This article is from the March 2001 The Mexico File newsletter.
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Things to Know 

Flying There: As always, check AeroMexicoís webpage for their daily specials. Most flights to Veracruz connect from Mexico City. It is a short 30-minute flight from the capital. 

Hotel Imperial: Tel: (2) 932-1204. Email:  Miguel Lerdo No. 153, Veracruz. Rooms start at about $50US. Founded in 1794, this favorite hotel faces the Plaza de Armas. Old World elegance, this is my favorite hotel in town. Satellite TV, air con, indoor pool, good restaurant. 

Hotel Colonial: Tel: (2) 932-0193. Email:  Miguel Lerdo No. 117, Veracruz. Not as nice as the Imperial, but the front balcony rooms are a good bargain at around $40US. Interior rooms are cheaper. The sidewalk restaurant is very good. Satellite TV, air con and fans, dreary indoor pool. 

Fiesta Inn: Tel: (2) 923-1011, Toll free from U.S. (800) FIESTA1. Web page:  This hotel was days away from opening and looked to be first class, although a room will run around $100. Call for special deals. Quiet area, minutes walking from waterfront and the plaza. All amenities. 

Hotel Mocambo: Tel: (2) 922-0205. Four miles south of town center on the beach, the hotel reflects a Veracruz of the past. A little worn from when it set the standard, but still a nice stay. Doubles start $70-$80, but ask for specials.