You can also get information at your travel agency. There is something
for every taste and every budget. You will have far too much to
choose from. Be aware of the Summer Holidays and times of fiesta
for the prices and reservations.
The category : low budgets : Campgrounds, hammock, youth hostels, cheap hotels. Generally,
these different types of lodging offer a clean and simple place.
The bathrooms are often shared but sometimes private.
The category : mid range : It includes essentially
hotels offering a comfort and a variable atmosphere. In some States,
you can have a comfortable and nicely decorated room in a charming
hotel for only $400. The more attractive and original lodging in
the country are often in this category : They are small or middle
scale hotels, very well maintained, where the atmosphere is warm
and the staff is vigilant. In some places, you can find also condos,
bungalows and comfortable « cabanas » with similar prices.
The category : top end : It goes from big international hotels to luxurious resorts as well
as smaller residences assigned to wealthy travelers who are looking
for both the comfort and the beauty of the place.
types of lodging
More and more in the cities, you will be able to find apartments,
with equipped kitchen, for the travelers. They could be very comfortable
and offer a good ratio Quality/price for 3 or 4 persons. Get information
at the Tourist Office or consult Internet or the classified advertisements
in the local newspapers (especially the Editions in English).
Bed & Breakfast
This option, in the regions where it exists is often in the Top
end category, with a comfortable lodging with character. Consult
the site :
Camping and caravanning
It is not very well developed in Mexico.
Most of the campgrounds are organized to welcome travelers with
trailers and recreational vehicles (RV), but you can also install
your tent for a small fee. Some offer a basic comfort while others
are well maintained. The price could be about 70 Mexican pesos for
a tent and two persons and from 130 to 270 Mexican pesos for two
persons and a vehicle if you want to use all the equipments. Close
to small beaches, some restaurants or pensions will allow you to
set your tent on a bit of land for a few pesos per person. DON’T
VENTURE TO CAMP ON UNAUTHORIZED PLACE whatever the region even if
you have a RV as well as in unguarded campgrounds.
Casas de huéspedes and/y
posadas (Bed and Breakfast or inns/pensions) :
Another kind of cheap and nice lodging is the casa de huéspedes,
kind of Bed and Breakfast with a warm and cool atmosphere. A queen
bed room price is from $130 to $270, even if some more comfortable
Bed and Breakfast charge more. Get information at the visitor center.
The posadas (pensions or small inns) look often like the casas de huéspedes and more rarely like small hotels.
This way of lodging is found on the beaches, in budget category.
You can rent a hammock and the place to hang it- generally under
a palm roof in front of a pension or a restaurant on the beach –
for $35 in some places but you could pay $170 on the Caribbean
Coast, more expensive. You could save some money carrying your
own hammock, ideal anyways for sleeping in the hot Southern part
of Mexico. It is quite easy to find one there,
especially in the States of Oaxaca, Chiapas and the Yucatán
peninsula. Don’t forget to use repellent.
Many cities located on the road of the budget travelers get youth
hostels, especially in the Center and Southeastern part of the country.
They propose a night in a dormitory for $70 to $160 per person,
with access to the common kitchen, bathrooms and living rooms. To
add to their little prices, these inns with a cool atmosphere give
you the opportunity of meeting other travelers. Hostel World (www.hostelworld.com)
proposes a lodging listing (in several languages among them English)
– reservations online with prices and information about Youth
Hostels as well as budget hotels –
The website http://fr.hostelbookers.com is also recommanded for its good tariffs and its promotions (different languages).
Consult also www.fuaj.org/en –
listing of the youth Hostels with reservations online and a lot
of tips for your travel (english,french).
Some hostels are affiliated to HI-Mexico – Consult www.hihostels.com (reservations online) - site in several languages, places worldwide
and Mexican Youth Hostels with prices, pictures and contacts. The
HI card owners got a one or two dollars discount from the full price.
The National Office of Hostelling Intl in Mexico is located in : Republica de Guatemala n.4, col.centro. Centro Historico
CP 06020 – Mexico City (52) 55 55 18 17 26 or 55 55 18 10 65, (52) 55 55 10 34 42 -r www.hostelcatedral.com (locations also in Cancún) / www.mundojovenhostels.com.
Choices of hotels
Mid range hotels
Mexico abounds in good mid range hotels where a
bedroom for two with bathroom, TV and sometimes air conditioning
costs between 370 and 800 mxn$. Often equipped with a bar and restaurant,
these establishments are usually pleasant, comfortable and secure.
Among the more beautiful mid range and upscale lodgings there are
many old mansions, inns and convents transformed in hotels. They
got their charm from the fountains that ornament their shaded patio.
Some offer a little bit Spartan comfort (at modest prices); others,
completely modernized, offer a more costly luxury.
Luxurious and modern hotels
The luxurious and modern hotels are not missing in Mexico,
especially in big cities and seaside resorts. They propose upscale
features swimming pools, fitness areas, bars, restaurants, etc.
– at outrageous prices. In order to taste luxury without paying
full price, pick a Mexican hotel and not an international chain.
You will also find budget hotels. The quality is not even : some
are clean, welcoming and secure and others are the opposite. You
can rent a bedroom for two with shower and hot water for less than
320 mxn$ almost everywhere in the country.
The families and small groups will find rooms for three, four or
five in most of the hotels (whatever the category) at a slightly
higher price than a room for two.
As a general rule, leave your jewel and valuable in the safety box
in the hotel or in a safe place and don’t wear expensive clothes.
Don’t wear too light clothes that could be considered provocative.
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