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I arrived in San Luis Potosi with high hopes of seeing both the city and state’s beauty and learning their history. My intentions were to hire a guide recommended by a travel book (L.P.) and travel the area for seven days. Upon arrival, I immediately headed to “the SLP based tour operator most used to working with foreign tourists and run by a friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking” agent. Well, that was a bust…the agent spoke no English and after obtaining an interpreter, I discovered that they offered only one tour and that was to Guanajuato, which is a nice city, but it is located in an adjacent state and I had already been there several times before. What I did glean from her was the name of another agency that may have tours within the state of San Luis Potosi…they did not! But he did dial and let me talk to a private guide, Miguel who did speak perfect English, but unfortunately he was tied up with a group for the next five days. Now, what do I do for the next seven days? I could rent a car, but I would not know what I was seeing! Finally, my week was saved when Miguel gave me the name of a colleague, Isaac Perez Vazquez. Isaac and his company, Corazon De Xoconostle came to my rescue. I could not begin to say enough good thinks about Isaac and his service. First off, having been a high school English teacher, he spoke fluent English…not broken English, but fluent English. After clearing his schedule for me, the first day we drove the three hour drive to Real de Catorce and toured the city, tunnels, the cultural center (which currently featured an exhibit on Peyote) and took a jeep ride through the mountains to the original silver mine. Day two took us through the scenic mountains to Tanchachin. Here we took a row boat upstream to view the Tomul Waterfall. We then drove to Aquismon to visit Sotano de las Golondrinas, where the swallows return each evening to the world’s sixth deepest cave. I believe the viewing is best in the morning, but the evening was still spectacular. We stayed overnight in Xilitla so we could tour Las Pozas & Edmond James’ Gardens early. Isaac hired a local guide to show us around and later we visited Museo Leonora Carrington and drove to Axtla de Terreza to tour Beto Ramon Para la Salud. We overnighted in Ciudad Valle and the next day we visited a game preserve to see Pumas and Jaguars. After the 3.5 hour return drive, Isaac and I parted as friends who will hopefully meet again. Thank you Isaac!
I really enjoyed my stay here. The staff are top notch, the dorms are very comfortable, facilities are great, and the ambiance is relaxing. The location is also very good, easy walking distance to sights, food, and shopping.
Yeah this spot is great. The hostel is colorful and has everything you need: kitchen, hot water, wifi, and stuff. The owner and the staff will treat you like family. Super nice. Make sure you have a few days to enjoy the tours and the city. There is a lot of stuff to see. The hostal will provide any information and tours that youll need. So yeah, come and check out this place. Its dope!!!
Hard to beat the price & location of this hostel. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. Coffee bread & fruit were waiting in the AM. the kitchen was well equipped. The rooftop area us spacious & comfortable.
If you are looking for a place to stay where people is nice no matter at what hour you arrive, this is the place. Cheap and clean, the place is perfectly located, near the bus station or the center of the city, its really easy to arrive there and the people who manage the hostal are really nice and friendly (what else did you expect from mexican people? they are the nicest!) Beds and pillows are CLEAN and even if you stay for one night you do feel like home.
My husband & I just returned from an amazing trip to La Huasteca where we stayed our last night in SLP at Corazon Xoconostle. We had reserved a private room w/bath. I must admit, at our age I was a bit hesitant about staying in a hostel, but had read good reviews, All concerns were allayed when we arrived and were warmly greeted by the owner who showed us to our room & around the common areas. Room was small, but clean, cozy & comfy and facilities included free WIFI, continental breakfast, use of kitchen and laundry facilities and a cool rooftop lounging area. It was in a perfect location for exploring the lively centro area, major sites and popular neighborhoods. Miguel was a delightful host who provided great information on the area with a map, food recommendations, and suggestions for our short time there. Since we speak limited Spanish, we really appreciated the special attention he gave us. The morning we were to leave, we took a last walk about and were a little late arriving back to collect our belongings and head to Airport, due to a political rally. Miguel was actually waiting for us outside, he then hurriedly accompanied us to a side street, bypassing the snarled traffic and hailed us a taxi! I've not received more such specialized treatment in any 5* resort! Would recommend to backpackers and value travelers seeking an authentic 'typical' local experience.
We stayed here for 3 nights while exploring Potosi. Friendly, helpful staff--helped us decide how we spent our time in the city! Comfortable enough beds (loved the comfy extra blankets!), very clean, hot shower, complimentary coffee and pastries in the morning. It was pretty empty while we were there, but Potosi is a bit of an off-the-beaten-path place; definitely part of the charm. It would be an excellent place to stay awhile and take Spanish classes. There is plenty to see in the city, and it would be a great jumping off point for other adventures--we wish we had time to head to Xilitla. We took a day trip to Rio Grande to Media Luna and definitely loved it! The staff will help you with travel logistics. Great value!
The staff and place where great. I stayed for five weeks to learn Spanish and met interesting people from and at the hostal. A secured (inside) parking for my motorcycle was possible. I was able to figure out many things with the help of the people at the reception: Spanish school, motorcycle mechanic, trips to nearby attractions, and some parties.
A friendly hostel in a peaceful quarter of the city. Miguel is an engaging host and is keen to promote his hostel, hence is open to any suggestions. My only gripe was that the hot and cold shower taps in room 4 were not the usual way round (the hot being on the right) but he promised to label them. He is a mine of information and advice about the surrounding area. A convivial atmosphere in the main patio (although you will probably need an extra layer of clothing) and generally an enjoyable stay. The church bells at San Miguelito make a much pleasanter sound than the usual junk noise and will get you up nice and early for Mass (which I did). SLP is a major transport hub, with frequent access to Zacatecas and Matehuala (for Real de Catorce). Getting to San Miguel de Allende can be done by direct bus only twice a day and if the times are inconvenient, you can get there via Queretaro which may look like a detour but actually makes sense. The bus station, unusually, houses a CD shop so I bought some work by Lila Downs---not the usual northern Mexico sound but something more exotic.
I stayed there 4 nights. All of staffs are very helpful. The manager even took almost one hour to introduce where can I visit. And the room and shower toilet are clean. The location is close to market.banks.square. In those days, I had some problem about receive my money from western union, so I asked help from staffs, they all are very very patient. There are nice atmosphere! only one small thing is, I stayed in 6 female room, and the room is beside the patio, when peoples talk in midnight, I can hear it very clear, but it happened only one night.
Hostal Corazón de Xoconostle places you within a 10-minute stroll of San Luis Potosi Cathedral and Temple of Tercera Orden. This 6-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a computer station.
Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 8 AM to 11 AM.
The 6 rooms have portable fans. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Limited housekeeping is available.
Guests of Hostal Corazón de Xoconostle enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, microwave in a common area, and refrigerator in a common area. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include a computer station, a terrace, and laundry facilities.