Hotels in Mexico and Central America

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Nata Harli, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. Lone Rider

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    Country: Mexico
    State/Province/Department: Yucatan
    City: Chichen Itza
    Name: Dolores Alba
    Address/Directions: Northside of Hwy 180 (libre) about 1k east of hotel zone and that road split, prominent road frontage w/large palapa
    Cost: $35ish
    Parking: in front of your room w/bike
    Contact: http://www.doloresalba.com/indexmain.htm#chtza
    Date: '07
    Comments: Nice motel w/restaurant and 2 swim pools, considered this as a true bargain for this area
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  2. Nata Harli

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    Good luck on your trip. We'll be looking forward to your shared info and TRIP REPORT! :thumb
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  3. Nata Harli

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    Now those are the kind of helpful comments we need :lol3.

    Seriously, thanks for all the great information, LR. :thumb
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  4. Nata Harli

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  5. Lone Rider

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    I think it's great, but one concern is the size of the symbols eventually becoming so cluttering that you can't navigate. For some places we'll have several listings in one town. How will the bunk symbols stack? :D

    The Juice, to me, would be the ability to click on a State and see a list of cities, then another click gives you what info has been input. Maybe a bunk symbol in a State where we have a listing...dunno.

    Maybe I'm all wet here, but just within a very small area of the Copper Canyon, we could have up tp a dozen different cities, and then several choices within each.

    What you've done is great - well beyond my puter abilities - and I appreciate it. Please don't take my post as being negative.
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  6. Nata Harli

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    I know exactly what you mean about the size of the symbols but I can't find any way to edit them. One thing you can do is just scroll in further and they make more sense. But, I'm glad that you can at least get to the map.

    I'm sure there is a better way to do what I'm doing but I'm glad you can get to them. When I have a little more time, I'll try and do some more research and make the map more usable. Right now, I'll go ahead and enter the hotels from this thread into the map. That way, at least you will be able to open up the map and see what hotels might be near where you are heading. When I get back from my trip and have a little more time I'll try and refine the maps to make them more usable.

    Thanks for taking a look and thanks for all your information. Either you keep really good notes or you have a fantastic memory but the info is great. I'm hoping to get some more good input after this season.

    Merry Christmas :wave .
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  7. Lone Rider

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    Thanks for putting out the effort. :thumb
    The logging of this travel info is what this forum has needed since its inception.
    Don't have too much fun when you go south and ride safe, Nata. :D

    You may wanna touch base with geode, our Tent Space God. You guys might be able to trade ideas regarding how to keep up with all this valuable stuff.

    Let me add: If you ever feel bogged down and want help (a break, or more), please say so - short term or long term.
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  8. Nata Harli

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    It's been kind of fun so far. I'm getting better acquainted with Mexico and Central America by doing this.

    I'm planning on having way too much fun :slurpand I plan on riding very safely. :ricky

    I'll do that when I get back. That was a great idea he had and I hope people are using it.

    Boy, you're really opening up the barn door here, aren't you:lol3. I appreciate the offer and I might be calling on you one day.
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  9. Lone Rider

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    If it starts to bug you, just holler....seriously.
    We don't want you to bleed out...:D
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  10. LawnDart

    LawnDart Oh Really??

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    Try this file:

    Ah crap, it won't upload.

    I edited the hotel info in Google Earth, organized into folders you can turn on and off and adjusted the size of the icon. It's all in a .kmz file. But I can't upload it.

    Looks good....... I swear.

    It's a great but if you cn't share it and have access to edit it for all, then I don't know what it's worth.

    I can try e-mailing it if someone cares.
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  11. Nata Harli

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    LawnDart,

    Thanks for the comments. I've gone into "Collaborate" and opened this to everyone for editing (I think). Maybe you can get into it to edit it now but I hope I'm not opening up a can of worms by letting everying edit it.

    Where can i find the .kmz file? I'll take a look at it if I can find it and see what I can do. I'm really afraid by opening it up to everyone to edit it might become useless. Maybe I can open it up to just a few people who know what the hell they are doing in GE. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks.

