Overall, City Junior is GREAT. The prices are very reasonable, and while there are not a lot of 'extras', if you just need a clean, comfortable room, this is it! My daughter and I were 'stuck' there for a MONTH, so we got a pretty good feel for the place. Yes, the rooms are small, but hey... what do you need? The rooms are clean and the hotel felt very safe. It's directly across the street from the Consulate & Medical Clinics - you can cross the (sometimes busy) street, or there's an elevated walkway/bridge; 40 stairs up, 40 stairs down, which takes you up & over the street.
I read some 'complaints' about AC and Heating. We were there from 3/16-4/16, and weather was fairly good; not too cold or hot. We did use the AC and it worked fine, albeit a little noisy. It wasn't loud enough to be a bother (just had to turn the tv up a little) We did NOT use the heater, but if the one in your room is broken, I'm sure they'll take care of you - again, they were quite accommodating during our stay.
TV in the room IS a little small, but I think part of the problem is we've all become accustomed to 'larger' tvs in our homes. The one in our room was a 22", which I'm sure is 'standard' for the hotel. For English speaking guests, there ARE several stations in English, including the major networks.
There's a nice mall across the parking lot, where you can find many shops and restaurants, including McDonald's and Wendy's, but I recommend the tacos and sushi places; there are LOTs of choices - both in the food court and more traditional restaurants in the mall. There are also a couple if restaurants which share the parking lot w/City Junior, so food is NOT a problem. The mall also has a VERY nice theater, with many movies in English (w/Spanish subtitles) We were there a month, mostly just waiting, so we saw several movies!
Some have complained about breakfast, but it's ok for 'continental' breakfast. During our stay, there was always 2 kinds of cereal, milk, juice, fruit (typically bananas) and a nice selection of 'pan dulce' (Mexican sweet bread) Also, free coffee is available 24/7 from a coffee machine. On some days (not sure if there's a schedule, I suspect it's based on how many guests are in the hotel) they also served some 'snacks' about 5:30 or 6pm. This included assorted chips, some peanuts, salsa and soft drinks - all complimentary. If you want something more substantial, there are well stocked vending machines w/snacks, drinks, 'Cup-Noodles' (hot water is always available), and more. These machines are always available.
Shuttle Van - yes, there IS one, but it only runs once or twice a day (the schedule seems to vary) But you can ask at the desk, and they WILL take you to DHL and the border, but it's on their schedule. In our case, we did use the shuttle van a couple of times, but it was usually faster and more convenient to take a taxi (200 pesos, about US$16-17, round-trip to DHL; when I took the van, I felt it was only fair to tip the driver)
Hotel Staff - were all VERY nice and helpful. I speak a little Spanish, but there was always someone at the desk who spoke English and they were ALWAYS very willing to help. Service staff who clean the rooms spoke very little English, but we gone along just fine with my limited Spanish.
Overall, we had NO problems during our month long stay, and recommend City Junior for your Consulate business. It's a clean, inexpensive place to stay, and they provide a safe, convenient, room for you to sleep in.
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- City Junior Juarez is located opposite the new consulate is a quality hotel, good, nice and cheap, with rates from 42 USD ... more less
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