Los Flamencos Eco Hotel

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Laguna Hedionda, Potosi Bolivia
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Nikita K wrote a review Jan 2020
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel itself is in a very remote area. There’s literally hours and hours of 4x4 driving across mountains to get back to civilization.

Hotel has great views and dinner/breakfast were great.

Here’s some cons-
1)Staff does not speak English. For hotel that charges 200 us per room this is unacceptable.

2)They first charged us 150, then knocked on the door 30 minutes before sunset and said it would be extra 50$ for the third person. Mind you, room has 2 queen beds. Listed price for the room was 150.

3)electricity is from generator that only works until 10pm. Again, for 200 bucks a room guests should have power and wifi any time they damn please. Especially in Bolivia when great hotels are available at 25 to 50$, even in mountains.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kannan V wrote a review Jun 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited this place as part of our northern Bolivia trip as this was closer to Chilean Atacama where we had 2 weeks so decided to visit this remote part of Bolivia.

A few of the review below sounds so ridiculous, if you really need 24x7 power, internet, 5 star service, butler on request yada yada yada, then you shouldn't even be here in this remote part of the region, center of NY is a better option.

Back to the Eco Hotel, yes as the name suggests, its a eco hotel, runs off solar power, nearest civilisation is around 4 hours away and you cant get anything remotest than here, but forget all the people, you will be surrounded by thousands of Flamingos, beautiful mountains and unadulterated fresh air and absolute silence all you hear is the gentle breeze and the sound of a thousand flamingos if this is what you wish, then this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Atis B wrote a review Mar 2023
Kharagpur, India
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We reached here after a day of long long journey. It’s near the border of Chile. It’s a place long long away from any society or any town. Nowhere any one you would see. Here for the first time in my life I could see our own galaxy. It was a magical experience and truly eco hotel. We had real candle light dinner. The food was gastronomic. The staffs are very much cordial. We had every facility in the eco hotel in the land of nowhere. I thank all the staffs who stays here in a place far from any village or town to give us (tourists) comfort. The outside view is excellent. I encountered so many flamingos and other different birds. Only thing is that this place ( outside the hotel) is very much cold for person like me who came from tropical region. But the rooms are warm and comfortable.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Indranu H wrote a review Apr 2022
Bangkok, Thailand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location is amazing at the edge of laguna hedianda surrounded by flamingos. The lodge is clean with all the necessities in place. Dinner was very good. The staff are attentive to the guests and provided us with all our requirements. The hot water supply was regular and the solar heating worked very well
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Claire B wrote a review Mar 2013
Mamaroneck, New York
1.0 of 5 bubbles
You offer on your webpage the “Los Flamencos” hotel located in the Laguna Hedionda, south of Lipez in Bolivia.
We had been guaranteed by an agency that this hotel, which charges $142 per night, was a very pleasant hotel. We paid for the one night reservation ahead of time. This reservation did not include dinner (+ $30). For this pricing level in this country, we expected great service.

We spent the worst nights of all those we ever spent in Latin America! Los Flamencos is not a hotel; at best, if it is a refuge: the rooms are dirty, the walls made of saltpetre, torn carpets, dirty and worn out bedspreads.
But this is nothing until you enter the “bathroom”: shower in horrible condition, open right onto the sink. As for the “ecological toilet”, they are an absolute stench right after the first use since the hotel does not provide special sawdust or sand (even though we requested some)…
A small heater is fastened to a bottle of gas brought after our request. It is impossible to keep this heater on all night without risking never waking up since the windows cannot be opened.

After this “mouth-watering” experience, let’s talk about the $30 dinner: a soup, a piece of meat as tough as old boots with rice, and a few pieces of canned fruit for dessert. This is without mentioning the lack of light in a freezing dinner room, even though it was equipped with a heating stove. For breakfast, we had to ask to get eggs, request bread multiple times to have enough to eat, etc. The personnel has nothing to do with the photos presented on the hotel’s webpage – disagreeable and not professional at all. We witnessed a conversation between the personnel and other clients, Russians, of whom the “boss” was requesting that they pay again for the dinner enough though said dinner had already been prepaid in a package deal… our guide had to intervene and translate for them.

Back at the Unuyi-based agency “Turismo Senda Andina” which made the reservation, we did not obtain any compensation.

Let us not fear words, $172 for such terrible service is organized crime against increasingly numerous tourists in a region poorly equipped to receive them.
It is a real shame, because Laguna Hedionda is a beautiful location, it would deserve a pleasant hotel with big and clean windows to enjoy the landscape.

