HI - Tupiza - Valle Hermoso Hostel, Tupiza

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8 Reviews
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HI - Tupiza - Valle Hermoso Hostel is a good, but basic stay.

The Location

The location of the hostel is only a couple of hundred meters from the main bus terminal in Tupiza, and a couple of blocks from the main town centre where you can organise money, food, and your tours through the Uyuni Salt Flats. The hostel itself is a tour company and they run the tours very similar to other companies, however be sure to shop around, because sometimes the price is better with other companies depending on demand and last seats. The staff here will however be quite aggressive with when you are booking your tour through them from the moment you walk in the door, so be firm but polite if you choose not to go this way.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms here are large and spacious and don't have bunk beds. The catch is that the dorm room is on the third floor of the building, so if stairs are an issue it might be better to stay in the sister hostel down the road, where they aren't an issue. The beds are comfortable and warm and a good night's sleep will be had.

They have two single bathrooms on each floor, all containing a toilet, sink, and a shower with hot water that runs on gas. They are small but clean and they serve their purpose.

Common Spaces

There aren't really any common spaces in this hostel. There is the open-front reception area, which serves as a tour agency as well and there aren't many chairs where you can sit. Otherwise, there is the courtyard area, which has nowhere to sit either.

There is a small kitchen for use of guests (not to be confused with the private kitchen) but you will have to ask the staff specifically where it is because no guest we came across could manage to find it on his own.

They have a breakfast room also where they serve two bread rolls between 8 and 10 in the morning included in the stay.

Summary

The Wi-Fi works pretty well here for these parts and the comfortable beds and hot showers are a bonus. One thing however, another girl arrived at the same time without reservation. Her given price was two-thirds less than people who booked online, a substantial amount of money in Bolivia. They are charging ridiculously high prices online due to "booking fees" that would be higher than any website fee. If choosing to stay and on a tight budget, this is something to keep in mind.
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HI - Tupiza - Valle Hermoso Hostel, Tupiza
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Globetrotter
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2019-02-24

Was threatened with the police!

I have never had such a bad experience in a hostel. Myself and four friends arrived from an overnight bus and booked here as it was the only hostel we could book online. Upon arrival we were told it was 60b a night (later we heard someone else being told it was 50). In the morning I asked if there was a kitchen and was told no, but breakfast was included (just bread and jam). They hassled us constantly about booking a tour through them but we didn't want to as we'd read a lot of bad reviews online. The wi-fi hardly ever worked and the toilets were often quite dirty. I warned another traveler about not booking a tour through them and the owner overheard from the next room and kicked me out of the hostel! He did not want to know at all why I had said it (they must know they have many bad reviews) and his wife lectured me in Spanish even when I told her I don't speak Spanish, and she physically touched me which made me uncomfortable. When I left they didn't want me to pay but then they told my friends they'd changed their minds and I had to pay within an hour or they'd call the police! And the lady in the office said 'Tupiza is a small place, we'll find her.' When I went back to pay they charged me extra for breakfast. They also misplaced my washing (I eventually got it back) and lectured my friends. I went to the hostel across the street, it's a lot cheaper and friendlier.

Amy
2013-10-10
Age 25 | New Zealand

The receptionist and her helpful little boy are a delight at HI - Tupiza - Valle Hermoso Hostel and will do their very best to help you in the town, and are eager to improve their English. The hostel runs tours, which, according the dozens and dozens of penned reports from previous residents, are very well reviewed.

The Location

As one of the closest hostels to the bus station, Valle Hermoso is very conveniently located when you arrive in Tupiza, particularly after the stress of the border crossings that the majority of Tupiza's tourists have just been involved in. Tupiza itself is a small town with very few accommodations, and this is no exception, more than a few blocks away from anything you may want. An advantage of this particular location is the seemingly perpetually open shop a few doors down, and more importantly the absolutely delicious saltenas being deep fried just a few metres down the road every morning until she runs out (usually about 1 p.m.) and the great sauces to go with them.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms -- both privates and dorms -- are very open, airy, clean, and well decorated. There are no bunks here, just good, solid wooden beds -- six to a room in the dorms. There are plenty of blankets, as it gets cold here at night. There are also bedside tables and lamps, larger tables and chairs, and in some cases, televisions. There are no lockers, although valuables can be locked away in the luggage storage at reception. Just don't try and get anything out at night. Alternatively you could just lock your room as the receptionists do try to make use of all the rooms and if they are not busy will put groups of friends in a room to themselves.

