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Hello everyone,

This is my first time posting here and I am planning my first trip to TJ this month. I have been living in Cali for 6 months and I am finally looking into crossing the boarder. I have been to SE asia a few times so I am really looking forward to this. Thank you to everyone in advance for future advice.

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Welcome!  Tons of good information here.  Search is your friend, but feel free to ask too.

Looking forward to the trip report!

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:welcome:

@sin9l, as you've probably read, things are definitely different in Tijuana as compared to SEA.  Once you get the lay of the land down here, I suspect you'll have a great time. I don't know if you're a club guy or not, but at least once, you need to experience Hong Kong in all its glory.  Words can't adequately convey the experience of HK, even on a regular Tuesday afternoon. 

As @Sargon mentions above, there is a ton of great information here on the board and if you can't find what you want to know, feel free to post a topic or question.

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1 hour ago, Reuben said:

:welcome:

@sin9l, as you've probably read, things are definitely different in Tijuana as compared to SEA.  Once you get the lay of the land down here, I suspect you'll have a great time. I don't know if you're a club guy or not, but at least once, you need to experience Hong Kong in all its glory.  Words can't adequately convey the experience of HK, even on a regular Tuesday afternoon. 

As @Sargon mentions above, there is a ton of great information here on the board and if you can't find what you want to know, feel free to post a topic or question.

I do go to clubs from time to time so I'll make sure to check out HK during this trip. I am planning on staying at the Hampton Inn due to having free hotel stays^_^. Are there any bad reviews for that place?

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43 minutes ago, sin9l said:

I do go to clubs from time to time so I'll make sure to check out HK during this trip. I am planning on staying at the Hampton Inn due to having free hotel stays^_^. Are there any bad reviews for that place?

I've never stayed there, but my novia's cousin said it was OK. I think it's geared towards business travelers. It's quite a distance from the Zona Norte. You will definitely need an Uber, Didi, or taxi.

 

 

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2 hours ago, sin9l said:

I do go to clubs from time to time so I'll make sure to check out HK during this trip. I am planning on staying at the Hampton Inn due to having free hotel stays^_^. Are there any bad reviews for that place?

Very few bad reviews, one of my favorites: 4.6 / 5.0, top 8 TJ pricewise, closer to where many escorts live, modern rooms, safe parking, good breakfast, gym, indoor pool & gym, closer to Otay crossing and TJ Airport.

Hampton Inn is in a safe area close to the US Consulate, a couple of shopping plazas, a walk to 7-11, Starbucks, several nice restaurants, a couple of other business-level hotels, and the main TJ University (a lot of eye candy!).

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8 minutes ago, CADragon said:

One of my favorites: close to where a lot of escorts live, modern rooms, safe parking, good breakfast, gym, indoor pool & gym, close to Otay crossing.

How bad are the Uber/Didi/taxi fees to/from La Zona?  Is it worth it to stay that far away if you are planning to go back and forth from La Zona?

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18 minutes ago, Sargon said:

How bad are the Uber/Didi/taxi fees to/from La Zona?  Is it worth it to stay that far away if you are planning to go back and forth from La Zona?

I have not been in Zona for the last 12 years.

I stopped using taxis. Didi is, in general, less expensive than Uber.

Most of the time, I drive my car. I've been renting a house for a couple of years now.

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Someone who knows more about Tijuana neighborhoods than me needs to chime in about how the area is around the Hampton Inn and whether it has good restaurants and Oxxo's, the Mexican 7-11. I've either stayed at the Grand Hotel which has some good restaurants in the area but the taxi drivers will want $ 10 for a ride there from the Zona or right off Revolucion, which is the main tourist street. Near Revolucion, I've either stayed at the Villa De Zaragoza if I want to save money (it's like a Motel 6) or Hotel Ticuan if I want a nicer place. I've never stayed in the Zona as I often do escort dates and most escorts won't go there plus I value my sleep, but many like to be in the middle of the action. For a first visit, I think you should stay closer to the Zona. If you're staying around Revolucion, a taxi ride from the border will cost  five or six dollars and the same price or less to go back and forth to the Zona.

Some of the hotel decision should be based on whether you're there on a weekday or a weekend, as weekend rates are a bit higher.

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Hampton Inn is in a safe area close to the US Consulate, a couple of shopping plazas, a walk to 7-11, Starbucks, several nice restaurants, a couple of other business-level hotels, and the main TJ University (a lot of eye candy!).

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I'm very familiar with the general area. There are plenty of good places to eat in the vicinity. There's a little "strip mall" sort of thing next door with La Cosecha restaurant. They have good food. Opposite is a much larger mall (I forget the name) with a Cerveceria, a really good Italian place (Gianluca), a Pho place, an Applebee's (some gringos can't go without gringo food :coverlaugh:), a Chilaquiles (excellent breakfasts) and assorted other places. It's very close to Motel Ensueno if that helps (a much better place to take an escort than one's humdrum hotel room). BUT it's a waaaaaaaaaay long way away from Centro or the Zona Norte <shudder>. It's a business-style hotel more oriented to a business traveler due to its proximity to the airport.

 

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15 hours ago, PhordPhan said:

I'm very familiar with the general area. There are plenty of good places to eat in the vicinity. There's a little "strip mall" sort of thing next door with La Cosecha restaurant. They have good food. Opposite is a much larger mall (I forget the name) with a Cerveceria, a really good Italian place (Gianluca), a Pho place, an Applebee's (some gringos can't go without gringo food :coverlaugh:), a Chilaquiles (excellent breakfasts) and assorted other places. It's very close to Motel Ensueno if that helps (a much better place to take an escort than one's humdrum hotel room). BUT it's a waaaaaaaaaay long way away from Centro or the Zona Norte <shudder>. It's a business-style hotel more oriented to a business traveler due to its proximity to the airport.

Agree with above. Otay has loads of large factories, so lots of business travel. 

Aside from the Hotel Ticuan and being in the heart of the Centro and short ride or walk to the Zona Norte, I would recommend the Hyatt Place in Chapuletec.  Nice property and lots of great restaurants in the area. You can take a collectivo taxi back and forth to the Centro for like 15-20 pesos if you want to travel like Juan Eightpack.

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