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I use travel and adventure to put my ideas to the test, to challenge myself and learn what it means to be alive. You can read about these adventures at Rogue Priest.

I'm also the author of Lúnasa Days

Right now I'm engaged in a bicycle expedition across two continents. My goal is to reach the Amazon using only my body power. Along the way I study heroism, write fiction and try to meet the gods.
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Built a temple, biked 2,000 miles, published a book.
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    Philosophy, 2000 - 2003
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There are really just three things I want in a Mexican hotel: a clean comfy room, hot water, and wi-fi that works. The Caribe offered one out of three. Given the price and reviews I was really disappointed. The Caribe is located on a small plaza one block from the town center. The building is certainly attractive but so are dozens of other hotels in the area. I got the "discount" price of $700 pesos a night (about US $50). Listed prices start closer to $900 pesos. Note that a three star hotel like this normally goes for $350-450 pesos a night in Mexico, and what you are paying for is the location. Rooms aren't large but are comfortably appointed including a small desk and AC. Unfortunately there is no hot water. During my 5-day stay I only once got the water to run hot, on the very last morning, as if the Caribe was begging me to leave a good review. The rest of the time it was at best tepid (not even lukewarm, more like a swimming pool on a warm day). The wi-fi was also a major disappointment. Technically I could pick up the signal in my room - when it worked. That was about 25% of the time. Going out to the common areas doesn't help, it's just a bad network. This is a major dealbreaker for me. Last I would suggest NOT drinking the water from the water dispensers. Like many hotels the Caribe has "purified" water available on every floor, but theirs tastes a little... funny. At first I thought it was just the dispenser on my floor, but they all taste that way. I had a local Mexican friend of mine try a sip. He spat it out and asked if I'd filled my bottle from the sink! I can't say for sure they're filling their water jugs with tap water, but something's definitely wrong. I just wouldn't chance it. There are some good things about the Hotel Caribe. They have a beautiful 3rd floor pool area with a view of the cathedral and nice cooling breezes. Location is excellent. But for the prices they're asking for a normal 3-star hotel I would expect everything to work flawlessly. Sadly that is not the case.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
This is one of the best places I've stayed in Mexico especially for the price range. The posada is more like a bed & breakfast, with the rooms attached to the family house - a very new, very comfortable building. Rooms are large with AC, a ceiling fan, and great bathrooms. Hot water works excellently. Wi-fi signal is strong in the room. They tell me there's a pool though I didn't use it. Location is 6 blocks from the main plaza at the center of town. It's worth mentioning that the family that runs the place is terrific. Very sweet and attentive and they went out of their way to make recommendations for me and make sure I knew my way around. At the same time they have given me my space and privacy, no problems at all. The area is safe and quiet. I paid MXN $470 (about US $32) for a room for one person (king size bed) in Feb 2015. Price includes coffee and toast in the morning. They have purified water available for guests. If you don't like a B&B type feel then this isn't the place for you but otherwise I highly recommend it.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Full disclosure: I did not stay here, but stopped in and looked at a room. The price information on Google is erroneous. In January 2015 the price for a room for one person (two beds, no balcony) was 650 pesos. That's about equal to US $43.40, nowhere near the prices in the low $30's quoted online. When I brought this up at reception she said I could book through Expedia for 585 pesos, which is still $39. When you add in taxes and fees it's about the same price. The rooms were clean but small and a bit run down. Wi-fi seemed to work throughout.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I stayed here in late November 2014 and it was perfect. I traveled across Mexico on bicycle and have stayed at nearly 90 hotels of all kinds, always on a budget. CastelMia had large clean rooms, good wifi, and a beautiful courtyard. Best of all the staff were very friendly, proactive in helping me with problems or questions, and just welcoming in general. I do not remember the exact price but it was in the US $30/night range. Perhaps a little less not much more. Note that the nights can get very cold here, especially in the winter, as this area is highland and arid. Rooms do not come with heat which I don't hold against CasaMia because that's normal in this part of Mexico. They were happy to give me a heavy blanket when I requested one and I slept 2 nights here with no problem. Location is great, very quiet but only 2 blocks to the central jardín and the famous church. Check out Zona V in the public market ( 3 blocks away) for healthy food and great salads and vegetarian options if that's your kind of thing. Strongly recommend this hotel.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
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The hotel is fine, but the restaurant has poor service. Cost of a room for one person was MXN $500/night in November 2014. That's about US $34 at the time. The hotel staff was kind and helpful throughout my stay. Wi-fi was extremely weak and slow. There also didn't appear to be any outlets in my room to charge my phone or computer with, though I eventually found one (just one) behind a piece of furniture. They provide free purified water. The hotel restaurant is not worth it. Prices are high, service is slow and they didn't seem to want to serve a foreigner (even though I speak Spanish).
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
This is one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at in Mexico. I traveled across Mexico by bicycle and stayed at nearly 90 hotels and this is one of only a few that stand out in my memory. The property is an old colonial building which shows in the tile, columns, exposed wood rafters and central courtyard. The rooms are spacious with very tall ceilings and beautiful. You really do kind of feel like a king walking into one of these spaces. I also can't say enough good things about the staff, who were extremely gracious and helpful. I heard one front desk staff person speak in at least three languages, English, Spanish and French. The prices posted in the lobby are much higher than what you see on Google, however, without hesitation they offered me the online price (US $48 / MXN $700 for a single room). The listed price is MXN 1150 or US $79 which is quite a difference, so snag the deal if you can. These prices were current in January 2015. One thing that's very important to me is wi-fi. The Castelmar has good strong wifi but it's mainly in the lobby and courtyard. You may not get a good signal in your room. They also have a pool and offer a daily breakfast (not included in room rates, but affordably priced). The location is excellent, 2 blocks from the central jardín and right in the middle of the historic district. The only downside was that, because I didn't have a reservation, I had to change rooms partway through my stay. This was not a big deal and was handled very well by staff. Bottom line: if you want great service and a beautiful hotel I strongly recommend the Castelmar.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago