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“Fine for one night”
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Tambo Aymara
Ranked #5 of 18 Uyuni B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 8, 2013

One of the guide books calls this the most "stylish" option in town, and it may well be. It does look pretty good.

The good: Very short walk from the bus drop off area, short further walk to the tour agency offices to join your salt flat tour. The pillows were nice. The towels were fluffy. The staff, who did not have any English, were very nice and helpful, even with my broken Spanish. Everything was very clean and new looking. The water was hot and plentiful. There was a little space heater in the room that we could control (rather than the plumbed-in radiator that the hotel can turn off).

The meh: Breakfast for us was almost non-existant - we didn't have time to sit and see if something else was coming out, but as far as we good see, it was bread, a toaster and some juice and I think some yogurt. Maybe it improves if there are more guests, but there did not seem to be very many when we were there. Having wifi would also be nice.

The bad: The beds are hard. Very, very hard. I've slept on some hard beds in Asia, but these are a step further. The rooms are dark. It turns out that most of the rooms are actually interior rooms, with only a small window that opens onto the dark interior hallways. That nice courtyard to see is all glassed in, and most of the rooms don't face it anyway. Presumably this all makes it cozier in the winter, but it was not that cold when we were there, and was a surprise. Our $50/night room did not qualify us for an exterior window. The hallways are noisy. Very noisy. Around 7:30/8:00, there arose a loud clatter outside our "window" and door with large gaps which was the hotel staff rolling very rickety carts and cleaning supplies along the rough tile floor and shouting back and forth to one another. If there a been a tour group, I assume it would have been worse. If you are there for one night and up for your morning departure, not an issue, but beware if you are hoping to sleep in!

Room Tip: There has to be something better than the ground floor, 30 feet from the reception area.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Nice hotel in Uyuni. Colonial style, clean room, with good amenities for Uyuni. Nice bathroom, modern. Wifi is only at the lobby, helpful staff. Good breakfast. Recommended. About BS 380 a night, but worth it, specially after a 3-day trip in the desert!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Looking for a hotel room for three people can be challenging but Uyuni has a few options since many groups of varying sizes come to check out the salar. We had a triple room here with three beds and one bathroom. The beds were pretty hard. I didn't have a problem with it but it is a problem if you're used to the nice soft beds. They cleaned the rooms daily, and we didn't go on the tours because we were there for other business so we pretty much had the hotel to ourselves once the huge group of Japanese tourists left for their three day tour. The breakfast is good. I'm sad that La Vicuna is no longer operating (perhaps they are thinking of propping up something new. I saw the owners wandering around inside but alas the cafe was closed). We were pretty much stuck eating breakfast at this hotel but we didn't mind at all. There was a large selection of fruit, homemade bread, butter, ham and cheese, coffee, oj, oatmeal, etc. We even made a sandwich to take with us as we were hitting the road going the opposite direction of the salar and into another town and weren't sure when we could stop to eat. It really helped us out! it was good coming back to this hotel after each day. A lot of the locals seem to know each other so it's always good to ask them where to eat. We went to a tourist trap the first day because we didn't ask where to go. One day we asked them to help us find dinner and they got delivered us some t bone steak combo for 25 pesos. It was honestly the best thing ever. The people are nice here. If you treat them nice, they will go out of the way to make you feel comfortable. One of the nights there was a city wide black out but they already knew what to do to bring some light into the rooms. It could have been a little less expensive but they charge market price.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Uyuni is something of a "frontier town", and although the outside of the hotel is hardly inspiring, inside is pleasant enough! Rooms are mostly situated around a nice looking courtyard, which unfortunately was not open when we were there. In fact I believe we were the only occupants of the hotel at that time! Rooms are a good size, named rather than numbered, with a decent shower and hot water. Very nice breakfast room. The only reason to be in Uyuni is to be visiting the salt lake, and this hotel would certainly make a good base.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were there for a short term stay.

* Breakfast is free - toast/fruit/yogart.
* The rooms were clean and basic.
* There is no internet.
* Location is safe and quite.
* Owner is friendly and helpful.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with a friend.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

we arrived in uyuni wondering what we had let ourselves into. We met my partners daughter and husband at the hotel and just seeing there faces made it all worthwhile.They had already looked round there room and could not stop smiling large rooms heating and staff who did everything for you. Asked if we could have the room next to theres and had no problem.Breakfast was superb as was the owner who was just prepared to help you with anything to make your stay good. Would i recommend............. you bet i would

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

My mum & partner met up with us in Uyuni, during our 9 month backpacking trip and treated us to this wonderful place for 2 nights. The hotel really is lovely, tastefully decorated throughout and has spacious rooms. Ours was huge as was the bathroom. The shower was hot and the room had heating too. It has a sunny courtyard where you can enjoy some coffee and seating inside too. The breakfasts were the best, probably of all our travels. There was freshly baked wholemeal bread, juice, meats, cheese, eggs, fruit and cereals. All really good. The staff were great and it’s only a short walk to town. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Camacho s/n, Uyuni, Bolivia
Location: Bolivia > Potosi Department > Uyuni
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Ranked #5 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Uyuni
Price Range: $75 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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