If you hang around the pool or the small shared balcony overlooking the street and the bay beyond, it's not hard to get to know the other guests—many of them savvy budget travelers from Europe and Canada. Rooms are spare and vaultlike—some are downright dark. Fredy's Tucan, indoor-outdoor bar-restaurant (no dinner; $) is popular with locals—mainly for breakfast. The hotel is in a part of the Zona Romántica known for its restaurants and shops; Playa los Muertos is
a few blocks away.