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Residencial Bolivar
Reviewed January 1, 2012

I had a great time at the Residencial Bolivar over 4 nights. The staff, although not being able to speak English very well, are extremely friendly and polite to everyone.

The rooms were slightly small, and as I went in December, extremely hot during the night. There is only a fan in the room, so sleeping can be difficult during hot weather, but thankfully the showers are clean if you need to cool off a bit.

Breakfast was included, and it was great- fresh fruit, jams, breads and juices. Location-wise, it's only 2 blocks from the main square, and close to facilities like the supermarket, laundromat and cafes and restaurants.

Santa Cruz isn't the greatest city by any means for sightseeing, but Residencial Bolivar makes a relaxing pitstop in between Samaipata, Amboro, La Paz or other places in Bolivia. When I return to Bolivia, I'll be back.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

I loved the place! The room and bathrooms were good, the staff was friendly, the breakfast with fruits, eggs and fresh juice was the best we had, Simon the tucan is hilarious and you can relax forever in the hammocks.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

The rooms are very small and simple, but the grounds and common areas are very nice. The staff is very kind and helpful, and of course Simon the toucan is a treat! The breakfast buffet is simple, but plentiful. Plenty of tables and hammocks to relax in during the day, and common kitchen. A quiet and friendly place, with 10pm quiet hours.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

This is a backpacker hostal. Don't expect luxury. The location is perfect, just next to the main square. The rooms are clean and there is a lovely common area to sit down, relax or talk to the tucan. The breakfast buffe is very good with lots of fresh fruit, bread, juice, scrambled eggs... The staff is very nice and helpfull (It's better if you can speak spanish, but what else do you expect in Bolivia) The only problem is, when guests are too load skyping or watching TV in the middle of the night, but the staff tries to keep these guests down. All in all it is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank signe2010
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

We had one night between 2 connection flights in Bolivia and like most people expected the worst. When we got to the hostel we were surprised by the warm wellcome in the reception and Saimon (the tocan that live in the garden). We stayed in a double room with private bathroom which was clean and cousy.
I would tought that in Bolivia the cost should be lower but overall it was worth it.
If you are looking for a hostel, don't think twice and take this one.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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3  Thank AmitBenZvi
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights. We booked well in advance and had reserved a double with en-suite but when we arrived they told us this wasn’t available and gave us a double instead. Not a huge problem, but annoying all the same, and the staff weren’t particularly sorry about the mistake.

It has a great garden which is nice and shady (essential in Santa Cruz!) that you can eat breakfast in. The breakfast was good – a buffet selection of eggs, fruits and bread with juices and coffee so you could eat as much as you liked.

Our room was comfortable but noisy as it faced directly onto the kitchen area where the TV was. There was a fan in the room which did the job at keeping us cool. The shared showers and toilets were reasonably clean and not too busy.

The hostel is ok overall and we would stay there again. What really sets this place apart is the Toucan who lives in the garden and will happily sit on your arm and pose for photos. This makes and ordinary place a bit special.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank sjl37
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

The hostal is in a very good location, one block from the main square. The rooms are small, but very clean. The only problem is the heat. The fan in the room could not keep it cool enough. The shared bathrooms are very clean at all times, and plenty of them. Breakfast was ok, dry breads but good fruit and juices. The staff could be a little friendlier, maybe they should take a lesson from the toucan who lives in the courtyard. If I were to visit Santa Cruz again I would probably stay here, but to be honest I see no real reason to visit Santa Cruz again.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Residencial Bolivar

Address: Calle Sucre 131 | a una cuadra de la Plaza Principal, lado Este, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Location: Bolivia > Santa Cruz Department > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Santa Cruz
Price Range: $12 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marriage bedrooms with private batrooms, shared and single bedoroom in a beautiful and romantic 18th century old colonial house, around a cool and leafy patio with inviting hammocks. Self service tropical fruit breakfast with variety of jams, juices, breads and eggs wich make your delight. Hot showers, cable tv, travel info. Beutiful tame tucans in a safe and calm ecological enviorment. English speaking staff willing to guide and help you!! ... more   less 

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