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Fray Junipero Serra

3.0 out of 5.0

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My husband and I like to take day trips from the cities we stay at in Mexico. We were staying in Puerto Vallarta for a few weeks and decided to take a overnight stay in Tepic to the North. We rode on one of the local buses (a 4 hour trip). A lovely ride up there a little long BUT WORTH IT! Authentic Mexican flavor. The hotel, Fray Junipero Serra was lovely! Nice room and excellent service. Nice breakfast in the morning included. Located in the center of town next to the Plaza. A city to visit! Jan and Robert Lynnwood, Washington USA ( Juanita and Beto)

We three middle aged sale aged British guys were on our last few days in Mexico before returning on Friday 30/3. We had stayed in San Blas three nights but the hotel prices were being raised everywhere in the busy Semana Santa before Easter. We decided to head inland to avoid the crowds and prices. My friend found this hotel on H.c (a Mexican booking site) and booked at a good price of 1418 for a two double bed room for three of us on the Wednesday 28/3 night. This was only 318 more than the very basic Hotel Marino Inn in San Blas we had stayed in the night before (see review). We arrived after our coach journey from Santiago Ixcuintla and then a taxi at 20:15 to be greeted in a swish foyer (usually above our pay grade) by a friendly receptionist who offered us a room at the front or rear. We wanted a view of the square or cathedral so she allocated room 309 but warned us that it might be noisy. I thought maybe a late night mariachi band or general traffic and people noise would be ok price for a view. We ascended via the smart lift and at the end of the corridor found our room. The room was big, smart and clean, double aspect so with the curtains drawn back (nets behind) views of the cathedral, square and surrounding mountains could be appreciated. The double glazing kept the ambient noise out successfully. There was plenty of room and surfaces for three peoples' belongings (although we travel light, one 5kg rucksack each), safe box, open cupboard with ten integrated hangers, shelves, dressing table, bin, bedside tables and a lamp, electric sockets, big TV (not Spanish channels) and an effective A/C unit. A welcome booklet explained everything and two plastic 0.5l bottles of still water with two plastic cups were provided. The shower room was very smart and clean. Plenty of towels, two rolls of toilet paper (another luxury), second bin, big shower space. All furniture was good quality stainless steel. A big mirror with overhead lighting along with a strong tap pressure to make jetting out a razor easy meant shaving was easy. The power shower was appreciated to freshen us up to go to the TA highly rated Capistrano restaurant below before 21:15 (kitchen closed at 22:00). It was all quiet by 22:30 and the square was dead in this working town so after a walk to the nearby (just past the cathedral) Sant bank to withdraw enough money for the exit tax (1,200 each), next hostel half owed (600) and travel & meals two of us went for a last drink in The Gloria by the cathedral, opposite the hotel room itself. Sitting on the old Imperial Hotel terrace we picked up the Hotel Fray JS wifi signal stronger than in our room so took advantage of saying hi to our friend in the room, take and send mutual pictures of each other across the road. The night was very quiet and extremely comfortable. The multiple sheets of linen and blankets were appreciated! It was all extremely luxurious after the night before. Breakfast was between 06:30 and 10:30 so after a good night's sleep and a glorious hot power shower (such luxury we are unaccustomed to) we descended to California Salon on the first floor into a bight, noisy and clean canteen style restaurant with families busy munching away. The spread offered was a varied and generous buffet. Fresh coffee, yoghurt, sliced fruits, toast and the usual Mexican breakfast staples. Refried beans, Canadian pancakes, omelette to order fresh to taste (mushroom, cheese, ham, peppers, diced salad vegetables, (salt added at table), scrambled egg & ham, pulled chicken stew, ground pork/beef, potatoes & ham. All were very tasty and local! The cutlery tray ran out of large spoons. I noticed tips (20) being left on the table (although there was a tip box on the counter) for the waiting/cleaning up staff as families left things behind on leaving. The staff could not cope with cleaning the tables or restocking crockery and cutlery, although they happily and regularly delivered or topped up coffees to tables. The food was tasty and topped up regularly. If you want real milk in your coffee get it from the cereal section! We seemed to be the not non Mexicans in the restaurant although others (North Americans) were heard in the corridor earlier and there was no sign of any other Brits! There were two ubiquitous large screen TVs broadcasting different channels, one a lively get-you-up-in-the-morning channel and the other showed TNT American Youth soap were both audible and annoying (for us Brits anyway) although nobody was really watching them except people on there own. The main restaurant downstairs had enormous TVs too, on permanently but quiet thankfully. No subtitles, odd, as in Wetherspoons as one downstairs showed the news (68 dead prisoners so riots in Venezuela, so sad as we had visited there before it fell apart) in the back section. Food choices (including the fresh juices) were topped up regularly till 10:25. There were immaculate toilets, great wifi and the chef was still cooking at 10:25. We got back to the hotel room to smarten up and catch up with the internet. At noon there seemed to be a loud PA system outside in the square as someone shouted across it. Then came the VERY loud music! The double glazing was ineffective. Time to leave but we had plans to catch up and leave at 13:00. The religious Maundy Thursday religious concert continued unabated it was obvious from our third floor vantage that no one was gathering near the loudspeakers, in fact people dispersed away! It's ironic that a concert musician has just sued his orchestra for hearing damage in London! Maybe that was the 'noisy' that the receptionist had referred to when we checked in, although I had jokingly referred to Mariachi bands in San Blas main square late at night! The receptionist was very helpful directing me to a cheap clothes shop and a '£ shop' to buy reading glasses. This was much appreciated as I had broken glasses and stained trousers in the two weeks beforehand. We checked out at 13:00 and ordered the Uber to escape from the square's noise to the tranquillity of the main coach station and onto Puerto Vallarta then London to absolute peace in our South Eastern Suburb of Ladywell!

