I just returned from a two week trip to Mexico and stayed in the Hotel Monte Carlo coming and going and have stayed there several times in the past. This time, in Room 116, which is really the second floor, has four double beds, the bed bugs attacked me! I looked like I had the measles on inside both arms, side of neck and face. My brother who lives in Mexico uses this hotel frequently in the past with no problems. Very quaint Mexican, prices from 250 for two to 450 pesos per night for four of us. Except for this one time problem you might try it. Right around the corner is the Hotel Isabela, also OK, and has small good restaurant attached, lots of international visitors, A VIPS restaurant is just up the street and close by is Sanborns, a very nice restaurant but with American prices. About three blocks away is an internet cafe and good to print your boarding pass day before leaving for States, only 10 pesos. It is an adventure to find it up an escalator. Be sure you have enough Spanish to pull this off, or just look up phrases in travel dictionary and copy them down in writing on a piece of paper for people to read, especially in internet cafe. Accent is everything in Mexico, or you will not be understood, Water is Awa, not Agua. Mexican people are very helpful with directions, especially security cops that are in every major store on streets crowded with vendors and unbelievable noise and crowded. Walked around by myself, a red haired gringo age 60 with no problems and never felt threatened. Be sure and have hotel order cabs for you and to airport was 150 pesos with tip. Cab for two to Teotiwaucan was 600 pesos plus tip and tolls and you can come and leave when you want, not have to stay all day like with bus. Worth it unless you are on a budget. Big Catholic Church and Government buildings with Diego Rivera paintings all walking distance and all this in Socalo district. There are no rest rooms anywhere except in public buildings and be sure and carry large light weight over the shoulder bag with TP, baby wipes, and water with you while wondering around. Rest rooms seldom have paper products except in fancy places. Bottled water is cheap and everywhere so don't worry about that, but it gets tiring using bottled water to brush your teeth! Leave all jewelery home and men keep your wallet in your front pocket. Buy a cheap Timex with strap. You can exchange dollars to pesos at airport coming and going but keep at least 100 pesos to buy food or drink at the airport after you go through security. If you have any left they make for good conversation at home and for scrap books!
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