Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hostel Review: Hostal Ananay

Hostel Ananay was an easy choice. They have high consistent reviews in Tripadvisor and they have a website (this is important for me). I also appreciate how they responded to all my emails swiftly.

The hostel's location is perfect to explore the city. The cobblestone street is a picturesque sight. Every major sight is walking distance from here. The hostel gave me a map and showed me some city tour flyers. Wifi was spotty, so don't expect to be online for a long time. It also worked in the common areas only. The staff was really helpful, spoke good English, and warned me about scams.


One particular scam is the fake Bolivian police scam. Someone approaches you, claim they are also a tourist, chat will you, try to gain your favor, and they speak good English. Then a person pretending to be the Bolivian police approaches you and asks you guys to show him your passport for inspection. Your new tourist companion (the accomplice of the fake police) says that's normal and they do it all the time. They inspect your passport, your belongings, then return this to you. But you'll find some time later, that they took something - money, watch, or important items. Scary. 

As for the room, I already knew that there would be no heating so I was prepared. There were thick blankets anyway. I stayed in a private ensuite room. But the room had no window so it could get really stuffy in the room especially after you take the shower.

Bare walls but bright sheets

Hot water and water pressure was really good, and the room came with towels, soap and & shampoo. The divider between the room and the toilet did not go all the way up to the ceiling so you can hear and smell whatever is going on in the toilet - something to note if there's two of you in the room. 

Now this has a bright wall. I also like that they have a clothing rack and some furniture.
Toiletries included.

There was a family staying in the upper floor and their noise carried all the way down to the rooms. I don't know if it can be toned down since the floors were wooden.

The place is pretty neat - the twin room with private bathroom cost me 140 BOB a night. Not dirt cheap but pretty decent for its price.

Hostal Ananay has a rooftop that gives you a nice view of La Paz. Not the best view, but still pretty nice. 

Mismatching steel chairs and plastic monoblock chairs


The common areas and the layout of the hostel was really quaint and nice. 

Perhaps I should have stayed another night to feel the charm of the place? I left at 4:00AM the next day in preparation for my early flight to Uyuni. I wasn't able to get breakfast.

The staff in this place is excellent, but I would rate the room as poor-average. Good enough for a night's stay in La Paz.

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