My first night in San Cristobal de Las Casas I stayed in a basic dorm room. The next day I lugged my bag over to B & B Le Gite Del Sol. I highly recommend this B & B/ Hostel. The hostel is spotless, the beds are comfortable and the staff and owners are nice and friendly. They also included a tasty breakfast, free wi-fi and the use of a computer and kitchen facilities. The hostel is conveniently located, a 5 minute walk from the main tourist street. There are actually two locations within one block of each other. The friendly owners can help you with bus tickets and reliable bus information. It can get cold during the night in San Cristobal so it is important to have thick blankets and this hostel passes that test as well. While the basic rooms are somewhat spartan, I still feel the hostel is a good value, especially if you are splitting the costs of a room.
I stayed 5 nights in the Casa Angel Youth Hostel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The hostel was very clean and comfortable. The staff was nice, helpful, friendly and yet incredibly low-key at the same time. The staff spoke some english and was knowledgable about any tours offered or sights to see in the area. I took a day tour to sights in the area and was pleased with the tour.
Breakfast was included with the room and was cooked for you every morning from 8-10a.m. The breakfast was enjoyable if lacking in variety. It included fried eggs or scrambled eggs with or without chopped-up hot dog, cereal, bread, bananas with coffee or tea every day, without fail and without change.
I slept in two different 3 bed dorm rooms during my stay. The rooms were very clean and the bunk beds comfortable, but the rooms were slightly cramped if occupied by three guests. Lockers were provided inside the rooms free of charge. Luggage storage was also provided free of charge, which came in handy for the common late night bus departures. The bathrooms were well kept and the showers had a good amount of water pressure and hot water.
The common area on the ground floor had a couple of comfortable couches to watch cable TV or a movie on the DVD player. A good selection of quality films on DVD were available to select from free of charge. The wifi was reliable and 2 computers were also provided free of charge. The kitchen had an oven, microwave, refridgerator, cupboards, and a good amount of counter space to work with.
A nice feature of the hostel was a rooftop terrace which included a bar. It was a good place to relax with a book, suntan, or just chat and enjoy the view. On Sundays a good BBQ lunch/dinner was available.
The hostel was located about 10 blocks from the main plaza of the city. A few cheap restaurants with good Mexican food were just around the corner as was a place to drop off your laundry. A small convenience store with drinks and snacks was right aross the street. Walking to and from the main sites of the city was a pleasant stroll with plenty to see so it didn’t seem like a long haul.
Overall, I was very happy with my time at Casa Angel Youth Hostel. The friendly, unassuming staff along with the cleanliness of the facilities and the amenities provided were a good value for the budget-concious backpacker. My only minor complaints would be the lack of variety in the included breakfast and the slightly cramped rooms. These minor drawbacks were substantially outweighed by all of the positive aspects of this well-run hostel.