    Nata

    P.S. Well, I just figured out there is a difference in "Google Maps" and "Google Earth". I guess I've got a link to my "Google Maps" file. Do I need to go to Google Earth to do the editing? As you can see, I'm a complete noob when it comes to this!
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  12. LawnDart

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    Nata,

    From what I know, you can edit in GE. Google maps is more of a viewer with some simple location adding.

    .KMZ file is the type of file GE saves it's information in.

    Basically what I did

    -Take your Google Map
    -Click on view in Google Earth, upper right corner
    -In GE organize the locations on the left hand side toolbar
    -Then when finished organizing, right click on the folder in the tree, Mexico Hotels, or whatever you've compiled everything under.
    -Click Save As
    -This gives the .KMZ file

    Also, to edit icons, from the left hand list, right click on a folder or individual, then click properties, you should be able to change an icon or the size and text around it.

    To share this in GE is a little beyond me. But for our community to see it I think it has to set on a server or something like that.

    P.S.
    I'm no expert on this stuff, so if I'm way in left field on this and someone can reel me in, please do.
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  13. Sjoerd Bakker

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    NEWEST EDIT. POST . From ADV
    August 2015. Update

    HOTELS IN MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA


    In short , I have been travelling around Mexico since 1979 and expanded to Central America after the civil wars ended in Nicaragua , El Salvador and Guatemala .All the while I have spent my nights in small , economical,tidy ,family owned inns in all manner of places in most corners of these countries.
    A number of years ago I decided to compile a list of many of the inns I frequent in a guide book for folks making their first self directed trips into these countries. Since then I have revisited those hotels I selected in an effort to bring pricing and other details up to a recent date and I have also been checking hotels in interesting places just to collect such data. The list includes hotels in Mexico and all over Central America in regular small towns as well as the widely known tourist destinations and near the famous archaeological sites. Hotels I choose are economically priced good serviceable places with secure parking for a motorcycle or car, a fan, a toilet and shower.In many cases they have air conditioning and TV or such is available at a small added fee and free Wifi is becoming very common . They are nothing to be ashamed of and in many cases they are quite fancy ,the equal of any chain motel in the US which would cost more . Ratings you might say range from 3 star to stardust to starlight. In some cases the motel was selected because I needed a place for the night and it was the only offering in town or it might have been an irresistible location and price . In the odd case it could have been an emergency hotel stay to get off the road in bad weather or for encroaching nightfall and said hotel then proved to be a surprisingly good choice worthy of repeat visits and recommending to others .
    I never travel with any detailed plan of route or overnight stops locked in .I never make reservations. If there are a number of inns to pick from I shop around for the lower price before I decide to choose and I have never been disappointed .
    I carry a tent and light sleeping bag for the possibility where I might not find a hotel and I have only used the camping gear once as such an emergency measure in 36 years although I do camp occasionally. If one is prepared to camp outdoors then what should prevent one from camping indoors?
    We are not all millionaires travelling with a chase vehicle to carry our fancy clothes and cater to our vanity or our insecurities. . If one must have hotels with all manner of luxury this book is not of interest.You can find plenty of $ 200 to $700 + per night hotels on the Internet with little effort but you can forget about spending much time in the back corners of these countries.

    My book is a simple affair, 14cm X 22cm, black and white on bond paper, a very easy fit in any tankbag _______#####________#####_________

    THIRD EDITION 2014
    I have been constantly collecting more hotel locations on repeat trips . For 2014 I completed a rework for the Third Edition which now contains directions to even more hotels in more locations and important new changes to several rules for tourists.
    To maintain a manageable size and to ease the tank bag load for folks not yet ready to tackle Central America the material is divided into two individual books.
    Part I ( 196 pages) deals exclusively with Mexico - specific information and hotels in Mexico .Part II ( 132 pages) contains the hotels across all of Central America , all CA specific information plus helpful general information for the beginning tourist which applies to all countries south of the US border .The Mexico - only traveller may leave the CA portion at home after reading and digesting the information chapters.

