This year, the historic center of the city of La Paz will win a new luxury hotel driven by design, Altu Qala, whose owner, Boris Alarcón, a Bolivian based in Berlin and who has worked with the late Zaha Hadid, has been developing for one of each. He is already responsible for improving the quality of coffee in the city of La Paz, after having opened The Writer’s Coffee, a cafe adorned with vintage typewriters that is inside a bookstore dating from 1907. It also installed HB Bronze Coffee Bar at the base of what will soon be the 10 -suite, five stars Altu Qala.
A 1900 terraced house artfully crowned with two contemporary floors, its interior features of the mid-century period mixing with mid-century gems from Alarcón’s private collection, including Kienzle clocks, Motoko Ishii lights and 400 pieces of Murano glass. “All my life is here!” He says with enthusiasm. The hotel will be fed by Chola in Borsalino, a Bolivian-Italian restaurant that promises dishes such as red beet risotto with llama salami and a pork terrine with five different Andean potatoes.