Worse hotel in México.
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Jul 21, 2012 3:13 PM Last Post By: tiredandretired
Jul 13, 2012 2:57 PM
Worse hotel in México.Everybody talks about great places to stay,or places to avoid, but just last night I was talking with my wife and we remembered our worse experience with an hotel here in México, nothing really bad, no alien abductions, no crime lords or anything really exceptional, just a plain bad hotel, my recommendation for the worse hotel (and I'm not a talking cheap hotel, sometimes you get what you pay for, do not expect caviar in a $150 peso hotel).
This jewel is called the Victoria hotel in Taxco, $600 pesos a night, a shell of itself, the place was probably build in the 40's and the owners , have not put a cent into it in say 30 years or so, they charge as a normal, decent place, but no, it is the stuff of nightmares, or a really cool joke if you like sarcasm, room filled with bugs, toilets don't work, no hot water, a big part of the hotel either closed or in ruins (the kind that crumble) , they could charge admission for just the ruins I guess, terrible service, etc., etc.
The sad part is that this place has a lot of potential, the location is incredible, the old architecture could be the stuff of dreams, the place glows with charm, the views are simply amazing, it would be just a wonderful place to spend a weekend in Taxco, sadly it is just a shell of what it used/could be.
What is worse is that there are customers, and this place can do a lot of business over the weekends, when people from D.F. come flocking to Taxco, but I would never in my life recommend staying there and the price is just crazy $600 pesos and over, for a 1 star hotel, it is just amazing.
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Edited by: drMingo
Jul 13, 2012 5:49 PM
Jul 13, 2012 6:13 PM
Jul 14, 2012 3:30 AM
3Read "Don Cuevas" San Cristobal experiences. I can only say that Casa de Húespedes Bed and Breakfast must have truly been horiible if he thought La Posada Virginia was "cozy and homey" . Maybe it has really gone downhill in recent years but I had to stay there one night during the Christmas holidays because my usual,place, the Don Quiote, had no room for one night, I have to say, it may have been my worst hotel experience in Mexico.
Jul 14, 2012 4:57 AM
4We were there in Jan. 1993. At that time, it was nothing fancy, but we felt comfortable
I baked pie in Virginia's oven. That was a memorable experience.
Jul 14, 2012 7:22 AM
5I stayed at the Casa de Huespedes Taxco, next to the market, in central Taxco. An unremarkable place, it was quiet in the evening due to the power failure in the centro, but things livened up later when the manager of the hotel received some guests from Puerto Escondido and they spent the early morning recalling old times; shared baths, but a nice balcony usually not found in rooms of this price range (140 MXN). Hardly my "worse" experience in a Mexican hotel.
Jul 14, 2012 8:48 AM
6An, Things have likely change much since you were at the Virginia. I dont always require anything fancy but it was really rundown and not clean. That was my biggest problem. But I was only there one night and returned "home" to the Don Quijote.
Jul 14, 2012 1:22 PM
7Two hotels come to mind - one was actually quite nice until "the problem". The other defined "hotel from hell". I'm not going to name them because our experience with them was many years ago, and they may have improved (or collapsed completely).
We stayed, firstly, at a very nice place in San Cristobal. Fireplace in room, good bed, clean, quiet. Things went wrong the first morning - no water (well, it was Mexico - no real problem), so we went out for breakfast, and came back to find ambulances blocking the street with frantic crews digging for survivors in the collapsed front wall of the hotel (luckily no one was actually under the rubble as it turned out).
The second place was on another trip. We'd driven to Novillero - end of a seemingly endless road to a gorgeous beach. The only hotel that was open didn't look great but it was getting late and we didn't fancy a long drive back to the main highway in the dark. We were promised dinner at 7 pm. The time arrived but no food, though the tables in the large restaurant were set. The owner asked his very young wife if she couldn't find us something to eat. "No," she said. Oh, well. So we crawled into our sagging bed after using the bathroom in which the water, etc. from the toilet flooded back onto the floor from underneath. If proved impossible to sleep - the noise coming from the walls sounded like we were being invaded by hungry sheep but was probably only termites, and the door, no matter how carefully we closed and locked it, kept creaking open. (Anyone recall The Inner Sanctum?). At 3 am we gave up, got dressed and stole silently away. And, yes, we had paid for the room when we checked in.
Jul 14, 2012 3:44 PM
8What a bunch of pansies you guys are, complaining about the bad hotels you've had in the CIVILIZED parts of Mexico. You ain't seen nothin' like my first experience in visiting Batopilas, way down in the depths of Copper Canyon. After enduring a seemingly endless 7-8 hour bus ride from Creel, down a narrow, winding, unpaved(read; dirt) road, I arrived at beautiful? downtown Batopilas. After stepping off the bus, as I stood looking for direction, I was approached by a short, elderly woman, who asked if I had a place to stay. Not sure whether I was being propositioned or not, I meekly answered no, whereupon she announced "you can stay at my place", and proceeded to march off, obviously expecting my to follow, which I obediently did. This was my introduction to the famous Monse, whose home was a gathering place for the weary traveler. The room to which I was assigned was basic, but it had the necessities; a bed and bathroom(more on that later), and it cost, as I recall from many years ago, about 6 dollars, including coffee and some kind of breakfast.
Did I mention the toilet was not the type you pansies are accustomed to? The water for the town was dependent on an aqueduct type of arrangement, which at this time was running at a very low rate, so, in order to flush, one had to dump a bucket of water into the bowl, said bucket being furnished by the proprietor, Monse. Monse's husband, by the way, had been a mining engineer and had books of old pictures of the operations in and around Batopilas. Quite interesting gentleman.
And thus ends my version of the worst hotel in Mexico. In summary, it wasn't all that bad, just interesting. I'd settle for Keith's place in Urique any time, even with the composting toilets. But that's another story.
Jul 14, 2012 6:26 PM
9El Rey Hotel in Chetumal. Our one pickup and one van with a total of 13 Mexicans and me, the token gringo pulled into Chetumal after dark from a long drive from Escárcega. No one made any reservations and only one person knew the town well enough to find a hotel. My room was on the second floor and went for 300 pesos. The beds had no mattresses with only a box spring covered with a liner and thread-bare sheets. It was in January so the weather did not demand an AC, but no matter as the electrical cord from the unit to the wall was cut in half. There was an overhead fan that squeaked loudly on every revolution. The toilet had the remains of the last guest. The shower had something covering the floor that I refused to go near let alone use. There was a nylon string stretching from the knob on the medicine cabinet to the nearby towel rack. Wonder what its use was, I detached it and the door of the cabinet swung open. The cord was used to secure the door. The TV worked, but when I turned the channel selector, it snapped and fell to the floor along with a piece of plastic and a wad a paper that was used to secure the knob. The afore mentioned bed squeaked with every movement keeping time with the overhead fan. The other members of the party were no better off and some were rocked and serenaded to sleep with their own squeaky bed and fan.
Jul 15, 2012 12:08 AM
10@#9, Joaquinx - your story immediately reminded me of this shot I saw just recently!
The bad does have mattresses, though!
Jul 15, 2012 9:29 AM
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Jul 15, 2012 1:49 PM
14@12, well, to be fair, specifically for Taxco, both LP's and Rough Guide's top choices are very good, well-run mid-range hotels, with plenty of charm, great views, as centrally located as it gets, wifi, proper amenities, and some sort of parking options. Overall, I rarely find lodging options referenced in the up-to-date prints of those two guides to deviate much from descriptions - in Mexico or elsewhere I traveled.
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