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 FEBRUARY 2017
    HOTELS IN MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

    In short, I have been traveling around Mexico since 1979 and expanded into Central America after the civil wars in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua ended , so freeing the route to Costa Rica and Panama. 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.

    About 1997 I decided to compile a list of many of the inns I frequent into a guidebook for folks making their first self-directed trip into these countries. Since then I have revisited most of those hotels in efforts to bring prices and other details up to recent date while also collecting many more interesting hotels to include. The list contains hotels all over Mexico and Central America in regular small towns as well as the well- known cities and tourist destinations of the coast and the famous archaeological sites. The hotels I prefer are good serviceable places with secure parking for a motorcycle or car, a fan ,a toilet and a shower as basic requirements. In many cases they have air conditioning and TV, or such is available for a slight added fee. Free WiFi is becoming very common . These hotels are nothing to be ashamed of , in many cases they are more than the equal to any chain hotel in the US which would charge higher rates to boot. Ratings ,you might say, range from three star to star dust . In some cases the hotel was selected simply because it was the only one in a tiny town or it had an irresistible price or location. Or it might have been an emergency need to get off the road before dark or to escape a storm which made travel too dangerous and then proved to be worthy of recommendation.

    I never travel with any detailed plan for route or overnight stops locked in. I never make reservations. When the time for finding a hotel draws near I begin to look for them. If there are a number of inns to choose between and the town is new to me I shop around a bit for the features and lower prices before I decide .

    I carry a tent and a light sleeping bag for the potential case I might not find a hotel room , but in 38 years I have never needed them as an emergency measure. I do camp occasionally in Mexico .

    As a money-saving tactic camping beyond the USA is marginal for me .If one is prepared to camp outdoors then what should prevent one from camping indoors ?

    We are not all pampered millionaires travelling with a chase truck to carry our fancy clothes and to cater to our vanity or our insecurities. If one insists on having hotels with all manner of luxury this book is not of interest for you. You can find plenty of $200 to $700-up nightly hotels on the internet. But then you can forget about spending much time in the back corners of these countries.



    THIRD EDITION 2014

    In 2014 I completed a rework for the Third Edition and it now contains more hotels in more locations and added information for tourists about border and traffic rules. To maintain a manageable size I have divided the material over two smaller books, one for Mexico and one for Central America. They are sold as one unit.

    Part 1 ( 196 pages) covers all Mexico hotels ( more than 1150 hotels in 520 in towns, in every state ) and only Mexico-specific border and travel information .

    Part 2 (132 pages) contains the hotel data for all of Central America (over 442 hotels in 216 different towns) throughout the easily accessible parts of the seven countries plus CA-specific border information ,plus more travel and health information which applies to all countries south of the US border. The traveller going only to Mexico may leave the CA segment at home but should first read and digest the Part 2 - travel information chapter.( But I suggest you bring along both , you may decide to carry on travelling to CA once you get comfortable in Mexico .)

    The hotel listings start in the Mexican towns on the border with the USA and extend to Yaviza ,Panama and the very end of the pavement of the Pan American Highway on the edge of the Darien Gap.

    As before the Third Edition books measure 14cm X 22cm , black and white on bond paper .
    It is an easy fit for any tank-bag, extremely transportable , with 24 hour immediate random access on the road with no batteries required.

    There is no electronic, PDF or online version of this book available .

    PRICING FEBRUARY 2017

    The price for the book is being held at the point decided on after the 2014 CanadaPost rate increase and an adjustment in January2017 ,for the time being. Rest assured that the entire cost of the book can be easily recouped if you stay at merely two or three of the hotels which I list. If you were contemplating a "last night " stay in a big hotel in a US border town or at a deluxe Mexican chain the book's cost can be recovered in one night by choosing one of my Mexican listings.

    The book's price includes the cost of postage. Thus the required payment will depend on where you live and the method of delivery you request.

    All orders for delivery within Canada are priced in Canadian dollars.

    For all requests for delivery in the USA and other nations delivery the price will be in US dollars.

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    $40 Canadian DOLLARS for Canada orders ; $40 US DOLLARS for USA orders

    This is the default mode for all deliveries whether order received by mail or by internet ; "Snail mail "is the least costly and will usually deliver within ten days to three weeks after I mail it out to addresses in Canada and USA . DO NOT SEND CASH in the mail.
    Mail your letter with a clear return address and payment enclosed TO ;

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    Price with default postage to other countries is $52 US DOLLARS but delivery time is a big question .To other continents the postage component alone is easily double the rate to the USA. The usual international default nowadays is airmail .Delivery into countries with a modern reliable postal system might take as little as ten days ,e.g. to western Europe, Australia, New Zealand. To other countries with poor or backward infrastructure the mail may not get delivered until months later ,no accurate estimate can be made .


