In the breathtaking city of La Paz sits a new design-conscious, art-filled luxury hotel that wouldn’t be out of place in Buenos Aires or Mexico City. 'Atix' means 'one who thrives' in the indigenous Quechua language and the hotel’s architecture and design is a celebration of native culture.
As the city’s first hotel of its kind, Atix requires a certain versatility - it caters equally to the international business set and to tourists using it as a base camp for their Bolivian adventures. It’s well suited to both groups, as the design is stylish yet sober, and there’s no type of traveller that doesn’t appreciate proper luxury-hotel comforts.
Lots of thought and expense has gone into the hotel’s design. The façade is clad in native Bolivian timber and local Comanche stone, as used on La Paz pavements in the 1920s and '30s. The parallelogram-shaped building looks cool from the outside and floor-to-ceiling windows inside make for good views of the surrounding Andean valleys.
Nearly everything you see – from the specially-commissioned art on the walls to the wooden headboards and stone sinks – comes from Bolivian artisans.
The rooms, corridors and common areas at Atix Hotel have also been decorated with art and photography by renowned artist Gaston Ugalde, a renowned Bolivian artist who created an exclusive collection for Atix Hotel that tries to capture the very heart of Bolivian culture.
The restaurant turns local Bolivian ingredients into a fine-dining experience, and the top-floor bar offers an experience of its own, with panoramic views of the city and its surroundings through towering double-height windows.
Few cities in the world have as spectacular a setting as La Paz. at more than 3.5km above sea level, it is the highest administrative capital in the world, resting atop the Andes’ Altiplano plateau. It is a city of stunning contrasts: a central cluster of church spires and office blocks dwarfed by the magnificent icebound peak of Mount Illimani rising imperiously to the southeast.
The Atix Hotel is situated in the lower-altitude, exclusive neighbourhood of Calacoto in the Zona Sur. While there are a few cafés and restaurants nearby, the main city sights are 20-30 minutes away by taxi (taxis are cheap). It is located around 40 minutes from El Alto International Airport.
Address: Calle 16 Nº 8052, Calacoto, La Paz, BoliviaView larger map