This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Guadalajara. To help you make friends with Guadalajara before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico, and is located in the west of the country. The city has a colonial feel to it, with many old buildings scatted through the city. Most historic buildings can be found within Centro Historico (the historic district). The Centro District of Guadalajara can be explored on foot; most attractions are no more than a forty-five-minute walk. Public buses, taxis, and the metro also operate throughout the city.
There are many attractions in Guadalajara, including many old churches, cathedrals, craft markets, museums, plazas, and shops. Soccer is an important and popular sport in Mexico; if you get the opportunity to see a Mexican soccer match while in Guadalajara, or anywhere in Mexico, you will be met with a lively, spectacular atmosphere -- you're sure to see and hear singing, chanting, and drinking. Mexicans really know how to support their teams!
There are many different accommodation options here, including budget hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in Guadalajara. The best areas to stay in are city center and downtown area. There are many choices for hostels in Guadalajara, and there's sure to be something for everyone’s tastes and standards. Most Guadalajara hostels provide free Wi-Fi and internet services, free breakfast, large communal areas, and free use of towels and linen. Some Guadalajara hostels also offer student discounts, and specials for staying longer term (three or more days). Most hostels in Guadalajara have a friendly and social atmosphere, and provide free city maps and information on sights and attractions within the city. Some Guadalajara hostels also provide free city walking tours and organize nightly hostel activities. Not all hostels in Guadalajara -- or in the whole of Mexico -- have hot water available, so this is worth confirming at the time of booking.
Written by local enthusiast for Guadalajara hostelsKelly Sheldrick