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Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar

Av. Boulevard Costero 16 St Corner With 16 St, Bacalar 77936 Mexico
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At sunrise shafts of light dip into the lagoon, giving it an orange shine, and slowly the Greeen Monkey hostel rises into life. The dock by the water slowly fills with people doing their morning wake up routine, while coffee and breakfast with toast, jam and a wide range of fruits, waiting for the hungry travellers. Now the day can begin with a swim in the crystal clear water of the lagoon, or go for a tour to the best spots on the lake of seven colours by paddleboard. While relaxing in one of the hammocks you can see where the lagoon got it's name. You also see the entrance to the pirate's channel, marked by an abandoned bar in the shape of a ship. As you go down by the pirate channel you will see mangroves along the edge as you float with the gentle current. When you return you can visit the old ruins used to defend from pirates. You can go for a 5 minute walk to the black cenote. Wade out a few meters and look down into the abyss, then jump into it from fallen tree. Once you're hungry it's a quick to the plaza where you will find small locally owned stores to buy groseries for cooking or try the local cuisine. At the end of the day having BBQ or watch a movie with your fellow travellers. The hammocks and gazibos are great places to meet your neighbours in tents or dorms and make new friends. After dark you can watch the stars with your new family and fall asleep in your tent as you watch the sky through the mesh. Or try a comfy bed in either a 6 or 8 bed dorm. Or a 4 person private room. With such an inspiring place you might find a forgotten love for writing, drawing, singing or meditation on the dock, while listening to the waves. Let the Green Monkey hostel inspire you, let yourself go.
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I'm not picky about where I stay so enjoyed my stay based on the water front location and it's proximity to the square, in terms of how the hostel is run it's a pretty terrible operation. There was diarrhea for three days in two of three toilets found outside and a terrible smell of dog in the other set of toilets, staff are unhelpful, none I met could speak any English and pretty sure one is high all the time. You pay a lot of money to stay here yet have to pay every time to fill your water and when I asked for a bin bag to put some dirty clothes in they said I couldn't have one. Beds are hard and the AC in my room drips on my bed.
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I LOVED Bacalar so it kept me from realizing at first the issues this place has. There are currently two dogs there in dire need of veterinary car and, more simply, a bath. They smell terrible and at least one always likes to hang out in the bathroom. So you get to smell dog smell while you're in the bathroom. One was in there when I took a shower. It was gross. One is bleeding from its paw and drips blood everywhere. They both have open sores and scratch all the time (obviously flea-ridden). The staff was very friendly and helpful. The owner herself is unfriendly, will not speak unless you speak to her first (makes you wonder why she went into hospitality) and the back of the toilet has never been cleaned. When I got there I had to clean the bathroom myself just so i could stand it. It wasn't filthy but it was way too dirty for my taste and I'm not very picky. Hair on the floor, mud, dirty toilet etc. Great things: location - right on the lagoon and close to the center of town; staff - very friendly and helpful.
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Great sup activity with monkey sup! Im looking forward to the pictures. Nice view and sightseeing during te tour. Breakfast afterwards with fruit bread and marmelade. Highly recommend to all travelers Gr. Evie
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by far the worst place me and my wife have ever stayed in. almost no water in the shower (a cold drip), old beds and above all a terrible attitude from the staff, starting at reception and going all the way to the SUP guides and tour. SUP experience was aweful, the guides were unhelpful to say the least, and mean to the slower ones in the group, constantly yelling at them that they are last and they are too slow, refusing to take pictures of them. Overall they were very unprofessional, both in the SUP itself, and in the pictures they prosumed to deliver afterwards. when i tried to explain to them that they are supposed to teach us a new skill and help make this a fun experience, they just said we weren't following instructions and laughed. They are obviously there to make their money and that's it, not an inch beyond that. It's a shame...
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DO NOT STAY HERE!!! Or if you do, have your wits about you!!! Few things to mention... 1. I had around £60 worth of Mexican pesos and US dollars stolen from my private room. The staff were being really shady when I asked them about it and eventually showed me CCTV after an almost physical altercation over use of the mouse. It was impossible to see who entered the room from the footage despite dismissive insistance from the suspicious receptionist that “clearly” no one entered the room. Staff throughout the day could be seen going up and down the stairs near the room and the person who stole the money must have had a key as we made sure to lock the room each time after leaving it (otherwise the door would not remain shut). When I asked who else had a key to access the room they said there was only one which we had, which is hard to believe as I wonder what they would have done if we had lost it? Overall the staff were pretty unsympathetic and having read previous reviews, money has been stolen from a few other guests over the past few months too and several have encountered the staff’s hostile and stinking attitudes as well. When I spoke to the manager (with kind and helpful translation from the young Argentinian man who was the only redeeming staff member), she also didn’t seem to care explaining that this happens in other places too and basically insinuated that it was our fault. I admit that we didn’t leave our stuff in the communal lockers but you’d think having a private LOCKED room would be enough to stave off robbers... Clearly not in this place where one can only assume it must have been someone who perhaps worked there and certainly must have had a key... I don’t like to point fingers of blame but it all stinks of an inside job!!! 2. Funnily enough, we were supposed to stay in their sister hostel Blue Monkey. Unfortunately on arrival, we were told that due to a power cut there had been a double booking so we’d have to move down the road to Green Monkey instead. Why they didn’t think to tell us this before we arrived I’m not too sure as we would have happily gone straight to the other place but instead had to wait around 45 mins for a taxi after a long day of travel. We were then expected to pay for the taxi despite already having paid to get there but fortunately we negotiated with the staff for them to pay instead. 3. Finally... barking and seemingly rabid dogs roam the premises freely. Luckily you won’t need an alarm clock here as the dogs will do that job for you. I have never had to write such a horrible review but people should be aware of these issues, particularly that of my money being stolen, before booking this place and forking our a fair amount of money to stay here. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.
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$39 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MexicoYucatan PeninsulaQuintana RooBacalar
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