This historic building has been lovingly transformed into a hotel, retaining many of its original features such as the grand arched entrance gateway, lovely central courtyard and stone fountain, vaulted ceilings, stone walls and cobblestone floors. It even has its own museum filled with eveyday objects such as pottery and coins that were uncovered during the mansion's restoration. Its central location is perfect for sightseeing, visiting markets and museums.
The restaurant serves local and international fare and is popular with locals and tourists as well as residents. One of the best features of the hotel is its rooftop terrace, a large area with tables, chairs and sunshades and sweeping views over the city.
There are single, twin, double and triple rooms, all decorated in a homely fashion and with en-suite shower rooms. Each has a TV, safe, minibar and heating. The presidential suite has its own sitting area, small kitchen and a jacuzzi-bath.
Open: La Casona boutique hotel is open all year.
Location: The hotel is in central La Paz, a short stroll from Plaza San Francisco. It is 15kms from the international airport at El Alto.
Rooms: There are 45 guest rooms including singles, twins, doubles, triples and a suite. All have cable TV, radio, safe, minibar, hairdryer and en-suite shower room. The suite has a living room, kitchenette and jacuzzi.
Activities: The hotel is near some of the main attractions including San Francisco Church and Museo San Francisco, and many colonial buildings. There are many museums to visit, and you can take the cable car up to El Alto, and explore the Valley of the Moon.
Facilities: The hotel has an attractive central courtyard and a large roof terrace. There’s an indoor pool, and massages can be arranged. Reception is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel offers a currency exchange service. There is a laundry service. Oxygen is available for guest suffering from altitude sickness. La Casona has a small museum with a collection of coins, pottery and other items discovered during renovations on site.
Dining: The cosy restaurant provides a buffet breakfast and is open for lunch and dinner. It is open to non-residents as well as hotel guests. There is a good choice of wines to accompany meals.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for a visit to Bolivia.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in rooms and public areas.
This varied itinerary shows the highlights of Bolivia, a perfect introduction to this beautiful country.