Sucre, Bolivia – I haven’t made a habit of posting reviews of places I’ve stayed on this trip* and don’t plan to start now, but I will make a rare exception for the Hostal CasArte Takubamba in Sucre. Bolivia, where I’m wrapping up a 16-night stay, today.
Everything about the sprawling CasArte Takubamba was inviting, from the gracefully decorated courtyard and outdoor kitchen to the spacious rooms and friendly staff. In short, relaxing start to finish.
And as you may have surmised from the name and will see in the pics, visually it’s a sumptuous, energizing feast. If I ever have spaces like this at my disposal, I’ll be borrowing a few ideas.
Originally owned and lived in by the current owners grandparents, it’s been recently completely restored and converted into a facility that’s as comfortable as a guesthouse as it is appropriate as an art gallery.
My primary splurge on this trip is to book, as often as feasible, a single room. Here it set me back about USD $18 / EUR 14 a night, a decent breakfast and private bath included, via Booking.com. Those sharing quarters paid considerably less.
There are two wifi networks available, both of which work reasonably well in all public areas. The location is terrific as well; the central Plaza 25 de Mayo is only about a 10-minute stroll away, while several shops, a grocery store, a cinema, a handful of restaurants and cafés are just a short walk away.
What else? Laundry service is 15 Bolivianos per kilogram, Spanish lessons and art workshops are also available. And the road office was one of the most peacefully exhilarating. Very highly recommended.
There no website for the hostel that I’m aware of, but their very active Facebook page is here.
Hostal CasArte Takubamba
Calle J.M. Serrano Nro 256
*I do however maintain an updated gallery of hotels, rooms, hostels and beds on my Facebook page.
I stayed at the Smart Stay Hotel Station from 2-17 April 2013..