I stayed at this hostel for 5 days, because I was looking for a house in Mexico City. I chose it because I hoped to find it full of people and to get to know people and exchange information as you usually do in a hostel, but there was no one! it doesn't seem a hostel, but pretty much a place where people stay for long periods. It's not that clean, but that's not the main problem. the kitchen is small and the fridge is dirty and full (with no one living here!). Moreover, they organize private party in the weekends, which means loud music throughout the day until 10 or 11. If you are looking for a place where to find people, chat, exchange info about the city, well, this is not the right place!
Age 25 | Italian
If you're planning a stay in Mexico City consider this place. It's about twenty minutes by train out of the city centre but it is worth it. Mexico City can be a little crazy when you first arrive and it is nice to stay in an interesting neighborhood, I arrived late at night a little worse for wear and the staff were so friendly and helpful. The decor is eclectic, the food is great and it is a cafe during the afternoon and some evenings. It is close to the university and is a gathering place for many students and young people to eat, meet and listen to great music. The rooms are very comfortable too. Absolutely loved this place and the people who worked there -- I even came back after a short trip down south.
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Liked: Good location near the uni. Comfortable bed. Disliked: This property had potential, if it weren't for the complete lack of attention paid to it by staff. In the four nights we stayed, nobody cleaned a single thing - bathroom bins were overflowing, bugs everywhere in the kitchen and the shower looked as if it hadn't been cleaned since 1975.
El Cenote Azul, which literally means blue underground lagoon, is an oasis on the South Side of Mexico City close to the Metro Copilco and a two minute walk to the National University UNAM, the largest in Latin America. Our café, frequented by Mexican students provides a perfect opportunity to practice your Spanish in a relaxed atmosphere.
Just to the north is Coyoacan, known for its street theatre, artists, musicians and home to many historical sites and cultural centres, the most famous being Frida Kahlo's, Diego Rivera's and Leon Trotsky's houses. Coyoacan, with its many small bars, restaurants and theatres also has quite an active nightlife. You won't need to go downtown for the bright lights!
To the north-east lies colonial San Angel where the open air markets that line the cobbled streets sell a wide variety of traditional Mexican art.
To the South, Cuicuilco, the only circular pyramids and the floating gardens of Xochmilco bring our prehispanic ancestors closer.
We, the Ley Cooper family, have opened our home to travellers with the idea of facilitating interaction between locals and foreigners to enrich our community.
In our home, world music resounds, complementing our diverse and innovative menu, with recipes such as French crepes filled with Aztec huitlacoche mushrooms, Italian pastas topped with Mexican chorizo, and even cheese-stuffed chilli peppers in Asian mango sauce.
Location and Contact
• By subway (METRO): you should look out for the green line which goes from Indios Verdes Station to Universidad Station, you want Universidad Direction. The Copilco station which is our stop is the one before Universidad . • Copilco Station is located in the corner of Eje 10 and Cerro del Agua street so you must walk along the street Cerro del Agua (its got trees in the middle) towards the University (UNAM) main gate. Once you reach the University gate you turn to the left (without entering the University ) following the primary schools fence, then left again, and you will be one block away from the ‘Alfonso Pruneda' street here in number 24, you will find your new house El Cenote Azul. It is located between‘Ezequiel Ordonez' and ‘Leopoldo Salazar' streets. • If catching a taxi from the airport you will probably be better of printing instructions in Spanish and giving them to the driver, or print out the map. • From the Taxquena Southern bus stop, you will have a much closer trip (15-20 mins) by catching a mini bus or collective taxi (called pescero) that goes to Metro Copilco, and should cost you 2.50 pesos (20 US cents) or a taxi, 30 pesos $3 US.
Calle Alfonso Pruneda #24, Colonia Copilco El Alto, Copilco, Mexico City (Cuidad de México),
State of México, Mexico
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