Monday 18 September 2006 28 °C
Just a brief note to give some advice about accommodation in Chihuahua.
On Calle 22a & Mendez, opposite Chepe (the ferrocarril station that takes you on La Barranca del Cobre/Copper Canyon train ride to Creel & beyond to Los Mochis) is an excellent hostel called Casa Chihuahua. It's four months old and managed by a Mexican-French couple - Loly & Philippe) and their two gorgeous children who are multilingual! (French, Spanish & English and Loly also speaks Italian). It is quiet, extremely clean and the beds are very comfortable.
Cost is MX$120.00 (120 Mexican pesos) a night in a shared dorm or MX$240 in a twin room. Showers and toilets are of a high standard. Towels and bedding provided.
There is a large Maytag washer & dryer and you can do your laundry there for $MX50.00. Breakfast is also available for $MX20.00. However, Philippe & Loly have many recommendations for breakfast, lunch & dinner. There is a fantastic little place called "O'Camps" which do great tacos de carne asada.
Loly & Philippe have an extremely wide range of information on things to do and see in Chihuahua and can provide recommendations for accommodation elsewhere in México.
The hostel is within walking distance of el centro historico but on a hot day you may want to take a bus - although I have yet to do this, preferring to walk around town.
Oddly enough this place doesn't get a mention in any of the travel guides (Lonely Planet etc.) - although it is the best hostel in the region!
I give this hostel 5 stars!