Charly's Restaurant and Bungalows | Established Campground

Mexico

Details

Verified:
19 days ago
Altitude:
1545.7 masl
Phone:
984 270 2084
Contributor:
OverlanderOasis

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - At Sites
Wifi:
Yes - Average
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
Yes
Showers:
Hot
Water:
Non-Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
Yes

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ersterjuni2005 Place is a Duplicate

This place is a duplicate of Charly's Bungalows and RV Park (0.0 km South West)

Description

Rental units with space to camp.
Very quiet. Very nice restaurant, best filet mignon I have had in Mexico.

Price is 300 pesos per night. Each spot has its own water and grey water dump. The price includes 15 AMP electricity (30 AMP is available at additional costs), non-potable water and grey water dump on each spot. Hot showers and bathrooms included as well. A separate toilet dump is available on the campground. The swimming pool is free to use for guests.

Laundry is available as well. Email: [email protected]

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Unfortunately a bit another experience: there were a lot of moscitos., ok rainy season just started but still more than elsewhere. No reduction if you don't use the power inlets. No kitchen. Due to heavy rain it got really muddy and I could barely get out with my small Van. Don't know for big rigs. Be aware that Charley the owner is an alcoholic and can get quite rude. Mondays and Tuesdays the restaurant is closed and there is no cleaning of the facilities.

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Good time. Very quiet. Ospitality. Space for parking. More services... WC, showers, kitchen, swimming pool... $300 MXN per night.

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What an unexpected oasis! Very well-kept place with all amenities and a large cool pool. You can buy drinks on site. Within walking distance you can also get cheap water refills at a purificada. The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday. In the evenings you can sit together and chat in German, English or Spanish. Denise gave us a very warm welcome, showed us everything and was very helpful. There are chickens that you can feed with your organic waste and two friendly dogs.
Charly is happy to organize a tour of the nearby tequila distillery Los 7 Leguas for a small fee, which is highly recommended. He also has an impressive selection of Tequilas. Don't forget to try one! Charly also bakes excellent Swiss bread every Wednesday and Saturday!! We felt very comfortable and paid 300 pesos per night for a 10-ton truck, two adults and two children.
Thank you for your kind hospitality!

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What an awesome campsite!!! Exceptionally well run by Denise (who along with her partner are lovely people). Very relaxed atmosphere full of overlanders, swimming pool, WiFi, shade, restaurant, hot showers and a great atmosphere.

This is definitely an overlanders hub in Mexico and you must stay here! It's brilliant! 😁

we paid 250 pesos total for two motorcycles and one tent.

the restaurant is up and running - and delicious. Make sure you walk into town and buy some fresh cut mangos with lime from the lady in the cart by the main square - 15 pesos!!! amazing

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A little Swiss enclave in the Mexican hills! Run by Swiss people, this is a cute, clean well maintained place with the best showers we have found in our travels throughout Baja and mainland Mexico. The restaurant was unfortunately closed for the two days we stayed. We enjoyed the small pool. 300 pesos/night includes electricity and water and decent internet. The village ofSaint Elena is charming and very tidy! Very friendly locals. A few small tiendas where you can buy some basic supplies and groceries. No restaurant in town other than some food carts on the weekends so being your own food. We enjoyed walking in the hills surrounded by agave fields. We will definitely be back if we travel this way again!

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We've been to Charly's RV-Park for the 4th time now! And we are totally excited about the care of the place, Denise does a great job, they organize what the heart desires, whether repair, tequila tour, set up camper etc. and Charly's restaurant is also highly recommended with many European menus. With the new showers, the campsite has gotten even better! Great, thank you, we will come back!!

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Chez Charly c’est le paradis. Charly originaire de Suisse est un hôte adorable, il a construit un endroit magnifique avec emplacement tous services, terrasse, salle de travail, wc et douche chaude, piscine et bar restaurant. Nous sommes restés 2 nuits à avons été très très bien reçu. Denise qui parle Français est géniale également au côté de Charly. Nous avons mangé au restaurant de très bons plats. Charly fabrique son propre pain baguette et du fromage. Il y a une vente de fromage de chèvre, brie, camembert fabuleux à Queso (Quesart) a de bon prix.
Allez y les yeux fermés pour vous ressourcer et partager de bons moments

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We had a really nice and chill time at Charly's place! The food is good, the dogs are friendly and Denise can help for almost everything!😅
Still 300/night.
We recommend!

