With growing competition for tourist dollars, there has been a push to upgrade older hotels, and, where possible, to build new ones. On the whole, though, style remains very Bolivian, and unless you are paying top dollar, you need to be flexible and, to a certain extent, accept what you get. There is now a wider range of accommodations, from cozy guesthouses to luxury resorts. Check for a list of newer boutique hotels around the country that offer an international standard of service. Eco-resorts are on the rise, although you may form your own opinion about how green some of them really are. There are also growing numbers of backpacker hostels, mostly run by foreigners; the standards may be better, but you may not appreciate the frat-house atmosphere. Many hotels have two pricing systems–one for Bolivians and one for foreigners. Even if you are in the latter category, decent accommodations can be found for $15 USD or less, particularly away from the cities. The most expensive luxury hotels are pricier, at $120–$150 USD per night for a double. Do not be afraid to ask to see the room in advance–it’s common practice in Bolivia–and take your time when you do. Unless you are staying in a warmer area such as Coroico, air-conditioning is pretty much unheard of. Make sure your room has a heater instead.

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