Ruinas Del Real Hotel

, Real de Catorce, Mexico
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Ruinas Del Real Hotel

, Real de Catorce

Rooms: 18

Libertad esq. Lerdo - Real de Catorce - Mexico 011 52488 887-5066
7 Traveller

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10/10
Finest hotel experience!
Submitted by: Kimberly in 24/01/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I've visited Real de Catorce three times - the third of which was with my parents (mid 50s) and my little sister (21) when they came down from Illinois during the summer.

Though Ruinas del Real may be the most expensive stay in town (our 2 double bed room above the lobby cost approx 90 usd a night), we found it well worth the cost! It provides a superb, unique atmosphere, a GREAT view, kind & competant staff, and nice bathroom facilities. The price included an easy-paced tasty & filling breakfast (fresh squeezed OJ, fresh fruit & yogurt and a choice of a few hot items for the main course). We went hiking one day, shopped, rested and just took in the back-in-time sounds & surroundings - roosters crowing, donkeys braying, etc. We had a grand time!

This is the hotel that Julia Roberts lived in while her and Brad Pitt were filming "The Mexican." She lived in the multi-room suite upstairs which I believe is more like $200 a night.

As you walk around, know that various locals will approach you to take you on horseback or via an old Jeep up to the mine ruins. I've ridden up on a horse twice and gone by foot twice. My family hiked together - taking a few short breaks to catch our breath because of the altitude. It's a very bumpy, adventurous ride, but I have friends who've taken a Jeep up also.

Another tip: The people are quite friendly and seeking to help and serve tourists (and let's be honest, make some money). Go in knowing that - have some small change on hand to tip the local children. If driving in, when you come out of the tunnel, usually one or two will be waiting to direct you, walking or riding along w/ you to your hotel. Be careful because the streets are sometimes tight, steep, and one-way.

We stayed from Saturday afternoon thru Tuesday morning. The only thing I was a little sad about was that several of the village shops and one of my favorite restaurants were closed the entire duration of our stay. I'm not sure if it was the time of year or what.

In April, June & August alike, most of my group needed jackets once the sun went down. Due to the elevation, it can be chilly.

I hope to upload some photos to this site soon to give you a visual look at this and a few of the other hotels.

(see my other comments under the Corral del Conde rating)
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