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Bash and Crash Hostel
Ranked #54 of 79 Specialty Lodging in La Paz
Reviewed February 20, 2013

I stayed here for one night after doing the Salt flats tour and returning from Uyuni by a night bus. The hostel is in a good location and the people are really friendly. I stayed in a double room with private bathroom. The room hadn't been cleaned properly. There were hairs in the bathroom in the sink and on the shower wall. There were hairs in the bed and the sheets were stained. The room looked like it need to be repainted. I was quite disappointed after staying in very basic accommodation during the salt flat tours and the overnight buses. They did book me a cab to the airport and gave me a wake up all which was needed. Also, there is a restaurant and bar on site. So you can have dinner and a night out without leaving the hostel. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this hostel.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The location is good, but that is the only positive thing about this hostel. The rooms were humid, our clothes wouldnt dry up even after days. The showers were cold, some of the staff were really incompetent. It was very dirty in the restaurant section, especially during breakfast, often the cook was never there. The lady in the travel agency gave horrible advice. The internet was slow. They also messed up our booking, we had reserved a private room, but it wasnt registered at arrival and we had to move to a 6 bed dorm.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

The first impression of BNC Hostel was that it's quiet easy to find from the bus terminal in La Paz. Even if the furnitured in the lobby is not that new, I've got a very warm welcome and because I would have had to wait 4 more hours until I could have checked-into my booked 8 dorm, the receptionist gave me a bed in the 6 dorm but didn't want to charge me more. Really cool!

Two of the showers didn't get warm, but one got really hot that's not normal for hostels in Bolivia.
There's a strong wifi all around the hostel, two "living rooms" and a great bar upstairs that offers you drinks, milk and food for a good price! That makes it easier to take the fact that there's no shared kitchen. Moreover you're able to book tours from the hostel and everybody is always really into helping you out with anything you need.

All in all, the staff and atmosphere of the hostel is great, the prices are cheap, the beds are warm and even if the breakfast is not the best, there's actually nothing I could complain about. For the same price you can get cold showers, dirty rooms and no breakfast in other hostels!

Recommandable in any case.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Tim M
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

we arrived at 6am and got a room straight away big plus after an overnight bus! clean rooms but the shower was cold and shocked me everytime i wanted to get warm water! your not allowed us the kitchen and some of the bar music is terrible britney remixs!! comfy bed ! :)

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Bash and crash was BY FAR the best hostel I've ever been to.
The rooms were neat and comfortable, the hostel had wifi 24/7. The only downside was the showers were usually quite cold and the fact that it is on a 3rd floor by stairs. And there's not quite a lot of oxygen in La paz. You reach the hostel breathless, but it's absolutely worth it.
The thing I liked the most of the hostel is that it has in its facilities a bar which is said to be open until 12pm. The bartenders are extremely cool, if you want to hear a certain kind of music they will put it (they overheard I liked deadmau5 and put on the remix cd). They serve nice and reasonably priced drinks and food, and if there's loads of people, they keep the bar open beyond closing hour. They have themed nights and they even bring in a salsa teacher every now and then. One nights I stayed in they kept the bar open until 5am! There's also games like yenga to play, and the staff is always friendly and will join you if they are not too occupied. There's also table soccer.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with friends
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Stayed: March 2017, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Bash and Crash Hostel

Address: Ingavi 681, La Paz, Bolivia
Location: Bolivia > La Paz Department > La Paz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 79 Specialty Lodging in La Paz
Price Range: $10 - $16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Bash and Crash Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 19th-century house which we've fully renovated to make a hostel, welcomes you into one of the oldest and most stylish buildings in the city. It is located only 3 blocks away from Plaza Murillo (city's main square),1 ½ blocks away from the Bus Terminal, and only 10 minutes (walking distance) away from any touristic site you want to visit. Bash n' Crash has managed to pinpoint all the things that you need and look for when backpacking. With several common areas (all which have their own charm and ways to keep you busy), comfy beds in private and shared dorms, hot showers, YUMMY food, great music, drinks and a friendly, happy to help English speaking staff, this is a place you won't want to miss! With parties that start and end at our very own night club, this hostel is the only one in La Paz that gives you the chance to bash and crash in one spot. ... more   less 
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