    The newly expanded and streamlined Third Edition 2014 , Part I Mexico, now contains directions and descriptions for 1151 hotels in 520 towns represented in every state of Mexico .In Part II Central America , you will find 442 hotels listed in 216 different towns throughout the easily accessible parts of all seven countries.
    The hotels listed start in the Mexican border towns along the USA and extend to Yaviza ,Panama at the end of the pavement and the start of the Darien Gap.


    As has happened regularly over the last years my cost of printing and postage has crept up again with each new batch.
    Canada Post in April 2014 announced a substantial increase for all postage rates driving up shipping cost by as much as 44% .
    ...
    To stay ahead of the break - even point the new 2014 third Edition price needed to be adjusted upward slightly . But I assure you that the entire cost of my book will still be easily recouped if you stay at even only two or three of the hotels I list. If you were contemplating a night at one of the big chain hotels in Mexico and instead select one from my list you could recover the book's cost in one night 's stay .
    And I am not even factoring in the value of the general information and pointers I provide.

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    If you live outside Canada or the USA then the price INCLUDING REGULAR airmail postage and handling is 52 US Dollars and delivery time will be highly variable .It might take ten days to the modern countries with reliable mail service but to others it could be weeks or months..
    If you live on another continent and you are planning a trip through Mexico and CA starting from Canada or USA you can save some money and delivery woes if you can arrange a contact address in Canada or the USA . Have the book sent to that address in Canada or the USA where you may retrieve it after arriving here .For instance have it sent to a relative or a new friend's home, a motorcycle shop where you have reservations for bike pick up or service or to a hotel you will be staying at upon arrival.


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    Please ,please remember that I do still remain the inept computer user I was before and the delivery method is still by way of the same postal sytems requiring the same delivery time for the book to reach you .
    If however you do go the PayPal route it will reduce the overall time because I will send off a book promptly when the order is received . There is still a possibility that your payment languishes on the email in -box without me knowing about it for a few days if I am wandering around on the bike and out of Wifi zones or if I forget to check my e-mail. This is because while on- tour I read the book order email ( WiFi) and then telephone home to relay your address to my help who looks after the sending-out of books when I am on a trip .My help is even less computer savvy than I am and there is NO computer user at home base, - none at all , zero , got that?

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    SOME MORE BACKGROUND
    There is no electronic " PDF" way to send or access my book .
    I prefer such a book in paper form over electronics because it is so transportable, no batteries required and it has immediate and random access when one is on the road.

    In the book all towns with hotels are listed in alphabetic order per country .In the front of the Part I Mexico book I include a schematic index of towns listed in sequence as they appear along the highways , divided into various routes and regions. This makes it, I think, a fairly simple task to decide which routes one is interested in for a trip and then to highlight those potential hotel places on your map.
    Obviously I make no claim to have every hotel in every location, but this book will give a user the option of picking and choosing and at least of being sure there may be a hotel within range when heading to an unfamiliar destination. It gives peace of mind , less stuff to worry about.This can be of particular importance to a first-time traveller to Mexico with limited Spanish language skill. As travel experience accumulates and the Spanish improves the traveller can apply the newly gained confidence and the methods outlined in the book to strike out on his or her own to investigate other hotels. The hotels listed will in most cases place the traveller in the center of a town and in the vicinity of a range of other hotels which can be tested on your own if you wish.
    For each location I include the name of the town, the state in Mexico , the highway numbers which serve it, a brief description of any especially useful facts about it or nearby sites , scenery or especially interesting roads and possible alerts , e.g. unexpected local scarcity of fuel, distances to next possible hotel sites .
    Hotels are listed by name and an example of recent price, room appointments,food availability if needed and the hotel location in town with an address. In many cases a small basic sketch map provides more help in locating it .
    I spent hundreds of dollars in printing fees and am not even tallying the countless hours of collecting, compiling and typing the data, so I am aiming to a price above the break-even point .
    If you need more info just e-mail me at the hotmail address sjoerd47@hotmail.com
    ADVrider contact file pms are okay but I may miss them for several days .
    And finally a repeat word on leaving adequate time for mail delivery. It takes about 10 to 14 days for regular mail to travel across Canada and the USA. I have sent books to California which arrived within 5 days yet others have taken up to 4 weeks ! Therefor if you want the handbooks please order well before the time that you want to start off. Please avoid deciding you want one a week before departure date and then try to get a rush delivery by courier ( which gets way -ridiculous expensive like more than doubling the cost ! .... )
    Buen viaje.

