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booking with www.boliviahostels.com ....?

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1. Posted by bhuntley12 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

We are planning to be in Oruro, Bolivia for the 4-6th of March during the Carnaval celebrations, and have been looking into booking accommodation well in advance. The only website that we seem to be able to find any listings is on www.boliviahostels.com, and for the 3 days of carnaval they require a full payment in advance in the form of a money transfer through Western Union. (any other time of year they don't require a full payment in advance)

I am trying to find anyone who has booked with this website before...I'm not usually a skeptic about these kinds of things, but i want to make sure that this is the real deal. it just seems like a strange way of confirming a hostel/hotel booking to me.

If anyone has any experience with this website i would love to hear about it!

thanks!

~B

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

I had a quick look at their site, and it seems as if they are actually passing on the bookings to the hostels/hotels, who then have to get back to you based on your 'booking' (which is more like a request to book a certain room on certain dates) to confirm it? Is it the hotels/hostels asking for full payment in advance, or actually the website? I hate paying in advance, but you can understand it from the properties point of view at really busy times of year like that...

3. Posted by bhuntley12 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

i couldn't seem to figure out which one it was, whether it was the website or the hotel...it was the money transfer through a specifc bank that seemed odd to me. I'll keep looking into it.