One work of advice: Get there EARLY on Fridays – or else… !
Address: Calle 2 de Mayo No. 22
Phone: 352 - 2186
A short walk from the Cristobal Colon first-class bus terminal, this mid range priced, popular hotel is also clean and attractive – once you’re inside. A beautiful fernlined courtyard with a tinkling fountain surrounded by three balconied floors of spacious double rooms with TV, phone and hot water are priced at only 140 pesos from Sunday to Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays, if you can get a room, prices leap boldly to 220 pesos for the same habitation. Why? Before all of Cuautla is prepped for the heavy Mexico City weekend crowds come to soak away their work week stresses in one of Cuautla’s several “Balnearios".
Address: Main Plaza (Zocalo)
Phone: 352 - 2990
We’ve already eaten here, but it’s also a hotel in truth. Rates are lower – 100 to 120 pesos for a single with basic amenities including hot water, although it’s getting to be a tad worn. Check a couple of rooms to get the best one available. The location can’t be beat, but it can get noisy on weekends and holidays. It still seems to maintain its popularity despite somewhat “iffy" service. If you’re budget’s a hair tight, you should head straight for this hotel first as it’s a good value for the price all things considered. They’ll negotiate room rates for longer stays too.
Address: Conspiradores No. 9
Phone: 352 - 5200
One of Cuautla’s best values at 230 pesos for two. It’s more expensive than the Hotel España or Hotel Colon, but much nicer. The Sevilla is quietly set one block down a side street off the Galeria, just two and a half blocks from the main plaza. This well-kept hotel features nicely appointed rooms with cable TV, plenty of piping hot water, a phone, and a nice private bath with a shower. Service is top-notch, friendly and accommodating from the knowledgeable staff.
Share the Pleasures of Moctezuma
While you’re in Cuautla, you absolutely have to “share the pleasures of Moctezuma" by lounging in one of the local hot springs. Here’s the scoop:
Now “Agua Hedionda" means “stinking waters" and is the name of Cuautla’s principal “Balneario" or more accurately, Sulphur Spring. There are several in the area where you can soak, soften and relax in the therapeutic waters that now smell only faintly of the yellow mineral. Rumor has it that Moctezuma himself languished in the sulphur springs that dot the state of Morelos, giving it the name “Hedionda". Prices for the experience shoot from 60 pesos skyward on weekends, so go between Sunday and Thursday to beat the crowds and screaming brats. Balneario “La ONDA", Balneario “Agua Linda", Balneario “Las Tazas", Balneario “El Almela" and the Los Termas Water Park are others to try.
Las Termas Hotel and Water Park “Las Termas Water Park" is in the eastern part of morelos, about 45 minutes from Cuautla: www.lastermas.com. mx/english/ubication.htm
The Morelos Office of Tourism – Cuautla
For an unusual tourism office location this one must rank in the top ten. It’s in a Franciscan convent! The Ex – convent de San Diego, that is. The meticulously groomed grounds also house the now defunct Terminal de Ferrocarril Escenica or Scenic Train which was Mexico’s only steam engine train and ran between Cuautla and the 16th century village of Yecapixtla. The clearly marked office, entered from the train platform, has maps and brochures on local sites and places of interest throughout the state of Morelos, but the staff speaks only Spanish. They’re quite friendly and engaging though, so you’ll come away with plenty even if you’re absolutely mute. (which of course you won’t be – right?) The location is diagonally across from the Plaza Galeano at the corner of Galeano and Estrada Bollas. The tourism office Phone is: 352 – 5221 .
A Parting Note: Before you leave Cuautla …
…be sure to stop by the restful, tree-lined Plaza de Zapata to sit a spell and reflect on the huge bronze statue of Morelos’ favorite son, Emiliano Zapata, while enjoying a tropical fruit-flavored ice cream from the Michoacan shop across the street from the Plaza. It’s on Zemano between Calle 2 de Mayo and Larros. Galeano, Los Bravos and Zemano are all the same street. It just changes names as you head south from the Zocalo.
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