Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, doesn’t have the lush mountains and warm beaches of other well-known South American cities. However, what it lacks it makes up for in colorful architecture, interesting history, great food, and a thriving nightlife. This is why travelers have started to turn their attentions to this area.
This means they need a place to stay. The capital offers accommodations at the boutique and international chain hotels. However, the rates of some of these locations are similar to those in the U.S. This means a night at the Sheraton Asuncion Hotel can run you up to $200.
In order to not only stay in Asuncion but also experience its food, nightlife, and culture in general, you may want to look for something inexpensive. Hostels are a good alternative.
Today’s hostels focus on community, comfort, and convenience, with some that feature single rooms that are as well-adorned as hotels. In addition, they offer amenities you may not find at a higher-end downtown location.
To help plan your trip, here are the six best hostels to stay in while in Asuncion.
El Nómada Hostel
El Nómada is located in the city center and a convenient walk or bike ride to the shopping mall and street markets. Shared and private rooms with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms are available.
Highlights of El Nómada include:
- A garden area with an outdoor pool
- Game room with a ping pong table, board games, and hammocks
- Laundry service
- Fully-stocked kitchen for guests to use
- Complimentary breakfast
- TV Room with DVDs and PlayStation
- Country Winners Paraguay award three years in a row
Reviews of El Nómada are generally positive. Those who have stayed there note its safe and secure location that’s nearly everything. They also complimented the friendly staff and the peaceful garden area.
This location is 800 meters away from the Iglesia de la Encarnacion. There are no private rooms. However, each set of dorms offers linen curtains for privacy as well as a shared bathroom and cable television.
Highlights of the Urbanian include:
- Community BBQ facilities
- Onsite bar and snack bar
- Onsite restaurant
- An outdoor pool
Reviews of the Urbanian are positive. They note the friendliness of the staff and the hostel’s peaceful environment. They also complimented the cleanliness of the location and the constant flow of hot water for the showers.
El Jardin Hostal
The El Jardin is the first eco-friendly hostel in Asuncion as a portion of its energy comes from solar panels. Situated in the center of the capital, this location is walking or bike distance from major historical sites and nightlife. In fact, those who stay at the hostel are less than 100 meters from two of the city’s most popular bars.
Four and eight-bunk dorms and private rooms are available with shared and individual bathrooms. Complimentary breakfast comes with the reservation, except for those who reside in the eight-bunk dorm. Besides its use of eco-friendly power generation, highlights of the El Jardin Hostal include:
- Lighted garden area with hammocks
- Outdoor pool
Review of El Jardin Hostal is complimentary. One reviewer commented that its community vibe is the same today as it was when he last visited in 2015.
This new hostel is located in the relocated center of Asuncion. It’s based in a secure and quiet location that is near supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and parks. In fact, the area where Hostalito resides resembles a suburban area you would find near any American city.
Space features private rooms and four-bunk dorms. Both the bathrooms and the kitchen are shared by all residents. Additional highlights of Hostalito include:
- A backyard area with hammocks and pool
- Game room with a ping pong table
- Bar area with available snacks and beer on tap
Since it’s opening in May of 2019, Hostalito has received the highest possible reviews. Those who have stayed at the hostel complement the friendliness of its staff, the cleanliness of its rooms, and its location.
Black Cat Hostel
There’s nothing scary about this hostel near the Government Palace. In fact, the shared dorms and private rooms are what draw people to stay in this location. That, and its fully equipped kitchen and ability to enter through the 24/7 reception area after partying until the early morning hours.
Highlights of the Black Cat Hostel include:
- Modern TV room with cable and DVDs
- Enclosed courtyard with pool
The top reviews of the Black Cat Hostel note its value, security, and central location. Those who previously stayed also compliment the hostel’s cleanliness and friendly staff.
Hamaca Paraguaya Hostel
Community is strongly promoted at Hamaca Paraguaya. The hostel offers dorm rooms that sleep up to ten people in bunk beds. They all have shared bathrooms, individual storage lockers, and air conditioning. In addition, the hostel offers guests an opportunity to use their fully-stocked kitchen.
Highlights of the Hamaca Paraguaya Hostel include:
- TV room with cable and DVDs
- Game room with foosball
- Small bar with terrace seating
- Enclosed garden space
- BBQ grill
The Hamaca Paraguaya gets high marks for its value, cleanliness, and facilities. Like the other hostels on this list, those who stayed here complemented its friendly staff for helping them navigate the city. They also enjoyed the homemade breakfast presented to the guests.
The six best hostels listed here are only a handful of the available accommodations in Asuncion. What makes them shine from the others are the environments, cleanliness, and friendliness of their staffs. Without these, the most modern of hostels could feel uncomfortable.
Overall, as you search for hostel in Asuncion, take a look at a few things:
- What did other people think of it?
- Does it have all the amenities needed for a comfortable and secure stay?
- Is it easily accessible via taxi or other transportation?
- Can you make and store meals in its kitchen?
- Does it offer extras like a swimming pool or snack bar?
- Is it walking or biking distance to shopping, restaurants, and historical sites?
Don’t choose a hostel because it’s less expensive than the others. In the end, you may get what you pay for, and that can mean an unhappy experience in Asuncion. If you do your homework, you can make the journey both inexpensive and exciting as you enjoy a new culture.
When you finally reach Asuncion and your hostel, take time to introduce yourself to the other residence. Not only will you meet people from across the globe, but you’ll also get some perspectives on where to go in the city. In fact, some of the other guests might go with you to point out their favorite historical and nightlife spots.
Joining up with the other guests can add a new level of adventure to your journey. Don’t spend all of it alone.