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Casa Caracol Hostel
Reviewed February 16, 2013

this is my favourite hostel in mexico! really lovely stay! they have a lovely kitchen, living room (with fireplace for cold wintery nights), clean bathrooms, provide basics such as coffee (but good chiapas coffee) tea, oil, spices and basic cooking bits, have a communal food shelf (great idea!!) and swap shelf. the garden is a gem and very big. the internet connection reaches the other end of the garden so you can chat on skype in peace and have a bit of your own space very easily in the sun. the animals are lovely - at the moment there is an x street dog, a puppy, a kitten, 9 hens for eggs (for guests!) and guinea pigs for the kids to pet - really great environment for the kids. they are growing their own food too which we get to eat - we went mad for the mustard greens. the walls are colourfully painted and the is a bit of magic here. they are trying to do everything they can for guests - they made a city map with all their own favourite places in the city - we had a few great breakfasts and dinners thanks to their recommendations. they gave us loads of info about getting to the villages and juan brought us out on a day trip to chamula one day (FOR FREE!) after 5 days at casa caracol i would really recommend it to families, couples and independent travellers.

Room Tip: the earth cabanas are the best - really tranquil, but house is beautiful and colonial.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Juan and Neve are amazing hosts. Lovely place, would definitely stay here again. If you want a nice place to stay without breaking the bank this is it. They have an organic garden on-site that guest may use.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

After booking this hostel online and taking a chance into the unknown we were very pleasantly surprised and excited to be staying. The location is very close to the town center and easily walkable in 5 minutes. There is the option to stay in private rooms, or dorms. The staff at the hostel have started a permaculture project and have some chickens, dog, cat and guinea pigs in the garden so great for family to come and learn about home animal rearing and food growing. Toilets and kitchen are basic but clean and well stocked. Overall the hostel is a great bet for anyone on a budget that wants a clean, safe, friendly, and well located place to stay. All the rooms have comfortable beds with warm blankets. The staff are very friendly and offer good advice about where to go eat, places to visit etc. At night there is a living room where you will find guests around a wood fire reading, checking internet on the fast wifi and talking and socializing into the evening in both Spanish and English and many other languages of guests. The casa is very secure and reception is open all night if needed. For individuals, couples or family looking for somewhere to stay and potentially learn about ecology and permaculture this is the best you can get in San Christobal.

Room Tip: The cabanas at the end of the garden are the most peaceful place to stay.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2016
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Room Tip: las cabañitas son excelentes y el area de camping.
  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 10, 2016
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  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 17, 2016
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Stayed: February 2016, traveled solo
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Address: Avenida Argentina 19a | Barrio de Mexicanos, San Cristobal de las Casas 29240, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > San Cristobal de las Casas
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 113 Specialty Lodging in San Cristobal de las Casas
Price Range: $12 - $17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Casa Caracol Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa caracol is your home away from home, our motto is "mi casa es tu casa" our mission is to provide our guests a home-like atmosphere in short, to make them feel like they are at home, even if they are far away, in our large garden, we work with permaculture and bioconstruction projects. This allows our guests to interact with each other and also allows them to share their creativity. They can also participate in various workshops where the guests can leave a bit of their personality behind. ... more   less 
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