Accommodation Review – Hotel Jerusalen, Potosi, Bolivia

Sometimes you don’t get to stay at the place you want to. Sometimes, that turns out to be a blessing in disguise, sometimes… not so much. This was one of those times. The second one that is.

Not to say that Hotel Jerusalen was a horrible hotel, it wasn’t. But neither was it amazing, or particularly good, or value for money. I mean I’d just stayed at the Hotel La Cupula on Lake Titicaca for 125 Bolivianos (around $19US) and so to go from there to 150 Bolivianos per night in a less touristy town for a far poorer room was a bit of a come down.

I ended up there because I got in mega late. I had left Copacobana earlier that day planning on a couple of nights in La Paz, but en route decided to skip it in favour of going way further to Potosi. I had only a limited amount of days and I also wanted visit Sucre. So I made the choice on the bus once we’d entered the outskirts of La Paz.

On the bus to Potosi, at dusk.

I arrived after 11pm as a result. It was a long day. And the bus stopped also in the outskirts of Potosi this time. I ended up in a share taxi and was the last to be dropped off as it went up and around the spot where my hotel of choice was supposed to be. But it didn’t appear to be there, so we started to look for another hotel.

I was dropped off at Hotel Jerusalen. There was another hotel a few doors down, I should have gone in there. But I didn’t.

Street near the hotel.

The price was double what I had hoped to pay. But it was after 12 midnight and the taxi driver seemed to know the place. The reception was dark, big, rustic. I was shown up to my room up a flight or two of stairs, then down a long dark corridor.

I opened the door. The room was dark, even when the lights were on. It was a bit musty and the bed was large but quite hard. There was a television which I never switched on. The bathroom wasn’t very new or clean, but it was big. The windows of the room and bathroom opened to more buildings. But still, I had a bed.

The receptionists didn’t speak a lot of English, but they were pretty helpful especially when going to the right place to catch a share ride to Sucre.

Location-wise not so brilliant, a bit of a walk into the town centre. Actually walking back was far worse, that was uphill.

All in all, it was okay but the price asked was simply too much, and it was a bit dark and dingy. Wifi was good at times, and very slow at others. It will do in a pinch but I’m sure there are better options.

Central Potosi.

Andrew’s Ratings:

Value for Money: 1.5/5

Noise: 2.5/5

Friendliness/Service: 2.5/5

Cleanliness: 2/5

Location: 2.5/5

Total: 11.5/25 (46/100)

Thanks for reading, May the Journey Never End!

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