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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Osira La Paz
Hotel Osira was the last hotel that we stayed at on our Intrepid Sacred Land of the Incas tour and it was a nice place to finish.
Our room was up on the second floor and looked straight across the square. It was bright, a decent size, the bed was comfy bed and the pillows were ok as well. It also stayed nice and warm, a surprise as it was very cold at night. The staff were super nice. A terrific breakfast with a huge selection including eggs cooked to order, was served up on the first floor. Location was great too.
The Witches Market was actually on the same street about a 15 minute walk away. La Paz' infamous prison also faces onto the square. Don't let that put you off. From our room we saw the occasional prisoner pop his head out above the roof.
Our stay coincided with Bolivia's celebration of their revolution and the square across the road was used by a number of local dancing groups and bands to practice for the celebrations. Amplified music from multiple groups, huge drums, brass instruments - they were REALLY LOUD but finished right on 11pm. There weren't as many practicing the second night (thank goodness).
On our last morning we were woken by the sound of lots of bands and lots of people outside the hotel. When we opened the curtains the street in front of the hotel was literally crammed with school marching bands. There were thousands of kids - either band members, or marchers - lining up outside. It was fantastic standing out on the balcony watching these talented kids parade past. But it went for hours. I think we got to school number 40 before our heads just about exploded from the constant drumming. I think I saw a banner with number 60 on it!
Great location, great staff, nice rooms, good internet, excellent value. Definitely recommended.
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