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“The Elpequeno is a great choice for a Lake Chapala visit”
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El Pequeno Suites
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Chapala
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Currently here for a week"s stay after a three day stay in Guadalajara. I booked through vrbo.com after seeing videos and pictures of the property online. This is a small boutique hotel that is tastefully remodeled and decorated. The owners have been helpful since arrival with questions regarding the surrounding community. Literarily two blocks away are the Lake and the town square and cathedral. 6 blocks away is the main bus terminal, however a Ajijic bound bus that runs every 15-20 minutes for 8 pesos, can be stopped just 3-4 blocks away. Approximately 6 blocks in the other direction is a great, huge, public park with tennis, basketball, track, pool, and an immense space of benches and picnic tables. And if your one who likes a workout every day, there's a small gym about 4-5 blocks away that has all the equipment you"ll need. The hotels location is great.
There is no air-con and frankly that worried me a little because I can be heat intolerant. However, my room is cool with the windows open and the fan on during the day. There is a nice kitchen area, a secure front door and reliable, fast wifi.
It's very clean and smartly decorated with caring owners. A great find. When I return I will surely try to book a room here first.

Room Tip: Two rooms on the second floor makes runs to the kitchen (on the second floor) quick and easy. I'...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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4  Thank Bill B
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murray r, Owner at El Pequeno Suites, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2012

It was a pleasure having you stay with us Bill. Please come back and stay with us again if you are in Chapala.

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

This boutique 4-room hotel is 2 blocks from el centro in Chapala and 2 bocks from the lake has to be rated against others of its type. 5-stars full-service it ain't, but then you are not paying for a pool and a concierge either. It's the kind of hotel I look for when I'm in Mexico: modest rooms, CLEAN! comfortable beds, newish mattresses, clean fresh sheets, clean & thoughtful bathrooms. Fan (which I personally prefer) rather than air conditioning. There are just 4 rooms on 2 floors. Everything is tiled and decor is local-rustic and appealing. The friendly and helpful Canadian owner/operators live on the 3rd floor. There's free wi-fi and help or advice available for anything you need. There's a communal kitchen shared with the other 3 rooms. So you have a fridge and your own personal lockable cupboard in which to store your food and your (provided) dishware. So you can cook, which encourages you to shop at the local central market, which encourages you to use your Spanish. Which means this is a hotel for those who really want to be in Mexico, not in some hermetically sealed Gringo survival capsule. Middle class Mexicans stay here also. In fact, if you stay for as long as a month, besides a price break, you are all but certain to hear in the kitchen languages spoken beyond just English and Spanish. Great little place! I will happily have this as basecamp when I am in the area.
The Area: You are on the lake, and 10 minutes by bus from local artisan enclave and ex-pat mecca, Ajijic. There's a protected bike path to ride the distance if you like. You can explore the whole shore of Lake Chapala, or you are just a 45 minute drive from Guadalajara. I want to see Tlaquepaque again, one of the artisanal suburbs of Guadalajara. This area has been an arts & crafts trading crossroads since pre-Columbian times and it still is that. And then there is also the climate bubble around Lake Chapala, which keeps it from getting so darn hot. Hence the attraction to ex-pats from the North who want to live all year in Mexico.

Room Tip: The 4 rooms are all but identical.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank John R
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murray r, Owner at El Pequeno Suites, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Thanks for the review John

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

When it is said that location is everything you will find at this little gem it is not just the location that is everything. Hospitality from the owners, Lynne & Murray was warm and friendly. The rooms are new and like the rest of the hotel spotless. Bed linens are good quality and being able to wrapper yourself up in one of the big bath sheets stepping out of the beautifully tiled walk in shower was wonderful. Step out the door into the best location in Chapala. Just a block from the Melacon and two blocks from the Plaza. On your walk to beautiful Christina park just a few streets away you will pass the American Legion. Restaurants are in abundance along the Melacon but watch out for the free Margaritas with your meals, they are strong. Dessert is easy to find everywhere anytime of day if you are looking for ice cream or gelato. My stay was in February 2012 for the month, female, age 60’s traveling alone, while at the hotel I made friends with other guests we hope to reunite again next winter. Very safe location for women travelers.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank LizRourke
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murray r, Owner at El Pequeno Suites, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2013

One of the nicest things about our hotel is how close it is to everything including the lakeside. We offer a secure environment which appeals to a lot of our female travelers.

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Additional Information about El Pequeno Suites

Address: Calle Zaragoza 313 | Corner of Zaragoza & Ninos Heroes, Chapala 45900, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Chapala
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Chapala
Price Range: $15 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Pequeno Suites is a grand 75 year old Mexican home that has been completely modernized into a cute little guesthouse with four guest rooms, located in the most convenient part of Chapala. With only four guest rooms, a guest's kitchen, common areas, and the English speaking owners' apartment on the third floor it feels comfortable like home. As one guest put it in one of many amazing reviews of our property - "just like home only cleaner". We offer private rooms with adjoining bathrooms in a smoke free environment to the adult traveler. On the first floor there are two hotel rooms with one double bed each (max.occ.2) best suited for stays of less then two weeks. On the second floor next to the kitchen there are two suites, these rooms are large enough to have a sleeping area with one double bed (max.occ.2), and a sitting area, and a private refrigerator, they also include use of the shared kitchen, and rooftop patio(mirador). Together, the shared kitchen for our long term guest's exclusive use and the neighbouring comfortable rooms provides everything needed for a multi-month stay. Presenting an affordable solution to those who are considering retirement in the area and wish to stay long enough to become familiar with lakeside before investing here. ... more   less 

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