Accommodation Review – Hotel La Dolce Vita, Sucre, Bolivia
Well. The name says it all, doesn’t it? Sucre is a delightful city in South-Central Bolivia which is definitely worth a short stop if you’re there. It can be reached in a couple of hours from Potosi by share taxi which was great as at the time I was well and truly sick of the ol’ bus travel by this point.
It’s not too far from the central square of Sucre, on a slightly quieter street. Generally in South America cities are rarely very quiet until the middle of the night. I saw this place online and I decided that it was a place I HAD to stay whilst in Sucre.
It is run by a Swiss couple, who are very friendly and helpful. Part of the charm of this place is sitting down after dinner and chatting about life and politics with a bottle of wine, which I did. There’s a very useful kitchen on the first floor, and there’s a courtyard too with chairs and a space to relax. There are rooms in the main building/house, and then two floors in what looks like a separate building out the back. But this doesn’t detract from the ‘homely’ feel of the place.
There was also a tv room at the front of the house with books and dvds to watch – including the story of ‘The Devil’s Miner’ about the children working in the Potosi mines. A big table, plenty of room, it was a great place to work on my diary.
Then there was the room. I had a large room for two or three to my own at the front of the house. I paid 95 Bolivianos, which was a little more than $15US. Much cheaper than my dark and dank room in Potosi.
The room was spacious. The beds were a little low, but were comfortable enough. The bathroom was okay, perhaps the weakest part of the place, the drain was very slow to let the water out so my feet had a little bath of their own. But it was a decent warm shower. Not electric.
Sucre is a great town, despite its hills. The thing I noticed was that it’s not as high as Potosi and La Paz, and so walking around up and down the hills didn’t leave me out of breath like the other places I visited in Bolivia.
All in all, a great value, friendly place to stay in Sucre.
Value for Money: 4/5
TOTAL: 18/25 (72/100)