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    If you are late in preparing and discover that you want the books but have only a matter of a few weeks before your departure date it is possible to have the book sent as EXPEDITED mail service. This is for delivery in FOUR WORKING DAYS ( weekend and statutory holidays do not count) so it should arrive within a week. EXPEDITED service items are assigned a Tracking Number which I will then email to you so that you can follow its progress.

    Price for such a service to other countries still needs to be investigated, but it will be more.

    XPRESSPOST FOR PANIC DELIVERIES
    $70 Canadian - to Canada; $70 US - to USA

    This is an expensive option which guarantees , with a tracking number, delivery in THREE WORKING DAYS ( again watch those weekends and statutory off- days . Tardiness gets punished . )

    PAYMENT BY PERSONAL CHEQUE : For mailed orders your personal cheque as issued by your bank is acceptable, just make sure all fields are filled in and that you sign it, it must be negotiable .A certified cheque is absolutely good.

    Postal Money Orders and Moneygram methods of payment can also work but I recommend against them because ,although secure, they are very expensive for the relatively small payment you will be making…. And they do nothing to speed up delivery

    PAYMENT OPTIONS ONLINE : Electronic online payment is the fastest way to get the book . I usually mail out the book within one day of receiving the order.

    PayPal - send the PayPal donation to PayPal under my e-mail addressed PayPal
    account, namely sjoerd47@hotmail.com .

    At the same time send a personal email direct to me to alert me and do also include the address you wish the book to arrive at . Include your "handle" as used on ADV or HU. This is as insurance because it has happened several times now that PayPal did not notify me of an incoming order which led to needless delay in filling the request.

    INTERAC E-TRANSFER -In january'17 I learned that the INTERAC E-TRANSFER payment service operating in Canada can also be used
    to pay online for my book.
    To do so ,sign up with that service and make the payment again to that same e-mail address ,sjoerd47@hotmail.com

    For each INTERAC payment you need to create a code-word which you must then e-mail to me in order that I as recipient may use it to release the payment to my account.


    YOUR ADDRESS

    Whichever order and payment method you choose , please do make it unmistakably clear and legible what your RETURN ADDRESS is .If sending a cheque please avoid confusion if the cheque shows an address that differs from your postal address as shown on the envelope . Also please include your handle as you use it to post on ADV or HU and your e-mail . This is particularly desirable if ordering by letter if communication is necessary if a problem arises. .



    PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF LEAD TIME
    Ordering the book a month before your planned trip starts should be considered as the absolute minimum to have a comfortable span for delivery. You will definitely need to internet- order then. With less than a month you will need to go to one of the quicker and expensive mail options as described earlier.

    Please remember that I remain the inept computer user and when I am travellingI need to communicate any orders back to my home base so that a "caretaker" can do the mailing. If I am out of reach of a WiFi zones that may lag a day or two.

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    SOME MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK
    In the body of the books all the towns with the hotels are listed in alphabetic order per country. In Part 1-Mexico there is a schematic route index for a selected set of Mexican highways with towns listed as they appear in order along that highway.

    This makes it a simple task to decide which roads are of interest for the particular ride destination and then to highlight on your paper maps the set of towns you could aim for, assured to find a hotel.

    Obviously I make no claim to having every hotel along every road listed , but this book will give the user the knowledge that a hotel may be found in a destination he has never seen. It gives peace of mind, less stuff to worry about and that can be very important to the first-time travelers to Mexico ,particularly if they have limited Spanish language ability.

    As the comfort and skill with Spanish language and Mexico experience grows the traveler can use the newly gained confidence and methods outlined in the book to strike out and investigate some hotels independently. The hotels the book lists will in most cases place the traveler in the center of a town in the vicinity of a variety of hotels which you can also investigate.

    For each location I include the town, the state of Mexico ,the highway numbers which serve it, a brief summary of useful facts for town and region of tourist value, and sometimes distance to next fuel notes .

    Hotels are given by name and address with a sample of price, some of the amenities and often with a small basic sketch map showing important streets and landmarks to guide you to its location in the town.



    SPECIAL NOTES , CAVEATS

    This is an updated in FEBRUARY 2017 version of the HOTELS IN MEXICO thread ,page 5 , post #93

    PLEASE DO NOT COPY INTO ANY ELECTRONIC POST , BUT PROVIDE ONLY LINK TO IT. Do not trust a copy to provide accurate current information .

    Copies of this post will be locked in forever at the level of information it contained at the date of copy. Copies do not adjust over time. As a result any subsequent edits or changes in price or postal rates will not be reflected to the reader of the copy ; said reader then might send off an order payment that is incorrect and will need time consuming back and forth communication before the order can be completed .

    If you are reading THIS VERY STATEMENT in the form of a copy or a quote in another location or an email you MUST GO BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL SOURCE

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/hotels-in-Mexico-and-central-america.207964/page5
    and then scroll down to post #93
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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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