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Puerta Vieja Hostel
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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6 reviews
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“Great place if you love crowds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at this place because it was really recommended by a friend I made a lot going my travel. The place is big and clean. They have fire place at night where you can get to know many of the guests, there is also a bar which has all the basics! The staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful. The only problem was breakfast is not included in the price and if you are very tired staying in a dorm with 20 other people might not be ideal as they come and go as they please... But thats the price you pay for staying in a dorm anyway gotta learn to adapt to other people's schedules.
Recommended for backpackers of all ages!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

After being 17 days in Mexico, this hostel was my favorite one among the many I stayed. The place is clean, well located, and breakfast is delicious. The staff was helpful, friendly and more than once, they behaved as the best host of the party. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gerlingen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

I stayed at Puerta Vieja for only one night in December 2013, which was quite a pleasant experience (I booked a bed in a dorm room). The hostel is located near the central plaza and perfect to discover San Christobal on your own. Everything (from the restrooms to the lockers) is brand new, nicely furnished and super clean. The showers provide (unlike most Mexican Hostels) super hot water with sufficient pressure. The comon area is the patio (inner courtyard) of this colonial building (WiF and sockets available here), which really invites you to chill out between your activities.
The staff was super friendly and helped me with every question I had.

A higly recommendable place to stay!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

Great hostel, great atmosphere, literally a minute away from the zocalo. Rooms are super clear, restroom and showers too (with super hot water!), and generally speaking everything is brand new. Prices are very reasonable too.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

We stayed there for 3 nights and it was nice, beds are great so you can really have a great night. We didn't have a reservation and we were able to stay (I would recommend to make reservations it assure your stay).... people that work there are really nice they recommend places for you to eat, to go drink and to go visit of course .... You can book tours with them too

  • Stayed December 2013
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

This hostel is a beautiful addition to the wonders of San Cristobal. The owners and staff and lovely, fun and helpful. The breakfast is incredible, the dorms are dark, and a bit full, but the beds are comfortable and the lockers are huge. The bathrooms are clean and she showers have excellent pressure and are scorching hot should you find yourself needing to warm your bones. The outdoor space has a fire going every night, hammocks, the cheapest bar in town and friendly faces. The indoor space is large and comfortable, with a TV area, couches, tables etc. The only down side is that the spaces are perhaps too big, and it doesn't make it easy to meet people. Overall it was a very enjoyable stay and had I not been craving the ocean I would have happily stayed longer.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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San Felice del Benaco, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

The hostel is really nice and clean! Which for me is the best important thing! There are separated bathrooms and showers for men and women, they have a nice garden and internal space for all the guests, and a kitchen which can be used from the guests.
The owners are just perfect, they always tried to help us and they gave us really good advice on what to do and where to go.
The guys volunteering there are also really good in what they do and they are all really friendly. Breakfast is included in the price and is really good and you can also get free water!
We loved this place! Thank you guys!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Puerta Vieja Hostel
Address: Calle Diego de Mazariegos 23 | Barrio de La Merced, San Cristobal de las Casas 29240, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > San Cristobal de las Casas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 105 Specialty Lodging in San Cristobal de las Casas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Puerta Vieja is a brand new hostel, recently opening its doors with the certainty of becoming one of the top traveler’s spots in no time. The reasons for this are simple: a stunning neo-classic house, with friendly, helping, fun staff willing to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. A great ambiance, in a fabulous location: only a block away from the main square (Zócalo). Tasty meals and good parties, an approach to the cultural diversity this beautiful city has to offer, a rooftop terrace with a view that will take your breath away, a massive garden with a Temazcal (Mayan sauna) and hammocks in it. Different room sizes: private bedrooms, small and big dorms, depending on your needs and privacy desires. The freedom to cook your own food or treat yourself with one of the delicious meals our top chef has to offer. All in all, the possibility for the traveler to fully enjoy San Cristobal in a nice, friendly, clean, spacious hostel.We are in the very heart of the city centre: Only one block away from the main square, and a five minutes walk to the main pedestrian zones where the best bars, restaurants and clubs in the city are. There are many things to do in San Cristobal, and we will be happy to provide you with information on what to do during the day or when going out at night..The building is a big neo-classic house, though modernly refurbished to meet the traveler’s needs. The fun and friendly ambiance will make you feel comfortable immediately, along with our accommodation options, which are suitable for all families, individual travelers or groups of different sizes. There are 17 full bathrooms which are spacious and clean at all times. Our main purpose is for you to have fun and feel cozy enjoying your visit in San Cristobal.The hostel has three common areas, for the travelers to meet and share experiences, chat and have a good time. The garden at the back has got a deck and hammocks where you can chill out. BBQs take place in a regular basis, so expect a few of these! There is a Temazcal in the garden too, which is the traditional Mayan sauna, experienced through a purifying ritual. The main central patio is the place to have your meals, whether prepared by yourself in the fully-equipped self-catering kitchen or by our chef, so you can taste an authentic regional or Mexican meal. The rooftop terrace offers one of the best views of San Cristobal while enjoying popular drinks from Chiapas, Mexico and around the world.We guarantee spacious accommodations, be in the private rooms with ensuite bathrooms or in the rooms and large dorms with shared facilities, within a range of competitive prices, breakfast included. Our private rooms with ensuite bathrooms cater up to four people, whilst there are private rooms with shared bathrooms catering from three to six people. We have two large dorms, for eight and sixteen people each.Meeting other fellow travelers at Puerta Vieja Hostel will be simple, as different kind of activities are daily organized, such as tours, theme parties, pub crawls, all this with no curfew.Daily housekeeping and clean fresh bed linen are included in the price. Towels are included for private rooms or available to dorms for a small fee. Wi-Fi, hot water and power showers and luggage storage are among the services the hostel provides for free. ... more   less 
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