Asunción is still making its mark as a high-brow tourist destination, so most of the accommodation you’ll come across caters to backpackers and day trippers crossing the border from Argentina. Though with more and more curious travelers seeking out new cities to explore, Paraguay’s horizons are widening, with chic places to stay appearing across the capital. Here’s a snapshot of the best boutique hotels at the heart of South America.
La Mision Hotel
Perched on the edge of Villa Morra – one of Asunción’s most elegant barrios – La Mision is the place to stay in Paraguay’s beguiling capital. Effortlessly chic and timeless, it’s garnered a reputation for fine service, delightful breakfast and exquisitely comfortable beds. Each of the 37 suites has its own unique flair, calling on the charm of the 1930s and decorated in tasteful pastel shades. Escape the humidity in the hotel’s rooftop pool, or curl up with a book in the cosy lounge. The finishing touch? A harpist at breakfast is what takes La Mision a cut above.
La Mision Hotel, Dr Juan Eulogio Estigarribia, Asunción, Paraguay, +595 21 621 800
La Morada Posada
This funky design hostel is an environmentally conscious, nature-inspired guesthouse nestled in Jara to the east of downtown. It’s within easy reach of Las Carmelitas shopping center and plenty of nearby parks and ice cream parlors. After a day of sightseeing, indulge at the hotel’s sauna, take a dip in its outdoor pool, or simply soak up the sun on the Solarium terrace. Décor in the 12 rooms is minimalist and airy, with each boasting its own private patio or balcony with sweeping views of the city.
La Morada Posada, Patria & Enrique Solano López, Asunción, Paraguay, +595 21 212 170
Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Villa Morra, La Casona is an oasis of calm in this bustling city. This rustic hotel overflows with Paraguayan charm; it doesn’t get much more authentic than this, with its colonial architecture, old-world atmosphere and warm staff. The cosy rooms are individually decorated and strewn with colorful cushions, as are the sofas along the covered porch outdoors. Pitch up here with a book and spend the afternoon curled up with a mug of the hotel’s lauded coffee.
La Casona, Mac Arthur 444, Asunción, Paraguay, +595 21 662 458
Las Lomas Casa
This Asunción institution is a celebration of Paraguayan art, a fusion of old and new. Its biggest draw is its lush garden, sun-drenched courtyard and outdoor swimming pool, which is the perfect escape from the heat of the city in summer. Indoors, the hotel is inspired by colonial Spain, with exposed brick walls, beamed ceilings and terracotta accents. The rooms, from standard to superior, are elegant and atmospheric, with compact en suites and ultra-modern touches. Dine in at hotel restaurant Narciso, which showcases the classic flavors of Paraguay at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Las Lomas Casa, Narciso R. Colmán 1909, Barrio Las Lomas, Asunción, Paraguay, +595 21 621 700
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Contemporary clashes with classic at this boutique hotel in Las Lomas. Minimalist and stylish, each room has its own personality, complete with a minibar and plasma TV. This hotel goes to incredible lengths to make your stay stress-free, with a complimentary airport shuttle service, high-speed wifi and a homey atmosphere. Take a dip in the outdoor pool when the weather’s fine, or while away the evening sipping cocktails on the sun-kissed terrace.
Arthaus Boutique, Caceres Zorrilla 1325, Asunción, Paraguay, +595 21 660 829
Villa Morra Suites
Known for its European grace and Paraguayan welcome, Villa Morra Suites is one of Asunción’s most delightful hotels. Located right at the heart of the barrio that lends its name, along Avenida Mariscal Lopez, it’s close to some of the city’s best restaurants and just a stone’s throw from Paseo Carmelitas. The monochrome parquet floors and traditional wall hangings in this guesthouse will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time to colonial rule. After dinner at the hotel’s La Cava restaurant, snag a spot in the Jacuzzi to watch the sun go down.
Villa Morra Suites, Avda. Mcal. López Nro 3001, Asunción, Paraguay, + 595 21 612 715