We stayed 1 night for a look around town and shopping,The room and the hotel as a whole,was very nice for the cost and in a great location,breakfast was really good and you can walk around just about everywhere.Tepic has some interesting places and shopping as well.

My husband and I stayed here to celebrate my birthday. We were arriving @ hotel @ 8 AM following an all night bus ride from México City. The hotel kindly checked us into a room upon our arrival, and we were only asking that they store our luggage for the day prior to check-in. Things only got better from there. Our room was spacious, clean, quiet, and tastefully furnished. The hotel provided free full breakfast, including cooked options. There is a perfectly respectful gym also, open early AM, and is open all day. Last, the desk personnel were awesome. We asked them for directions to nail salon, and the following day when we were checking out and the gentleman noticed my nails, he asked me about my experience there. We chose to stay in the Centro historico area, and this was an all- around good choice. We will certainly be back.

Hotel Fray Juniper Serra was a great place to stay while visiting Tepic. The price was right, a bargain including breakfast. It’s on the zocalo, across from the main cathedral. All the museums in town and many restaurants are within blocks. Good workout room. Only negatives are the Church bells into morning and the street musicians in the evening; ear plugs help.

Underground parking, rooms were clean and fairly spacious. Did not have a refrigerator which would have been nice. Restaurant on first floor had a good menu, good food with reasonable prices. Town square and lovely old church located right at the hotel.

Located in the central area of Tepic. Lots of shopping and restaurants within walking distance. Hotel has a nice restaurant and a coffee shop with treats. Continental breakfast is included with pastries, fruit, to order eggs, and cereal. The service is excellent and the rooms are comfortable. Taxi line right outside the hotel. They have secured underground parking if you have a car. Enjoy!!

The place is conveniently located in the heart of the city with walking access to everything. Taxi cabs are available outside the hotel at all times. I have stayed at the hotel many times and had many good experiences; however, I would like to recommend to the hotel staff a better enforcement of the hotel's rules. They book rooms to groups of young guests that sometimes don't really care about other guests. On my last stay a group of people stayed having having a party very loud and smoking until 4:00am, it took a couple of calls to the night staff to rein them in.

The facilities are good and so it's the service. The one thing that drags it down is the location. There is a church across the street that rings it's bells at 7 and 8 AM!! Everyday!! including weekends!! If you don't mind, you will like the hotel, but for me I don't like to be waken up everyday with bells!! Other than is pretty good,but the noise makes a difference in the quality and comfort.

we reserved 2 rooms and the receptionist accepted my request that we be given the best price offered instead of the one given during the phone reservation. She did just that. We were very please with the room, service, lcentral ocation, cleanliness, restaurant and the friendliness of the staff. we highly recommend this hotel for those who stay in Tepic.

Lerdo 23 Poniente Tepic NAY

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Fray Junipero Serra places you next to Tepic Cathedral and Museo de los Cuatro Pueblos. This 3-star hotel has 100 guestrooms and offers free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a fitness center. Centrally located in Tepic, the hotel is also a short walk from Nayarit Regional Museum and Amado Nervo House Museum.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Capistrano, which specializes in local and international cuisine. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


Fray Junipero Serra's 100 rooms are air-conditioned and provide free local calls, free bottled water, and laptop-compatible safes. Guests can expect LED TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Ironing boards and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Fray Junipero Serra, guests have access to a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and 3 meeting rooms. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, a computer station, and free newspapers.

Room options

Standard Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 515 reviews