When I told Chris we’d been offered the opportunity to review a hostel in La Paz, Bolivia, his reaction was the same as it always is with all things social media related – ‘yeah, whatever’. But when I told him the name of the hostel was Adventure Brew Bed & Breakfast, suddenly I had his rapt attention!
The Adventure Brew B&B is part of the Adventure Brew Hostel, which lies just 20 meters down the road. The unusual, and terrific, thing about these two establishments is that they have their own micro brewery attached to them, the Saya Brewery. What really sold the opportunity to Chris and I though is that when you stay at the hostel you get a complimentary Saya beer each night. Which to a German/Brit couple was all we needed to know!
The hostel and B&B are conveniently located just a short walk from the main bus station in La Paz and a five minute walk from the main square near the witches’ market and a large number of restaurants and cozy little bars. We booked into a twin room as usual (Chris sleeps like a star-fish so double beds rarely cut it) which was a great size. This was particularly welcome as Chris was working while we were in La Paz so it was great for him to be able to set up a nice little ‘office’ in the corner of the room where he could type away with a great view of the city through the window. It certainly beat the working environment we got used to in London!
The private bathroom in our room was compact but very clean and equipped with everything we needed, including the all important unlimited supply of piping hot water for showers, an important convenience when you’re staying in one of the world’s highest cities. As were the many layers of duvets provided for us, plus the complimentary back-up option of free hot water bottles. For 20 Bolivianos (less than £2) you can also rent a little electrical heater if you really like to be snug at night. We personally found this unnecessary for all nights except the one following our rain-soaked bike ride down the world’s most dangerous road, more about which in my next blog…The Adventure Brew Hostel and B&B don’t provide towels for their guests, but as we knew in advance and had our travel towel with us it wasn’t an issue.
The B&B also has a Skybar with a fantastic view of the city and there is also a separate restaurant/bar in the Adventure Brew Hostel where you can claim your complimentary beer each day and also enjoy a variety of extremely reasonably priced meals with huge portions. In fact, once we’d realised how big the meals were we ended up ordering a main meal and then a side salad and sharing them, which bearing in mind how much of a porker Chris is really does show how generous the servings were. Breakfast is also included which each morning means an unlimited supply of pancakes (Chris’s record was 6 – 3 jam, 3 chocolate), plus free coffee and tea to wash them down. And as if all of that wasn’t enough to lure you to the Adventure Brew Hostel/B&B, on the roof of both buildings you can also pamper yourself in the beer spa, a relaxing hot beer bath with beautiful views over La Paz (I want a beer spa in my house too!).
The bar area also has a great selection of pub games such as pool (Chris won), table tennis (Chris won, just), table football (I won, as always), and darts (I didn’t even bother trying because I don’t have any tattoos or thick gold bracelets). But despite all the beer and fun games, the hostel and B&B have a very welcome keep-the-noise-down policy from 22:00 each evenings which being in our 30ies, we very much welcomed. 🙂
But from our perspective it wasn’t just the great location, spacious rooms, and all of the food and bar games that really made Adventure Brew Hostel such a great place to stay, it was more the ‘adventure’ and ‘brewery’ part of the experience which is what makes the establishment so unique. As mentioned above each guest gets a complimentary glass of freshly brewed beer every evening and for those who are really into beer you can also take part in a brewery tour. All you can drink beer and a mid-afternoon BBQ is convincing enough for most people, so these tours are understandibly very popular indeed.
At 4,058m altitude the Saya Brewery is one of the highest breweries in the world. During the tour we were shown how the beer gets brewed and then we could sample each of the four different types of beer (lager, stout, bock and ale). We also had the opportunity to try each of these four beers unfiltered (effectively ‘requiring’ you to drink at least 8 beers), either in a glass or how Chris and I preferred it, straight from the barrel. It certainly doesn’t get any fresher than that, although with hindsight it probably wasn’t such a wise idea to take the tour on the day before our bike ride down ‘Death Road’! :-/
I am usually a lager girl but I have to say that the other beers were absolutely delicious too, which I personally think may have something to do with the fact that the Bolivian brewery master, Remo, received training in Germany, the rightful home of beers, so all of his beers are brewed according to the world-famous German purity law. After the beer sampling we were free to enjoy as many bbq sausages with fried onions in a bun as we could manage which was much needed after we’d taken full advantage of Remo’s limitless generosity.
All in all, we absolutely loved our stay at the Adventure Brew hostel and especially the brewery tour, which is making my thirsty just thinking about it. So if you like beer, and/or adventure, this is definitely the place to stay in La Paz. Just make sure you have an extra notch available on your belt before you check in though!
Disclaimer: Many thanks to the Adventure Brew B&B for hosting us. We received a discounted room and complimentary brewery tour in return for an independent review. As always all opinions remain my own though, especially about the beer about which I, like German legislation, am very, very fussy.