Hampton Inn & Suites Norte
Av. Universidao 501 Norte
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El cerro de la Silla, desde Juan Ignacio Ramon
Nuchi Dance Floor
Looking out from the entrance to the caves
North Side of Arch of Independence
I have been invited to a quincenera in Monterrey, Mexico near MacroPlaza, but I have never been in Mexico except for Tijuana and Rosarito. I am excited and nervous because I don't know what to expect. I would like to know where could my family and I stay at that it is not very expensive but still decent. Also, how difficult is it to drive around in this city since we are driving there from Arlington, TX. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
Well it's a big city. I would say it's more frenzied than the Metroplex. But if you have driven in DFW rush hour traffic Monterrey shouldn't be a problem. Just have a map with you . I find it's helpful to study the map beforehand so yo have an idea where things are in relation to each other. If you get lost just look for one of the transit policemen standing around on the street corners of the major roads. I've found them to very helpful. Of course speaking Spanish is a big plus because very few of them will know English. Once I asked for directions and the officer decided to get on his motorcycle and give me a police escort!
There are many nice hotels in the Macro Plaza area. It just depends on your budget.
I have some tips about restaurants and places to see among my Monterrey pages if that might help.
Just this past weekend we had family visit us from Monterrey and advised us not to take our vehicles(truck&suv) if we were to visit them anytime soon. They told us that the drug cartels are literaly stopping their cars infront of nicer/newer vehicles and just throwing people out of their cars and taking them. If you are driving take your vehicle as dirty as possible, travel as early as possible, there are several nice hotels in the Macro area, make yourself familiar with the area and be alert at all times. Hate to give you this information as we love Monterrey, but need to make you aware of the situation in the past weeks so you and your family can be safe.
Travel Tips for Monterrey
Changing Money and Travellers Checks!
I was in Monterry last September. In my experience, only Banamex changed dollar travellers checks; and I went to numerous banks across the city! For Cash, US Dollars could be changed in most banks and other currency exchange bureau's, Euro's can also be changed in some places. However, Pounds Sterling Cash could not be changed! If you arrive in Monterrey with no money, go to an ATM machine until the banks open!
Regional music is dubbed musica norteña, northern music, which is unique, very lively, kind of Mexican polka, with accordion, guitar and drum, and has lots of groups and fans.
It is obviously not only from Monterrey but from all northern Mexico. In some tourist areas, where you can hire a mariachi group, you can also hire a trio norteño to play this catchy music. They use a cowboy hat, not a mariachi hat.
Want to hear some? Go to the website below. Just click. It will display a webpage with a midi file (sound) and the lyrics of the Corrido de Monterrey (corrido is a story told in a song). Turn your speakers on, it starts automatically and your feet will move immediately!
In the picture, the famed Huracanes del Norte, http://www.huracanesdelnorte.com
If you are thinking tasting some hot and powered dishes, like tacos with hot sauce, I recommend you bring some 'diarrea' medicine, just in case. If you come in Summer, you must need a cap, and maybe some sunblock!!!
This city have a lot of night...
This city have a lot of night club. Ones for dancing, others just for listenig music or only for meet people and chat.
In Monterrey are two famous areas where the most importants night clubs are locate.
One is 'Barrio Antiguo', just next to the Macroplaza at downtown. That places are like pub: take a drink, listeng music and have fun!!!
The other area is located at San Pedro Garza García and is called 'El Centrito' at 'Del Valle'
Try the gorditas as a roadside...
Try the gorditas as a roadside stand!
These gorditas are cheap and good. The gorditas are a Monterrey favorite, and they are good. Gorditas means 'little fat ones' in spanish, because they are usually stuffed with any number of different kinds of fillings, which really fattens them up. They can be savory or sweet, and both are equally enticing. The stand featured in this picture sells many types of gorditas filled with different toppings, like strawberry, caramel from goat's milk, and other mouth watering favorites.
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Hampton Inn & Suites Norte
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Monterrey Hampton Inn
- Hampton Inn Monterrey
Address: Av. Universidao 501 Norte