Aug 12, 2009, 7:52 AM
Post #5 of 6
We stayed at Laguna B&B for 10 days when we first moved down, and it was very nice. The rooms were clean and nicely decorated, and the breakfasts were delicious and filling. There is also a phone in the lobby/breakfast area where you can make free calls to the US and Canada. There are no TVs in the rooms, but there is a large bookshelf customers can access. Just to be sure, you might want to bring one or two of your favorite books. There aren't a lot of frills in the place like hairdryers in the rooms, but all the basic stuff is there and the rooms are good-sized and comfortable. Some rooms have king beds and some have twins (there are 4 bedrooms). Be sure you specify which you want.
One caveat: they lock the gates to the courtyard that leads to the B&B in the late afternoon, and the Realty office folks go home at about the same time, so if you are arriving in the evening, make arrangements with the B&B about how you are going to get in. It might help to have the home telephone of someone at the Realty office just in case. Occasionally, I have head of people getting there all jet-lagged late in the evening and finding themselves locked out. Forewarned is forearmed.
We have not stayed at Ajijic Suites (the one on Hidalgo about 3 blocks west of the plaza). However, a friend visiting us stayed there and was very pleased with the accommodations. No breakfasts, however there are any number of inexpensive breakfast places down toward the plaza. One of our favorite is the Jardin Restaurant (pronounced Har-deen), which is right on the plaza. Just look for the green umbrellas on the northeast corner of the plaza right next to the white, two-story Centro Cultural. It is relatively inexpensive, the wait-staff all speak at least some English, and the Jardin is ideally located to hang out and watch the Ajijic world go by. Also probably the number 1 spot in town to meet friends because everybody knows how to find it.
You'll find any number of friendly expats in and around the plaza and we are usually very accessible for conversation and questions. Just say hi! and introduce yourselves.
If you'd like a look at what you will find here, check out my photojournal of our adventures: http://cookjmex.blogspot.com/search/label/Ajijic
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