With expansive, resort-style swimming pools to spacious family-friendly suites, these are the top hotels in Bolivia that welcome kids and parents alike – from La Paz to Lake Titicaca.
Traveling with kids in tow can be testing at times, especially in Bolivia, where infrastructure is poor and altitude can cause irritability. With this in mind, it’s important to seek out family-friendly accommodation to keep the little ones in high spirits for the maximum possible time. Here are the best hotels for kids in Bolivia, bookable with Culture Trip.
With a sublime and slightly surreal location, 30km (18.6mi) from Uyuni town, this single-story hotel offers rustic-chic rooms built from blocks of salt from the surrounding Uyuni salt flats. Mindfulness is possible as it’s are also TV-free. You can also upgrade to add Apple docks and views of the salt flats. Family rooms feature living areas. Sample regional flavors or sip a pisco sour at the airy onsite restaurant, Tanupa, with views of those mesmerizing white plains. Afterward, snuggle up in the lounge with colorful woven rugs on the salty floor with a fireplace. The spa has both a sauna and a hot tub.
This sleekly styled hotel offers its own indoor pool on the outskirts of La Paz. Parents can kick back in the onsite sauna, overlooking the pool, while the kids splash in the water. Family-style rooms sleep up to four with smart televisions and kettles for warming up night-time drinks. Plaza 17 De Calacoto, a park with a children’s play area, is just a ten-minute walk away.
Family-friendly to the max, this complex just outside Santa Cruz de la Sierra offers a freeform, palm-fringed outside swimming pool, tennis court and football pitch. Children can let off steam while you catch up on a holiday novel on a sunlounger. Homey self-catering suites mean you can cook up family favorites, or indulge in a treat night at the onsite restaurant for lazy days. Spa facilities include a sauna, gym and a massage room.
This relaxed, colonial-style hotel is just a few sandy steps from Copacabana Beach on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Light-filled rooms cocoon with sunshine yellow feature walls, bright local textiles and warm wood floors. Some offer lake views, and suites add bedrooms with space for families. The informal restaurant means relaxed mealtimes followed by a trip to the game room.
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This sophisticated five-star high-rise keeps things relaxing for families with the chance to soak up the sun at the minimal outdoor pool and sip on cocktails and sushi at Blue Macaw Bar. Queen Rooms sleep up to three with two double beds, tropically-inspired feature walls and cable TV for early risers. Head up to the glass-fronted rooftop space for panoramic city views and a breath of fresh air. Treat the kids to a visit to the zoo, with Bolivian tropical birds, reptile species and a fun play area, just a 30-minute walk away.
Cool and contemporary, this design-led hotel in La Paz’s Zona Calacoto welcomes you from the start with a bright, glass atrium, tranquil interior gardens and eclectic décor. Start your morning sampling local specialties like sweet potato bread at Puro Gelato & Caffé; come night-time, sit outside on the terrace at rooftop Casabar, known for the best sunset views in La Paz. Family rooms offer privacy with two interconnecting rooms and desks for gaming or perhaps penning a postcard home? All this and there’s a heated swimming pool for relaxing after a day soaking up the city sights.
As Bolivia’s biggest and most prosperous city, many large resort-style hotels are scattered throughout Santa Cruz. Yet none are as child-friendly as the luxurious Camino Real, a sprawling hotel located in the city’s most exclusive neighborhood. Above all else, kids love it for its tiki hut-strewn pool complex which comes complete with a giant waterslide. Inside, the larger suites easily accommodate big families and parents appreciate the onsite childcare facilities.
Kids will love this boutique resort for its small-town colonial-era theme. Each of the 12 spacious guestrooms is modeled to represent a townhouse, while a miniature on-site church, tavern and plaza complete the scene. Oozing with rustic charm, the complex sits on a hill above Samaipata which offers sweeping valley views. Entertainment wise, there are numerous hiking trails to explore as well as a postcard-perfect playground and outdoor pool.
Deep in the Yungas, just a few miles short of Coroico, lies the Rio Selva Resort, a family-orientated tropical escape for well-to-do Paceño families. Fun in the sun is the primary selling point here, with kids of all ages having a ball on the huge waterslide system as well as the numerous indoor and outdoor pools. Other facilities include a child-only pool, a spacious playground and a kid’s club.
Another unusual option bound to capture children’s imagination is the Hostal Las Olas on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Creative architectural design is the highlight here, with cabins shaped to depict a giant snail, a teepee and a turtle, among other exotic forms. Set among tranquil gardens with ample hammocks and a toasty warm fireplace, it’s a serene escape from the tribulations of life on the road.