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Hostal La Casa de Paco
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“Fantastic!!”
Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

Paco was an amazing host!! We arrived in San Cristobal after a long 13 hour bus ride from Puerto Escondito. Paco greeted us at the door and immediately took us to the kitchen for fresh fruit, toast and coffee.

Once we were settled in our room we had a great chat about what to do about town for the day. He gave us a map and some fantastic suggestions. We had a fantastic day in San Cristobal thanks to Paco's advice.
He also arranged for a tour to the Palenque ruins and Agua Azul for the next day along with our transport to San Pedro the next day.
And if you need to scrub up on your Spanish skills Paco is a fantastic teacher.

Having arrived back from Palenque at midnight and not looking forward to the 6:00am bus the next morning we returned to out room with fresh flowers and fruit!!

What a host!

Rooms were tidy and clean, we felt safe and there was a relaxed and happy vibe here.

We loved San Cristobal and would recommend to everyone to stay here!

Nick and Kimberley

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

I found this hostel by chance when arriving to one of the most beautiful spots in Mexico, San Cristobal de las Casas. Upon arrival I was instantly sure that THIS was the place for a solo traveler for me - not looking for luxury, yet interested in surrounding myself with openminded locals with great knowledge of the city.

The owner, Paco is probably the most hilarious hostel manager Ive ever met. He constantly goes on making jokes about everything, however he takes his job seriously and always looks after his guests. He's also very savvy on all the attractions, dining - and tour options in the region and always helps with advices for what one can do as a visitor. His sister also works on site and is an equally funny character as Paco himself. I actually didn't want to leave this place cause I enjoyed myself so much here.. One of the things I also liked instantly with the place is seeing how the staff treat the two dogs they have. They are adopted from an early life on the streets and couldn't be happier spending their time in the patio of this hostel daily (they are not inside of any room!)

At the time I was here there was an older gentleman from Germany living in the hostel that has been around for two years. He gives an extra value to the place by sharing from his life story and joking along with Paco that has become a true friend of his. A funny detail is that the German has made his room into a small museum of Germany. Something that probably started with an idea for him to not long so much home, but something that seems to have developed into a fun attraction for visitors. I've never seen anything like it.

The place is very big with lots of spaces to sit and work or hang out. I was there in low season, hence I had a dormitory for myself (and so did a couple of other travelers). The rooms have private lockers and are nice and clean. So are the bathrooms. Yes, there is enough hot water!

They serve breakfast and coffee in the morning that you can have in the kitchen or outside in the large patio under the sun. There is a fridge for visitors and good wifi on site. The hostel is within an arm's reach from a laundry, bakery and some restaurants, and just two block away from a supermarket. It's in walking distance to the city center.

Highly recommended for travelers with a budget!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

What I like the most is the serenity and tranquility.
Definitely it is a home away from home.
And I love it.
For long time traveler this is a place to stay you can get a better price if stay longer, and easy to travel out and comeback to the same point.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Altdorf bei Nurnberg, Germany
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

This hostel is in a very quiet part of the city.The owners are extremely helpful. Plus something you will not find in any other hostel in Mexico,Absolutely free spanish lessons very professional! The lessons were tailored to my needs for the entire length of my stay.The instructor does it as a hobby.God,I love this place.Clean air,high altitude,very recommendable!

Peter Gross,Nurnberg germany

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

I spent more than one month in San Cristóbal last spring. It was great fortune to know this place. The host Paco and Rosie were just great. They treated me like a friend and help me a lot for almost everything.
Overall the hostel is really clean and cheap. Nice kitchen and dorm. Real hot water shower. It is just 10 minutes walking distance to Zócalo. Nice and cozy neighborhood. There is big super market, Chadraui 10 minutes walking. You can also have a chance to meet nice, cool Mexican friends and friends from all around the world.

After my trip to Guatemala, I came back to the hostel to stay more.

Enjoy your staying in the hostel.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Kobe, Japan
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

clean and friendly atmospher. two dogs are very friendly as well.
There is a Chinese restrant 5 min. on foot.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

My boyfriend and I actually ended up staying here a month. The staff and guests at La Casa de Paco became like an extended family; we ate together, watched movies together. The traditional courtyard is beautiful and the hostel is spotlessly clean. And there's a kitchen, which is fantastic if you are tired of eating out all the time. If you want a tranquil family environment, La Casa de Paco is the place for you!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hostal La Casa de Paco
Address: Calle Diego de Mazariegos # 80 | Barrio de la Merced, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > San Cristobal de las Casas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 107 Speciality Lodging in San Cristobal de las Casas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal La Casa de Paco 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paco's Place Hostel is a brand new hostel with a totally friendly philosophy thinking for traveler's needs, with Female and Male Dorms, twins and single rooms, shared bathroom, shared kitchen, 24 hour hot water, big TV and DVD area, a beautiful communal garden for read and relax, Basketball an soccer area, free Wifi, BBQ night, lockers, towels included,free continetal breakfast, food and meals service.This place is better because it's cleaner, safer and more comfortable. Feel at home. ... more   less 
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