I really, really loved Posada del Abuelito and it’s definitely one of my all-time favourite hostels.
We stayed in a private room with bathroom and our room was beautiful. The rooms definitely have a rustic-chic vibe going on which I just loved, as did the people travelling with me, and the bathrooms were more than up-to-scratch, in fact in all my travels through Latin America – these are the best and hottest showers I've come across.
The rooms are kind of small but there’s a desk, shelves and bedside table so plenty of room to tuck your stuff and there’s also a small, lockable cupboard which was handy. The beds are firm, but that’s how I like them and there are plenty of extra blankets which is great given it gets a little bit nippy in San Cristobal at night.
The hostel is a short walk from the centre of town which didn’t bother me in the slightest and I felt totally safe walking home in the middle of the night. Also, if you're looking for a party hostel then this hostel isn't for you as it's pretty laid back here. While it doesn’t have a crazy-party vibe going on, we still spent a number of evenings having drinks in the courtyard with fellow travelers and made some great new friends.
I didn’t get to see the shared dorm rooms but I did use the shared bathroom and it was super clean and really nicely appointed.
The staff in this hostel are great – so friendly and helpful and I’ve forgotten the name of the lady who worked days and also did all the cleaning, which is a bummer because I’d love to publicly congratulate her for her efforts. This woman did not stop working. She was always cleaning – our rooms were cleaned daily, plus all of the public spaces and bathrooms too. She was a real machine!
It’s also worth noting that a basic breakfast is provided. It consists of a help-yourself deal – a platter of fruit (banana, prickly-pear/cactus fruit and papaya), a platter of bread, a tub of margarine and some jam. The bread, for white bread, was actually quite nice and you could tell it had been locally baked. I assume the hostel gets full loaves which they slice themselves each morning. There’s a little toaster oven for you to make your own toast too. Plus there’s dripper coffee and in the grand-scheme of dripper/hostel coffee it was some of the best I’ve had yet. The breakfast is nothing to write home about but we spruced it up by buying eggs from the tienda across the street and on another morning I whipped out my emergency Vegemite!
My only gripe is that the kitchen is small and only one person can cook at a time so get in early if you plan on making a meal but overall this place is awesome and I’d definitely stay here again, if and when I return to San Cristobal de las Casas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A multi-awarding winning Hostel loved by guests. Posada del Abuelito a lovely colonial house situated in one of the oldest barrios of the city, Posada del Abuelito is a wonderfully friendly, cozy and charming posada with clean and comfortable rooms, furnished in rustic Mexican style. Facilities include: an immaculate 9 bed mixed dormitory, as well as a 4 bed women's dorm, private rooms with shared bath and private rooms with en-suite bath. Guests enjoy the use of a clean, community kitchen, warm fireplace and HOT water 24 hours per day. All rooms are equipped with electrical outlets, complimentary towels, extra blankets and hangers. We offer a complimentary breakfast of Eggs, Cereal,Fresh Bread, our famous homemade jam, butter, coffee, tea and fruit. The friendly, multilingual staff is on site 24 hours per day and always happy to assist with tourist information, tour and transport bookings and lots of helpful advice!Other amenities include FREE internet and Wi-Fi, FREE purified drinking water, FREE luggage storage and FREE lockers in the dorms. There are several places to sit, relax and enjoy our beautiful patio and small garden. Guests are welcome to spend the chilly nights in front of the fire in our shared livingroom -- where they can roast marshmallows, use the computer or just hang out and make new friends!Please come join us at our beautiful, historic and friendly home! It's a wonderfully warm and relaxed vibe and we would love to get to know you! ... more less
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