REVIEW: Hostel Maya, La Paz

We really struggled to find anything half decent in La Paz. The options seemed to be party hostels, dingy smelly, dark rooms or really overpriced average rooms. Hostel Maya is in the heart of the city near the famous witches market and was clean with friendly owners and a good breakfast.

Hospitality: 8/10 The owners here are nice and friendly, a little unenthusiastic but above average for La Paz. They also spoke English but were patient with us so we could practice our Spanish.

Room: 8/10 We stayed twice in 2 different rooms because we left our bags while we went to Lake Titicaca, then came back for a couple more nights to check out Tiwanaku. The 1st room was at the back of the building and got the afternoon sun and was pretty quiet (apart from the sound of the peña show on the level above). The next room was right next the stairwell and the kitchen so there was a lot more background noise, but the shower was hotter.

Location: 9/10 Right in the heart of the action the witches market was 2 blocks from the door, so if you were in the market for a fresh Llama foetus you wouldn’t have to go far. There is a yummy Mexican restaurant just up the hill, as well as the best Cuban sandwiches two doors away! During the weekend the streets further north close to traffic and turn into a great market. The weekends are much nicer in La Paz.

Value: 7/10 Meh. We’ve stayed in nicer places for 160bob per night. But in La Paz your options are limited. They had usable WiFi most of the time and breakfast was ok consisting of fruit salad, bread, coffee and juice. No communal kitchen but I’d recommend it after looking at about 10 other places in La Paz. Although if you only care about budget you can stay nearby in a dark and dingy place for about 60 bob.

Overall: 8/10 Not bad for La Paz.

Contact information:
Address: Sagarnaga 339, La Paz, Bolivia

Maya Inn - 1 (1)
Rooms were clean and had enough basic furniture. Showers were good.
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