This is why we strongly recommend to verify which hotels are planned in package tours, and choose the Tayka del Desierto hotel (a few kilometres from Los Flamencos), or the Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva, but reserve head of time since it is they are the only other hotels worthy of this name in the area.
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Date of stay: March 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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chizzDubai_UAE wrote a review Aug 2016
Warrington, United Kingdom
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as part of a G Adventures tour of Peru, Bolivia and Chile for 1 night. We were touring the Uyuni Salt Flats for 3 days and as this place is pretty isolated, I appreciate that there is not much accommodation in the area. However, I didn't expect it to be so bad and for the staff to treat us so badly! (bearing in mind that G Adventures' guests must stay there on a regular basis).
Anyway, we arrived around 6pm and were shown our communal rooms of 4 beds each. 2 beds were normal beds and 2 were just single mattresses on the floor. There was a smell of sewage outside 1 of the rooms and it turned out it was ours (lucky us!).
There were no sheets on the beds, only blankets, but luckily we had hired sleeping bags to act as a barrier and for the cold nights.
There was no hot water in the hotel, so no-one was able to have a shower and the toilet was an eco drop toilet (i.e. just a hole for waste to drop down and no flush). As people in the room used it the bad smell got worse, so bad that one of our group couldn't sleep in the room that night. We did manage to get some toilet deodoriser from our Guide, so that masked the smell somewhat.
The drama continued at meal time. There were 2 G Adventures groups staying at the hotel that night; our group of 16 pax and a smaller group of about 6-8. For some reason, our larger group was not allowed to eat in the large cozy area by the kitchen (the only area with a heater...it was very cold in the hotel) and we had to squeeze into a small dining section by the entrance to the hotel. We were also not allowed to use the lounge (which looked very nice), for some unknown reason. Our Guide asked why and was simply told that the Hotel Manager had said no! So we all squeezed into a small seating area, with not enough space for everyone, elsewhere until dinner arrived.
Dinner was eventually served, which was ok, to be fair. Soup, Chicken with Mash Potato and veg and a Creme Caramel dessert.
We were only allowed electricity to charge our electronics for 1 hour from 7.30-8.30pm, as it is an eco hotel.
As there was nothing to do within the hotel, we all decided to go to bed early after dinner. As it was so cold, I asked if they could fill my hot water bottle with hot water and I was told it would cost me 10 Bolivianos!!!!! I actually asked them if it was a joke and they said no! Even our Guide was speechless!!!
In the end they didn't charge me for some reason (I think our Guide had had a word with them, but I never really found out why).
Other "rules" in the hotel are that no-one is allowed to bring alcohol in...if you are caught, they charge you $100 USD! There is also a list of rules by the toilet, which I shall upload and also in the room.
After a restless nights sleep, we went to breakfast, but I didn't end up eating anything as the selection was so poor. I did ask if I could have a drink of orange juice and one of the staff reluctantly went to fill up the juice jug. Luckily, I had some biscuits with me, so ate them for breakfast! Fortunately we left very early the next morning and I think most of us were happy about that! I think it is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in for comfort and customer service!
One thing I haven't mentioned though is that the location is very nice, just next to a lake full of flamingos (hence the hotel name), so I will say that that is a positive!
I would advise G Adventures to cancel their contract with this hotel or to obligate them to raise their standards in customer service!
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Date of stay: July 2016
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: I believe there is a "better" section of the hotel, so I would ask to be accommodated...
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Elisa S wrote a review Sept 2015
Vancouver, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this hotel whilst travelling through the Altiplano. It was far and above the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. The setting was spectacular, but everything else about the place was miserable. I won't complain about the toilets (basic composting toilets) for the simple reason that they are the reality of travelling in the region. You can't fault the hotel for that. What made the experience so terrible was the rude staff who worked in the hotel. They ignored us to the point of ridiculousness, all the while providing good service to others (I can only assume the other guests paid more for the pleasure or their stay). The staff actually took a light bulb away from us to provide better light to another group of guests! The food was poorly prepared and in very short supply. The absolute kicker though, was that one of our beds was shorted a blanket, and when an extra blanket was requested, the staff flat our refused to give another unless a $5 US fee was paid. Bear in mind, this was not a request for something over and above what had already been provided to everybody else! I ended up helping myself to a blanket from another unused room. Overall, I would advise against staying here unless there is absolutely no other choice. If I had to do over again, I would opt to sleep out in the freezing night rather than give my hard earned pennies to this establishment.
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Date of stay: August 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: My only tip is stay away!!!
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Yorkshire Lad - The Original wrote a review Apr 2016
York, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were on a G Tour. Other TA reviews have referenced strange stories about food rationing and lack of access to communal areas. It is all true and some.