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We stood on this RV park for 3 days. The owner and his team from Switzerland take care of the guests very conscientiously. All our wishes were fulfilled and we felt very comfortable. We were able to cool off in the swimming pool, the kitchen was fantastic and the evenings very fun.

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Got stuck here because of engine problems and were just absolutely happy to spend the nearly two weeks on this wonderful place with wonderful people. Thanks to Denise, who Translation a lot and took us to the markets, to Alex for helping with the machine, to Charly for giving us any Support we needed, especially his wonderful homemade bread, and to Maria Elena and her terrific kitchen helpers and anyone else of the team. They turned a bad situation into an event...oh, don't miss the wonderful refreshing pool😀

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Can only confirm the positive comments! Thank you very much, Denise and Charly! Attention: If you are coming from the South, do NOT take the seemingly shorter route from Portezuelo via Villa de Garcia Marquez: first pothole asphalt, then very bad and stony dirt road. Better follow the good road around the mountain to Ejido del Valle and follow the sign to Sta Elena

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I would like to add vehicle storage filter to the location please

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Easy to find. St. Elena is a quaint quiet town. Our contact was Denise for the RV park, we used What's App +52 984 270 2084. We enjoyed Charly's Restaurant which was a nice surprise to have some favorite Swiss specialties. Ask Denise for what's around the area. She helped us go to the Quesart Cheese Maker. The RV park is building new shower and bathrooms which will be done soon. The shower was hot but the access in the new building will be a bonus for RV site.

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Far less of a tight fit for us on our second visit. Staff are working hard adding sites, the restaurant is amazing. We love Charly's!

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As described currently 15 amp outlets with 30 and 50 on the way. Very peaceful and a good spot to relax. Smaller rigs will do better.

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Tolle Menschen, leckerer Käse, super Essen......Wir hatten wunderbare 6 Tage hier. Charly selbst war im Urlaub aber wir wurden wunderbar betreut. Vielen Dank Denise für deine Unterstützung. Mechaniker finden, zum Käseladen fahren usw. Wenn man in der Gegend ist, ein MUSS zu ausspannen. :-)

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super endroit, très agréable, très sympa, très beau..wifi très bien... Le pain de Charly fabuleux !!! très reposant... rencontre avec Denise, qui parle français et qui est sur place(+529842702084), super gentille !! vraiment très correcte

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A tight fit for our truck and 22 foot travel trailer, but well worth the effort. We were warmly greeted, toured around the property, and enjoyed a huge dinner. Absolutely a must stop for smaller rigs.

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Still little Switzerland in the middle of Mexico. We enjoyed our time at Charly's restaurant. Thanks for all see you soon.

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We spend almost a week with our camper at Charlys place and enjoyed every minute there. Food, Drinks, Talks excellent. Very welcoming and helpful. Highly recommended. P.S. There is no Rottweiler around.

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Best Steaks (Veggie Food available, of course)
Cool big Pool.
Fantastic bread.
Farmers around.
Stayed 9 nights.
Loved it!

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Charly ist very friendly and helpful with contacts to Workshops/mechanics in the area. Wifi works day and night. If you need a break from Tacos etc. Charly offers amazing european cuisine with excelent homemade bread. We enjoyed our stay very much and would definitivly stay here again. Highly recommended!

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Wonderful little paradise!! Charly was extremely welcoming, nice and was very helpful in getting us in touch with shops that could weld us something we wanted to build. The food was delicious and the homemade bread the best we had so far in US and Mexico! We only wanted to stay one night, but ended up staying 3 nights. The whole estate with the restaurant, bungalows, pool etc. is gorgeous, the dogs very cute, friendly and polite.
We paid 200 Pesos for camping incl. Full hook-up per night, which was way too little for everthing we got! Highly recommended!

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Very nice and Swiss location. Clean toilet and shower. The menu in the restaurant is really good!! Very friendly staff!!

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Once you have passed the fence gate, go up the dirt ramp after 50m at the right hand side - before the yellow house - to reach the RV park. Tranquil place, delicious food and Erdinger Weissbier.
Charly is a very welcoming, generous and helpful guy. He organized a tour to the 7 Leguas tequila destillery, a raclette in front of a fireplace and bakes the best bread we had so far in the Americas. Highly recommended.

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Charly and his crew are creating a nice and peacefull atmosphere for overlanders. The place is a bit outside of the major places where travelers pass but it's worth it. Charly offer sites with electric water and sewer. There is a clean pool and the bathroom is clean the shower has hot water all the time.The food in the Restaurant is delicious. He has europeen food as well as mexican dishes to resonable prices. We paid 200 Pesos per night for our RV and got bread twice a week for free.

