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Asuncion non conventional lodging options.

Besides the conventional hotels in Asuncion which are pretty much the same in the whole world, I made a research and want to present you 4 good alternatives to the hotel options.
Finding a good place to stay in Asuncion is not easy, it took me a lot of time to research and to come out with these interesting options.
Obviously if you are an “hotel” kind of person, these are not good options for you.
But if you want a non conventional and still save approach to lodging one of these options could fit you very well.
Lets start.
1- The black Cat hostel:
Address: Dirección: Eligio Ayala,129 – Asunción, Paraguay (downtown Asuncion) shared rooms cost around 11$ and the ambiance is like any hostel, fun, relaxed and bohemian. You can make reservations here: http://www.hostelsclub.com/hostel-es-16056.html

2- Asuncion Vacation Rentals: A fun place to stay in the house of a local person, with independent entrance, security, internet, living room and bedroom, its like owing an own apartment in Asuncion, close to main malls, Annie is very friendly and will make you stay at home, you can contact here here: http://sites.google.com/site/paraguayrentals/Paraguayrentals
Prices from around 40$ per day but the place is big, could sleep many people. Even if you have kids you can take them and you may even get free babysitting if you want to go out at night =)

3- Another good and hidden option is the Internado Evangelico of Asuncion, my friend stayed there for less than 10$ a day, she said it was ok, she had a shared room, and the location is pretty good too, It is Evangelic so I guess it is kind of safe to stay there, and it looks pretty decent too, I just found a link from a text written by a person that stayed there and here is what she says regarding this place: http://www.thowra.com/internado.html

4- And last but not least a good option is to find “couch” on couchsurfing, (http://www.couchsurfing.org/) I have many friends in Paraguay that offer “couch” for free at their places, So check it out, even if you are not staying there you can always meet for drinks or coffee with local people to share experiences and they will be happy to show you around and give you safety and fun advices.

I hope you enjoyed my guide to a fun and non conventional lodging options.

Let me know which options describes you best! Enjoy your trip!

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Asuncion nightlife!

I visited recently Paraguay and while I was there I saw a lot of new stuff going on, for instance there are so many new buildings and constructions going on specially close to the Shopping del Sol area, sometimes I wonder where all this money comes from? I surely have no idea.
There are a lot of new stores, bars and restaurants are blooming!
Asuncion night life is at its best point, a lot of different places for different tastes, now you can find from sushi to mexican food and all in between, great and exquisite cusine everywhere.
People go out from monday to mondays and it seems that Asuncion’s nightlife is here to stay.
I was surprised to see the many new places they inaugurated in less than 1 year.
T.G.I. Fridays, Hooters, Pizza Hut, Burger King and Mc. Donalds are some American Chains available in Asuncion.
A new very popular thing is to go out for a coffee and most coffee places even open until midnight and 1 or 2 am during the weekends, you can find very nice sweets and pastries in these places…specially great cakes.
To mention a few great places to visit for a coffee or tea with friends, during the afternoon or early evening I would recommend my favorites:
El Cafe de Aca ( the coffee or here, very typical place, visit it is a MUST, please try the Mbeyu while there), Medialunas Calentitas (their specialty are different types of croissants but you also will find anything from toasts to empanadas there), Havanna Cafe, 1811 a very nice place to hangout and Abuela Goye (a bit pricey but their cakes are the best)…all these places mentioned above are close to each other around Lillio and Senador Long. Asuncion.
My favorite places to go out at night are: Britannia Pub, 904 (both in Downtown), Cafe Bohemian, Kilkenny, Kamastro, El Bar, Liquido…the Whole Paseo Carmelitas Area where you can find these places and more…also the new Moby Dick, and Glam and Candy could be a good option if you like to go out to dance.
All places are very fun, with great music, great people and fantastic ambience, you wont regret getting to know Asuncion’s nightlife!
A great place I recommend is the Peruvian Restaurant called la Flor de la Canela in downtown Asuncion.
Some places are pretty pricey, so be ready to spend around 30$ or 40$ per person at night if you visit high profile places like Moby Dick and dont forget to make reservations, in some places you can not enter without a reservation.
Im going to make a list of the best restaurants pretty soon.
To know a little bit more about Asuncion’s nightlife and see some pictures of people enjoying the night dont forget to visit: http://2night.com/asuncion

I hope you enjoy Asuncion’s Nightlife!

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