Hotels in Mexico and Central America

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  1. Sjoerd Bakker

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  2. Tricepilot

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  3. Funky Monkey Hostel

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    Hello everyone. I've been told by a few of you guys on road trips staying with us to put this info up for the rest of you so you can enjoy it too. The hostel is located in Mazatlan, Mexico which is the port city after the supper long ferry from La Paz, Baja California. Mazatlan is your start for the Devil's Backbone ride to Durango. I've been told it's the best ride in all of Mexico and maybe all of Central America too. So I hope this place help you on your journey. Send me a message on facebook if you have any questions.

    1. State: Sinaloa
    2. City: Mazatlan
    3. Hotel Name: Funky Monkey Hostel
    4. Address/directions/coordinates: 112 Cerro Boludo, Lomas de Mazatlan. It's on Google maps too
    5. Rating: Up to you all but I've made it as amazing as I could :-)
    6. Comments on Location: Located in the best area of Mazatlan, lots of close restaurants, bars, shopping and the beach
    7. Rate: $12 for dorm beds and $35 for private rooms with kitchenettes
    8. Secure Parking?: Yes but limited
    9. Hot water: Yes
    10. AC: When needed during the hot months
    11. Fans: Always
    12. Service/Language Spoken: English and some Spanish
    13. Overall impression: I like it but you should read the reviews on tripadvisor and hostelworld. All 5 stars.
    14. Date of Visit: I own it
    15. Website of Hotel: https://www.facebook.com/FunkyMonkeyHostel & http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re...nky_Monkey_Hostel-Mazatlan_Pacific_Coast.html

    What We Offer:
    2 private rooms with their own kitchens, bathrooms a couch and air conditioning for hot nights.*
    5 spacious dorm rooms*that sleep from 4 to 8 people,*all with comfortable beds and pillows.
    Rooftop terrace with hammocks, perfect for relaxing day or night, watching amazing sunsets and having some beers.
    Swimming pool with waterfall, lounge chairs.
    2 communal kitchens to help you save your travel money or to cook that hard to find favorite meal
    Indoor chill areas / common rooms with TV
    Air conditioning provided in rooms at night when needed
    Free cable TV & DVD players
    Free WiFi*
    Hot showers*
    Book exchange
    Board games
    Free drinking water
    Free parking
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  4. nitzibon

    nitzibon n00b

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    Hi, here are some details for another hostel in case you're crossing from El Paso, Tx to México.

    HOSTAL 697
    1. Chihuahua
    2. Cd. Juárez
    3. Hostal 697
    4. Agustin Melgar 697, Cuauhtemoc, Downtown Juarez /
    Cross Santa Fe International Bridge and take your left, turn right on Ave. Lerdo, left on Ignacio Mejía and finally left on Agustin Melgar (it's before you get to a church). / 31.745175,-106.477096 or search on Google Maps.
    If coming from México, then take Ave. 16 de Septiembre, turn right on Constitución St, left on Tlaxcala St. and left on Agustin Melgar.
    5. It cost $15 USD per bed and $25 private room.
    6. It's located in the Downtown historical area of Ciudad Juarez (Note downtown is NOT the center of the City), near markets, restaurants, the main plaza, bars and parks... also next to main highways that surround the city so you can drive fast to other destinations (Blvd. Camino Real and Blvd. Juan Pablo II)
    7. For me it's a 5 of 5 Rate :D, but it's up to you
    8. We have a secure but limited parking.
    9. We have 24 hr hot water
    10. We have Swamp Cooler
    11. We have fans
    12. We speak English and Spanish
    13. It's a nice, very clean, pet friendly, self-service breakfast hotel. We also offer tours and a gym so you can keep fit.
    14. I own the hostel
    15. Please visit http://www.hostal697.com and facebook.com/hostal697

    Your stay includes:
    Self-service breakfast
    Barbecues facilities
    Coffee all day
    Movie nights
    Gym access
    Wi-Fi/ computer
    Luggage storage/ lockers
    Linens/ towels

    On site:
    ​Fully equipped kitchen
    Courtyard
    Gym
    TV Lounge
    Laundry
    Maps and tourist Information
    Tours packages
    24-hour security​
    ​24-hour hot water
    No curfew
    Super clean
  5. nitzibon

    nitzibon n00b

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    ...and by the way, it should be nice to meet bikers from around the world... we want to travel to McAllen and to Las Vegas in our first bike trip.:clap
  6. theshnizzle

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    Does anyone have any info on hostels in mexico? The good, bad and the ugly......and prices.
  7. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Play with hostels.com

    Another source is Lonely Planet

    Give this information packed thread a try: Hotels in Mexico and Central America

    Page 7 of that book has complete details of Sjoerd Bakkers Economical Hotels in Mexico book

    Become aware of the search protocol for ADV (or any other website):

    site:advrider.com your search word(s)

    Example: site:advrider.com hostels in Mexico

    Type it exactly like that into the Google search box, obviously changing "your search word(s) to whatever subject you're investigating. Try it.
  8. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    I cant speak of hostels personally, I have heard of nice clean ones in most of the towns I pass through.