For the journey here we recommend to take the Milpillas - Marharitas road. Don't take the road trough Villa de Garcia Marques! From this little town to Santa Elena the road is not tarred and in bad condition. Even ther are branches hanging down from trees.
We had a nice time here and will come back each time when we are in the region.

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not dog friendly ! Charlys agressive, attempted twice to attack me, freeroaming Rotweiller didnt provoce confidence for me and my Mexican overlanding dog.. the 2 caged dogs by the pool were super friendly.
the space is limited as the good places have been taken up by stored Overland rigs. I intended to take a cabana for the week but didnt feel comfortable being attacked just so i could try the strudle.. previous swiss reviews are great ! ...im from UK !

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My very last stay at Charly's July 14th 2021. I arrived around 4PM and was told to park in the lot that looked like a parking lot for R V's all left for the slow season. The only place with Electric and water was behind another R V that was parked in two spaces. I parked behind it. At 6PM I went to the restaurant and arrived at 6:12 and was told they close a 6PM . I went back to my rig made dinner and went to sleep. At 7AM the next morning I was awakened by the sound of a steel grinder. The person I parked behind was grinding something on the roof. When he saw me he started cursing at me for parking behind him He asked if I was stupid why did you park there what's wrong with me. He was one of Charly's guests from Switzerland. Me I'm from New York and I was very close to sending him to the Hospital. For ten minutes he didn't stop, like it was my fault he took two spaces and I had to park in the only space with electric. I went to Charly, paid and left. When I got home I sent Charly an e mail, told him what happened and asked why should I come back. He didn't respond. I should have stayed at the Pemex gas station 3 miles away. Charly couldn't care less. And this was my spot, I summer in Patzcuaro. Charly's is the mid point to my home in Ajijic. I wouldn't go back if it were free, not to mention the 10 miles of road full of pot holes you have to take to get to this place. Save your sanity, stay at the Pemex gas station where they don't run a repair shop grinding at 7AM. I've been in Ajijic for 13 years traveling, this was by far my worst camping experience yet.

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Hey amigo Charly.... we stayed 8 days at this beautyful place with great swiss food (Filet Mignon, Pizza, Strudel, homemade bread..) for mexican price 👍😊 Charly is nice and so helpful whenever you have a problem. We can really recommand this place!!!! Angela+Gallus

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The Website has chanded new: http://www.charlysrestaurant.mx/

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Charlys is on of the must stays! Perfect food, charmant people! Charly helps whenever possible. He knows everything about the area and can help you with doctors, veterinary and any other question that may show up during your travel. we definitively recommend to stay here and enjoy the area and the great food!!

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Very Nice place to stop and rest.
Fabulous food!!!
Nice people

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We stayed 3 nights and had a very good time; it’s a very nice&calm property without traffic noise...perfect spot to calm down!
Charly is a very friendly & helpful host- he knows the area pretty good and can organize tours for the cheese & Tequila factory; ..and he knows v.e.r.y well to prepare the best filet I’ ve ever had in the last 20years!
200Pesos/night with water and power if you need- you can also use the hot showers,flushing toilets and the pool!!great spot!!! Thx Charly for the very nice stay

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It is such a nice place! Charly is very friendly!
It’s am must to come here! Very good food , Swiss Food aswell! Pizza and homemade Pasta!! Very recommanded!

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This place looks like an oasis in the middle of the monoculture all around. Charly is very friendly and helpful! The restaurant is great with fresh and good products (for swiss people: they even have Aromat ;), but closes around 6pm. Pay attention to arrive before if you want to eat there.

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Very nice easy, quiet place with nice restaurant, food is delicious and different. We also went to the cheese place in Atotonilco. Great surprise, very good cheeses!

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We wanted to stay one night and we stayed here 1 week. it was amazing. Charly is really friendly and helpful. He speaks Spanish, English, swiss German and German. the food in the restaurant was Incredible. we are from Switzerland and it was a pleasure to eat some swiss specialities ! 😍 Go there you will never regret it!

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Wow a must place to stay if you like good food. Best steak I have had in a long time.
Also he makes cheese and good European bread. Not much to do in the small town but you will enjoy.

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Nice and quiet place! We stayed here for 5 nights and had a great time with Charly. We are from Switzerland so it was an honor for us to stopp here! Great food at his restaurant, pool, shower, friendly people. Santa Elena is a nice little village. If you are here try to visit the mill and the cheesemaker in the nearby town! For sure Charly will give you the informations about these places! Very interesting! 200MXN / night for the two of us.

