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Hostelz.com's Review
There are two Adventure Brew Hostels in La Paz within a few doors of each other. The newer Adventure Brew Too was taking guests at the time of reviewing, but was only partly built so most facilities still had to be enjoyed at the larger, main hostel, The Adventure Brew B&B. The final design will still involve this to some degree, but it results in a lower price for the secondary building. The unique draw of this hostel is the micro-brewery on-site and the free beer for guests every night -- an attractive draw it is, too.

The Location

In the greater scope of the city, Adventure Brew hostel has a pretty good location -- particularly when you first arrive in the city, as it's within a few minutes walk of the bus station. A relatively level walk for La Paz in the other direction and you'll find the central post office, San Francisco Plaza, many of the guidebook recommended eating and drinking holes and markets selling both the cheap and the freaky.

In a more immediate sense, you are feet from the curb of the city's busiest dual carriageway -- a mad rush of near accidents and exhaust fumes that's a nightmare to cross and whose orchestra of horns and police whistles erupts at dawn to accompany the gravelly percussion of old engines which soundtracks the night. If you can manage to cross alive, however, there are a couple of cheap little burger and choripan stalls directly across the road, to which many of the guests are a bit addicted.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a wide choice of bedrooms, from private to dorms. In the main building they are all ensuite, in the newer one they are not. For those that are not, the public bathroom areas are large, modern, and tidy with hot water. The dorm rooms in the main building contain mostly single beds; the other predominantly contains bunk beds that seem unusually high, so much so it looks like they are just two single beds fixed together. It's good news for those on the bottom bunk, but a bit more awkward for those on the top.

However, they all have good mattresses and thick pillows, and provide you with much needed warm sheets and covers. Under the bottom bunk are large lockers, for which you need a padlock but are big enough for a good sized rucksack to be stored. This is useful, as floor space is at a premium.

Common Spaces

While the common areas of Adventure Brew Too are still being built -- but do look promising -- the main building has plenty. As you walk through the door and into reception, a semi-partition separates a dining area. This is used during the breakfast of unlimited pancakes and for those wanting to use the adjacent kitchen to make their own meals. The kitchen is stocked with all the usual amenities but with the added touch of a water cooler.

On the first floor is the book exchange; on the second and third are televisions with DVD players surrounded by sofas. Reception holds the DVD collection and a sign-out system means you don't have to rifle through empty cases to find a DVD.

The fourth floor contains a modern and stylish bar where you can sample the hostel's own beer, Saya. They also sell absinthe if you fancy something a bit more dangerous. A lounge area toward the back contains a Nintendo 64. There are two other TVs in the bar, one showing sport usually, the other -- as the TV by reception usually does -- showing a loop of an advertising video for Gravity mountain biking, one of the more expensive companies you can cycle the infamous Death Road with, but are linked by ownership to this hostel. The fourth floor also has the best Wi-Fi reception, and this is where the free computers are too.

An unusual addition to the hostel is also the hot tub, for summer we presume, and for a bit of extra money you can enjoy The World's Highest Beer Spa.

Summary

Adventure Brew is a hostel that provides a lot, yet it doesn't try to spoon-feed backpackers like many hostels do. You have a kitchen to cook for yourselves, but they also provide the option of a set meal each day for those who don't fancy cooking or going anywhere. They do have party nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday usually) but also run more relaxed events such as poker evenings. It's nice to have a real breakfast included, too, as you can quickly get sick of stale bread and strawberry jam when in South America.

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5  bit expensive for bolivia, but is the hostel -- you have to visit it. you also have a chance to work in bar on the roof and if you do, you have room for free. the staff is really friendly and nice, you also have that safe feeling there.  , slovene ()
5  Definitely stay at this hostel! They have a micro-brewery downstairs and they brew all of their own beer, not to mention you get a free beer every day. Its located on the main street about five minutes from everything. They staff are awesome, the place is clean, and the showers were very hot. These photos don't do it justice but it's a great place to mingle, meet people, and travel the city from.  ()

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