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Posada del Abuelito
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Pokhara, Nepal
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“Friendly and beautiful”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

A beautiful, cosy place with tastefully decorated rooms situated around a lovely little courtyard. The staff are fantastic; friendly and helpful. The rooms are spotlessly cleaned every day and almost every flat surface has a vase of fresh flowers on it. Good breakfast; cereal, toast, fruit, home made jam, eggs and an endless supply of coffee. They also run a whole series of trips around town and the surrounding area, which are well worth doing and include trips to villages which would be pretty hard to organise on your own.
Nice kitchen, a bit small but well kitted out. Also has it's own laundry.
Nice 5 minutes stroll from the centre of San Cristobal, though you'll need a taxi from the bus station if you've got heavy bags though as it's the other side of town, about a 30 minute walk.
Great value for the price, especially if you've just come from anywhere further North- you'll be astonished what your money gets you!
The only slight downside is that when it's fully booked it can seem a bit crowded, but then if it was any bigger it wouldn't be so nice!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Central Oregon, USA
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Reviewed 3 May 2013 via mobile

I spent 7 nights in a single room with private bathroom. I was many years older than the average person staying at the posada but was invited to meals by other guests and treated as one of the group. Simon, one of the staff, was an absolutely kind and helpful person and even joined me for a visit to a womens weaving cooperative in a nearby village, serving as my interpreter . The location was perfect, a 10 minute walk to the zocala or the craft market. The morning breakfast in the lovely courtyard allowed for an easy transition into the day. Noise was never an issue and several nights some of the talentedusician/ guests staying here made the evening a special memory. It was amazingly cheap and I would not hesitate to stay again. Thank you simon, Nili, Marcos , and for a wonderful visit

  • Stayed April 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

Very laid back place, great location close to the streets with bars and restaurants. Close to a great matkedplace, where you can buy everything from avokados to live chickens.
The rooms are fine, and eventhough the bathrooms are unisex it worked out fine for us.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rosscarbery, Ireland
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

A fantastic little hostel. Very cheap, but not lacking in cleanliness or character. Beautiful little building with warm and homely atmosphere. Very helpful staff. We took a private double room, which was small but clean and comfortable. Laundry and cooking facilities are basic but sufficient - lots places to eat well in town anyway. Slept well, although a minor niggle about spaces at top of room meaning can hear people going to toilet etc
No parking here, so I had to park on a street a few blocks away which I was a bit nervous about but nothing happened. Got seriously stuck in traffic/people on a couple of occasions trying to get to/from hostel. Its not really ideal if you're driving, but is manageable - try t get out early and back late!
About 10 minute walk to town centre. The city was an unexpectedly hip place - lots going on here, with fantastic bars and restaurants, and a great little market. Lovely city.
All in all a great experience, and seriously good value. Well done guys!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

For $21 a night, we got a private room with a private bathroom, towels, a light breakfast and maid service. It's hard to classify Abuelito as a hostel when the service is this good. The staff was extremely available and helpful, common areas were clean and comfortable, and the location wasn't bad (though it's a longer walk from the zocalo than most hostels seemed). The one caveat perhaps is that the place is small and walls are thin, so noise travels easily.

If you are interested in the indigenous population of Chiapas and know how to be respectful of others' cultures (and also know how to take propaganda with a grain of salt), I highly recommend the day trip with Cesar to Chamula and Zinacantan. So worth the 200 pesos!

And if you can spare a half hour, walk up Real de Guadalupe to the Iglesia del Cerro de Guadalupe (white church on a hill). The view is incredible.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

I had booked a 3 night stay, but ended up leaving after two. The place itself is lovely, really clean and the staff are good.

However I ended up there at a time when a few young idiots were determined to keep everyone else awake most of the night. My room was right next to the kitchen, facing into the courtyard so my first night was pretty marginal and my second night was awful.

So if the other guests had been ok it would have been a really good place, but unfortunately for me that wasn't the case.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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WanderingLily, Owner at Posada del Abuelito, responded to this review, 27 December 2013
Thank you for your Review. We are happy to say that the room you speak of is no longer next to the kitchen since we have built a completely new Kitchen in a separate area(see the new pictures we added) offering more space and not affecting the guest rooms. We are sorry that you had this experience and would like to apologize to you knowing that we have taking the measures to fix this issue so NO more guests will have the same problem and have a greats nights sleep.

We again thank you for your Review, as it helps us to constantly improve The Posada del Abuelito.

Kind Regards
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

This was a great place to stay. Owners and staff were friendly, helpful and relaxed, beds were comfortable, everything was spotlessly clean. It was a little further from the centre than other hostels, but was close enough that I felt safe walking back at night. The central patio is cosy and a cool spot to hang out and meet people. Thanks!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Posada del Abuelito
Address: Calle Tapachula # 18 | Barrio El Cerrillo, San Cristobal de las Casas 29220, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > San Cristobal de las Casas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in San Cristobal de las Casas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
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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