    But what works for me is, and it is two fold, 1. I am a cheap-skate, 2. I like the real Mexico, the people, sights, the smells. not the fancy brass and glass of the tourist epicenter...

    I ask for the bus station/terminal, or train station, there is always lots of little hotels motels all around the station and street food galore- my favorite... most will let me pull my bike right into the lobby if they don't have real parking..
    Saludos,
  9. RexBuck

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    Get Sjoerd's book - he lives in Canada also. He is also one of the most travelled in Mexico and a wealth of information.

    My experience with hostels has been varied. Sometimes they can be fairly cheap but they usually attract mostly North Americans and Europeans so you can have almost no Mexican culture/interaction when in one. With you trying to cram as much Mexican experience as you can into a fairly short period of time, you may want to make hostels less of a priority.
  10. theshnizzle

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    When I hit the search button and the window opens up, as soon as I hit a letter key, the window disappears. As in the search button doesn't work on my nexus tablet.
  11. RexBuck

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    Oh well, in that case, just ignore it. Like, who needs Google? :huh
  12. BikeMex

    BikeMex Been here awhile

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    Hello Riders,

    we are not actually a Hotel but we offer for Riders and students from our Spanish School
    as well rooms with private bathroom for a very reasonable price.

    We have WiFi Internet in the house, secure bike parking, a lot of tools for repairs and we know workshops, bars, restaurants.
    We have riding tips for whole Nicaragua and many infos about travelling.

    We already hosted ADVriders from New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, Australia and Canada in our house.

    You will find us here:
    http://www.bike-nicaragua.com/english/where-we-are/

    See you in León

    Jürgen and Eli
  13. RexBuck

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    While I have not compiled the hotels I've stayed at in the format of this thread, I hope the OP permits me to post a couple of links to my website. One is the hotels in Mexico I've stayed and the other is the hotels in Central America I've stayed.

    Google Maps - Zoom in and click on a pin for more info.

    Sjoerd's book is still the bible for hotels and other useful information for Mexico and CA. Many of my hotels tend to be a bit pricier than Sjoerd's hotels - just more choices for you.
  14. holiday

    holiday DL650K7

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    Thanks. Nicely done.
  15. SR

    SR Long timer

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    +1, I like!
  16. acejones

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    Very nice !
  17. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Great job RB

    +1 on the Costa del Sol in Bahia de los Angeles
  18. jimmex

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    Vamonos a Puerto Escondido y El Hotel Santa Fe. Vamos!
  19. gaahrdner

    gaahrdner Adventurer

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    Hey guys, I just stayed at the Funky Monkey Hostel for about a week, excellent hostel in Mazatlan. They have a small gated courtyard that's locked 24/7, and can easily hold 2-4 bikes. Prices are reasonable, at 150 pesos a bed and a bit more for a private room, and Salem the owner is a most excellent host. The hostel is in one of if not the nicest neighborhoods in Mazatlan, and I never once felt like my bike or gear was in danger while staying there throughout Carnival (highly recommended!).

    Book em on hostelworld.com or give them a call, from what I understand there is a fairly short busy season (carnival & march) and the rest of the time there is great availability.

    Also it's 2 hours from Culiacán, known to have the most beautiful women in Mexico. ;) And of course, an easy ride to Espina del Diablo.
  20. Solohobo

    Solohobo Been here awhile

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    Just a head up for people thinking about camping and motorcycling in Central America...


    You need to read up on Central America, get a guidebook like Shoestring or Roughguide, MOON or LP.
    Tips
    1- Crime and petty theft is a major issue in Central America, I have been going there for over decade. I have hiked and traveled much of Guatemala, Dove in Honduras, and poked around Nicaragua. I go to Costa Rica for weeks at a time... You need to park the bike in a secure, guarded area at night, in a home or hotel hallways is best, you dont park on the street or left unattended. You cant leave anything unattended on the bike. Period.

