Holidays in Plaza Murillo

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The home of Bolivia’s president, Congress and much of its most prized national art can be found around this central square.

Encircled with stately colonial-era palaces, Plaza Murillo is the historical heart of La Paz and the political centre of Bolivia. While the square is named after the revolutionary leader Pedro Domingo Murillo, it has been the city’s central square since colonial times. Tour the government buildings, visit a national art museum and enjoy the shade from the ring of trees around the square.

Both the legislative and executive branches of Bolivia’s government have their home in Plaza Murillo. Look to the plaza’s eastern side to see the Palacio Legislativo, the seat of the Bolivian Congress. Four pillars line the façade, and an ancient cupola crowns the 19th-century structure. Before it was home to Bolivia’s legislature in the early 1900s, the Palacio Legislativo served as a convent and then the headquarters of a university. On Plaza Murillo’s south side, find the Presidential Palace. Guards dressed in antique military garb stand before the yellow building.

From the Presidential Palace, head next door to the neoclassical Cathedral Nuestra Señora de La Paz, the city’s main cathedral. Admire its dual bell towers and stained-glass windows.

Find the Palacio de los Condes de Arana, which is located nearby. This 18th-century structure holds Bolivia’s National Museum of Art, featuring works by some of the nation’s most famous artists. See sculptures by Marina Núñez del Prado and colonial-era paintings by Melchor Pérez Holguín.

Explore the open space of the square. See a statue of the square’s revolutionary namesake, which stands high above the centre of the plaza. Another Plaza Murillo statue is a bust of Gualberto Villarroel, the former Bolivian president overthrown, murdered and hanged from a lamppost on the square in 1946.

Look for Aymara women, who often meet at Plaza Murillo. They can be identified by their traditional bowler hats, shawls and skirts.

Reach the centrally located square on foot, by taxi or via shared mini bus from anywhere in the city.

194 Cheap Hotels Near Plaza Murillo

Hotel Sagarnaga
Hotel Sagarnaga
2.5 out of 5
Sagarnaga 326 Zona Rosario, La Paz
The price is AU$44 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.
Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is steps away from Coca Museum, San Francisco Church and Witches' Market. San Francisco Convent and Museum and Municipal ...
3.8/5 Good! (256 reviews)
Good budget accommodation
"Good budget accommodation in the heart of La Paz. Easy walking distance to everything. ATMs, good restaurants and laundry services right outside. Breakfast could be improved or at least changed up each day. Good hot water and WIFI, hairdryers on request. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2020

Hotel Sagarnaga
Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Europa La Paz
4 out of 5
Calle Tiahuanaco N. 64, La Paz
The price is AU$136 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Archaeology, San Francisco Church and Plaza Murillo. Mirador Killi Killi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (326 reviews)
"Our first trip to La Paz. Both my wife and I did not respond well to the altitude. Literally everyone on the staff was friendly, helpful, and bent over backwards to make it a good stay. Special thanks to the concierge who was incessantly helpful, and to the people in the restaurant and room service, ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Hotel Europa La Paz
Qantu Hotel
Qantu Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Illampu No. 740, La Paz, Pedro Domingo Murillo
The price is AU$47 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Witches' Market and Plaza San Francisco. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Calle Jaen are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (76 reviews)
"Once inside the door the hotel was excellent for its class. The street outside the hotel became crowded with vendors and traffic during the day."

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020

Qantu Hotel
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Top Plaza Murillo Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hostal Republica
Hostal Republica
2.5 out of 5
Calle Comercio 1455 esquina Bueno, Zona Central, La Paz
The price is AU$42 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Hostal Republica
Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Europa La Paz
4 out of 5
Calle Tiahuanaco N. 64, La Paz
The price is AU$136 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
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Qantu Hotel
Qantu Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Illampu No. 740, La Paz, Pedro Domingo Murillo
The price is AU$47 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Qantu Hotel
Hotel Sagarnaga
Hotel Sagarnaga
2.5 out of 5
Sagarnaga 326 Zona Rosario, La Paz
The price is AU$44 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.
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Hotel Presidente
Hotel Presidente
3.5 out of 5
C. Potosí Nro. 920, La Paz
The price is AU$168 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Hotel Presidente
Las Brisas Hotel
Las Brisas Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle Illampu 742, El Rosario, La Paz
The price is AU$43 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
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La Casona Hotel Boutique
La Casona Hotel Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz Nº 938, La Paz, La Paz
The price is AU$112 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
La Casona Hotel Boutique
Selina La Paz
Selina La Paz
3 out of 5
The price is AU$47 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Selina La Paz
Hotel Madrid
Hotel Madrid
3 out of 5
Indaburo N 1157 entre Bolivar y Junin, La Paz
The price is AU$52 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.
Hotel Madrid
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