DF SUITES, DF, Mexico — 5 star
A FEW SHOTS OF DF SUITES HOSTEL
Often unreliable and/or slow
Comfortable, fantastic staff, great private rooms, better than average dorms, great value. Well located, good atmosphere but can be loud especially on the 1st floor. Very well run, good management all around, great lounge area and dining area, small but social TV room, but very small kitchen. Some great touches like power plugs for all the dorm beds, TVs in some of the private rooms, clean sheets, well designed bathrooms and other little amenities and deco just let you know that you’re in a good place. What really make this place special are the staff, the constant flow of travelers from both abroad and within Mexico, and the range of room options and placement. Unhappy with noise from the first floor, there are 3 other floors to choose from. You’ll find much of the staff to be knowledgeable and happy to help, with the cleaning ladies in particularly being the highlights. The owners are good people who do a great job running the place and are always looking to improve what can be improved. There are a bunch of personal touches throughout and areas that are quite comfortable to talk to fellow travelers while having drinks. There’s a small bar that sells mainly beer, but you can bring your own drinks, which is convenient given there’s a convenience store on the corner. I stayed over 3 weeks here, and by the end actually found myself sad to leave the staff and the incredible city of DF. My only complaint would be the noise, particularly on the first floor. But this does rank as one of my favorite hostels mainly because of the staff, cleanliness, comfort, and the general atmosphere.
Multiple room options
Great lounge areas
Plenty of power plugs in the rooms
Can be a bit noisy (especially on the first floor)
Poc Na, Isla Mujeres, QR, Mexico — 4.5 star
A FEW SHOTS OF POC NA HOSTEL
Wifi: useless, but can go to Rooster on the Go for decent access (not free but you can use it as long as you buy some food or drinks), just north of Poc Na about 20 meters away
The most entertaining hostel I’ve been to so far. Constant activities such as salsa classes, spanish classes, ping pong, pool/billiards, live bands almost every night, decently priced food and drinks, occasional special acts (like a magic act), regular movie nights outside (via projection onto a wall) and nightly clubbing outdoors with cheap drinks and decent music. It’s a fun place where it’s easy to meet people, and it’s well located on the island. Also a good value for the money if you can deal with the noise. Private rooms are comfortable with 2 fans and spacious, some with decent views. No private bathrooms, and many of the bathrooms are incredibly rudimentary but they do the job. By far the worst thing about this place is no usable internet. While they have wifi in the common area, it’s almost never usable. Too many people on it cause terribly low speeds and/or unreliability whereby you get kicked off the network. So, for digital nomads, Poc Na is not a good option and indeed Isla doesn’t really offer anything particularly impressive in terms of working from there at an affordable hotel/hostel.
That being said, Poc Na is a great place to have a lot of fun. But you might find you’re not sleeping all that much, but mainly because you’re having too much fun.
Tons of activities
Decent number of power plugs
Can be loud
No usable Wifi
Bathrooms can be a bit dirty at times
No food or drinks from outside
Nomadas, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico — 4.5 Star
Download: lost data but was pretty good, over 8Mbps
Upload: lost data but was pretty good, over 1Mbps
Latency: lost data but was pretty good, under 60ms
Nomadas is a great hostel that like many, offer private rooms and dorms. It appears to have been built for this purpose. It can be a bit warm at night but private rooms come with enough fan power to make it relatively comfortable and dorms seem to be adequately ventilated as well. You can pay extra for access to the AC but this proved not to be required. Nomadas features a nice pool, which is necessary for cooling off in Merida, decent Internet, plenty of activities like cooking classes, salsa classes, tours of the city, and weekly live music. The common area is conducive to meeting people though it closes relatively early. It can be a bit loud in the dorms, but the private rooms are generally pretty quite. The price is right, it offers a pretty good value and it’s quite well run. It’s well located near the older part of town, and is a good base from which to explore not only the city but the Mayan ruins in the area. It has great turnover so there are always new people to meet and it’s quite clean and well maintained. This is a good option for people visiting Merida and ranks as one of my top 5 hostels so far.
Activities (cooking, salsa classes, live music)
Fans and/or AC in rooms
After 11 there’s nowhere to hangout