So, do you fancy visiting the highest city in the world? Let’s venture together 3,500m above sea level and discover the best hostels in La Paz, Bolivia.
Huge 6,000m+ mountains loom, and the incredible Uyuni Salt Flat can be reached from La Paz in a day.
This is the only guide you’ll need to discover great hostels.
In this collection, we’ve got a modern design, privacy pods, and a world-famous party hostel!
- Arthy’s Guesthouse – top pick for adults
- The Nest Boutique – great for couples
- Selina La Paz – perfect for solo travelers
Whether you’re a solo traveller, couple, friends or backpacker; it’s time to get excited for your visit to Bolivia.
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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
- are tired of crappy hostels!
- want a social Hostel to actually meet people
- are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
Not too far away in Peru you can discover the best hostels in Arequipa.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Comparison chart of 3 best hostels
- cheapest hostels in La Paz
- best hostels in La Paz for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in La Paz
- more hostels worth a mention
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to La Paz
Average price for a bed: Hostels in La Paz cost 6€ – 9€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 11€ up to 35€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Transportation: The primary way people get around in La Paz is via buses, radio taxis, independent taxis, trufis, and the cable car system.
Radio taxis can be distinguished by the lighted sign on their roofs and by the fact that drivers will have a radio inside their cars to contact their dispatcher to whom they report.
They are safe to use; just make sure to negotiate the price before you go in. Independent taxis are driven by independent drivers, making them less safe and less expensive than their counterparts, especially for foreigners.
Trufis are the equivalent of ‘shared taxis,’ and they usually run on a set route throughout the day. You can identify them by the signs of the names of neighborhoods on their window, and you can go out and in at any point on their route.
The coolest way to get around La Paz is via the cable car system, which has various lines throughout the city.
Safety: This is definitely not one of the safest cities you will visit. As such, while we won’t deter you from visiting, we recommend taking as many precautions as possible. This means not going out alone during the night, not using taxis alone during the night, and not visiting neighborhoods you haven’t researched.
Be wary of motochorros as well. These are pickpocketers on wheels that will drive by on a motorcycle and snatch your phone or bag from you.
Prices: If you look and act like a foreigner, or if you simply don’t speak Spanish (or speak with an accent), you are very likely to get a price increase on anything you want to buy that doesn’t have a price tag.
Ask your hostel receptionist what a normal price range should be for specific objects, and expect that you can usually negotiate up to 50% of the price down for most items.
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The 3 Best Hostels in La Paz
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in La Paz.
We put all three accommodations on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type
|🦸 Solo Traveler:||Selina La Paz|
|🙎♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler:||The Nest Boutique|
|🥳 Party Hostel:||Wild Rover Hostel|
|👩❤️👨Couple Hostel:||The Nest Boutique|
|👨👩👦 Family Hostel:||Arthy’s Guesthouse|
|👩💻 For Digital Nomads:||Selina La Paz|
|🧘 Cozy Hostel:||The Nest Boutique|
1. Arthy’s Guesthouse
Our #1 hostel in La Paz is spread over two and a half flights of stairs located on one of the busiest streets in the city.
Arthy’s Guesthouse has been set up to accommodate landscape and culture avid backpackers.
Though central, it is set within a quiet oasis, sheltered from the sound of honking cars and barking dogs.
It’s a cosy atmosphere, great for really getting to know others staying in the hostel.
So this really is the best choice if you’re looking for some peace and quiet just minutes from the daily life of the city.
Important: There is a midnight curfew here to support a good night’s rest. Doors re-open at 6am. Exception is made for those with flights between these hours.
When you fancy some indoor time head to the spacious lounge and indoor patio area.
This is where you can enjoy
- Free Wifi
- Book exchange
- 2 computers for use
- Board games & DVDs
There is also a handy kitchen for preparing your own meals. It also happens to be open 24/7 in case you get the midnight munchies!
The room choices consist of singles, twins and quadruples. And guess what? No bunk beds in sight!
Just ask the friendly staff if you’d like a hot water bottle at night.
Location: It’s a short 5-minute walk to the bus station and San Francisco Square. Major attractions are also within an easy walking distance, too.
This is one of the best hostels in La Paz for
- Older travellers
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
2. The Nest Boutique
Let us now step it up a notch when it comes to design, and introduce the gorgeous The Nest Boutique hostel.
This new and exciting boutique hostel…
“…prides itself in offering the comforts of a hotel with spacious ensuite private rooms at a competitive rate.”
First off, drop your bags in your chosen room:
- 4 and 6-bed mixed dorm
- Female-only dorm
- Standard queen room
- Superior queen room
You’ll be pleased to know that every room comes with a private bathroom.
Cool: Carrot Tree, one of the best restaurants in La Paz, is right above The Nest.
Go even further and you’ll come across the awesome rooftop bar which rustles up delicious cocktails and breathtaking views of the city and beyond.
There is no curfew here, and reception is open 24 hours a day.
As this is a brand new hostel, you can expect brand new facilities. Important things like lockers and decorations are still being added.
Location: Right in the heart of the tourist district so everything you might need and want to see is very easily accessible from here.
