As the other reviews state, the Casa de Los Amigos is much more than a hostel, and their quaker activities and socials justice work often mean that rooms aren't available for travelers. None-the-less, when they do have rooms available this place is a breath from fresh air.
"The Casa" isn't for everyone, but it's great if you're looking to meet interesting (often older) travelers, ex-pats, or plug into social justice activities throughout Mexico and the America's. I've been staying at the Casa for nearly 20 years and always try to visit during my frequent business trips for Mexico City. My family loves staying here and my six year old daughter thinks of it as her second home. When I"m in town on business, though I could easily stay in places that charge 4 times as much, I always try and stay here.
Highlights include the daily (mostly organic) breakfast, and the chance to share a meal with the volunteers and other visitors. On a recent morning these included an older woman en route to monitor elections in El Salvador, a young grad student in town for a conference on immigration issues, and several couples returning from long visits in southern Mexico. Another highlight is the Sunday potluck dinner, which brings together friends of the Casa from all over Mexico City. Great place to network!
The facilities include a common kitchen, recycling options, compost and a water filter to keep your drinking water bottles filled. The neighborhood is reasonably safe, for Mexico City, but still affordable and working class. The bars and flop hotels a few blocks to the south attract a seedier element and are best avoided at night. The Casa is less than two blocks from Revolución Metro stop and several Metro Bus lines, so it's easy to get anywhere in the city from here, including the Metro Bus line 3 to/from the airport...only 30 pesos!
The Casa is alcohol free, which helps avoid unnecessary noise and problems, but there are plenty of restaurants within a few blocks that provide ample options. There are also many supermarkets within walking distance.
Very special place. Warm, welcoming and one-of-a-kind.
- Also Known As:
- Casa De Los Amigos Hotel Mexico City
- Casa De Los Amigos Mexico City