A good amount of the posts on Legal Nomads share stories or travel tips, usually involving some mishap with a monkey or some disaster of a bus ride. Packing aside, most of the service-related information (hotels, street stalls, food markets) is dispensed via email. But with my recent whirlwind work trips to South America and Europe, I overnighted at many different hotels designed for the budget business traveler. I should note that this is very different from my usual backpacking style; I’ve stayed at a cross-section of places over these last few years, hostels or teeny guesthouses, hotels or yurts, each markedly different depending on the continent but having one main thing in common: that they were very, very cheap.

With a dozen or so hotels in under 6 weeks, I thought I’d review them based upon their usefulness to a business traveler on a budget. Perhaps some of my readers are looking for a business set-up (lots of us want WiFi!) and others might not be keen on hostels in South America. Keep in mind that I have reviewed these hotels based upon my needs for this trip: i.e. not as a backpacker. As you can see below, some of the hotels would be great for a different context, but did not work for me.

Here are my hotel reviews for the budget business traveler for South America and Mexico:

1. Mexico City, Mexico

Hotel One Patriotismo.

Av. Patriotismo 229

Col. San Pedro de los Pinos

03800, México, D.F. México

Tel.: +52 (55) 52 78 50 00

Pros: Very central and easy to get around the city; inside a mall with a food court and useful stores (pharmacy, etc); rooms extremely clean and new, with plenty of outlets to charge electronics; wifi extremely fast.

Cons: None.

Rates for single room: $56 USD

Wifi Included: Yes

Breakfast Included: Yes, buffet breakfast that included both tacos and coffee. Why would I want anything else?

Takes Credit Cards: Yes.

On a scale of 1 to ‘really crotchety’ how crotchety was the staff: 1: Staff was very attentive and polite, helped organize cars for my meetings and ensured that I was up in time for my flight at some ungodly hour in the middle of the night.

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