I really did enjoy my stay at the Rosario Hotel even though my first impressions were clouded by the most debilitating headache ever!
Our group flew into La Paz from Asuncion late at night. Even in the short period between landing and the drive into the city, the effects of altitude sickness were making themselves felt. We headed straight to our rooms when we arrived. Climbing three flights of stairs was worryingly difficult, and we were warned that we may not get much sleep and have difficulty breathing.
How true. I didn’t sleep a wink and soon developed a pounding headache, which disappeared slightly after a handful of paracetamol. Unfortunately that first morning we weren’t in the right frame of mind to take in our surroundings, the comfortable bedroom and the amazing scenes looking from our window down onto the street below.
However, once the altitude sickness wore off, we soon grew to appreciate the Rosario as the days passed (we stayed for 3 nights in total), and a mug or two of complimentary coca tea in the lobby soon became a part of our daily routine - usually before breakfast and later in the afternoon after a day’s sightseeing. For serious sufferers of altitude sickness I believe the hotel offers oxygen.
Breakfast was delicious, although the initial sickness dulled any appetite. We ate dinner in the restaurant on two occasions where I had my first taste of llama.
We particularly enjoyed early evenings in the bar/internet cafe on the third floor which had superb views over La Paz rooftops, especially when the sun caught the snow-capped Mount Illimani as it went down.
The Rosario is centrally placed within easy reach of the main sights and the Witch’s Market was a short walk. We also travelled out of the city to Tiwanaku the following day passing through wild and wonderful scenery. Be warned, there is absolutely no shelter at the Tiwanaku ruins, and even if the weather is chilly, the sun is incredibly strong at this altitude and we managed to burn our heads.
La Paz is a totally unique experience and one which you will remember forever. The Rosario really made our stay in the city enjoyable and we were thoroughly looking forward to travelling to its sister hotel at Copacabana the following day.
If you are staying for a few days you are bound to head out of the city for sightseeing. The view over the city as you climb up into the mountains is breathtaking!
Please don’t let possible altitude sickness dissuade you from visiting. It really is worth the discomfort and headaches which do pass eventually, provided you take things at a leisurely pace and drink lots of coca tea!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovely, charm and colonial style located in the center of La Paz. The perfect location for your city excursions. Friendly and helpful staff that will make you fell at home. Eco friendly and smoke free hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residencial Rosario La Paz
- Residencial Rosario Hotel La Paz