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Hostel/Guest house in Tapachula

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  • Added on: April 26th, 2011
Tried BNA & Hostel World for a cheap place to spend the night in Tapachula, coming in on Tica bus & leaving the next day on ADO to the Mecico Norte station, best the sites came up with was Holiday Inn or Comfort Inn at $74+ Ouch!!

Any suggestions, also would like to spend a night near the Mexico Norte station as I will be taking ETN out of there. Lots of hostels listed for Mexico City but not sure where they are located in relation to that station, any help appreciated.
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Mama-to-many wrote:Do you couchsurf?


Never signed up for CS as I never had a couch to offer in return. Guess I do now though, have to sign up. Thanks :)
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  • Added on: April 27th, 2011
Not sure where others are in relation to TAPO Norte, i only recall its not near the center of town at all.
I recall it was about a 45-60 minute haul from the center to get there by metro or cab. Metro would actually be faster, given Mexico city traffic.

I also recall that any place is only an hour and a half away from any other spot in the center to the near periphery by metro, unless you want to go totally to the edge of the caldera that Mexico city sits upon, so if you're not taking a really early bus, you can get there in time from the center by either bus or cab.
The places farther our are most industrial, and there is a LOT of that.

Best bet would be to find five of the best looking hostels you can find, then ask them how you would get to Norte from there by email. You will tell their responsiveness and willingness to please in the very least by their responses.

Hope this helps.

Now, Tapachula-

I did a search. Hostelworld has nothing for the city, and a general search revealed expensive hotels and one flophouse for 100 pesos 3 years ago. Its near the bust station, says the writer from 'thorntree'. I never stayed in Tapachula. I generally ran as fast as I could to San Cristobal from there, or to my friends hostel near Comitan.

So there will be cheap places by the bus station, and if you speak Spanish, you'll probably find one. That doesn't mean you'll enjoy the atmosphere or the night. Perhaps you'd be best off taking a night bus to San Cristobal.

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  • Added on: April 27th, 2011
Thanks Tortuga_traveller, I seem to remember the Norte station being pretty much on the NW side of the city when I passed through there a couple years ago, a big terminal with lots of people around. Think I'll wait until arrival & see what turns up.

As to Tapachula, kind of a not nice place to spend the night in a 100 peso dive so either catch the first bus north out or splurge on the Holiday Inn, see what I feel like.
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  • Added on: May 5th, 2011
One more idea - chances are that TicaBus might have some knowledge of hotels near their stops. It would certainly be advantageous for local businesses to make a connection with them, especially on routes that frequently arrive at night. Maybe you could contact them and see? Otherwise I think you're right on about just coming in and seeing what you find. There's always something, or a cab driver whose brother owns a hotel somewhere. Happy trails!

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  • Added on: May 6th, 2011
To answer my own question, arrived 20:30 last night (Tica 3 hrs late), bought my ADO ticket to Mexico Norte then as I was making my way to the taxis was approached by a guy with an ipad with pictures of Hotel Lux, just accross the street. 250 Peso with AC & hot water shower. There are also 4 or 5 other such hoels in the area. Also this area has a good vibe.

Too bad BNA could not figure out how to get that info out instead of useless cosmetic changes to the board!
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I'm sorry the update to the boards design really had such a negative impact on your trip to Mexico City, mate.
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  • Added on: May 12th, 2011
The links to Kayak, Travelocity (Trip Adivisor) etc provided by BNA ($70+) are no help to the budget traveler spending the night in Tapachula awaiting a bus connection & the Hostel world link doesn't even list the city.

Shame really as there are at least 4 hotels in sight of the terminal, 2 of which I know, are good clean & 200-250 Peso.
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  • Added on: May 13th, 2011
And this is where forums help to bridge the gap - where information like this can be shared amongst the group.

Do you know if those hotels you found are able to be booked online? If not, then we have to rely on other travelers sharing their experiences in order to know they exist.
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Hydro wrote:And this is where forums help to bridge the gap - where information like this can be shared amongst the group.

Do you know if those hotels you found are able to be booked online? If not, then we have to rely on other travelers sharing their experiences in order to know they exist.


I couldn't find them anywhere online, only found them upon arrival at the terminal. Actually the one I stayed at had a person at the terminal with an ipad showing pictures of the rooms. 8-)
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  • Added on: May 29th, 2011
You pay a premium to be able to book hotels in Mexico online. Cheap hotels are cheap because they have fewer amenities, like online booking. Every Mexican city, particularly heavily-trafficked Mexican cities on the Pan-Am highway, has an enormous selection of budget hotels for 250-500 pesos near the bus station.

It's quite simple, really.

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Felix the Hat wrote:You pay a premium to be able to book hotels in Mexico online. Cheap hotels are cheap because they have fewer amenities, like online booking. Every Mexican city, particularly heavily-trafficked Mexican cities on the Pan-Am highway, has an enormous selection of budget hotels for 250-500 pesos near the bus station.

It's quite simple, really.


Thanks for this enlightening information, a month after the question was asked & over 2 weeks since I answered it myself. :roll:

Would hardly call 1/2 a dozen hotels "an enormous selection" though! :P

Of course this post is on par with your current habit of merely confirming answers already given or making snarky remarks to answers you disagree with, while offering no new, relevant information to questions posed :!: :|

Oh yeah, I do think the smilies are 8-) :banana: :banana: :banana:
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