There are two spacious bathrooms on each of the three floors, all containing a toilet, sink, and shower -- all work well and are clean (but finding a toilet with toilet roll in is a rare thing). Hot water isn't a guarantee either.

Common Spaces

There is no real common room here -- there is a nice, sunny roof terrace, although it could do with some chairs and tables if any social gathering is to happen up there. There is also what looks like a bar/restaurant with two long tables, although no drinks or food are served. There is a TV here, however, and it becomes a social place when major sporting events are on. The kitchen is locked unless you ask otherwise, but it does have the basic amenities. Because of these factors it is not a very social hostel at all, a fact helped thoroughly by the sulky night guard, who will walk into your room without knocking to rant at you if any noise is preventing him from doing his job of sleeping in an empty room. The book exchange involves one of the hostel's books for either two of yours or one of yours and a small fee, which is a nuisance, but does mean there is a larger selection of books available than most hostels have.

Summary

The rooms are some of the most visibly appealing we've seen in any hostel and the warm colours and heavy blankets certainly contrast the cold weather nicely. The owners and receptionists are wonderfully friendly -- it's just such a shame they are let down by the rude night guard, who wears a beanie too small for his head and a face too miserable for Ebenezer Scrooge. Getting him to let you in after dark can be a considerable chore as you wait for him to tear himself away from sleep or television only to scowl even more as he laboriously unlocks the gate. Other than this guy, it is a very nice hostel that just needs to work on being a little less boring. Tupiza is no Las Vegas admittedly, but a hostel that makes an effort to create some life after dark would do much better.

Sam Grocott
2011-08-04
England

Great bed, worst service ever, and they don´t even provide papel!

This hostel has to decide if it is a hostel that looks after its guest or a tour operator. Seriously there is no one that works in the hostel, if you have the most simple enquiry you have to wait in the line with those trying to book a tour, this can be half an hour wait. Everything is a rip-off, you even have to pay to use the kitchen or keep something in the fridge. their currency rate is a lot worse than anywhere else in town. The advertised credit card facility doesn't work and you will instead be frog marched to the bank in the morning (this by the way will make you late for your tour of the Salt Flats) and don't even try to complain, very quickly they don't understand English (although they speak it perfectly when trying to sell things to you) and even threatened to call the police if I did not go to the bank with them. Listen the rooms are clean and lovely but stay somewhere else (even if it isn't as nice) and save yourself hours of wasted time and energy trying to get anything done. They are so cheap with everything they don't even supply you with papel!

Scott
2009-03-22
Australian

Very nice hostel! Great family and wonderful hospitality.

Anonymous
2005-03-15

Description

Vision for Excellence - From the beginning, Valle Hermoso Hotel and travel agency, established in 1987, offering personalized service to provide a comfortable atmosphere with a variety of differentiated services for high quality.

It is located in one of the most important avenues to left Tupiza 184mts Train Station, right to 90mts Bus Terminal.

Valle Hermoso is a space suitable for all types of travelers across South America with a family atmosphere and comfortable rooms, is a quiet, safe and friendly where visitors can enjoy the rest day to visit the beautiful city of Tupiza, is to visit an OASIS in red amid mountains east and west, mountains leads to the South of multiple colors, with its unforgettable horse trips, Jeep or walking around.

Location and Contact

Location

• It is located in one of Tupiza's main avenues at 184 metres (200 yards) from the train Station and 290 m (315 yards) from the Bus Terminal. It is also very close to the Independence Square, the Market "Gil Duran", and a short walk from the market place .
• Annex Valle Hermoso is located at just 130 metres(140 yards) from the Bus Station and 340 metres (370 yards) from the Train Station in the same Avenue Pedro Arraya, only a few steps from Hostal Valle Hermoso. Because of its location, the visitor has all that may be of interest to him close at hand, like the most important places in the city, including the Main Square (Plaza Independencia), the Market, Heart of Jesus, the slide, and so on, plus many restaurants, shops and other businesses.
• The Backpackers Hostel is located in the same Avenida Pedro Arraya, at your right hand, just 95 mts (100 yards) from the Bus Terminal and 370mts (400 yards) from the Train Station. The Main Square (Plaza Independencia) is at 490 metres (535 yards) and the Gil Duran market at 320 metres

Map

Map

Address: Avenida Pedro Arraya 478, Tupiza, Bolivia

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Website

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Phone Number: 591-2-6942592- 591-2-6942370
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Parking

Towels

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Food/Restaurant

Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

TV

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Kitchen

Service Animals

Pet-Friendly

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: Esta abierto durante todo el año

Reception Hours: 24 Hours.

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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