Mexico City to Patzcuaro
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 6:13 AM Last Post By: manitoumud
Nov 20, 2012 8:33 PM
Nov 21, 2012 4:25 PM
1buses to Patzcuaro leave from the Poniente (west) terminal. The airport is on the east side of the city. That leaves you pretty much everything in between. Many are listed in good guidebooks
Nov 25, 2012 6:14 PM
Nov 26, 2012 1:33 AM
3OP; what kind of lodging budget are you talking? In pesos or dollars, please?
I prefer bland, modern, functional and comfortable, affordable ($300 to $700 pesos) hotels of little or no charm, so I can't help you with "cool". I would never stay in a place touted as "cool" or "hip". Those places, IMO, give you less for more money.
But a few such come to mind, eg; Hotel Hipódromo, Condesa DF, Hotel Brick. The first two in La Condesa and the third in La Roma.
If you also might want to stay in bland, modern, functional and comfortable, affordable ($300 to $700 pesos) hotels of little or no charm, then I can make suggestions.
Nov 26, 2012 7:04 AM
4Xmas Eve in Mexico City .... "Noche Buena" ... will find the city seemingly empty of people. There will be no place which is "cool," because of that. People will be at home and relatively few others who are traveling will stick close to their hotels. It's typically a very quiet night in the city. Very quiet. If you haven't eaten before you get to the city, find a place at the airport to eat ... because it'll be difficult to find someplace which is open to serve you when you get to the neighborhood of your hotel. The big, more expensive types of hotels will probably have coffee shop service, though.
The recommendation to check on The Red Tree House is a good one. The guys who own/run the property are likely to be home and hosting a Noche Buena evening and, with some luck, maybe they'll invite their guests to participate. In my 'book', that would be "cool."
Nov 26, 2012 7:55 PM
Nov 27, 2012 3:21 AM
6manitoumud; here are my usual middle (but very acceptable) to higher budget hotels. The first three are in Colonia Roma Norte, about midway between the Centro Histórico and Terminal Poniente (Observatorio).
Avenida Puebla #115, from $300 pesos a night. (This is about two blocks from Metro Insurgentes, which is a direct line to Metro Observatorio. Recommended only if traveling light and during non rush hours.)
Comfortable, spacious, most bathrooms first rate, but rooms vary a lot in size and in exposure to street noise. Ask to see several before settling in.
Avenida Álvaro Obregon # 94
$515 and up. Comfortable but most rooms are small. Great location in the middle of the Álvaro Obregón corridor. (Shops, bookstores, bars and restaurants.)
Now for the plusher end of the spectrum:
Hotel Stanza, Av. Alvaro Obregon 13, Esq. con Calle Morelia (eastern end of Av. Obregón)
Wow! The rates have really gone up; starting at $850 a night. A very nice, full service, business class hotel.
You might want to look into the Hotel Roosevelt, on Av. Insurgentes Sur # 287 (very busy street) at the corner of Av. Yucatan
Looks like the rates start at $580 pesos.
However, I've never stayed there, so I can't give further input. At any rate, it's at the gateway to Colonia Condesa, if you were interested in visiting that area.
Away from Colonia Roma, close to Metro Balderas*, on Arcos de Belén near Av. Balderas, is the Hotel Pal. The neighborhood seems somewhat less salubrious, and I don't recommend wandering about at night. The hotel itself is somewhat sterile, but you get a lot for your money. Their website has been on and off the last several years, but you can book at http://www.hotelesenmexico.com.mx/Hoteles/Zocalo/Hotel-Pal/Descripcion.aspx
Last time we were there, we paid, I think, $450 for a room with with king bed. Again, rooms vary in size, so look them over. There are less restaurant options in this area than in the Roma Norte, Obregón corridor.
*Metro Balderas also provides direct access to Metro Observatorio, via Linea 1.
Edited by: Anonimo-emboldened hotel names
Nov 27, 2012 7:56 AM
7Good refrehser, listing for Colonia Roma ... Anomino.
The OP's staying in the city for probably less than 12 hours, so if this were my trip and on this particular night in the city ... I'd look for a hotel with good access / public transportation to Observatorio (if that's the departure point for Patzcuaro/Morelia) and in a relatively safe neighborhood. Wandering about on a cool night with few people likely to be around ... doesn't seem inviting, to me. The Embassy may be a good choice, if the OP is a church-goer. The beautiful and historic Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia is diagonally across the street and may be offering Christmas Eve mass ... and the hotel is an easy walk to the Metro (or taxi ride) to Observatorio. I was a guest at the hotel in September of this year and I am not hesitant to recommend it.
Nov 28, 2012 4:39 AM
8Re: Hotel Embassy- there is also the very pleasant Café Toscano, about 2 blocks away, on Orizana at the NE corner of Plaza Río de Janeiro. Good coffee, light food menu, free wifi, young, hip crowd. (Except for viejos like us. But you will be welcomed.)
Nov 28, 2012 4:44 AM
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