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Category Archives: Hostels

Hotel Temazcal in Creel, Mexico

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Hotel Temazcal is a cozy refuge in Creel, easily accessible to all the Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre) activities.  The friendly staff can help you arrange tours and recommend local restaurants.  They also offer periodic “temescal” sweat lodge ceremonies, which we sadly couldn’t try out because we weren’t there on the right day.

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Our room had a comfy queen bed, ample storage space, an awesome loft area with a large mattress (would be great for kids!), TV, bathroom, and super-nice floor heating to keep it nice and toasty.

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The hotel has a DVD and book library you can browse, as well as a common kitchen for cooking and always-available coffee and tea.  Added bonus:  two super-cute chihuahuas, Nacho and her baby Hueso, who will follow you around trying to convince you to play!

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Services:

Free coffee and tea

WiFi

Hot water

Heat

Tourist information

Book and DVD exchange

TVs in rooms

Sweat lodge once a week or for groups of 5+ people

Address: Bakusuki S/N
Barrio Campo de Beisbol (Detrás del Centro Avanzado de Salud)
Creel – Municipio de Bocoyna
33200 Chihuahua

Phone: +52 635 4560990

Email: info@hoteltemazcal.com

Website: https://www.hoteltemazcal.com/

Prices:  Single or Double- 500 pesos

Family Suite- 700-1200 pesos

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Equity Point Hostel – Marrakech, Morocco

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Equity Point Hostel is located in the heart of the medina in Marrakech, Morocco.  The entrance is slightly hidden down a small alley, but once you are inside the hostel opens up into a huge complex.  There are different rooms for every traveler’s needs and budgets, along with a bunch of different common rooms to hang out and escape the madness of the Medina.

The best part about this hostel is the central swimming pool.  The cleanest pool we saw in Morocco, it offered a great escape from the intense heat of the city.  Besides the pool, dorms and rooms are also equipped with air conditioning which really makes sleeping easier.

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The top floor has the restaurant and bar, with a very cool view over the medina.  A great spot to sip on a drink, they also offer the cheapest beer that we were able to find in the city.  We really liked this hostel, from the cleanliness to the amenities.  Swimming pools aren’t unheard of in the city, but the price to swim is usually more than the total cost of Equity-Point.

Services:

Wifi

Internet Cafe

Free simple Moroccan breakfast

Restaurant

Bar

24 Hour reception

Swimming pool

Luggage storage

Air-conditioning in rooms

Tourist information

Address:

80, Derb El Hammam Mouassine Marrakech Medina
Tel: (00212) 524440793

Phone:

+34 93.231.20.45

Email:

infomarrakech@equity-point.com

Website:

http://www.equity-point.com/our-hostels/equity-point-marrakech-hostel/general-information.html

Prices:

8 bed dorm – 8.00€

6 bed dorm – 10.00€

4 bed dorm – 12.00€

3 bed private room – 59.70€

Twin bed private room – 51.00€

Double bed private room – 61.00€

Hotel Sherazade in Marrakech, Morocco

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Hotel Sherazade in Marrakesh provides a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere with rooms that fit any budget!  Its location in the heart of the Medina just a couple minutes’ walk from Djemaa al Fna (the main square) is perfect for both exploring and finding your way back home!

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Central courtyard

Hotel Sherazade takes its form from a gorgeous old “riad” building- a traditional Moroccan home consisting of an open courtyard with fountain surrounded by different types of rooms on several levels.  The roof provides chairs for sunbathing, a chill space with pillows and shade, and a stellar view of the medina’s rooftops.  Sip some rejuvenating mint tea and catch up on your journal-writing up here after a long day spent getting lost in Marrakesh’s chaos.

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Rooftop hangout

King-size suite

King-size suite

Run by a German-Morroccan family and their friendly, English-speaking staff, the hotel can also help you arrange tours and excursions to other great destinations in the region.  The third-floor terrace has a cozy breakfast room and patio with a daily breakfast buffet that will only set you back 50 Dirhams ($1=8DH).  Half and full board are also available add-ons.  The WiFi is fast and reliable, and the showers are hot!  Private suites are the most luxurious rooms, while less pricey shared-bathroom doubles are still richly decorated with soft mattresses.

