i can`t say too much about the hotel because i only spent one night.
but the room was clean and the staff of the hotel were kind.
so, i recommend you to stay here before or after the tour around Uyuni.
Jardines de Uyuni is a perfect place for a honeymoon. Unfortunately I was there in a strong wind: no water, no electricity ... (nobody to spend my honeymoon with, but this is not a matter of wind...). So I just wasted 20 $ (I had 5 $ discount for the unconfortable situation).
BTW: I met a young French couple on their honeymoon, but they didn’t sleep there. They stayed in a dorm, in the hostal located just in front of the bus stop for buses coming from Potosì, and they seemed very satisfied of their choice.
I was luckier than Utttz: it seems I spent my night in the room n. 4, so I had a proper shower: no freezing, nor boiling. No shouting in the early morning; just hundreds of soldiers on parade for 6 August celebrations.
Rooms are comfortable; the girl at the reception is really kind; Colque tour is the owner. That’s all.
Oh! Just remembered: when I was there, no electricity at all for two days ... so I probably had a freezing shower ... but I was probably too busy following mirages, to care about the ice cubes coming from the shower ...
a dull building at the end of the main street.
room number 1 has the stair hung exactly on the other side of the wall of the head of who's trying to sleep... like sleeping in a drum.
the shower was either freezing or bloody cold (room number four has a much more effective heater)
the lovable staff sold my room to other people (an ugly french guy, otherwhise I wouldn't complain). at 6 A.M all the staff was running up and down shouting a name and knocking at every door.
suggestion to the staff a phone call and/or wakening service, is supposed to be personal: your not required to wake up the whole hotel!
The 3 days tour San Pedro - Uyuni requires 2 overnight stays which are in a lodge not far from a small lake short after the Chile/Bolivia border and in the small village San Juan not far from the Salar. Both places are rough but adequate, heating is provided but on a tour as this one you have always a good sleeping bag with you.
In San Juan it is even possible to have a warm shower which costs 1 USD extra.
When you sign up for a 4-wheel drive tour of Salar de Uyuni everthing is included. The hostels are very basic dormitory-style but clean with friendly proprietors.
The towns are a true testament of how people can make a life just about anywhere on earth. There isn't much in the way of natural resourses out here and not exactly a thriving industry for work opportunities. It's also not exactly the most lively place to spend the night but your group will make the best of it, sitting around the dinner table, sharing a drink and swapping travel stories. It's great fun.
After the nighmarish night in Laguna Colorado where I nearly got into a fist fight with a rival group, the night in Alota was the most pleasing. The town had a photogenic old church and the sunset was magic as is typical out here. It was our last night together, so the group bought ample wine/beer and we stayed up late by altiplano standards enjoying our camaraderie.
The accomodation was dorm-style again but there were smaller rooms in this place. Doreen and I lucked out and got our own room. The romantic situation was quelled a bit when D found an empty bullet cartridge in her bunk. But soon that was all forgotten. ;=>
We have had a really nice stay in this hotel, that is completely made of salt : the food was good, the shower was hot and it is splendid !!
On a eu vraiment un agreable sejour dans cet hotel, fait entierement de sel : la bouffe etait bonne, la douche chaude, et le tout est splendide !!
Not every tour company proposes to stop over there : Olivos Tours does, without charging extra. From Atulchi, you'll visit a small cavern with mummies and may enjoy, if you wake up early enough, the sunrise over the salt desert of Uyuni (the hotel is really close to the desert).
Toutes les agences ne proposent pas de s'y arreter. Oliver Tours le fait sans vous charger d'extra. Depuis la, on peut visiter une caverne a momies et surtout, on peut, si on se leve tot, apprecie le lever de soleil sur le Salar, vu que l'hotel est juste a cote.
Un soñador hizo un hotel completamente de sal , las habitaciones , los salones , las mesas , las camas ..., todo de sal menos el tejado , pero no contó con los problemas de los residuos y los permisos de las autoridades que no le han permitido tenerlo en explotación
A dreamer made a salt hotel , the rooms , the sitting rooms , the tables , the beds..., all made with salt but the roof , but he didn´t tookin mind the enviromental problems and the authority permits that have forbiden the hotel operation
Cuando llegamos a Uyuni , la mayor parte de los hoteles que aparecen en las guías estaban llenos , así que visitamos cinco y finalmente encontramos La Joya Inca , un hotel pequeño , a cinco minutos del centro , donde eramos los únicos clientes y que estaba bien y limpio
When we arrived to Uyuni , most hotels in the travel guides were busy , so we visited 5 and finally we found the Joya Inca , a small hotel , five minutes from the center , where we were the only customers and it was quite nice and clean
La primera noche después de pasar el Salar , nos quedamos a dormir en un pueblo que se llama San Juan del Rosario . En estos pueblos no hay infraestructuras y nos quedamos en un hotel que se llama Luz de la Mañana que era muy básico .
Tiene alguna habitación con baño y el resto son con baño compartido
Para comer se utilizan las instalaciones del hotel , pero la comida la hace la cocinera que va con el grupo
Este hotel estaba incluido en el tour del Salar
The night after passing the Salar , we slept in a village named San Juan del Rosario . In this villages there are not infrastructures and we stayed in a hotel called Luz de la Mañana that was very basic.
They have few rooms with bathroom and the others with share bathroom
To eat you use the hotel installations , but the food is prepared by the travel group cook
This hotel it was included in the Salar tour
La segunda noche del Tour del Salar , nada más pasar la Laguna Colorada , nos llevaron al Hostal San Marcelo , era muy básico , pero la verdad es que no hay alternativa en esa zona
Dormimos los seis que íbamos en el 4x4 en una habitación que tenía las camas de piedra y encima había un colchón , además sólo hay luz de 6 a 8 pues la dan con un generador
Comida , la que nos hacía nuestra "cheff"
A pesar de lo duro del viaje vale la pena conocer el Salar de Uyuni y las Lagunas Bolivianas
Para mi el mayor problema fue el soroche (4.300m)
The second night of the Salar Tour , just passing the Red Lagoon , they took us to the San Marcelo Hostal , it was very basic , but really there is not alternative in that region
We slept together the six persons that were traveling together in the4x4 in a room with stone beds and over there was a mattress , besides there is light only from 6 to 8 as they need to use the generator
Food , it was done by our Cheff
Even the hard trip it is really worthy to go to the Salar and the Bolivian Lagoons
For me the biggest problem was the soroche (4.300m)
The first time I went to Uyuni in Oct 03, I was using Fremen Tours and they contracted with Colque Tours in Uyuni for the 4WD trip. Colque is affililated with the Hotel Kutimuy and I stayed there. It is the tallest building in town. I had a comfortable room with a private bath and hot water shower. However, it was a little noisy since the rooms are built around a central stairwell. The staff were nice enough but seemed very busy and overworked.
When I returned to Uyuni in May 06, I decided to try another hotel (Kory Wasy - see next tip) that was highly recommended in the tour books. That turned out to be a mistake. The Kutimuy has larger cleaner rooms, is quieter and has a better breakfast. It may even cost less.
The breakfast area is on the top floor and has a large rooftop patio that overlooks the town and street market.
Un dortoir suivant le desert d'Uyuni pour poursuivre la route vers les volcans... très sympa et avec de l'électricité... et une douche. mais il fait froid froid...... dans le sleeping bag dans les couvertures.... pis avec une tuque....
Stayed at this hotel in a double room with private bathroom for 70 bolivianos per night.
It was clean and had a good shower with hot water.
Very close to the station so if you are taking the train from Oruro which gets in late evening it is very convinient.
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