We stayed one night in Tuxtla Gutierrez and were glad we chose Hostal Tres Central. I communicated by email to book a room in advance- we booked a Hotel Doble (queen bed, private bathroom) for 500 MXN all in- great value. The hostel is really close to Civic Square at the centre of town. The building and room seemed brand new- minimalist (in a good way! All mod cons) and spotless. Small balcony, flat screen TV and air-conditioning, fast Wi-Fi for free. Drinking water available for refills at all times downstairs, and secure left luggage facilities.
On arrival we tried to pay in USD (having just come from the east coast) and realised they're not accepted round here. They let us check in anyway, and we later went to change money- FYI there is a chain called 'Elektra' (seems to be combined location with Aztec Banks, plus white goods shop?!), there's one very close on the Civic Sq, and another just past 'the Park' west on the main avenue. You need your passport to change money, 300 USD maximum in one transaction- rates seem okay and open past 5pm.
Anyway, back to the hostel- when we arrived there was no one at reception who spoke English, but this hindered nothing. It was a very friendly interaction regardless (with a bit of Google translate audio from the PC to aid us!), and I actually relish these experiences when travelling- that's what it's all about, right?! The onus is on me to learn Spanish. In fact, a reason we chose to stay in Tuxtla (rather than straight to San Cristobal for example) was exactly because it's not so touristy, but rather a more typical Mexican/ Chiapas city. Indeed no one spoke (or at least volunteered to speak) English in town at all, which I loved- including in the tourist information booth (Civic Sq) or the Las Pinchachas restaurant, where I would have expected foreigners to frequent. (As an aside I highly recommend this restaurant- great value, chance to try local food, printed menu in English, walking distance from Hostal Tres Central.)
ANYWAY, to turn that on its head, the next day the lovely Malena (Magdalena?) was at the front desk of the hostel, and she had impeccable English and was extremely smart, friendly and helpful to boot. All of which was especially appreciated as I went through a lost passport scare for a few hours. (Luckily I'd stupidly left it at the 'Elektra' counter when changing money the previous day and they kept it there for me- all's well that ends well.)
Conclusion to my rambles- lovely, immaculate hostel, double rooms are hotel standard. Stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME! We are Tuxtla's premier travel hostal. With free Wi-Fi and our patented siesta zone, we've got you covered whether you're taking care of business or just taking a nap. At Hostal Tres Central, we've made sure that every part of your stay is comfortable, affordable and beautiful. ... more less
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- Hostal Tres Central Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico - Chiapas