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“More Monastery than Luxury Service Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Quinta Real Oaxaca
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 5 de Mayo 300 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #36 of 110 Hotels in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“More Monastery than Luxury Service Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

(Now known as the Quinta Real Oaxaca.) Don't get me wrong. The facilities are immaculate and genuine. Everywhere there's a historic patina that even the most highly-paid Disney technologist would be hard pressed to reproduce. If it's a visual feast you seek, and related ambience, this hotel will deliver for you in spades. If you're looking for pampering service that anticipates your every stress, avocado wraps, heel clicking table-side service, spotless white linen table cloths set with glistening stuff, and your Italian sommelier -- fuggedaboutit. But wait a second .. this is .. Oaxaca ... isn't it?

The restaurant was very nice and offered excellent authentic local fare. The waiter staff seemed a tad stretched. Our bedrooms and bathrooms were thoroughly scrubbed and cleansed to perfection every day. The pool area was excellent with attendants keeping an eagle eye to see that towels, umbrellas and what-not were quickly at hand.

You do want to select a room that opens into the interior courtyards as the streets are noisy. Quibble department -- our room (the King Carlos suite) could have had better lighting fixtures. But ... it was a monastery.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Windham, Maine
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

we spent 4 nights in this hotel which is changing its name to the Quinta Real. Because it is located in an old convent, there are no exterior windows making the room dark. There is a small window that opens onto the interior courtyard. The room contained 2 beds, an chest of drawers, and a tv cabinet but no chair. The bathroom was small but adequate but had an odor problem. There were 2 drains in the floor that emitted a foul odor- when we complained they fixed it. However we do not expect this kind of a problem in a hotel of this caliber. There is no elevator and the stairs are steep and uneven; it is an ancient building.
The courtyard outside our room was beautiful with lots of pots of flowers. Breakfast is not included; recommend eating off the menu, the buffet is not worth the money.
i recommend that your tour the building, but stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico City
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

For a hotel which claims to be a luxury venue, the Camino Real Oaxaca (now called Quinta Real Oaxaca) offers extremely poor service. When we arrived by car at the entrance, we were told there was no parking, and we had to take the car to a parking garage ourselves, a few blocks off the hotel. Although the public spaces are beautiful, the room was small and crammed, in need of serious remodelling. But the worst part came on Friday afternoon, when we intended to take a nap, and were waken up ten minutes later by extremely loud music. The front desk´s answer was that the hotel was full, and thus we could not have another room away from the noise (a weekly event for the hotel guests, we were told), so they could do nothing about it. Of course, we were not told of this at our arrival, nor when when we made the reservation. I strongly recommend looking for another hotel in Oaxaca, with more quality surroundings and, of course, better service.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed for three nights and while exquisitely maintained, we were not upset when our stay ended and we moved to a nearby B&B. Though gorgeous -- the common spaces are picturesque and plentiful -- the rooms were small and very few amenities, if any at all, were included in the base price. No free wi-fi felt particularly absurd in this day and age.
We did not eat in the restaurant. We did use the pool, which is wonderful. And, if traveling with children, a definite plus. The staff were very helpful and courteous. Professionalism abounds. But, for the money, it is worth looking into other spots and, we think, a traveler can certainly get more for less at numerous other places in Oaxaca.
Lastly, it's worth noting that the location is wonderful, though being so central perhaps means you're less likely to get out and see more of the city.
We would not stay here again, though our stay was perfectly pleasant.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico City, Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

No parking, no Internet, no quietness, no service at all, no decent beds, no space in the bathrooms but a lot of fare.
The place is amazing, and it is a total disgrace when you compare it with the rest of the hotels, like La Casona de Tita or Casa Azul.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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9 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed at the Quinta Real in Oaxaca (previously Camino Real) and enjoyed it. It was quaint and beautiful. We were able to book tours in the hotel, which would have been nice to know ahead of the trip (since we showed up with tours fully booked) - their website needs to be integrated into the new Quinta Real company and include better information on tours and airport transportation. The food was good, with a nice buffet each morining, but rather expensive.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Disappointed by Service!!!
We were here at the Quinta real for a family destination wedding with high expectations of the Camino Real Oaxaca. Unfortunately we were all so disappointed. Many of the rooms were filled with our family and wedding guest members. We have all extensively traveled throughout various parts if the world and have high expectations of the properties we choose. To start with the attitude of those at the front desk was as though we as guests were putting the employees out of their way. We reserved a cab for airport pick up and when we needed to change the time we were instrictest to call from our room since they were too busy to help us. Excuse me I believe that is considered service???? In the dining area the service was just simply poor. Our Tables were left not picked up throughout our meal. Unless we stacked our used dishes up to make it very noticeable that they needed clearing off, no one came. We had to get up and ask for water or condiments or other side needs. If we wanted an additional cup of coffee they wanted your room number. They 'nickel and dimed' us to death. We had a minimum of twenty people at a time diring meals it wasnt like we were trying to get away with anything Then to top it our last night here, which is tonight, ACCiDENTLY, a tall vase fell and broke next to wherebwe were sitting. The Captain on for the evening, his name Manuel, very rudely and abruptly mis-spoke with our family and friends, about paying for the vase since we broke it. Something to the effect that they were not owned by the hotel and they were on consignment and that everytimg inhe hotel was for sale???? Not our problem!!! Do not put them in the path of guests. We were sitting where we were placed by the servers. They provided us with the cushion to sit on and that is where we gathered for a last night with family. My recommendation is stay elsewhere. The rooms were nice and a very nice property but poor poor service. Bad Attitudes. Go by and visit bit they don't deserve the business.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle 5 de Mayo 300 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Oaxaca
#4 Luxury Hotel in Oaxaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Quinta Real Oaxaca 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In Quinta Real Oaxaca you can enjoy Los Naranjos Garden Los Lavaderos Garden Swimming pool El Refectorio Restaurant. From 07:00 -22:30 hrs. Las Novicias Bar. Monday- Saturday from 17:00 - 00:00 hrs. Sunday from 10:00 - 18:00 hrs. Swimming pool everyday From 08:00 - 20:00 hrs Acentua que actividades se pueden hacer cerca del hotel I you rent a car or travel in taxi, you can do this activities: Monte Alban (Zona Arqueologica)20 min. By car. Mitla (Zona Arqueologica)45 min. By car. Arbol del Tule (Arbol Milenario)20 min. By car. Hierve El Agua (Cascadas Petrificadas)1 hora con 30 min. By car. Teotitlan del Valle (Tapetes de lana)35 min. By car. San Bartolo Coyotepec (Barro Negro)20 min. By car. • Distancia que pueden hacer caminando (walking distance) Visitar el Zocalo de la Cuidad. 300 Mts. (984 Ft) Caminar Sobre el Andador Turistico. 70 Mts.(229 Ft) Visitar Catedral de la cuidad. 300 Mts.(984 Ft) Mercado 20 de Noviembre. 400 Mts.(1312 Ft) Mercado Benito Juarez. 400 Mts.(1312 Ft) Santo Domingo church. 70 Mts. (229 Ft) Etnobotanico Garden. 70 Mts. (229 Ft) ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Camino Real Oaxaca Hotel Oaxaca
Camino Real Hotel Oaxaca
Oaxaca Camino Real Hotel

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