As backpackers we stay in more hostels than we can remember, we change beds more often than underwear and yet deep down there is only one thing that really matters – happiness wherever you are. Imagine my delight when after 2-3 days of travel on buses, friend’s flats, flights and airport floors when we landed in the complete relaxation zone of Casa San Ildefonso in Mexico City.
As hostels go, this is one of my favourites of late and it is where you should aim to stay when you make it to Mexico’s beast of a capital city!
Here are 15 solid reasons why you should stay at Casa San Ildefonso Hostel when you travel to Mexico City. I truly felt welcomed, safe, comfortable and happy here. We only meant to stay for 3 nights initially but we loved the place so much we stayed for 7 nights in the end and loved it!!
1. Cool Staff
By that I mean the staff know how to treat customers. Friendly welcomes, always saying hello, offering to help. I chatted to Cristina and Ireri who also helped with organising tours, translating and explaining all the cool things to see and do. One more big plus – they speak Spanish and English! The staff are cool.
2. Charming Courtyard
When your eyes get feasted on this charming courtyard you will feel instantly at home. It’s a superb setting both atmosphere and architecture wise! Admire the views day and night and feel genuinely inspired.
3. Cosy Beds
As I said – we had been on flights, night buses, airport stop overs and long journeys the previous 3 days before arriving at Casa San Ildefonso and guess what? The beds were made for us, they were comfy and I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
These days I cite Wi-Fi as a must and a standard and Casa San Ildefonso doesn’t disappoint with three separate Wi-Fi points.
I made use of the awesome upstairs room, which I self titled “The King’s Room”. Elaborate chairs and peace and I was able to get my work done!
5. Location – Historic Centre
Casa San Ildefonso is bang in the Historic Centre of Mexico City. This makes it easy to explore the nearby areas.
6. Free Breakfast
Breakfast is included and served from 7.15 am – 10.30 am. Breakfast consists of:
Drinks – orange juice, a range of tea and coffee. Drinking water is available 24 hours a day.
Food – cereals, bread, toast, jam, butter, biscuits, apples.
7. Relaxing Lounge
The downstairs lounge is a cosy place with soft white settees and chairs to relax and chat to fellow travellers.
8. Libraries, Study Room and Dining Room
You will never get bored in this hostel. There are libraries everywhere! Books in the reception, also in the lounges, dining room/study room and the “King’s Room.”
9. Tour Organisation
Cristina is great at helping organise tours and the hostel reception has all the information you need on tours to the Volcanoes, Teotihuacan and Xochimilco. We did a tour out to Teotihuacan.
You can organise everything without even needing to leave the hostel or go online!
The building itself has its own history and you can ask Cristina about it. The building was owned by her grandfather and has seen some changes through the years. It has been running as a hostel since August 2013 so it’s pretty new for backpackers!
11. The King’s Room
Casa San Ildefonso is full of elaborate cosy rooms and I totally loved the room upstairs with a grand cabinet, a poker table and a massive dining table with plush chairs. This is exquisite for a hostel and I spent a few evenings in here working on my travel stories. I self dubbed it “The King’s Room” as it just felt that grand – fit for a King. Fast Wifi, no interruptions and a cup of tea by my side, this was a room of sheer bliss.
12. Local Pub
That’s right on the very next corner, there’s a local pub, called Cantina Espana. They serve great food, beers and tequila and I made it my local for a week! On my last night, the manager Martin gave me some free tequila, a lock in and played some Snow Patrol as he knew they were from Northern Ireland.
13. TV Room
Upstairs there is also a massive TV Room!! The TV screen is one of the biggest I have ever seen in a hostel. You can watch films or DVDs in relaxation!
14. Quiet Pedestrian Street
Casa San Ildefonso is located on a quiet pedestrian street well away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. You can relax here!
15. Decent Price!
As backpackers the price is important of course and dorm rooms can be had for 260 Mexican Pesos (as of July 2014). That’s around $20 US to be right in the historic quarter and with free breakfast and wifi!
So now you have the details, get booking your trip to Mexico City and the epic Casa San Ildefonso and tell them you read about it here on Don’t Stop Living! I’ll have a few more posts on Mexico City to come hopefully as I loved the place!
To contact Casa San Ildefonso, you can check their website for details and can also book through the usual outlets, Hostelbookers, Agoda etc.:
Casa San Ildefonso © 2014 | firstname.lastname@example.org
San Ildefonso #38 Col. Cuauhtémoc México DF
+ 52 (55) 57891999
Here are some of my videos from Casa San Ildefonso: