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Iguana Hostel
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Krakow, Poland
2 reviews
“Great place on the earth! ;)”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Very relaxing place, I had amazing stay in Iguana in February 2013. Staff is extremely nice and helpful, rooms and bathrooms clean and tidy. Very sociable place. Well equipped kitchen, you can buy food on the market and cook there. Location is also good, near to the market and very close to center of town. Good value for money. I definitely recomend!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I stayed at the iguana hostel for 6 weeks. I absolutely love this place. Not only have I met the most amazing people there but it gives you everything you want as a traveller. A cosy bed, clean facilities, enough party and enough quiet time, great breakfast and an atmosphere that I haven't seen in many hostels. Rudy the owner stays in close contact with everyone and the international receptionists are great fun and always willing to help. Honestly I came as a guest and left as family. Can't wait to go back... GET YOUR [--] HERE!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Ashland, Oregon, United States
1 review
Reviewed June 1, 2013

I've stayed in a lot of hostels in my time, and this one is by far my favorite. Staying here is more about close knit and relaxed living with a group of other travelers/. Friends than your average anonymous party hostel stay. It's a 2 minute walk to the market, and maybe five to the Zocalo, and the Real de Guadalupe ( the street with all of the great restaurants/ bars). The showers are ver nice and clean with plenty of room. None of that tiny shower stall nonsense.
The owner Rudi is a great guy, and I came to see him as more of a friend than just the owner of the hostel. In fact the whole staff quickly became just buds of mine. I felt very comfortable there.
A fantastic spot!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Where do I start? Well this hostel was one of my favourite hostels in Central America. The kind of place where you plan for 2 nights and end up staying at least a week! They have a great set up which makes it feel like a home away from home. There aren't many hostels about where you can walk in and almost immediately feel relaxed, but this place certainly had that effect on me. It's very evident when the owner of a hostel cares puts time and effort into the place, and it certainly shows here. Not only does Rudy keep the place in good order, but he also gets involved with the socialising and drinking too! Given that the hostel is reasonably small, it means that everyone drinks together and goes out as one group. So no one feels left out, even if your not a into drinking, but it helps!

The city was also one of my favourites in Central America. Its a perfect size to able to explore the place by foot, with the hostel only 5 minutes from the Plaza Central. Its a place with a mix of influences from around the world, yet retains its strong indigenous Mexican feel. An great mix of different bars, restaurants, markets and architecture gives something to offer everyone who donate their time to this place. My recommendations would be the barbacoa, the market food or any of the decent taco places, then at night you must check out the mescal bars.

So thats it, I think. A thoroughly enjoyable two weeks with a great group of people that I'll keep in contact with. You can make your own mind up when you arrive in San Cristobal, but you'll be hard pushed to find a place in the same league as here!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
1 review
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Iguana Hostel is a familiar space, where we share good momenstos. Everyone I know who went through this place were longer than predicted ... is full of good energy .... loved it ... thank you for your affection and for your amazing breackfast.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Besancon, France
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

The Iguana hostel is by far the best hostel you will find in San Cristobal de las Casas. Located in the charismatic Barrio del Cerrillo, right by the central market, the mercado de artesanias (local crafts), the town center and the pedestrian streets, the hostel is comfortable and affordable. Rudy will make you feel at home right away and will make sure you get the best out of your stay in San Cristobal -he knows all the ins and outs of his amazing town! He will even offer to take you on an intimate tour or San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, a visit you can't miss. Take your time to make yourself at home in Chiapas at the Iguana Hostel, you will not regret it!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

For us one of the best hostels with the friendliest staff & guests at our journey. I will never forget these few days i stayed there. The breakfast was also very good. Best wishes, Daniel & Steffi from germany :)

  • Stayed May 2013
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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 105 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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