    PS : SPECIAL NOTE : this is an August 2015 updated version of my post on Page 5 of ADV sticky. HOTELS IN MEXICO

    N.B .
    PLEASE DO NOT COPY neither this ADV post nor any copy of or quote from it you may have encountered on ADV or elsewhere because such would remain FROZEN at the information of the COPY DATE .That COPY would not adjust to be current with any later edits I may make . It would give inaccurate out of date information , such as pricing changes.
    If you are reading this very statement in the form of an inclusion or quote in a writing by somebody else you should still REFER BACK to the ORIGINAL page 5 POST on ADV to ascertain current information.

    If you wish to reference this information it is best to provide only a LINK to this very ADV post , Hotels in Mexico > page 5 which I update periodically as circumstances change. That way readers will always get the newest info from the horse's mouth and avoid surprises and frustration and it will save a lot of space in YOUR post.

    SJOERD.

    Sent from my iPhone
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  14. Lone Rider

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    I don't personally know SB, but do know him from the www.horizonsunlimited.com site. I'm only sorry that it took him this long to get here. :D

    He's a real traveler with real-world experience, and with helpful advice.

    Welcome to this site, SB. :thumb
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  15. Nata Harli

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    I'm going to send him some money and purchase his booklet. I'll let you know what I think after I've had a chance to look it over.
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  16. Nata Harli

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    Thanks for the info, Sjoerd, and welcome to ADVRider. I'll be sending you some money this week for you booklet so I can check it out.
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  17. karmatourer

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    When I lived in Copan last year,many riders stayed there and were pleased.Best bargain in town with secure parking.


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  18. Nata Harli

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    1. State: Copan
    2. City: Copan Ruinas
    3. Hotel Name: Hotel Patty
    4. Address/directions/coordinates: 1st hotel as you enter town
    5. Rating: 4.5
    6. Comments on Location: Town is so small anywhere would be convenient, everything is within walking distance
    7. Rate: $20 double
    8. Secure Parking?: Absolutely
    9. Hot water: Yes
    10. AC: Don't remember
    11. Fans: Yes
    12. Service/Language Spoken: Service great, Spanish only
    13. Overall impression: Would stay there again without hesitation
    14. Date of Visit: January 2008
    15. Website of Hotel: None, phone # is 651-4021 (you figure out the rest)
    16. URL for your trip report:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=303031


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  19. Nata Harli

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    1. State: Peten
    2. City: Isla de Flores
    3. Hotel Name: Hotel Peten
    4. Address/directions/coordinates: On Isla de Flores
    5. Rating: 4.5
    6. Comments on Location: Right on the lake with great view from room
    7. Rate: $30 single
    8. Secure Parking?: No, but had no problem parking on street right in front of hotel - see the above picture
    9. Hot water: Yes
    10. AC: Yes
    11. Fans: Ceiling
    12. Service/Language Spoken: Good service, some English spoken
    13. Overall impression: Very nice place to stay for a few days, free wireless in lobby
    14. Date of Visit: January 2008
    15. Website of Hotel: www.hotelesdepeten.com
    16. URL for your trip report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=303031

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  20. Nata Harli

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    1. State: Rivas
    2. City: San Jorge
    3. Hotel Name: Hotel California
    4. Address/directions/coordinates: N11 27.485 W85 47.610
    5. Rating: 4
    6. Comments on Location: Great location, walking distance to Lake Nicaragua
    7. Rate: $20-30
    8. Secure Parking?: Absolutely
    9. Hot water: Yes
    10. AC: Yes
    11. Fans: Yes
    12. Service/Language Spoken: Owned by an American ex-pat
    13. Overall impression: One of the nicest places I stayed at on the whole trip
    14. Date of Visit: January, 2008
    15. Website of Hotel
    16. URL for your trip report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=303031

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