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Iguana Hostel
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Jackson, Mississippi
1 review
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed at Iquana for about a week during Christmas of 2012. I have to say the staff members were friendly, extremely helpful, and always fun. The beds were comfortable and the entire place was consistently very clean. The owner was even kind enough to drop me off at the ADO bus station when it finally came time to move on. It was definitely the best hostel I have stayed at in my travels. You can't go wrong.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Thomas W
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Warsaw, Poland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Iguana Hostel is the best place to stay in San Cristobal. The place is lovely, colorful, joyful, clean, very comfortable, with great people, wonderful owner Rudy and amazing atmosphere, in the perfect location. I had wonderful time there, I met fantastic people from San Cris and from all over the world. San Cristobal is the best place In the whole Mexico, great people, beautiful city, fantastic atmosphere, is the place that you just have to visit when traveling in Mexico. I must admit that It is not easy to leave charming San Cristobal. Gracias Rudy!!!

Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Not sure if this is how all hostels are run in Mexico, but wasn't really impressed. I'm very surprised more Reviewers don't mention that there are only 2 bathrooms for about 30 guests and that these are pretty dirty most of the time.

My friend and I didn't sleep well because some people were watching a DVD directly outside our room. They should have been directed to a common area since it was around midnight but the staff didn't seem to care. Some people may enjoy this relaxed vibe but a few rules wouldn't go astray!

The staff were friendly but didn't really know what was going on. We left after one night despite booking for three, yet the staff had no idea and believed we had stayed three nights (we didn't correct them as we high-tailed it out of there). They didn't know how much our deposit had been and so weren't sure how much to refund us.

San Cristobal is a fantastic town buzzing with people, definitely visit but I wouldn't recommend staying here.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Had a lovely time staying at Iguana, made some really lovely friends for life and had epic adventures into the night! The location is perfect and the atmosphere is relaxed, happy, clean, safe and joyful. I am so pleased to have met Ruby and experienced San Cris. Beautiful place with beautiful people!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Buenos Aires
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

From the very beginning the friendly staff of Iguana made me feel at home. I loved the hostel and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting San Cristobal. I loved a party that was organised at the hostel. I liked the kitchen at the terrace, which was a communal place where the guests socialised over a cup of tea or something stronger :) I was going to spend there a couple of nights and ended up staying for 10 days, I simply loved he atmosphere. Thank you for a great stay!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank annaluz82
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Auckland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at this hostel for Christmas and had a great time. There was a pot lock dinner put on for the 24th and we met a whole lot of amazing people.

However we had to leave straight after due to the state of the bathrooms and wouldn't dare cook in the kitchen. The bathroom was cleaned everyday but with 30 people using the one shower it really needed to be cleaned more often.
Also the kitchen was the same and could do with twice cleaning and new dish cloths or a brush.

The room was fine however a bit cold and dark. And the outside area was nice, except for everyone's stuff being placed everywhere outside taking up all the seating area even though there was a drying area on the roof.

This is a really friendly hostel with great people but in my opinion it needs someone to step up and keep the place clean. We enjoyed out stay but would only stay for a few days even though we are here in San cristobal for 3 weeks

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christopher M
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Victoria
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

The Iguana Hostel is great! I had so much fun here the first time that I came back on my trip home. And then again a few months later. Super homey atmosphere, the owner and the people working there are really friendly. There's a great courtyard where you can meet other travellers, and lots of stuff going on if you're interested. Plus San Cristobal is a great place. I highly recommend staying here. And expect to stay longer than you planned.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Iguana Hostel

Property: Iguana Hostel
Address: Calle Chiapa de Corzo 16 | Barrio el Cerrillo, San Cristobal de las Casas 29220, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > San Cristobal de las Casas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 102 Specialty Lodging in San Cristobal de las Casas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Iguana Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four years since opening, IGUANA HOSTEL is well known among backpackers for its family, chilled out and fun atmosphere. People come to the Iguana for two nights and they stay for two weeks... This is because Iguana Hostel can host only up to 27 people, so it's easy to make friends to share fun with, and we will always take good care of you. Our main asset is our staff: travellers on the road, who love making friends, and speak your language. The IGUANA HOSTEL is situated in a historic Barrio del Cerrillo, with a panoramic view from the terrace. The hostel is located near Santo Domingo a church surrounded and a colourful handcraft market, 2 blocks from the public market and only 7 minutes walk from the very heart of the city: la Catedral and el Parque Central. ... more   less 
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Iguana Hotel San Cristobal De Las Casas
Iguana Hostel San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico - Chiapas

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