26 Oct Hostel La Candelaria
This weekend in Valladolid was, as stated before, a really nice one! Speaking for myself, this city was on my must see list from the beginning, and I was doing research for quite a long time already. When I finally convinced the girls to join me, it was time to go find accommodation! I searched online for nice hostels to stay, and saw La Candelaria as a highly recommended hostel in the ranking of Booking.com. I searched for reviews, photos and prices, and decided this should be the one.
We arrived in Valladolid on Saturday morning, and first went for a coffee while looking for the hostel. Turned out we had been sitting in front of the hostel the whole time, which is located on the plaza of Iglesia de la Candelaria.
This is the outside appearance of the hostel! Very cosy and the plaza looks a little European with the flowers and French garden furniture.
This is the main entrance you get to see when you enter the hostel. The owner is very kind and offered us different kind of rooms. They have single beds on girls-only dorms or mixed dorms, but they also have private rooms with a private bathroom. Since we were with four, we decided to take the private room.
The entrance looks very cosy and artistic, with art, this nice chalkboard, travelguides, two chairs and a computer with internet for guests to use.
We got this fancy yellow bracelet in Disney type and took a look in the garden.
This was our room! We had one double bed and two bed bunks. We were with four, so Lisse was the lucky one to get the double bed. I had my own bunk bed and Theresia and Julia shared one. The room was decorated with paintings of Frida Kahlo, and she is kind of our hero in Mexico. We are planning a trip to Mexico City and we will definitely visit the Frida Kahlo Casa Azul!! The bathroom was connected to the room, making it a private one for us. We actually had a quite nice sleep, the beds are comfortable and we got fresh new sheets and a fluffy pillow.
This is the garden, where the bathrooms and toilets are also located. At the front, there is a stair to the roof terrace as well (and also the girls rooms upstairs), where you get to see the garden and a piece of the city, which is beautiful by night when the church is lit.
The bathrooms and toilets are painted in so many colors, it looks very nice. The owners (a Dutch/Nicaraguan couple) put hard work and love in the decoration!
The spacious garden and stairs to the roof terrace!
Make sure to check out the hammock area in the back of the garden as well, it is really nice, cosy, with candelsticks and lights and in the night. We layed in the hammocks in the evening, with some music, while watching the stars and having good conversations.
The covered kitchen/dining area is very inviting. The kitchen is fully equipped and there are a few long tables where guests can come together. Inside the hostel there is a kitchen as well, so you will always have the room to cook with more than one person at the same time. The wifi works best in the garden (better than inside the hostel), so that is a plus for all the digital nomads 😉 In the evening, we went to this area and met a few people, all from different places.
La Candelaria offers VERY GOOD cruiser bikes, for only 100 pesos a day. You have to pay a deposit of 100 peso as well, but it is not expensive and around the same price as the bikes rental shops in town. We took the bikes to the cenote, which was a bit of a road full of stones, hills and sand, but they are perfect for that!
There is a breakfast schedule for the whole week, but since we were here on Sunday, we were able to taste the pancakes! They were fresh made and we got some watermelon and banana too. Also, the coffee was really good and tasty. I got used to the coffee from OXXO (grose) so I was very glad to have real good (percolated) coffee. And each morning, there are bowls of granola, cereals, yoghurt and milk as well. The best thing is; it is all for free and included! My friend Theresia is allergic to many things, so she was not able to eat the breakfast that was offered. The cooking lady was so nice and made scrambled eggs for her instead 🙂
Afterwards, you have to clean up after yourself, of course, but that is no big deal at all and even fun to do it together.
Overall, I think La Candelaria is exactly how a hostel should be: a great place to hang out, have dinner, meet other people from all over the world, comfortable, welcoming, arty, a great bed and great breakfast! It is also really clean and spacious, the people are kind and friendly, they offer good service and have bikes for rent. Speaking for myself and my Dutch friends, we had a great time and I would have stayed longer if I did not have to go to work this Monday.
Location: Calle 35 at Plaza Candelaria
Price: 4-pers private room: 811 pesos, bed in a dorm room: 181 pesos
Amenities: two kitchens, wifi inside and outside, hammocks, bicycle rental, breakfast included, TV lounge inside, friendly staff, travelguides.