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Casona Potosi Hostal Reviews

Chuquisaca # 460 entre Padilla y Tarija, Potosi, Bolivia

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531 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 68%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 65%Facilities

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This hostel is like a prison. You need to get a ticket for breakfast and sign for any kitchen utensil you use. The mining tour they offer is good.


Nice hostel in a beuatiful colonial building. Downstairs rooms are very damp but.


The place is not verry clean and need more lockers and needs a lot more energy outlets! It seems like once it was a great hostel but it is stuck in time (for instance who needs cd burning services nowadays!) now it is just an average hostel.


This place is great! Less than 5 mins walk to the main plaza, cambio and tour bookings offered in house. Great rate for a private room which was huge! Toilets were cleaned regularly and there were hot showers. Also had good internet (for Bolivia). Only downside was the staff on during the day (2 ladies) were very rude and unhelpful. I would stay again.


Staff extremely poorly educated. Rude. Wrong information on the site ( like towels available).


Very close to being good, but they nickel and dime you for everything and take shortcuts. They charge to use the Internet and book exchange (seriously, even though you're giving them a book), and there's loose wiring in the dorm rooms where lights used to be, among other things. There's not many options in Potosi though, so it's alright.


its seriously a hostel to stay one night and do the mine tours and leave. I'm not a fan of potosi but if you're gona go for one day its cool. the staff is really not great though, especially the night staff. be careful if u arrive after 11pm, even if u advise them on hostel world, they guy is sleeping in the reception so he may or may not wake up to open, when he does, he is grumpy.


The double had a septic smell . Facilities were less than adequate for the number of people.

  • 30th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


This hostel is located perfectly and I would highly recommend the tour to the mines that they offer. However, the facilities were simply NOT up to standard. The kitchen (which we were not allowed to use until 2pm each day, so forget making yourself an early lunch...) was the worst I have seen in any hostel. It was small, dark, smelly and there was water leaking through the ceiling. There was no cutlery or utensils for cooking (you had to go to reception and pay a deposit to borrow plates, knife)


I really liked the building that surely has a historic value, although the rooms seem more cold than outside. My biggest complain is the showers that don't hold the hot water for more than two minutes.


Rain Water got in the room from under the door, and wet our backpack and clothes. We got no answer to that. Some other guys requested room heating wich was rejected, despite the cold weather and the freezing rooms. The front door is not watched for security, so anyone can enter the hostel without any restriction, as well go out in the same way. The administrator (owner) is not polite in his answer and replays. I' ve never seen clean services in bathrooms and showers.


Great hostel for relaxing and many opportunities for booking tours


The hostel is in a great location! The dorm room was never locked & just anyone could walk into the hostel. The staff answered my questions and booked a bus and tour for me, but never offered any information unless I asked. There is a main courtyard with a few tables and benches.The beds were very uncomfortable (but warm), and the floors and bathrooms were super dirty (on the last day someone pooped ON the toilet seat & it was not cleaned for more than an hour even though it was a main toilet).


great location, very nice colonial building, excellent breakfast, sell bus tickets and mining tours at reception which is very helpful. only drawback is the lack of atmosphere which makes it difficult to meet fellow travellers.


then people running this hostel were mean and very unhelpfull especially if you did not take the silver miners tour,they saID THERE was A KITCHEN BUT THEY KEPT EVERYTHING LOCKED UP YOU HAD TO BEG THEM FOR A CUP or plate the they gave you an old plastic on.the wifi was poor,all the staff wanted was you money

  • 27th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The hostel itself is located in a beautiful old building and it is very well located in the city center, but they are NOT taking care of this place, unfortunately. Some windows are broken, the place it is all dirty and looks like abandoned. The room was totally dirty and the smell of dust inside of it was so strong that we couldnt sleep by alergic crises(not breathing well is even harder when you are at more then 4000 meters of altitude).I for sure do not recommend! at least not with this price.


Everyone was friendly, the breakfast was good, the system was organized. The water, however, was not able to maintain its heat for more than 7 minutes.


Cold shower


The girl at the reception desk (long hair) was just crabby and unhelpful. Nice breakfast.


Room was ok no problem and shower was hot and powerful breakfast was pretty poor banana and stale bread only which you had to give them a voucher for from reception before you could get it . We booked bus with hostel and on day we was going asked them to order us a cab 10 mins later cab turns up and receptionist (Yvonne ) gives it to someone else , we ask about our cab and she said she will order us one ?! 20 mins later we are still waiting so because of this we very nearly missed our bus .

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