First let me tell you what we like and look for in accommodation. Most important for us is WIFI, not negotiable, we need fast reliable WIFI and somewhere to work that is half pie comfortable, like a table. Next we like to get a Queen bed that’s not just a piece of foam, and of course we want to cook, so we need a kitchen.
We usually stay a minimum of a week in a location to get best prices. Our budget is $250 USD a week or $35 a night. All our prices quoted are USD. You’ll see that some are over this however we had a little housesitting during this time also and a month with family, all made up for the overspend.
Overall in 2014 our average cost of accommodation was $199.57 a week or $28.51 a night.
How do I know this down to the fifty one cents?… It’s thanks to a clever application called Trail Wallet which I highly recommend for all travellers.
Our first place to look for apartments is Airbnb and most of the time we find what we want – we are loving Airbnb most of the time. If you haven’t used Airbnb before check out our post here and if you sign up you’ll get $25 off your first booking on me!
Not only do we get great accommodation with Airbnb, but we make friends with the hosts and get the feel for local life. Usually we end up having a wine or two at some stage of our stay – of course – we are kiwis!
There are no set standards with Airbnb as to what can be provided and no real rating system, you have to use your judgement from photos, descriptions and communications. Usually we find there is a small supply of necessary items, then you purchase your own, but occasionally we have got to places that provide everything and that is really nice, as well as being great for the budget.
The second place we look is Flip Key, although usually a little more expensive and not so easy to book and pay. I learned the hard way In Ecuador when our host by passed the Flip Key system telling me it was cheaper for me to pay directly. I will never do this again. Our accommodation was lovely but her agents treated us like criminals when we left trying to find fault with everything when nothing was wrong. We weren’t able to seek support from Flipkey. Plus we had cleaned the place top to bottom for which we got no thanks.
Imagine my excitement when I found this place online for $125 a week. It was our first apartment for Mexico and I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was pretty good, we had a great time here, but I realised we could have spent a little more for some comforts.
But let me tell you a bit more about Olivia’s – there is 5 apartments, ours was the smallest, the other 4 being quite a bit larger, some with 2 bedrooms and outdoor decks. (translation fresh air)
I do wish we had spent a little more for some outdoor space. Our apartment was very adequate, has a lounge kitchen and a separate bedroom, although noisy, it’s right on the street. For longer term I would book a larger apartment just because we like space.
What we liked the most:
We were totally spoiled at Mike and Ana’s apartment, it was delightfully Mexican with every little detail taken care of for a great price.
What we didn’t like:
Guanajuato has been tagged as a place for an extended stay in the future.
Cost – $197 a week
Find Mike and Ana’s place on Airbnb.
We loved being in a local neighbourhood rather than in the centre of the city.
We had a wonderful 2 weeks with Mimi in Oaxaca, her apartment was like a home away from home, owned by Americans the kitchen was fully equipped and had very comfortable furnishings and a lovely private courtyard.
Cost – $300 a week
Our place here was a teeny little cottage with a courtyard where the owners also lived, a very simple place.
Cost $158 a week
Find Rachel and Endric’s place on Airbnb
It was hard to find reasonably priced place in Tulum, we were only there for a week. I wouldn’t have liked any longer in this apartment, it was an awkward space.
Cost $318 a week
Find Craig’s place on Airbnb
When we arrived here I was in space heaven plus there’s was loads of everything in Maria’s apartment.
Cost $357 a week
Find Maria’s place on Airbnb
All prices indicated here are USD and were for our living during 2014. All in all Mexico provided some wonderful spots to live, we hope you’ll try some of these places on your travels and if you have any special ones, please share with us in the comments below.