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“Nice stay, but quite annoying at the end” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Cazomalli
El Salto 104 | at Aldama, Jalatlaco, Oaxaca 68080, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #102 of 110 Hotels in Oaxaca
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice stay, but quite annoying at the end”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed at the hotel 6 nights over Semana Santa 2008. Got the address from Lonely Planet and booked the room over the phone in Spanish 2 weeks in advance, confimed the same day, worked great. The hotel is 2 blocks outside the center, so the airport minibus rates double to 70 Pesos pp, better to take a cab for 100 pesos from right outside the airport. Watch out it is 280 Pesos for the minibus if there is nobody to share.

Extremely nice reception, very nice, extremely clean room, beautifully remade every day. 1st floor, a bit noisy at night. Very nice interior courtyard with plants. Some very minor things were fixed immediately. CNN reception was not great,we did not complain. Some wireless internet (maybe from the neighbors) sporadically available. Breakfast on the rooftop with nice views, but not much to see. Breakfast rather expensive by Oaxaca standards, 50-60 Pesos pp for quite average fare, but very friendly service. No menu, a bit hard to order in English (my girlfriend speaks no Spanish).

On the last morning the female owner completely screwed up our very good impression of the place. She first charged my girlfriend 5 Pesos for calling a taxi (not very generous after a 6 day stay, her husband had done it for free a couple of days earlier), then suggested to her to take us to the airport for 150 Pesos. When I canceled this (a cab is only 100 Pesos), she refused to call a cab and sent us with our baggage out to the cobblestones to pick one up a cab on the Avenue. Apparently, Semana Santa was over and it was all back into the old greed.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, reliability
  • Disliked — Hard sells, location, lack of english language skills
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Sydney
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2007

My partner and I stayed here for 6 nights over the Day of the Dead period and just loved! In fact we can't wait to go back!

The room was a decent size and nicely appointed. New televisions had been installed with some cable channels available.

The bedheads were hand carved and painted, they were quite spectacular.

The bathroom wasn't amazing but it did it's job, we never had any problems with hot water which was great. There was no air conditioning in the room but the fan worked well.

Although we used the safe for the first few days, once we got to know the people working there we weren't really bothered with locking it.

The owners really are the high point of staying at the Cazomalli. Francisco and Marina ensure you a welcome and comfortable stay. The booked us our tours and always gave us great recommendations on things to do and see.

The cobblestone street is very cute and quiet. About a 10 minute walk from the zocalo ensures you a nice place to finish your day away from the hustle and bustle.

Our days began with a full and hearty breakfast on the rooftop where we could observe the locals going about their day, the dogs wondering the street and the breathtaking mountains around us. For breakfast we were treated to rich coffee, mexican style scrambled eggs, fruit with granola, toast with strawberry preserve and burritos.

Their are a few churches, restaurants and a graveyard near by as well as a big park it is a very good area to be in around day of the dead.

On the eve of the day of the dead, Marina and Francisco invited us to dinner with them where we ate home made chicken tamales in mole sauce, bread of the dead and drank mezcal and hot chocolate. After dinner Francisco took us to the nearby town of Xoxo to the cemetary and gave us flowers to place on abandoned graves.

While we were staying in a hotel we had the service of a bed and breakfast. We knew the employees by name and they were very friendly and helpful. They did not speak fluent english but spoke enough to help us with whatever we needed.

We will definitely be returning to the Hotel Cazomalli. I have missed it since the day I left.

  • Liked — The service from the owners
  • Disliked — bathroom was a little small
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Monterrey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2007

A nice quiet hotel that is set away from the center of the city. The place is clean and well-run. We traveled the last days of Semana Santa on a Sun, Mon, and Tues. The hotel had virtually no other guests (maybe due to the political instability of the year past)Positives: the place is in a quiet neighborhood that has nice cobble stone streets and colonial charm of its own. The owners are nice and helpful. It is a short 5 minute walk to the bus station. Negatives: a long-ten minute walk to the zocolo. the rooms are not spacious.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, UK
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2006

This is an OK hotel, but you can definitely get more for your money elsewhere. The view from the breakfast terrace area is great, and there's a nice leafy internal courtyard, but the staff were not very helpful - our room was on the ground floor just off the main reception area and was rather noisy, with no windows, so we asked if they had somewhere quieter, ideally on the first or second floor, and were told they were completely full (which patently wasn't true). Breakfast was not included in the price (or rather the fruit salad and the jam was, but not the toast and coffee, or something equally odd). The rooms have TV, safe, telephone etc but I'd rather stay somewhere with fewer facilities and more character. Not really worth the money.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Monterey, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2005

This hotel is nestled on a corner in a neighborhood complete with roosters to wake you up in the morning. The owners are very helpful and arranged a private tour of the surrounding town one day, and were able to get us galaguetza tickets for us before we arrived. The hotel is charming with plants all over and the terrace is lovely. Cash is expected at the time of check out, which was a bit of a surprise, but overall a good experience. If you plan on sightseeing around the zocalo for meals and shopping, I would recommend staying a bit closer, but if that's not your main objective, it is fine. A cab ride from the hotel to downtown was 30 pesos usually, which could add up if you go back and forth more than once a day. The taco shop down the street has great al pastor tacos, fyi. open late too!

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2005

We spent 10 nights at the Cazomalli in January 2005, and were very pleased. We found it to be quiet, clean, with responsive service. The rooftop patio was a special hit, as we were looking for a quiet vacation and wanted a place to read in the afternoon. You do need to walk a bit, but that was part of our plans.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandler, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2004

Stayed at Cazomalli for one night in January 2004. What a let down! The room was small, dark and dreary. It opened onto the courtyard where the crying babies were being cajoled to not cry. The bath room was spartan- one had to stand in the shower to open the door. The cleaning tools never left the hallway. It is a fairly long walk to the zocalo from this residential neighborhood where there are very few services. This hotel is definitely overpriced. Oaxaca hotels tend to be high priced,but you can find good ones if you look. I would not recommend Cazomalli on any basis.

  • Stayed January 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: El Salto 104 | at Aldama, Jalatlaco, Oaxaca 68080, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #102 of 110 Hotels in Oaxaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cazomalli Hotel Located just 5 minutes from the bus station ADO first class, in the majestic Jalatlaco neighborhood. Around us find restaurants, cafes, parks and variety of attractions. Cazomalli located just 10 minutes from the church of Santo Domingo, museums and downtown Oaxaca city Hotel an unforgettable experience Cazomalli ... more   less 
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