Aug 15, 2005, 7:44 AM
Post #14 of 15
The motel Zacatecas on the main North South throughway is quiet and inexpensive. For people who like to walk it is some rather uphill blocks from the Zocalo. But if you have a car which can be a problem in Zacatecas (don't try to drive: the streets are very narrow, heavily trafficked, and it is extremely easy to get lost and into blocked streets which require backing out of) it has parking included in the price.
I cannot reccomend the Condessa. Unless they have gone through a rehabilitation program it is rather shabby. They rent TV's for the night, and they never used to deliver the single towel per person until you had entered the room. Maybe they have changed.
If you must be there on Independence square, try the Hotel Conde across the street which is a commercial hotel. Adequate. Clean. Just a few dollars more in price which includes TV and phone. The in hotel restaurante El Jacal is one of the most popular business restarurants in the city. Good food, reasonable, no frills, set up for the city worker of all classes and types. Nothing really fancy. They always have a comida corrida.
Walking can be a problem in Zacatecas. It is much like San Francisco. Lots of going up and up, and up. Also bring a sweater.
In defense of the Hotel Quinta Real, a six star hotel, I have always been welcome there to walk around, look at the original art on the walls, sit in the lobby and pretend that I could afford the honeymoon luxury atmosphere ($1000 us dollars a night for the presidental suite when they opened about 10 years ago). The restaurant while abundant in atmosphere, pretty waitresses, pretty hostesses, and excellent service tends to be spotty. In all the years it has been open they have not yet been able to find a good chef. The food can be good under one trial chef and very bad under another. Needless to say the restaurant prices are as high as the hotel prices and I hate to pay top dollar for bad food. Need I say more?
As for Puebla, we just got back from there yesterday (the 14th). We stayed at the Hotel Señorial three blocks from the Zocalo. Parking in the hotel. Two rooms, one a double and the other a single set us back $75 us dollars for the night. In hotel restaurant. Good food. Slow service. Reasonable prices. Again, a commercial type hotel. Not deluxe. I would recommend it highly for one or two nights while you look for longer term housing. You shouldn't need the sweater there. But bring a rain jacket.