Piedra Blanca Backpackers Hostel
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#1 of 19 hostels in Uyuni
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Free internet
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Av. Arce No 27, Uyuni Bolivia
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Good for walkers
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Uyuni Joya Andina Airport
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Jessica wrote a review Jul 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It was really nice that I could use facilities for 20 bolivianos without staying the night. However the man at the reception in the evening was really annoyed. Every question I asked was to much for him unfortunately! Normally I don’t write a review but I really didn’t feel welcome this way..
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Pillow talk wrote a review Jan 2023
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A single medium sized pillow was provided that unfortunately lacked firmness and had clearly taken a few batterings over the years. A variety of pillow case designs were on offer depending on the bed, so make sure you get there early to pick your favourite. 3/5.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TravelQueenie365 wrote a review Jun 2014
Singapore, Singapore668 contributions3,902 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
- USD$36 per night for ensuite room

- No hairdryer provided

- See pictures attached regarding all the the outlook of the hostel and curfews, DOs and DON'T after-hours in the hostel.

- Only reason we booked in here was the location because it is just opposite the train station.

- We really pity the backpackers who booked in the shared bedroom and shared bathroom facilities. Whenever we walked past the shared bathroom towards the kitchen, it stinks like mad. Its like as if everyone who stays in the hostel done their morning business at the same time. There were also previous reviews stating that the shared bathroom is filthy dirty.

- Our ensuite room is really basic, old and standard. No radiator but fleece blanket provided. The carpet is so old that we were worried there might be bedbugs but thank god no drama. We honestly have no idea why the courtyard is so messy. They could use some time to do up the courtyard but I guess thats the beauty of being in Bolivia, everything is rustic and full of character.

- Drainage in the bathroom chokes all the time. The water system is edgy, sometimes the hot water gets very hot, sometimes there is only lukewarm water. Afterall this is south america, you cannot expect much like a world class city standard.

- Breakfast is such a joke, stale bread, cereal and milk. Only highlight was the free flow of coca tea bags. Do not expect ham and eggs style breakfast.

- The town itself has nothing much except the salt flat nearby, do not expect much. There is a market nearby which is worth checking out. The market seems to have cheaper stuff compare to the witches market in La Paz. Also there are tonnes and tonnes of pizza shops in Uyuni, I am sure you wont be starving if you are someone who likes pizzas. However, all the restaurants here are charging tourist rate for everything because Uyuni is in the middle of nowhere.

- Highly recommend Donna Isabella Pizzeria nearby

- Uyuni is a small dusty town too so make sure you bring a wet cloth wherever you go to wipe off any dust on your hands and fingers.

- Take note, as you know there is an extra fee of 15 Bs to use the lounge area and bathroomo after check-out hourse, we saw a lady from the front reception telling some backpackers off just because they were using the lounge area without paying the extra fee. Make sure you are aware of the rules.

- Free wifi is a complete joke, its like learning kungfu while using the wifi. You have to catch the wifi at different spot. We gave up using the wifi after the first night.

- Although the front reception is not exactly very helpful but they can speak perfect english. I wouldnt say they are rude but I think thats just how the way they are. Honestly, don't expect 7-star hotel treatment.

- Front gate of the hostel shut at 12am so make sure you let the front reception know if you need to catch a train after midnight.

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Date of stay: April 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Train from Oruro to Uyuni - Dusty
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Jolin Brinkhuis wrote a review Apr 2024
6 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Felt like a proper rip off, most people take the nightbus to here. They charge you 20 bob before check in and after checking out (if you went on a multiple day tour) if you want to use the common area, to not have to sit near the reception. They also charge you if you want to keep your luggage in the storage room, which is fair. Beds and breakfast were fine. Toilet smelled bad all the time, toilet paper runs out often. Other hostels in the same town did free early check in and did not charge these things.
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Date of stay: April 2024
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Katherine C wrote a review Sept 2014
15 contributions12 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this hostel because they advertised 24 hour check in on Hostelworld, and we were arriving at 5am on the bus from Sucre. When we arrived at 5am on the day of our reservation we were met by a very grumpy man who said we could pay for another night or "freeze out in the cold". Given there were only a few hours til our salt flat tour we weren't keen to pay for a whole extra night. We asked if we could sit in a common area for a couple of hours, to which he replied "we rent beds, not couches". We paid and stayed, but wish we'd headed elsewhere.
The toilets were blocked or filthy and bins overflowing with toilet paper. The mattresses are thin, and the pillows are lumpy. Wifi too slow to load anything. Breakfast was very basic. On the plus side the showers are nice and hot. I think you could find better places in Uyuni which are less expensive and have more hospitable staff
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chester W wrote a review Jul 2015
London, United Kingdom23 contributions20 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It is not clear whether the owners have given up on both life and the hostel or just the hostel itself.

The two owners know that each day backpackers come in search of one night of cheap accommodation to shelter them from the freezing cold outside in Uyuni before they go on a tour of the salt flats and national park.

