The hotel is about 25 minutes from the VVI airport. Taxi cost 70 Bolivianos- there were 4 of us. Simple enough....but when the hotel set up a return taxi for us the next morning the driver told us the fare was 280 bolivianos!!!! WHY? We refused to pay it. The taxi was one with the hotel logo on it - and it was small so our luggage didn't even it! We had to have one bag across our laps in the back seat. I thought the hotel was doing us a favor by arranging the taxi the night before....little did I know.
The hotel is fine. Nothing great. The Oasis restaurant is ok - not bad. Simple. They gave us "welcome drink coupons" - but that's not really what they are - they're good for a glass of juice only. That's fine but just call it what it is. Honestly - why bother!
Suite as ok - TV in master bedroom was poor - something wrong with the sound so you couldn't understand the people talking. Others were ok. Kitchen - the smoke detector (or something but that's the beeping noise) - went off ALL night. We arrived late in the evening and honestly just too tired to deal with it but obviously whoever cleaned the room HAD to have heard it as it went off every minute! Good directions for the hot water - worked good but no water pressure. Just a trickle. I wouldn't go back.
Overall staff was good - front desk and staff for luggage was very good. Restaurant, it was obvious that our waiter didn't want to be there and only came to our table when we flagged him down....and no one else was having dinner at 9 PM - maybe he just wanted to go home.
I guess I'm really down on this one because the rest of our 2 week tour in Bolivia was great. We had better accommodations at hostels!
Overall -- it was just OK. Its just not worth the 25 minute taxi if this is just an overnight to catch connecting flight in morning. Due to change in flights we didn't arrive early enough to use the pool but it looked nice.
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