My husband and I traveled by bus from Guadalajara to Monterrey at the end of February, 2009. We needed a hotel near the bus station, since we planned to take Autobuses Americanos to Dallas, TX, the following day. We read about Fastos on Trip Advisor, and it seemed well-rated, so we made a reservation by email. We received courteous replies from an English-speaker at Fastos who assured us we would have a non-smoking room. We arrived at Fastos about 7:00AM after taking the overnight bus from GDL. We were amazed that they let us check in.
We were shown to a lovely, comfortable room on the top floor which appeared to have been newly renovated. Reminded us of the Hampton Inn we stayed in recently in Alexandria, VA! Except the Fastos beds were nice and firm, just like we prefer them! We took naps and awakened refreshed and ready for breakfast. We decided to eat at the hotel restaurant. I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but it was just fine. I don't remember the price, but for a couple who prefer really cheap eats, it was OK. Eggs and such were fine; we ordered nothing fancy.
We walked down the street in front of the hotel. Walking to the left after leaving from the front door took us to a new, modern Soriana within a couple of blocks. It was a super-mercado, so I was able to buy my non-fat, sugar-free plain yogurt and other such goodies for us to eat during the day. (No, there was no fridge in the room, but my bag of frozen unsweeted strawberries kept my yogurt cool 'til I was ready to eat it.)
Walking to the right of the hotel, we came upon an older, more run-down Soriana (perhaps used to be a Gigante? which Soriana recently purchased, I think.) Not as much variety there in food selections, but OK.
DIRECTLY across the street from Fastos is the bus station which was a huge plus for us. Also, within a couple of blocks are stations for boarding the metro. We paid our pesos and took a ride on the metro, since it had been many years since our last visit to Monterrey. We rode to the next-to-last stop on the metro; then rode the other way. We had planned to ride the metro to centro, but we were tired from our bus travel, so we didn't do that. However, it would be easy to do.
We were sad to see such pollution in Monterrey. We hope we were there on an especially polluted day and that the air isn't like that all of the time.
Although our room faced the busy street, we slept well. We travel with a small desk-top-size air-cleaning machine and use it for "white noise" at night. It is really valuable to mask noises that may otherwise disturb our sleep. The side of the hotel facing away from the street would provide a view of saddleback mountain, etc.
As we walked around a few blocks behind the hotel, we saw we wouldn't be really comfortable walking there after dark. However, we arrived in the dark and departed in the dark and were perfectly fine walking between the hotel and the bus station. No problem there. There is a pedestrian bridge in front of the hotel to use to go to the bus station, but we were loaded with luggage, so we walked to the corner and crossed there.
We plan to stay at Fastos on every trip we take by bus through Monterrey. It was really excellent for us.
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