We’ve recently teamed up with Hostels Club and they will be showing us some pretty cool hostels, hotels and B&B’s for our future travels. First on the list was the Blue Pepper Hostel Downtown in Guadalajara and we really enjoyed it. After living in San Pancho for a month, we were really looking forward to getting back into travel mode and when we checked into this funky, centrally located hostel, we were reminded of why we love this type of accommodation so much.
You really can’t beat the location of Blue Pepper Downtown. Set smack dab in the old historical center, the hostel is just a few minutes walk from pretty much every major site in the city. To get here from the bus station, you can take the bus 709 direction downtown. Ask the bus driver to let you know when you reach the intersection of Av. Juarez and Av. Federalismo and get off there. Walk 5 blocks at your right in Av. Federalismo and you will reach Juan Manuel street. Make a right again and you will find the hostel a few steps further that street. Alternatively, a taxi will cost around $250 MXN.
The staff at this hostel really make the place special. Joe, the receptionist and manager, can tell you pretty much anything you need to know and he’s always willing to help you out when needed. With only 4 private rooms and 4 dorm rooms, this small hostel only had 3 members of personnel that we met, but it seemed adequately staffed. The two men that run the place are American but speak Spanish, and the cleaning lady is a local Guadalajaran who only speaks Spanish but she knows a lot about the area.
The rooms at Blue Pepper are typical hostel accommodations. The dorms are clean and comfortable and the private rooms are all small, but they are well furnished with desks, hangers and a double bed. If the rooms are missing one thing, its natural light. Only the upstairs accommodations have windows, meaning that the dorms and room number 5 are very dark. Rooms number 5 and 6 have nice big LCD TVs, but they don’t have cable so unless you hook up your laptop with HDMI or VGA (like we did), you won’t get any English. Ask the staff for an antennae to pick up some Mexican channels.
This is where this hostel truly thrives. There are tons of excellent common areas for travellers to hang out and exchange information and travel stories. The main room where the check-in desk is located is very large with high, sky-lit ceilings and a set of couches, a nice TV (with Netflix) and some local art on the walls. There are two, very well-equipped kitchens for travellers to use and there are plenty of tables and sitting areas to sit and hangout.
Double rooms here will run you around $350 MXN ($24 USD), while dorms are just $120 MXN ($8.50 USD). This is a very good price considering the hostel’s amenities, location and cleanliness.
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- Clean rooms and shared bathrooms
- Very good hot water showers
- Excellent common areas
- 2 very good kitchens
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Perfect location
- Well furnished rooms
- Great price
- Guests have access to lots of blankets for those cold nights
- Hostel is relatively quiet at night
- Rooms are a bit small but good for the price
- Some rooms lack natural light
We really couldn’t be happier with this hostel for the price range. We had forgotten just how much we love staying in hostels until we came to this place. Everyone staying here and working here were friendly and we really liked meeting other travellers in the common areas. We would recommend this hostel for anyone visiting Guadalajara on a budget.