You'll be riding taxis everywhere, because El Hotel Tapatio is located outside of Guadalajara, away from literally everything! Before I get carried away, let me break down different aspects of the hotel:
-Location: This hotel is situated on top of a tall hill and affords terrific views of Guadalajara and its' surrounds. The disadvantage is that if you're a tourist, you need to take a taxi into town every time you go out of the hotel. The going rate is about 100 pesos or $10US. The ride up and down the hill gets annoying after a while since the road is made up of rocks which make for a jaw rattling drive. Again, you need a cab to get ANYWHERE from here.
-Staff: Most of the folks that work here do their best to help you and make sure you're happy. However, that can be hit or miss, especially at the front desk. If you catch the desk staff when a manager is right there, you get good service, however later in the evening, the front desk staff become quite uncaring. My biggest problem with the desk was when we told them we needed the van shuttle for the airport for 6am, and the person took down the info and even suggested a wake-up call for us. I set the alarm just in case, and good ting I did, because our wake-up came at 6am as we left the room! The van didn't come until 6:15.
-Rooms: We had a room with two queen beds. The air conditioning was adequate, and the maid service was excellent. The rooms, as others have noted, are dated and need work. If only the owners invested a little back into the small things like electrical upgrades, modernizing the bathrooms, and fixtures, this place could be a gem. Still, not the worst rooms I've ever been in.
-Facilities: This is not a resort, no matter how many times they call it one. It's a hotel, and it has a pool (not heated from what I could tell) in need of cleaning, a gym (sorry - I didn't even look at it), as well as a restaurant and bar. The food at the restaurant is pricey compared to going into town, but don't miss the breakfast buffet - for about $9US per person, the food is fresh and you can get eggs as you like them. Also try the cafe de olla - local traditional coffee.
So in closing, if you know you're spending a lot of time in town, spend a little more and stay in town at a big-name hotel. Perhaps if this place offered a shuttle for free into town every hour or two, I could recommend it more. The views are great, but I can't see having to throw another $20-$40 a day at cabs every time I want to go somewhere.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Tapatio Tlaquepaque
- Hotel El Tapatio And Resort