HI - Jalapa - De La Niebla Hostel is a quiet place with an excellent location in the center of Xalapa. Installations are clean, airy, and well ventilated, and the atmosphere is cheerful, with plenty of students from nearby towns that stay during the week, so it makes a good place to stay while visiting the city.
The hostel is located on the main avenue in the heart of the downtown historic centre of Xalapa. The Cathedral-Central Park Zone is on the same street, two-and-a-half blocks away (so it's extremely easy to walk there). The area has many small super marts open at all hours, where the ingredients to prepare a meal can be purchased, along with simple fast food and drinks. Nearby are a few coffee shops where the locals get together during the day. There are also several cafs close by with excellent coffee, live music on the weekends, and high-speed Wi-Fi available. Buses leaving for Xico and Coatepec, two nearby small towns that are definitely worth visiting and that offer excellent typical food and local coffee, leave from a market at Parque Revolution, at a brisk fifteen-minute walk from the hostel.
The building is a large, three-floor building. The main floor holds the reception, a storage area, and a small sitting area in the lobby with a picture window to the street. Rooms, dorms, and shared bathrooms and common areas are found on the second floor, and the third floor is basically private rooms and bathrooms. The whole building is impeccably clean at all times. The hostel feels more like a small hotel than a backpacker hostel, but offers all the necessary amenities for a good stay.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Rooms are spacious and dorms are set up with double bunks. The rooms are well lit and also well ventilated. Mattresses are good and the beds have a night light and a plugin for electronics. Dorms also have a wash basin with a mirror tucked into one of the corners. The lockers are large and can hold an entire backpack.
The main shared bathrooms are located on the second floor and are spotlessly clean, and are normally cleaned a few times a day. Shower stalls have great pressure and plenty of hot water, with a small dressing area to leave your clothes and hang a few things.
The common spaces include a downstairs small sitting area next to the reception. If youre going on a small side trip, there is a storage area to leave store things until you return. There's a computer with internet on the second floor. The patio between the rooms and the kitchen is a large and very agreeable spot where you can rest and chill. Part of it is covered, and there are a few tables where you can sit. The kitchen is completely furnished with a fridge to store leftovers or food items. The included breakfast (the offerings vary, but will include something like fruit juice, yogurt, bread, cereal, and coffee) is served in the spacious dining area, which also doubles as a common area to gather round and a TV room to watch a movie. Plenty of tables allow groups to get together comfortably. The hostel also offers a well-priced, same-day laundry service.
Though very close to the Atlantic Coast, because of its elevation, weather in Xalapa can be chilly and rainy, so its a good idea to take warm clothing. Xalapa City is the capital of the State of Veracruz, a large Mexican state with a wide diversity of sceneries, climates, vegetation, and cultural life that's divided into seven gastronomical regions, so there is a great diversity of food to discover, and it is amazing and outstanding. If youre a coffee lover, the state is one of the main producers in the country and a large part of its coffee is a high-quality export grade.