Services Included:

WiFi

Hot water

Continental breakfast buffet (50 DH)

Air-conditioning or fans in rooms

Tourist information available

Address: Derb Djama 3, Riad Zitoun l’kedim Marrakech-Medina

Email: sherazade8@gmail.com

Website: www.hotelsherazade.com

Prices:

With A/C and private bathroom: 500-640DH depending on type of beds and number of guests

With fan and private bathroom: 220-500DH depending on type of beds and number of guests

Fan/shared bathroom single: 180DH

Fan/shared bathroom double: 230DH

Half board: 150DH

Full board: 250DH

 

London Town!

The journey from New York to London wasn’t super long, but wasn’t super comfortable either.  Neither of us slept and Zach celebrated our arrival by beginning to throw up repeatedly about an hour before landing.  After we landed, we conveniently found out that our second (because our original had already canceled) Couchsurfing host had to cancel on us!  Great.  So off to a hostel we went, navigating several confusing forms of public transit, Zach dragging all the way.  Thankfully he perked up once we arrived at Restup Hostel UK but we couldn’t check in until 3pm so we stowed our stuff and started walking.  Fortuitous, because as soon as we found some WiFi we had another host offer from someone we met through this very blog!  Hooray!  Now we just had to kill the next 10 hours before we could show up at Tom’s house.

Luckily Zach made a miraculous recovery and we were able to enjoy a great walking day along the Thames River, taking in the skyline, a glimpse of the London Eye, the Old Globe

Sorry for the iPhone pics, we forgot the camera

Sorry for the iPhone pics, we forgot the camera

(very exciting for me, as a former theater nerd)

the London Bridge,

(very unimpressive considering we’ve seen the original London Bridge where it now stands in Lake Havasu City, AZ.  It’s true.)

a classic British pub with warm and flat cask ale,

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Taylor Walker Pub On Thames

the amazing Borough Market which we just stumbled upon,

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and the Tower Bridge with a view of the Tower of London.

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After all this rambling, we got to meet up with our wonderful hosts in Earlsfield, southwest London, for some awesome hard ciders and conversation at their local pub.  They are moving to Colombia soon and that’s why they had been reading our old blog entries.  Although not official Couchsurfers, they definitely had the spirit, and hopefully we were good enough guests to convert them!

Phew, what an exhausting but awesome first day!

Spanish by the Sea in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Naked Tiger Hostel in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Ensenada Inn in Ensenada, Mexico

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Ensenada Inn is a comfortable and welcoming place to stay in the northern half of the Baja Penninsula.  Close to the famous Valle de Guadalupe wine country, Ensenada is a city with a lot of potential.  It lacks the hustle and bustle of it’s dirty neighbor Tijuana, but still retains a lot of the charm that everyone loves of Mexico  The rooms are affordable and clean, and the facility is a walkable distance to the center of town.  You can’t really go wrong with an included pool and hot tub.

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With all the comforts of home, you could stay for days in a place like this.  Mexico always makes you wanna settle down, buy a little bar, and stay forever.  However, soon you drift back to reality and meander back to the bore of the states.  The Ensendada Inn is where you sleep while having those dreams.

Services:

Secure parking lot

Hot showers

Cable TVs in rooms

Pool/hot tub

Bar/restaurant on site

WiFi

Kitchens in suites

Address: Av. Sanginés # 237
Fracc. Playa Ensenada
Ensenada, Baja California
C. P. 22880

Phone: From E.U.A. : (01152646) 176-1361
(01152646) 182.9891
(01152646) 182-9882

From Mexico: 01(646) 176.1361
01(646) 182.9881
01(646) 182.9882

Email: info@ensenadainn.com

Website: http://www.ensenadainn.com

Prices: (weekday/weekend)

Suite: $80/$90

Double: $65/$75

Single: $55/$65