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Old 08-13-2013, 07:45 AM   #17221
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Thanks for the nice words guys

It all comes down to how much effort you want to put into scoping
out the available hotels and how your " station in life" dictates what
level of luxury you demand before you consider a place" decent".
Prices do tend to creep up over the years but 200 pesos is still a good
deal , about $16 . And then you run into places which have actually held
the same price for 10 or 20 years! Only a few weeks ago I did a short information gathering and updating ride in northern Baja after the Laguna Seca MotoGP .
Slept in Ensenada for $12.50 almost same as in '01 ! ,Tecate for $23 and San Luis $13
Yet , others will say they need or could find only rooms for $60 to get a bed and parking .
Downtown Tijuana has some excellent squeaky clean family class hotels in the old
downtown section at very nice prices well below what the lowest priced
motels just across the line in California USA ask of the tourists too afraid
to set foot in Mexico. Make downtown TJ a first night stop!
It will all average out over a long trip so the occasional sampling of the high priced spread
will help one develop one's parameters. Maybe it will turn out that indeed one
is not suited to overnighting at hotels of lesser " class" than " 5 star" .
Pity, that will block one from vast swathes of terrific country where such are not to be found.

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #17222
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One thing I've learned from traveling Mexico: the cheaper I travel the closer I get to the people of Mexico and the more I see and experience. I've lost count of the invitations I've received to stay with people in their homes and even use their car if I'm getting the bike worked on. I've been treated to meals while waiting to get a part welded, have enjoyed impromptu tours of everything from a cathedral's catacomb treasury to the "new" jail in Bahia de los Angeles, BCN. My most memorable experiences have come to me while traveling on the cheap.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:13 AM   #17223
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One thing I've learned from traveling Mexico: the cheaper I travel the closer I get to the people of Mexico and the more I see and experience. I've lost count of the invitations I've received to stay with people in their homes and even use their car if I'm getting the bike worked on. I've been treated to meals while waiting to get a part welded, have enjoyed impromptu tours of everything from a cathedral's catacomb treasury to the "new" jail in Bahia de los Angeles, BCN. My most memorable experiences have come to me while traveling on the cheap.
Just what SchizzMan sez... My trip a couple years ago, we camped 8 nights of about 30, and the hotel/motel prices were very reasonable, 'specially when shared 3 ways. We really splurged only one night, in a high rise business hotel in Coatzacoalcos. That one was ~$110. Luxury has a price. More than made up for it while camping for free on various beaches 'n such. Best was was a river bank some where south. Locals came in and visited, got a boat ride with a local fisherman, kids were friendly and happy. Good memories.

With my new-to-me DRZ, I plan to do Baja at last, never been down that way.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:26 AM   #17224
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My most memorable experiences have come to me while traveling on the cheap.
Which means you must have already forgotton the Playa Mazatlán. the Hotel Emporio, the El Cid, Hotel Santa Fe, etc. etc.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:11 PM   #17225
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Which means you must have already forgotton the Playa Mazatlán. the Hotel Emporio, the El Cid, Hotel Santa Fe, etc. etc.
To be sure I've had great times with Gringo friends enjoying the hospitality and generosity of Mexico. But the times I've been among the people themselves, in their homes, invited to their parties, etc., is a whole 'nuther thang. To me it's the difference between "traveler" and "tourist". But I know you get this, amigo.

El Cid? A truly forgettable place. Still had fun, though.

Playa Mazatlan? Always ready!
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #17226
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But the times I've been among the people themselves, in their homes, invited to their parties, etc., is a whole 'nuther thang.
Oh so true. Luved meeting fellow riders in remote towns, getting invited to accompany them to their homes. Not just in Mexico, either. Folks are generally great everywhere. More of US need to visit the world.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:03 PM   #17227
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One thing I've learned from traveling Mexico: the cheaper I travel the closer I get to the people of Mexico and the more I see and experience. I've lost count of the invitations I've received to stay with people in their homes and even use their car if I'm getting the bike worked on. I've been treated to meals while waiting to get a part welded, have enjoyed impromptu tours of everything from a cathedral's catacomb treasury to the "new" jail in Bahia de los Angeles, BCN. My most memorable experiences have come to me while traveling on the cheap.
Absolutely, I have thought that all along.
If you want to see the REAL Mexico, go cheaper, the big fluffy duff resorts, have no heart or soul, and if you don't look out the window you would not know where you were...

One of the things I have figured out coming into a new town is find the bus terminal, they are always ringed by nice and neat little hotels, and an abundance of them competitively priced, with great food carts,and always a saloon or two everything for the weary traveler..
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:49 PM   #17228
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One of the things I have figured out coming into a new town is find the bus terminal, they are always ringed by nice and neat little hotels, and an abundance of them competitively priced, with great food carts,and always a saloon or two everything for the weary traveler..
More great practical travel advice.

I'll make use of that one.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:55 PM   #17229
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Unless, of course, it's a choice between that and the El Gobernador
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:06 PM   #17230
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When solo in DGO I stay at Hotel Plaza Catedral or, a bit nicer, Hotel Posada San Agustin, both offering interior parking for bikes.





And much closer to our favorite restaurant.

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Old 08-13-2013, 03:50 PM   #17231
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I've heard that you can find reasonable priced hotel rooms acerca los nocturno centros, but I have no first hand (no pun intended) of that info.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:03 PM   #17232
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Which means you must have already forgotton the Playa Mazatlán. the Hotel Emporio, the El Cid, Hotel Santa Fe, etc. etc.
Hotel Santa Fe; we should have kept riding around trying to find a cheaper one....NOT!
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #17233
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Hotel Santa Fe; we should have kept riding around trying to find a cheaper one....NOT!
Hotel Santa Fe, right there at Playa Zicatella, was a "Jimmex Slam Dunk"

Memories to last a lifetime

I simply loved that place

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Old 08-13-2013, 04:34 PM   #17234
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One of our favorite hotels in Saltillo, Rancho El Morillo, is ranked #1 by Trip Advisor

I don't think Sjoerd has another of our multiple Saltillo stops, the Camino Real, in his book, either

But, both of these are at least in the same town with a bus station
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:37 PM   #17235
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Have we mentioned Posada de las Monjas yet?

Oh, my bad
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