Bacoo Hostel. Newly built, central and well-equipped, this hostel is owned, run and managed by Bolivian staff. Hostel is clean and well looked after, bar is cheap and always open for pre-drinking drinks. Definitely a hostel for a party and a great place to meet people although rooms are quiet and good for relaxing after a long travel. Warm and comfortable, good food, jacuzzi for a small fee, communal bathrooms may be a little on the small side. Recommended. Dorms and private rooms. From USD5 per night.
Estrella Andina. Centrally located only a few minutes walk from the Witches’ Market and Plaza San Francisco, this locally-owned, large, friendly, well-equipped, well-run hostel-cum-hotel is on of the best places in the city for the more mature traveller who doesn’t want complete immersion in the La Paz 24-hour party scene. Rooms are large, colourful and welcoming. Staff are friendly and have excellent knowledge of what is available from experienced local travel and tour operators; they also have a reliable English-speaking doctor on call. Hot water, sun terrace, good breakfast, no kitchen access. Has elevator for that tricky ascent to the third floor! Private rooms only. From USD14 per night.
Wild Rover Backpackers Hostel. Irish-owned, famously party-oriented hostel with large, cheap bar and staff that know how to keep travellers happy. Close to the city’s main action centres, staff are mostly English/Irish, so you won’t be getting the true Bolivian experience, but if you want to meet similar young partiers and don’t mind a noisy dorm this is the place to be. Some restrictive rules about check-in and out, best to check if your bus arrives early or leaves late. Dorms and private rooms. From USD6.50 per night.
Loki Backpackers La Paz. If you have spent any time travelling in South America, you’ll have met someone who has stayed at the Loki in La Paz, and you’ll know all about it already. Notorious party hostel, large cheap bar. Big, busy and comfortable. A great place to spend time if access to 24 hours partying in La Paz is your idea of fun. You will love, or hate, Loki. Dorms and private rooms. From USD5 per night.
Cruz de los Andes. Another more-hotel-than-hostel with excellent facilities. Slightly cheaper and more worn that its bigger sister round the corner, but still excellent value for money if you want to relax in La Paz rather than party all night long. Located close to the black market, Witches’ market and other famous destinations, Crus de los Andes has large, comfortable, warm, well-maintained rooms, a good breakfast, helpful staff. Rooms on higher floors are better, although there is not lift, so if you’re not acclimatised, the stairs can be a challenge. Local and recommended tour and travel operators are very good; hotel shares a good on-call English-speaking doctor Private rooms only. From USD10 per night.