    2 Camping, its not something that is recommended overall, its not safe, and gringos are targets for theft of belongings, you cant leave anything unattended.

    3- The main Pan Am Hwy is all 2 lane, thru mountians, no shoulders, and cargo trucks and nutty drivers, its nothing like the USA, and average speed is about 40MPH, 80KPH...the roads are often pot hole strewn and have washouts, landslides in rainy season.

    4- Rainy season is May to Dec, Hurricane season is from Aug to Nov, the peak rainy season is Oct, the Yucatan to Panama on the caribe side is a hit n miss. Costa Rica/Panama in Oct early Nov best avoided, its daily heavy rains, key parks are closed, and many beach towns shutter for the month of Oct/

    5- You need the title to the bike in your name, which needs to match your Passport. You also need to hit borders in early AM, as you need to que up to get out of one country, and then que up again and go thru processes taht can take 2-6 hours of paperwork, import fees, insurance and copies of copies of copies to 4 different office on the border...The bike will go in your Passport, in some countries, you cant leave the country without it...or else pay import fees and taxes, usually more than 100% of the value of the vehicle, which they determine the value, not you, and its not in your favor. have 12 clear pages in Passport for CA.

    6-You cant enter Panama without a "Proof of Onward Travel" as of late via bus or flight, meaning you need a flight, so check into that, as you have a vehicle.

    7- Capitals are best avoided, though the main Pan Am connects them all. They are polluted, congested, crime ridden not a good place to get lost as a gringo on a nice bike.

    8- Budget, a backpacker can go thru CA staying at hostels, eating local food (rice/beans) for $25 day, $40 day private room/cabina/bath, $60 day for nice, and $100 day to eat and stay in gringo level places.

    9- Best camping options are in National Parks with ranger stations, Costa Rica has the most options, great hiking, super scenic roads and varying climates and eco systems.

    10- Do you plan to take spanish immersion? This would help the trip huge, and also open many more doors for staying with locals and pitching a tent on private property. Tent camping in hot, humid, rains for hours on end is no fun, promise, I am a huge camper, fishing and hiking person.

    11- Dengue Fever is a issue in rainy season, cover up. Get Typhoid, Dyptheria and Hep A-B (Hep B is sexually active) and a Tetanus booster

    12- You should buy mace and a good knife once in CA, have a smoked face shield, and dont take routes you dont know if its not safe, drug traffickers and gangs are a issue, you need to know where not to go, they usually dont mees with a foreigner, but if they do, your most likely good as dead..

    13-ATM Debit Card with No Foreign Transaction fee and a low Non Netrwork Fee.

    14- Medical Insurance that covers a motorcycle, and also has evacuation insurance, the majority of CA is rural, and hours to a decent hospital, otherwise it is crude clinics that have old xray equipment (if lucky) few english speaking medical personnel, and access to a MRI or Cat Scan will only be in the capitals, and you have to pay first. If serious trauma (motorcycle accidents usually are) then you need to get to Houston/Dallas, Miami, on a MedVac plane, commercial flights wont allow sick people to fly. Thats $50K.

    15- Dont plan to rider more than 4-5 hours a day, the sun is intense in CA, roads are small and you need to be alert, on defense, its fatiguing and stressful in a car, muchless a moto....

    16- Wear full protection, full face helmet (tons of bugs and gravel on roads in tropics) back protector, waterproof riding suit, not a rain suit, these will be like a sauna in 95 degree and 100% humidity. Riding pants and boots, not shoes. Stay hydrated too, major heat and sweating is non stop.

    17- Get a good GPS, waterproof, signs and roads are not well marked and not easy to figure out.

    18- You will share the road with farm animals, farm equipement, people, children as there is no where else for them to walk to town, school, home, bus stops...

    19- Many countries have new motorcycle laws, you need to wear a bright vest in Costa Rica now. Helmet laws are enforced with vigor.

    20- Read the "Driving the Americas" website and forum.

    21- If you take your time and kick back, know some spanish, its a epic journey with rich culture, beautiful vistas, amazing scenery, nature and wildlife, ecu systems, warm hearted and salt of the earth locals.

    22- 99% of tourist/travelers visit CA and have a great time no issue, so have some street smarts, know where not to go, and be careful at night, as its when most shit happens.

    23- *******Dont travel at night, ever, ever ever**********get to where you need to be by 3pm, it gets dark 530-6pm.
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