So here is the low down if you are travelling with G on their “Classic Tour”. G have contracted the multi-bedded rooms (5-6 people) in the left hand wing of the hotel. They are basic, have poor showers heated by solar panels (if the sun shines) and eco-toilets that rely on natural decomposition of human waste!

The restaurant consists of four tables for 16 in a cold corridor. Food is poor and is severely rationed. Reports of guests being allocated one cracker and one bread roll are indeed true. Something is badly wrong with the contractual arrangement G has with this hotel. I would gladly have paid an extra 10 pence for a second bread roll….
Meanwhile, venture along the corridor and you arrive into a whole new World with a lovely restaurant, great lounge areas and much, much better food. You get what you pay for in this World, I know that, I have travelled right across it, but sometimes hoteliers and their contracted tour operator partners get it badly wrong.

So, you have been warned. Try for an upgrade if you dare. But be ready for the “this is Bolivia” line when they try and charge you rack rates with no compensation for the fee already paid. This might work for a bit but is a great reason (along with others) why I would not return. Good luck if you stay on the wrong side of the divide.
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Date of stay: April 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alexandra S wrote a review Oct 2015
London, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I was at this hotel as a single traveller but part of a tour group. I stayed one night, which turned out to be one night too many.

This is certainly the first hotel I've been to where guests are not universally allowed to use the guest accomdation, and they place signs on the lounge door with the words 'Stay Out'

I was initially told that this was because it was the owner's accomodation, but it also appears that they may reserve this space for higher paying guests.

The multi-share rooms are what you expect from the salt flats basic with composting toilets. However one room did not have a shower and sink only a toilet up the corridor. Only one shower could operate at one time so you had to co-ordinate that between rooms.

The food was acceptable however we were only allowed two pieces of bread at breakfast.

We were only allowed to charge our cameras and phones for one hour during the evening. They place a lot of restrictions on guests!

Our guide didn't even recommend the Wifi.

Overall this was an unwelcoming, strange and unpleasant place that I don't recommend!
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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schmayla98 wrote a review Sept 2015
New York
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel itself was great. It is set on a lake full of flamingos and the appearance inside is great. Beyond that, I wouldn't stay here again on account of the staff.

There is a nice lounge available for hotel patrons, but no one in my group was allowed to use it; it was for patrons who paid more money. We were also only allowed to use the electricity for one hour, while the other guests who had lobby access had their devices plugged in constantly. When we were allowed to use the plug, the staff kept on telling us that we needed to use the plug in our room (a room made for five people) but there was no plug. The staff member finally relented and let us use a power strip in the main area. During the evening tea time, other patrons were given a choice of tea, whereas we were only allowed to drink the cocoa tea and only allowed to eat plain crackers (they got sweet biscuits to choose from as well). They were also given a heat lamp during breakfast and dinner. Our breakfast was lackluster, consisting of bread/biscuits, crackers, orange juice, tea, and coffee, which we enjoyed while watching the kitchen prepare a hot meal for the other, preferential guests. This hotel became a laughing joke after we left and labeled "the hotel where we weren't allowed to do anything" between my friends and I.
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Date of stay: August 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms with a bathroom in it.
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Answer from mayraelvalle
San Juan, Puerto Rico68 contributions35 helpful votes
Todo lo hilo la agencia de Puerto Rico a través de la agencia en Bolivia llamada Turimo Kolla.
kellywphotog wrote a tip Apr 2019
New York City, New York134 contributions32 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get all of your electrical apparatuses ready for charging between 6-10pm"
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PaddyARyan wrote a tip Dec 2018
Thornton, Colorado40 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I suspect all the rooms are good - it's a clever layout - the whole place looks like something out of Star wars .."
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chizzDubai_UAE wrote a tip Aug 2016
Warrington, United Kingdom218 contributions21 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"I believe there is a "better" section of the hotel, so I would ask to be accommodated there."
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schmayla98 wrote a tip Sept 2015
New York380 contributions110 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for one of the rooms with a bathroom in it."
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Elisa S wrote a tip Sept 2015
Vancouver, Canada26 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"My only tip is stay away!!!"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
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Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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