Inexpensive Hotels

•Bartering for a Room

Even the most experienced travelers may not realize that room rates are often open to negotiation. Although there is an authorized top limit to the price of a hotel room, there is no official bottom. We got a dramatic introduction to hotel bartering when another traveler suggested that we stay in a very nice jungle lodge near Palenque

•Better Safe Than....

There are disadvantages to supercheap rooms and these include not only cardboard-thin walls and the occasional bedbug, but also a lack of privacy and even rip-offs. For the cautious traveler I heartily recommend the following precautions

•A Survival Kit

Hotel services and accommodations vary so much in Mexico, especially for those who stay in less expensive places, that it’s best to anticipate possible shortages. When I’m traveling from one hotel to another, I always carry my "survival kit" in my day pack or in a small sack in my suitcase. It consists, more or less, of the following:

Recommended Hotels

•La Quinta California

Thirty years ago my mother single-handedly packed our "yellow submarine" inside and out (with God-knows-what) and her six kids to escape the growing chaos of southern California. "Guadalajara" she sang, and off we Chris & Alma Rita

From the People’s Guide Travel Letter #4
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