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Hotel Casa Arnel
Aldama 404 | Col. Jalatlaco, Oaxaca 68080, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #56 of 110 Hotels in Oaxaca
paris
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

A good place for the price. Nice people, nice place with a nice big balcony lot s of trees/green the center of the hotel.
Room was nice without being great , bathroom was not very clean which is the main reason why I don t give it 5 points.
Overall, it s a good place for the price but there might be better

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bellingham, WA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Two of us rented a Casa Arnel apartment across the street and visited the hotel frequently for breakfasts at the common tables which were pleasant, tasty and well-priced, and for the lovely setting. The family is warm and helpful and we really felt at home here.

The Jalatlaco neighborhood is quiet and beautiful as well as being very conveniently located to the wonderful El Llano Park where we jogged in the mornings and enjoyed fresh 25-peso empanadas in the afternoons plus the Friday tianguis markets. At the same time, it is only about 10-minute walk to Santo Domingo, and about 15 minutes to the zocalo. We still heard firecrackers and church bells, water-delivery trucks and brass bands, but it was worth it for the great in-town location. You can join in on the twice-weekly evening dance classes in the church yard across the street, get what you need at La Cantera small grocery next door, and get lunch or dinner from surrounding eateries like the delicious Casa Arnel cafe or Biche Pobre.

We met a great assortment of mostly English-speaking guests, from university groups to retirees and backpackers in the hotel and enjoying the lovely rooftop terrace.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton, Ohio
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153 reviews 153 reviews
105 hotel reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This was in Lonely Planet as a budget hotel. Seeing the lobby and courtyard blew me away. It is a 2 story tropical garden. I looked at an inexpensive room with shared bath but chose a room "con bano." Many English speaking guests gather in the common areas and for breakfast. The rooftop garden patio is a pleasant spot.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed here for 4 days/nights and took two rooms. Our room was a double upstairs plus another downstairs that our adult children shared. All rooms were clean, tidy and had all the basics. This is a good value for money hotel that is interesting and lively. Location-wise its about a 15 minute but easy walk to the centre of Oaxaca where there is a great range of shops, artisans centres, markets, bars and restaurants. However if you don't feel like the walk there are some good restaurants around the hotel. The locality is in a delightful area of colonial buildings. The owner and his team were constantly polite and helpful although at times a little rushed whenever a large crowd was checking in or turned up for breakfast. We'd be happy to stay there again.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are quieter with a better aspects.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Avignon, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I have stayed at Casa Arnel several times in the past 15 years. I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful surroundings and warm attention given by Arnel, Lilia and family. It is very well situated. The barrio Jalatlaco is precious, very colonial and peaceful. It is close to everything, but not in the midst of the noise of el centro. It is a few minutes walk to el Parque el Llano and about 15 minutes to Santo Domingo. Easy bus service to most places. Breakfasts are delicious and the family ambiente lets you mingle with other guests at the table and exchange stories and information. Prices are very reasonable and the room very comfortable. I highly recommend it for those looking for a lovely place to stay at a very comfortable price.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kings Langley, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

If you're on a budget, this is one of the nicest places you can stay, about 10min walk from town. Really pretty little hotel with lovely owners and a lot of parrots. I had a single room, it's quite basic but clean, some lovely terraces at the top with hammocks. This place comes with shared bathrooms but you can pay extra to have your own. Walking in, it's like a little bit of paradise.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We found this little gem via the Lonely Planet guide book. On arrival in Oaxaca, we asked at the bus station's Information desk for directions. It was late afternoon, and we had just alighted from a 6 hour bus journey from Mexico City. We turned up without a booking, but fortunately for us being low season, there were vacancies. The hotel was still quite busy, with a block booking from an Antipodean tour company.

The hotel is on the outskirts of Oaxaca City - 5 minute walk from the bus station. It takes 15 - 20 minutes brisk walking to reach the Zocalo, not long really when you weigh up the benefits of the peace and quiet you have at the hotel.

Oaxaca city is built mainly on a grid system so once you navigate the main road you shouldn't get lost.

The family who run this hotel don't speak much English so you'd be best off learning a few phrases of Spanish in advance, or brining a phrase book. That said, they are extremely accommodating and helpful.

In the courtyard of the hotel you wiil be greeted by a number of green parrots some caged, some not, that wolf whistle when a stranger arrives. If you don't find the chorus of whistling parrots strange enough, you may be slightly nervous of Rex, the large, bald dog, that roams around day and night. Thankfully, he is much friendlier than he looks, but he's always on the lookout for a snack.

The rooms are small, without air conditioning but ours had a very efficient fan that did the job. There is free wifi here and, if like me, you didn't bring your laptop along, you can use the computers in reception for 10 pesos (50p) per hour. The @ sign is not where you'd expect it to be - if memory serves correctly you need to press alt q - if not just ask Joaquim, the youngest son and he will sort you out.

This delightful little sancturary also offers a spacious roof garden and an expanding library - you need to leave 2 books and you can take 1.

I would definitely come here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Aldama 404 | Col. Jalatlaco, Oaxaca 68080, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 110 Hotels in Oaxaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
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