Sep 10, 2007, 9:46 AM
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My husband and I love going to San Luis Potosi (SLP City). We go down by bus and it is about a 6 hour drive from Monterrey - one of our longest travel days. In reply to an earlier question, a previous post was right. Stay awhile and you will probably meet people who can help you find an apartment. There is a local newspaper that also lists places to rent, but most of these places are out of El Centro.
Re: [MazDee] Info about San Luis Potosi?
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If you are staying for a few days, the hotels in El Centro are not the greatest. The panorama is the best. It is the most modern and you can count on heating and A/C there. There are adequate hotels that are cheaper. The Napoli is basic, but ok and the location is good. It has a good restaurant downstairs.We have stayed at the Concordia several times. Some rooms are good (but basic) and some are very poor, so check out the room first. The Concordia has a pretty good restaurant downstairs that offers a cheap full course Comida Corrida at mid-day. Hotels are not the place to change money. They charge much more than a bank or casa de cambio. Also, you will sleep better at night anywhere in Mexico if you take along a package of soft ear plugs that block noise.
We always enjoy eating at Cafe Tokyo at the corner of Zaragosa and Guerrero. It is not Japanese, but offers up a delicious, economical menu. The fruit plate there is fresh, cool, and delicious in the summertime. And our favorite treats are the delicious ice cream cones served up at Tucky-Tucky next to the Plaza de Armas. So many flavors that it is difficult to choose ! Take your ice cream to the Plaza de Armas and watch all the families enjoying the clowns, musical acts, etc. This is one of the best places to make contact with locals if you are looking for a place to stay as many visitors to the park live in El Centro.
We always get our laundry done while we are there. We put it in a backpack and walk up to LaGotita on 5 de Mayo near Abosolo. The people there do not speak english, but they are super nice. They will weigh your clothing to determine the cost of wash and dry. When you return later that same day or the next morning, your clothes will be washed, dried, nicely folded, and wrapped in plastic. The price is very reasonable and we never need to iron anything - even shirts. There is another market near the laundry that is fun to visit. It does not show up in my guide book, but I think you can see it on Rayon Street.
There are at least two silver shops in El Centro. If you cannot make it to Taxco, buy your jewelry here. I have checked prices here and in other cities and the prices here are very good for 925 silver. The largest shop is on Carranza a few blocks west of the Plaza de los Fundadores. There is another very small shop on Serabia across the street from Hotel Maria Christina.
The people here have been very friendly to us. In the squares or parks - even walking down the street - people will come up to you and speak just the few words in English they know so that you will converse with them. We have seen very few Americans here. I met an American lady once who owned a shop. She was married to a Mexican national. She told me how cold it was in the winters and that very few people had heat in their homes. My husband and I wander the city separately during the day. I have never felt afraid even for a moment and have walked miles in every direction from the El Centro. I did meet an American once, near the Cathedral, who I suspected was working a scam to get money from other Americans. She gave me a "tale of woe" about how she and her husband had been robbed and kidnapped. It all didn't quite add up. Just be vigilant.
The area of the Palacio de Gobierno has always been guarded by armed soldiers, yet you can still feel free to tour the immediate area most days. I really try to just avoid these soldiers. They are there not to disturb travelers, but to guard the area. It is a little chilling to see them whiz by on the motorcycles with machine guns, but I feel their presence helps to deter crime in the area.
It is so easy to "ramble on" about a place that you love so. If you are thinking about visiting or living in SLP City, I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.