Clavel Blanco




The Review

Clavel Blanco hostel is a small hostel in downtown Sucre that promises free breakfast, but does not deliver on that promise. Furthermore, the all-female dorm turns out to be mixed and there are not enough (working) bathrooms.

The Location

The hostel is located in the centre of downtown, about three minutes' walking distance from Plaza de Mayo. The closest supermarket is seven minutes away, while the general market is ten minutes away. Most of the rooms open toward a one-way street with a fair bit of traffic.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms feature wooden bunk beds and are spacious. The majority of rooms open into the street and there are only wooden shades on the inside of windows, leaving one the option to either keep the windows open and have fresh air, or close them to keep out the light from the street lamps.

The bunk beds are creaky, and due to the weak wooden floors, you can feel it when people walk around the room while lying in bed. There are not enough electrical outlets in the rooms (two outlets in an eight-bed dorm) and no lockers inside the room. Due to the draft created between the courtyard and the street, doors often get accidentally slammed. Doors to the dorms are not locked.

There are three showers and two toilets on the property. One of the showers is very temperamental, according to the staff (there's very low water pressure when another shower is in use) and one was out of order while we stayed at the property. While one shower is in a large bathroom and with lots of space to stash your clothes, the other two showers are in a backyard and do not have a lot of space to keep your clothes dry and one of those does not have a light. The water is hot and the water pressure is fair. The number of showers, toilets, and washbasins is not enough for twenty-plus guests and waiting times ensue in the mornings and evenings.

Common Spaces

There are three courtyards, but only the first contains any furniture (chairs and tables). There is a common room with couches, chairs, and a large table, which during our stay contained two people sleeping on the couch and the floor. The kitchen offers a stove and microwave as well as a fridge to store your food. The cupboards contains the bare minimum of cooking utensils and overall the kitchen is not particularly clean.
There are twenty small lockers in the hallway (for a hostel with more than twenty beds) as well as a tiny book exchange with about ten books total. None of the lights in the upstairs hallway were working during our stay. People are friendly but the hostel does not feel very social.


The hostel feels very lackluster. A portion of the wooden floor is coming apart in the common room and in lots of places the paint is peeling off the walls. The reception is only staffed every now and then and you have to ring the doorbell to enter through the front door. If you have questions, you have to go in search of one of the volunteers (who mostly only speak Spanish). There are animals -- one dog and two cats -- roaming the property. The Wi-Fi works well in the dorms, but is very weak throughout the rest of the property.
by CarinaWandering Staff Reviewer


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Clavel Blanco" at Calle Grau 146.)


Calle Grau 146, Sucre, Bolivia
-19.049942, -65.258030 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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(+591) 73415686
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