but they were all closed, so you'll most likely eat around the square.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Carmen*** is located in the traditional district of Tarija, Barrio El Molino, a few blocks from the main square of the city. It has 30 rooms spread over 4 floors with single, double, suite, semi suite, double, triple and family. We also have additional services VTB! Incoming tourism in Tarija, inbound tour operating company. VTB! Is a pioneer in Tarija, with over 18 years of experience providing quality service with professionalism and managed by its owners, creators and discoverers of several tourist circuits. ... more less
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