We booked a stay at the Posada San Pablo to do the ITTO TEFL course, so for about a month. We had no trouble finding the Posada (120 pesos taxi ride from the bus station), and it is indeed in a great location, about a 2 minute walk away from either ITTO or IMAC. But when we arrived, the staff couldn't seem to find our reservation, and it seems they had booked out our room, Oops. So they had to scramble to find another room, which after much paper flipping, they did. I don't know whose fault it was, the ITTO coordinator, or the Hotel. So for our first two nights we got a huge room with 3 beds and a big private bathroom. We had to walk up 2 long flights of stairs to get to it though, no elevator of course. We got the ITTO rate of 7320 pesos for 4 weeks for 2 people (~$580 USD). After 2 nights, we changed rooms to our intended room, which was a little smaller, but still very clean with 2 double beds.
The receptionsists don't really speak much english, so knowing a little spanish is helpful, a couple of them don't speak any english. For some reason, my ATM card had a 3000 peso limit, which was a little annoying, because they do prefer cash payment here. But they were not too worried, they said to pay part, then pay the rest when I had the remaining sum.
The hotel itself, while old, is quite clean, we only saw 2 lone cockroaches, once in the kitchen. In the bathroom areas, occasionally there was a smell of sewer, which was unrelated to the wastebaskets beside the toilet (you can't flush toilet paper in most mexican toilets). The shower had hot water only some of the time, but if there was hot water it didn't last for very long, maybe 5 minutes. So don't expect hot water. One morning, the shower ran out of water, in the middle of a shower with shampoo in my hair, the water just stopped altogether. None of the taps have hot water other than the shower. None of the rooms have heating, so when it rained almost nonstop for the first week we were here, the rooms were quite cold, though it was in January.
The kitchen facilities were quite nice, a decent sized fridge, though often full of old food that people hadn't thrown out. The beds are pretty comfortable, pillows surprisingly nice. The lighting in the rooms is pretty weak, often only one lightbulb. The WiFi is great when it works, but occasionally, it doesn't. The laundry facilities ... don't exist. They were supposed to have laundry facilities, but instead you have to have your laundry sent out, at 90 pesos a pop.
As for security, the front door is locked, the receptionist needs to buzz you in, if no one is at the front desk, you need to ring the doorbell, and the receptionist/manager will come and let you in. The first night of our course, the night manager was sound asleep, and someone showed up at 2 am, wanting to be let in. He rang the doorbell almost non stop for half an hour, while banging and pounding on the door, woke up the entire hotel, except for the night manager. So I don't know if he was a very very very heavy sleeper or what, but the rest of us (there was a few of us doing the ITTO course staying here) were very unhappy the next morning, as it was the first day of our classes. But at night, both sets of front doors are locked and only the manager has keys, meaning that until he woke up, this guy kept pounding on the door. And when the night manager finally woke up, he didn't even say anything to the guy after letting him in.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel to people doing the ITTO course, because being close to the school is very very helpful. The people who did homestays regretted it because they spent 1-2 hours a day on the bus. We only had to walk 2 minutes, which meant we could walk home at lunch, and didn't get home too late at night. For the most part, the stay was pleasant, and the managers are nice, but I want to paint an accurate picture of what to expect. This is Mexico after all, not the US/Canada or Western Europe.
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- Also Known As:
- Posada San Pablo Guadalajara