A staircase decorated with hand-painted tiles leads you up to the second-floor rooms at this bright pink hotel. Ask for one of the spacious rooms facing the street so you can look out over the rooftops. Don't miss a meal at the seafood restaurant ($), which has tables in the beamed-ceiling dining room or on a shady porch.
Av. Venustiano Carranzo 11, Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, 95461, Mexico
Jan 28, 2011
La La First the bizarre name. If you are expecting anything Gaga, forget it. It is probably the best/only show in town, and it has pretentions (the only hotel in Mexico where the reception/service was a bit surly from initial emails on). They seemed to be suspicious of guests rather than welcoming. It took three room changes to achieve a combination of AC and wi-fi working (the latter weak and minimal – as was the hot water supply and pressure:
I had to catch a 6:30 AM bus which the management knew well in advance; still no hot water.). The rooms were clean but furnished from a scratch and dent sale. The front desk’s tourist advice: go to the tourist office down the block, where the lady was gracious but spoke no English however La La’s owner did. Surely breakfast on a lovely patio overlooking the river (in between parked cars) could not present problems: and the food was OK …but 20 additional pesos for “pan” which turned out to be warm slices of wonderbread? Mid-afternoon of my second day, a masked man sporting what looked like a gasoline powered leaf-blower spread his noise and fumes throughout the hotel. I gather he was an exterminator – and have not stopped sneezing since. The staff starts yelling at 7:30 AM. And continues until after dark (what else do they have do with no clients?) I was booked for a third day, but fled. The more serious problem is the poor town itself. During September/October 2010, there was a severe flood, and the town is still frantically recovering: all the streets/sidewalks under repair and much repainting/refurbishing of buildings/homes. So it is an UNESCO WHS in process of becoming such again. There is no doubt that it is still amazingly colorful and impressive but will be much more so when repairs are completed. Another warning, in the “dead of winter” (late January), it is HOT. I cannot imagine summer! La La does have a pool.