We checked into hostal copacabana for a three night stay in La Paz. I think the first thing I should clarify is that this is not really a hostal, more of a hotel! Apparently it is called a hostal because some rooms share bathroom facilities. We checked in during the afternoon, and were greeted with a decent enough receptionist who humoured my broken Spanish upon check in.
We headed up to our room (310) which is above the street and can be a bit noisy, particularly on the weekends. Be warned that as far as I know there is no elevator, and with the altitude you can be left short of breath climbing the stairs! The room is pretty basic (2 single beds instead of a requested double - however, as a young gay couple this seems to be a recurrent theme in the Andean regions of South America!) the room was clean, with plentiful supply of blankets for the cold nights. Just watch out for the water going off - it seems to be a daily occurrence, usually during daytime hours - when we asked about the water we were told it would be on shortly, and it was, so no complaints. The wifi coverage is good throughout, we managed to get a full, strong signal in our room the majority of the time.
Breakfast was a pleasant affair; your basic breakfast of bread and jam, but with the added option of fruit and cereal (if you get there early enough!) the waiting staff for breakfast are lovely, and a real credit to the hotel.
Location wise, you are in the centre of everything - we ended up extending our stay by a further three nights to do the death road mountain biking excursion (which is not for the faint hearted!)
This is a budget hotel, and when converted to pounds it is VERY cheap per night. Don't go in expecting luxury, and remember there is a hotel copacabana and it is a very different (and more expensive!) affair.
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