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Casa Zalaoui Hostel

Calle Francisco I. Madero 764 Colonia Americana, Guadalajara 44160 Mexico
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Placed in the heart of La Perla Tapatía, to one and a half blocks of the majestic and impressive Templo Gótico Expiatorio. Behind one finds the beautiful building of the 17th century that is occupied by the Universidad de Guadalajara. Zalaoui, is a Náhuatl word and means "rest". Casa Zalaoui has an unsurpassable location, since he is to a block of the Park of the Revolution, where it is the light Train, The Pretren, the Road Couple, and innumerable lines of buses those it will lead to any part of the city. Even, if it prefers doing a tour walking to the Historical Center, one finds to five minutes our beautiful Cathedral, La Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres, La Plaza de Armas, Palacio de Gobierno, The Teatro Degollado, Mercado San Juan de Dios, the biggest to level Latin America, where he will find all kinds of typical articles, and the Plaza Tapatía that this in turn it to drive ' to the beautiful building of the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, which one distinguishes for the beautiful architecture of his dome. In addition, inside this place there are the incomparable paintings of the famous and recognized Jose Clemente Orozco.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Parking garage
Street parking
Free internet
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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You will be made to feel at home here, part of a family. I adore Carina. Walking distance to everything! Could not be more convenient. Hospicio Cabanas, Colonia Americana, Chapultepec, all close in. There is also the Cathedral Expiatorio two blocks away. In the evening in the Plaza you can see food vendors, salsa dancers, Young couples walking in the evening breeze. It is very civilized and an unexpected delight. Also check out the pollo mole negro at La Oaxaquina.
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Very unique Decor with spiritual feel. Very friendly owner, who was very helpful when I arrived in Guadalajara. Excellent location, near many sites, especially the famous gothic church Expiatorio and University of Guadalajara. Also, near transport and metro stop Juarez.
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I found Casa Zalaoui after a disastrous stay at another hostal nearby. Karina the host is so friendly and welcoming and her casa is very comfortable, super clean and extremely QUIET at night. There are only a few rooms and mine was decorated beautifully with very comfortable beds and pillows. Karina sets out a very nice breakfast every morning with great coffee. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a quiet and affordable place in Centro Guadalajara. Location is perfect, a block away from Templo Expiatorio.
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I booked a single room, with bathroom for two nights for $761 pesos. When I arrived the very nice elderly person had access to no computer to verify my booking. I showed her my booking on my iPad. I understand the booking was in English, so I called my friend to make things clear. That did not help. She insisted on charging me $450 pesos per night and giving me a room with three beds, and a bathroom, and that there was no room the following night. This scene got worse, the elderly person was nice and is a gem. My translator even realized that it is not her fault. I booked this hotel for many reasons, one is "little English" to match my "poquito espanol". She called another hotel around the corner and got me a single room with bathroom, but...but...i am still being charged by Hotel Zalaoui, and the other hotel is more money🤔.
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I'm still in Casa Zalaoui while writing this, and I just can't wait to write a positive review about this place. Before arriving, I actually attempted to cancel my reservation because I wasn't sure if a backpacker-style accomodation was a good idea (my first time), especially for introverts like me who are just not fond of social interactions. I really just wanted to save some money, and spend more on food and souvenirs that's why I have considered this place. But it was too late to cancel because there's a cancellation fee, and I didn't notice that policy when I booked. Anyway, I'm so glad I didn't cancel. First, It really has a great location, very near the major tourist attractions. I just walked from the hotel to the Plaza, Catedral, Museums, etc. Also there are a lot of restaurants nearby. I even spent an hour a while ago deciding where to eat lunch. They have a fast wifi, free breakfast, and kitchen with available mineral water for the guests. The interior design of the place is simple yet impressive - very homey. But perhaps the biggest reason why I gave it a 5-star rating is due to their outstanding hospitality and customer service. The hosts are just so nice and helpful. They all smile a lot, and very attentive to your needs. I was even asked 3x if I have already eaten, if I have my umbrella with me in case it rains, if I know the way, if I need any help, etc. When I went back at 8:30pm today, the host asked me if I would like to have "tamales" for breakfast tomorrow (for free). They even provided me with brochures of tourist attractions, and recommended some places to visit. It's rare to find this kind of service even in 5-star hotels, without worrying on giving a tip or other compensation. The place has that homey feel, and you're treated more like a family. Of course, don't expect state-of-the art facilities, and gigantic, luxurious rooms. One thing you should know about Guadalajara is that it's very hard to find a private room with private bathroom in or near the centro worth 500 MXN below. This is an expensive city. In Acapulco and Mexico city, you could find private rooms for 400MXN. Here, I paid 270MXN per night for a shared male dormitory (2 beds in a room). But lucky me, I'm solo in my room during my stay. Anyway, this place is ideal for tourists who don't mind less privacy and smaller rooms, looking for cheaper place to stay but located in a great location, and want to experience superb hospitality. I will surely go back here soon!
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$24 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MexicoJaliscoGuadalajara Metropolitan AreaGuadalajara
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