This is one of the best hostels in La Paz for
- Female solo travellers
3. Selina La Paz
Selina La Paz is a great all-rounder no matter who you are and what you’re seeking from a hostel experience.
There are rooms here to suit everyone. See for yourself:
- 4, 6, 8, and 10-bed mixed dorms
- Twin room
- Standard & deluxe doubles
- Family room (sleeps 4)
We absolutely love the modern, crisp and bright design of the entire building.
It has really incorporated a strong mix of social atmosphere and privacy when needed.
Get sociable by heading to the onsite bar and restaurant. Yummy food, cocktails, and beers await you!
What about tours? The staff here really know their stuff.
Get chatting and book on to an exciting trip including biking down ‘Death Road’, visiting the Salt Flats, and disappearing into the Amazon rainforest.
This is also your opportunity to stay productive whilst enjoying the hustle and bustle of La Paz life.
Selina CoWork is a space dedicated to digital nomads. Reliable, fast Wi-fi, workspace, and access to coffee are right here. Check out our guide to Selina CoLive for more information.
There is even a dedicated yoga and exercise area!
Location: Not directly in the city centre, but within a quiet Sopocachi neighborhood instead. There is a good gym, supermarket, and restaurants nearby.
This is one of the best hostels in La Paz for
- Solo travellers
- Small groups
What about cheapest hostels in La Paz?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in La Paz.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in La Paz
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in La Paz for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in La Paz for solo-travellers?
Nowadays most hostels are perfectly set up for solo travellers, it just depends on what you’re after.
In the case of La Paz, we have to go with two options:
Arthy’s Guesthouse is an ideal choice for adults and older travellers. That’s because the pace is slower here, with lovely private rooms and a close proximity to the city’s sights.
Otherwise, younger and super social solo travellers can opt for Selina La Paz. They offer fun activities, a bar serving up cocktails, and a range of shared room sizes.
Party Hostels in La Paz
This is the part where we tell you that La Paz is an excellent destination for partying – yay!
As for the best party hostels in La Paz? Well, we couldn’t resist adding three options to the list.
Wild Rover Hostel La Paz
Listen up: Wild Rover Hostel is a world famous party hostel!
When you’re not rocking out at the famous Irish Bar of Wild Rover Hostel, consider the:
- Three sunny patio areas
- Cosy TV room w/ beanbags
- Regalar social events
Alongside great drinks deals, the bar also offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
These guys are always arranging fun things to do that bring everyone together and create lifelong memories.
From quizzes, karaoke, ladies nights and drinking games – you name it. This is easily one of the best party hostels in the world.
When it comes to shared dorms, every possible option is here. Female, smaller 4-bed and larger 20-bed, plus a few private options.
The Adventure Brew Hostel
Stay at The Adventure Brew Hostel if you like the sound of:
- Free breakfast
- Complimentary drink for each night you stay
- Outdoor terrace & common areas
- Restaurant and bar (with craft beer)
- Great tour deals
Make sure you join the famous rooftop BBQ on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Other fun events include beer pong tournaments and karaoke.
Super cool: “Ensuite Privates are on top the hostel where you will be able to enjoy the stars while laying down.”
More Hostels worth a Mention
Eager for more or still unsure which hostel in La Paz to choose?
No worries, we’ve got your covered. Here are a few more hostels worth taking a look at before you make that tough decision.
El Prado Capsule Hostel
So what about if you just want to hide away and enjoy all of the luxuries without necessarily talking to people?
El Prado Capsule Hostel offers just that.
Climb inside your very own pod and slide the door shut.
Inside you’ll find many wonders including a TV, USB ports, light and air-circulation control. Wowsers!
In case it all gets too much, there is also a cafe-bar area for hanging out and meeting other people. There is also boardgames and a free breakfast for everyone to enjoy.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Arthy’s Guesthouse: Hostelworld
- The Nest Boutique: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Selina La Paz: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of La Paz best hostels are popular; especially in high season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best La Paz hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- The Witches Market
- Valle de la Luna
- Plaza Murillo
- North Yungas Road (aka Death Road)
- Church of San Francisco
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Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What is the best hostel in La Paz for solo travellers?
The overall best hostel in La Paz for solo travellers has to be Selina La Paz.
Are hostels in La Paz safe?
Not all hostels in La Paz are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run or if they don't have city tax La Paz requires.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in La Paz. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in La Paz?
All of the best hostels in La Paz can be found right here in this article! Here they are again:
How much are hostels in La Paz?
According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in La Paz costs between €9 and €35 per night.
Prices may vary depending on season.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Hostelgeeks.com is definitely one of the best hostel websites. We always compare cool hostels, and do the leg-work for you. Therefore, we think this very website is reasonable top resource for you!
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in La Paz.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
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CLOSED: Loki Hostel La Paz
Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.
At Loki Hostel you can enjoy their very own signature drink called bloodbombs. Sounds…interesting!
Whilst you enjoy the luxury and comfort of a hotel at hostel prices, you’re also set for a really good time.
The hero team here will:
- Organise fun daytime games, activities and nightly themed parties
- Capture photos and upload them on social media so you don’t have to
Also, there are multiple happy hours, every day of the week!
Young travellers will love the party atmosphere here – it never ends.
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