MET Hotel Opens Its Doors in La Paz, Bolivia in February 2022
Design centric hotel opens first outdoor rooftop bar in La Paz with scenic views
La Paz, Bolivia (December 02, 2021): The Panorama Hospitality Group is pleased to announce the launch of MET Hotel which will open its doors in February 2022 in Calacoto, one of La Paz, Bolivia’s trendiest neighborhoods. At an elevation of 11,975 ft. above sea level, La Paz is known as the city that touches the clouds and is the gateway to the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni salt flats and the Bolivian wine country. The team behind Bolivia's most awarded and first design hotel, Atix, the Panorama Hospitality Group will adorn the walls of this new property with a contemporary art collection featuring works by local artists curated by Mariano Ugalde of Salar Art Gallery.
“La Paz is a bustling city with a vibrant art and gastronomy scene. We are thrilled to be opening MET Hotel to provide travelers with a unique home base for their Bolivian adventures. Calacoto is a residential neighborhood that continues to grow in popularity and offers galleries, boutiques, and great dining options,” shares Fernando Rodriguez, founder of Panorama Hospitality Group.
MET Hotel is a partnership between New York-based hospitality design firm Los Designers and Bolivian architect Ivan Valdez, who has worked with the late Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Overlooking the Andes Mountains, the hotel is centrally located to Mi Teleférico, an aerial cable car that offers epic views of the city. The property boasts 76 bedrooms comprising one penthouse suite and 75 rooms ranging from standard to deluxe and includes Dominga Restaurant, a spa with a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, outdoor relaxation garden, and event space that can host up to 200 people. The premier suite, MET Penthouse, is a two-room suite with panoramic views over La Paz and a robust art collection featuring local artists. With pale woods and muted colors throughout, the guest rooms at MET Hotel are bright and airy, providing a relaxed space to unwind after a day of exploring the city. Modern accent décor pieces such as the pillows celebrate the rich weavings from the Jalq'a culture in Southern Bolivia and the bedroom rug patterns take inspiration from local historic textiles from Tiwanaku, an ancient city and sacred site consisting of former pyramids and enclosures, gateways and monuments located in western Bolivia near the southeast shore of Lake Titicaca.
Utilizing modern design with an emphasis on Bolivian culture, the lobby draws inspiration from the local ruins of Pumapunku and Tiwanaku with its layered concrete walls shaped like perfectly cut geometric stones. While the design is largely modern, these historically significant patterns provide underlying textures that provide a sense of place. Conscious hospitality is part of MET’s DNA. Acting responsibly, they recycle and avoid single-use paper and plastic items, generate their own energy through solar panels, and use rainwater and groundwater to every extent possible.
The all-day dining destination, Dominga transforms itself from a lively breakfast venue to a warmly lit provocative space with chef’s table at night. With an emphasis on local ingredients, Dominga offers a distinctive dining experience based on contemporary cuisine that can be paired with a fine vintage from its wine cellar. The bar allows guests a space to indulge in local wines and spirits and includes the world’s largest collection of Singani, Bolivia’s national liquor. Met Hotel will also include La Paz’s first outdoor rooftop bar named Azotea offering scenic views and craft cocktails available for guests and private events.
About MET Hotel:
MET Hotel, a new 76 room boutique hotel in the Calacoto neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia will open its doors in February 2022. Overlooking the Andes Mountains, MET is a partnership between New York-based hospitality design firm Los Designers and Bolivian architect Ivan Valdez, who has worked with the late Zaha Hadid. La Paz is a gastronomic city with a vibrant art scene and is the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. The hotel is centrally located to Mi Teleférico, an aerial cable car that offers epic views of the city and boasts an art collection curated by Mariano Ugalde of Salar Art Gallery. MET is developed and operated by Panorama Hospitality Group, the founders of Bolivia's most awarded and first design hotel, Atix. Fernando Rodriguez and Carlos Rodriguez are the Co-Founders of Panorama Hospitality Group, a company that seeks to develop, operate, and curate unique properties in Bolivia and South America, with a focus on vibrant concepts that promote the discovery of exciting cities and places.