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200 pesos la nuit avec électricité, eau, vidange eaux usées, douche chaude, toilette, wifi, piscine. Emplacement parfait pour notre Van. L’hôte Charly est super sympa, un suisse marié à une Mexicaine. Des réductions sur tout, sur les bières, sur le vin, sur les repas, sur les petits déjeuners ! Nous sommes restés 3 nuits du coup. Le restaurant est de qualité, de bons produits, de bons vrais fromages et du bon vin (il possède une cave). On se sent vraiment à l’aise, le domaine est grand, des petits jardins de cactus, terrasses et recoins un peu partout mais pas d’espaces verts. Il y a quand même de quoi dégourdir les pattes de notre chienne :)
Un endroit vraiment agréable pour faire une petite pause en plein road trip !

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Really nice place as mentioned before. We stayed on the nearly finished campspots with electricity and water.

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Incredible restaurant (try the Cordon Azul) and super friendly place to spend a few days. Everything overlanders looking for : Laundry, waterrefill, internet, clean bathroom, swimmingpool....
Thank you Charly and Maria Elena for this place.

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Beautiful garden at Swiss Charlys Restaurant with 5 full hookup sites and camping spots for 200p/car or tent/night or bungalows for 30US$/night (2-4pers). Restaurant closes Monday&Tuesday.

Sorry for adding another spot - but Charlys place was overlaid by the waterpoint nearby... for comments please check the i-overlander list!

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Charley's is worth the stop. Hotel, resturant, R. V. park. Everything was spotless, pool, bathrooms, hot showers cabanas. Internet in the resturant. Charley let me park closer to the modem So the speed was good. One cabana with a kitchen and fridge and 5 rental rooms at $600.00Mx. a night with discounts for longer stays. I stayed in my R V @ $200.00 Mx. a night and decided to stay a second. I received a discount for eating in the restaurant. Great food, fine cuts of beef, I had a chicken breast stuffed with cheese with a chutney glaze and a Swiss baked potato with cheese and bacon $145.00Mx. No dogs, roosters or sound trucks. Very peaceful.

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Wie beschrieben. Super nette Atmosphäre. Eine kleine Oase zum pausieren vom Reisen. Und mit lecker Essen verwöhnt.

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Pesos 200.- per night/car. Charly is a friendly, helpful and straightforward host. The 'Cordon bleu' was excellent as well as the bread that he bakes himself.
The new campsite with full hook-up on site is nearly ready.

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Beautiful place! Charly is Swiss and his restaurant is a mix between Mexico and Switzerland. Charly and the staff are super friendly. If you eat in the Restaurant you can camp there for free. If not, you pay 200 Pesos per night. Charly is setting up some new campsites. With Charly we went to a cheesemaker who sells you fantastic cheese like in Europe.

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Charly has a restaurant, with bungalows, and possibilty for camping. He cooks the best beef cuts we had for a long time!
Free camping with consumption in the restaurant.
150 Pesos for camping without consumption.

Coming from La Barca,take a right on the Pemex (20,501480,-102.530878), after about 3 miles take a right to Santa Elena and follow the signs.

Charly plans to built some full hook up spots the next months.

https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Charly's+restaurant,hotel,trailerpark-N20.46488%C2%B0+W102.49676%C2%B0/@20.46502,-102.499189,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x842ec8939c6ff117:0x37a3f2cbea36f982!8m2!3d20.465015!4d-102.496995

Charlys +5213931078271

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Charly was so friendly and helpful. This place may seem like it's in the middle of nowhere but it's worth the stop! Beautiful restaurant, pool, and plenty of spaces to camp with hot showers. On our way from Mazatlan to Guatemala! We paid MEX 150 for one night and two people. Showers were hot and wifi was adequate!

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The perfect place to stay if you like good food.charly is swiss and has "bratwurst","zürigschnätzlets", "gordonbleu" and a lot more.hi is helpful with everything.the restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday.we felt like part of the family and stayed 10days we paid nothing for camping, but eat every day in the restaurant.

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Swiss restaurant with delicious authentic food (Bratwurst, Cervelat, Salami, Käse, etc.). We had dinner at the restaurant and were allowed to camp for free.

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I stayed here for a few days and found it very quiet with friendly staff and fabulous food. On site baked bread, home made sausage and well stocked wine seller.

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Very quiet. Very nice restaurant best filet mignon I have had in Mexico.
Also has rental units, swimming pool.

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