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Dec 08 2016

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What it Cost Us to Spend a Month Traveling in Mexico-Part 2: Hotels

2016-mexicoAs you can see in the graphic to the right, we spent a total of $3,417.98 for our 30 day trip to Mexico. Of that, hotels accounted for almost $1,000 and airfare for both of us was $617.46. So, let’s break it down.

One of the things worth noting right off is the great exchange rates we got. They ranged from 17.63 to 18.2 pesos to the dollar when we exchanged money, and when we used our travel card, we got over 19 pesos to the dollar.

Hotels – $988.91

We traveled around Mexico from October 4th through November 3rd, a total of 30 nights, and spent an average of $32.96 per night. And believe me when I say that we didn’t suffer. We had private rooms with private bathrooms everywhere we stayed. All the rooms were clean, quiet at night, and had comfortable beds and hot water. Here’s the low-down:

Mexico CityMesicoCityHostel

We stayed a total of 7 nights at Mexico City Hostel, located right in the historic center, just 1 ½ blocks from the Zócolo. We stayed 5 nights @ $27.57 and 2 additional nights @ $31.00, including breakfast each morning. They accepted credit cards, so we used our travel card to get the best exchange rate possible. Our last two nights (right before our flight home) were more expensive because they were during the country’s Day of the Dead holiday.

The Zócolo was full of  people and activity due to Day of the Dead celebrations.

The Zócolo was full of people and activity due to Day of the Dead celebrations.

This is our second time at this hostel and we will keep coming back. The video clip below is the view from the little balcony in our room, overlooking the busy street. It was noisy during the day but quieted down at night.

Mexico City Hostel is located in the center of everything and just a quick walk to restaurants, the National Palace, and the beautiful Bellas Artes theater.

Bellas Artes and the Latin American Tower

Bellas Artes and the Latin American Tower

Puebla

The Hotel del Capitán de Puebla was the most expensive of our lodgings, but it was worth it (and more). We stayed 4 nights @ $39.52, not including breakfast. We were able to pay by credit card.

Entryway to our room on the right, with beautiful Talavera pottery full of plants.

Entryway to our room on the right, with beautiful Talavera pottery full of plants.

There was a little coffee shop around the corner where I got my morning coffee and Paul was able to get his breakfast smoothie. The hotel was lovely, service was first-rate, and the location was an easily-doable 8 block walk to Puebla’s Zócolo.

Puebla's Zócalo at Night

Puebla’s Zócalo at Night

One of our favorite parts of our stay here was the 360 degree view from the hotel’s rooftop terrace. On one morning, we were even able to see the smoking Popocatepetl volcano.

The Smoking Popocatepetl Volcano

The Smoking Popocatepetl Volcano

Cholula

In Cholula, we stayed at the Hostal de San Pedro. We stayed for 4 nights @ $26.48. We were able to pay by credit card. Breakfast was included, however you had to make it yourself and do your own dishes. The room was clean, though we did not have daily maid service.

Our room at Hostal de San Pedro in Cholula

Our room at Hostal de San Pedro in Cholula

The hostel didn’t have any restaurants and stores close by but it was walk-able to Cholula’s Zócolo and it’s many restaurants.

Sidewalk Cafes in the Portaliis in Cholula's Zócolo

Sidewalk Cafes in the Portales in Cholula’s Zócolo

The main reason we were in Cholula was to attend Paul’s university reunion which was held at University of the Americas and nearby restaurants. There were 10 events over four days and we attended each one. For all except one, we had to take cabs to and from our hotel.

Oaxaca

We returned, once again, to Hotel Las Mariposas, which has become our home away from home in Oaxaca city.

Entrance-way of Hotel Las Mariposas, partially decorated for Day of the Dead

Entrance-way of Hotel Las Mariposas, partially decorated for Day of the Dead

Las Mariposas is clean, relatively inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and in a great location. We stayed for 15 nights @ $35 including a light continental breakfast (coffee, bread & jam, cereal). We paid cash, in U.S. dollars, in order to get this discounted rate for a studio apartment. We had a separate bedroom with king-size bed, bathroom, and kitchen/living room area complete with a refrigerator and cook-top, so we were able to make some meals there, most often breakfast and snacks.

The hotel is just ½ block from Llano park, with it’s Friday market and lots of families enjoying it everyday.

llanopark

Llano Park, Oaxaca

It’s an easy walk to just about anywhere in the historic center, including the Zócalo, Santo Domingo Church and Cultural Center, and the Mercados Benito Juarez and 20th of November.

Sidewalk cafe in Oaxaca's Zócalo

Sidewalk cafe in Oaxaca’s Zócalo

Santo Domingo Church and Cultural Center

Santo Domingo Church and Cultural Center

Benito Juarez Market

Benito Juarez Market

Read all about our 30-day Mexican trip in these installments:
Part 1: Transportation
Part 3: Food, Marvelous Food
Part 4: Entertainment & Tours
Part 5: Everything Else

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