It's obvious that the approach of the owners (particularly the wife, as the husband is more civilised) is to behave in the most aggressive manner possible in order to reduce the amount of services available and save themselves cash.

The price, which I believe is 70B for a dorm bed, is extortionate by even the most upmarket hostels in Bolivia, let alone Uyuni, which is frankly a place which barely exists in reality. The hot water is unavailable after 10:30pm so if you happen to get a late bus in to Uyuni, don't think about having hot water before your 3 days of not showering! Furthermore, there is no heating in anywhere but the dorm room and so the corridors and breakfast room are barely inhabitable.

Worse still, if you've gotten used to hostels storing your big bag for free while you go on the trip, think again. The owners charge per day. By contrast, your tour agency will do it without qualms and for free.

Lastly, the service itself does not even merit the title 'service.' The woman who owns the place couldn't have been more rude, short with her words or miserable upon arrival. It came as no surprise to find out that other guests experienced exactly the same 'hospitality' and that trip advisor reviews further underline this/her issue with guests.

The one positive: it's round the corner from the tour agencies. Otherwise, there is precisely no reason to give these people your money. If anything, 2* is generous.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Chrissykingma wrote a review May 2015
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Average room for price

Heaters in room but they won't turn them on

Come back after your salt flat tour and you can pay 15bs to use the shower (fair and good option) but the tense uncomfortable nature comes about when the owner patrols and keeps and eye on her watch and tries to nickel and dime you to death (if you are waiting at the door the leave and you check your email = 20bs, if you sit in te common room = 20bs, etc)

Very uncomfortable even when you're not the person getting interrogated. Listening to them go around and pick an issue with each person just is awkward - a french girl used the wrong shower, another guy had a non guest standing at the door with him, someone else had paid the shower fee but not the sit on the couch fee etc.

Very poor customer service. I would only suggest this place if you're out of options (we were!) the issue isn't the money it's the principle and poor way of going about asking for money for the most minuscule things. Hey my trip was good thanks for asking ;)

Highly suggest hotel jumari down the street (stayed there after the tour).
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jo D wrote a review Feb 2019
26 contributions41 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel was a nice stop off before the salt flats tour. Breakfast is included in the price and is quite generous (eggs, toast, jam and watermelon). I arrived early off a night bus and was able to check in straight away for 40BOB which included breakfast and was therefore worth it.

Showers were really good and hot! Dorms were quite spacious and each person has both a large locker as well as a smaller one next to the bed. No individual bedside lamps was a downside though.

Only real negative is that the location isn’t as good as some of the other hostels as it’s about 10 minute walk to the Main Street and the booking agencies. Otherwise a good experience and really good WiFi which was a plus!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dan_J wrote a review May 2015
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions13 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The hostel is ok, rooms and facilities are basic yet do the job. The issue is for what you pay you don't get good value. There was a heather in our room but they refused to turn it on for us despite it being freezing cold at night. If you want to come back and use the facilities after a Salt Flats tour that is fine but you have to pay to use the shower (again that is 100% fair) but having the two owners roam around monitoring and pestering everyone about shower use, wifi use and whether they're staying at the hostel just makes everyone feel uncomfortable.

I'm sure it's not easy running a backpackers in a place where there is likely no return customers but that's the same for the other places in Uyuni which are much cheaper and have a much friendlier vibe.

Only stay here if necessary.
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Date of stay: May 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for extra blankets as you'll need them
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Aymee M wrote a review May 2015
Perth, Australia85 contributions18 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night while visiting uyuni. We had been travelling apart for a while and needed a central place to meet, as this hostel was the cheapest online we decided to meet here. The breakfast was good, the showers were hot and the wifi was ok for Bolivia. However you can definitely find cheaper places to stay in uyuni that aren't advertised online. The hostel we stayed at next was half the price
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from DGeorgeB
Bologna, Italy201 contributions108 helpful votes
Download Hostel World. It's the best way to book hostels anywhere. Type in the date and the city/hostel and you can choose your dates. From there you just pay a deposit. Normally 10/20% of the booking total. You can choose your rooms and the app has reviews. From there you just pay the rest on arrival
Tommy T asked a question Sept 2015
Repentigny, Canada300 contributions104 helpful votes
What's the price per night and how many beds per dorm?
emrsk asked a question Nov 2015
Tokyo, Japan
What time is check out?
Lech B.Kowalski, LLM wrote a tip Mar 2016
Warsaw, Poland324 contributions108 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"First floor Rooms seems to be the best"
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Evelyn E wrote a tip Feb 2016
Melbourne, Australia720 contributions121 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay in Chile, not in Bolivia"
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Aditi K wrote a tip Dec 2015
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room are quite good."
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Dan_J wrote a tip May 2015
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions13 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for extra blankets as you'll need them"
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Crystelshine wrote a tip Apr 2015
Surrey, Canada229 contributions80 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for extra blankets as it does get cold at night and they don't turn on heat"
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