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“Beware.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Casa Verde Tropical

Hotel Casa Verde Tropical
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Av. Principal S/N Centro | Mazunte, Santa Marìa Tonameca, Oaxaca, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #88 of 110 Hotels in Oaxaca
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“Beware.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

There are so many hidden things the owner of Casa Verde won't mention to you and that you will find after you're already there, that you can’t help but feel cheated by him.

Most importantly, the house can only be reached after a 150+ stair climb (almost 100 yards of ascent) through hot, humid, mosquito-infested jungle. He won’t say this up front, perhaps only mentioning a “small staircase”.

The house is nowhere near the beach, and does not have direct access to the beach, so going to the beach means going down those stairs, and then walking 300 yards through a smelly muddy unpaved road (and then getting back). Going to Mazunte (a nearby town) for a meal and back means going up and down those stairs carrying your stuff around, and walking a mile to town. You'll end each climb sweaty and uncomfortable. Going anywhere, doing anything becomes an ordeal. You may be thinking I’m exaggerating, but having to climb those stairs 2-3 times a day becomes quite burdensome. The owner will tell you he will have someone to help you carry your stuff up and down the stairs (so the climb won’t be so hard),and doing shopping for you (so you won’t have to go to town yourself). This won't happen. This person is never around when you need him and he conveniently never seems to hear you when you call him from the bottom of the stairs.

If you're thinking about renting one of the rooms and just staying there through the day, not going down but enjoying the pool, and the house, just laying back, reading and relaxing, well, it won't happen either: The house is surrounded by dense rainforest, so it is extremely hot, humid, and without almost any coastal breeze, so you can't feel almost any wind at all. Mosquitoes will murder you anytime you attempt to get out of the very dirty mosquito nets covering the beds, no matter if it's day or night.

You won't be safe from them anywhere, as there are no enclosed areas, so forget about doing anything after the sun sets. Want to have a late night drink with your friends? Perhaps play some cards? Mosquitoes will not let you do any of these things, as hundreds will have you for dinner. And bug repellant of several different brands doesn't seem to discourage them.

The pictures of the house are misleading, as the long "swimming pool" in front of the circular cottage is not a pool, but an inch-deep water mirror filled with all sorts of swimming insects and disgusting bugs.

See how all the pictures at the verdetropical.com site are so small? It is so you won't be able to see things as they really are. If you saw bigger pictures, you'd see the dirt and the general state of abandonment of everything at this place. They may seem artsy, and the cottages would be architecturally interesting if they were kept clean, but they're not.

There is a very small and dirty swimming pool barely 3 feet deep, and you have to beg the person in charge of servicing the houses to clean it, otherwise they will ignore it. By the way, it's nowhere near the rooms, so be prepared for more stairs while feeding dozens of mosquitoes, who will follow you to the pool and keep on feeding on you there.

If you use the kitchen you'll be expected to clean after yourself. I'm OK with this, if I'm staying at a hostel, but at verdetropical prices, they're ripping you off. We ran out of toilet paper and had to wait for someone to show up (for a few hours) and an hour after that before they got us some. There's no way to contact them unless you go all the way to town and look Jorge up, as there are no phones in the house and there's no cell phone coverage.

As mentioned before, the house does not have direct access to the beach, and is 200 yards away from one of the ugliest beaches I've had the misfortune of visiting. The sand is very dark and sticky (perhaps there was an oil spill in the past?), and it gets extremely hot (because of its dark color), and the sea is extremely rough to swim or to bathe in. It might be interesting for surfers, if they don't mind carrying their boards up and down the stairs along with the rest of their stuff. Jorge sells the beach as "isolated and secluded". Of course it is, no one visits that beach, it's the ugliest one in the region.

If you hire the cook recommended by the owner to cook for you, she will overcharge you for the ingredients as well as for the labor. You'll end up paying more than if you visit Mazunte's restaurants. Jorge will recommend you to visit a restaurant claiming it's the best in town. Well, it's actually the worst one we tried, and we suspect it might be owned by his wife's family. I recommend “estrella fugaz” at “el rinconcito” beach.

The kitchen is quite dirty, as the rest of the rooms and facilities. If Jorge offers you the circular cabin, you should now that it doesn't have a bathroom/toilet, so you'll have to go out of your room, walk 20 yards and shower or use the toilette at an external facility, completely open (no doors, just a single wall in the back, and a sheet in the front, covering you from prying eyes, and providing mosquitoes with easy meals while you wash your hands, shower, or use the toilet). You have to pull a lever in order for the shower to work, it you stop pulling the water stops coming out. Try showering with one hand (while the other's pulling the lever), in the open, surrounded by several dozens of mosquitoes. Now imagine you want to take a shower at night before you go to bed to escape the heat and humidity.

The owner told us the house had cell phone coverage. He lied to our faces, as it doesn't. If you need to make a call, be prepared to walk to town.

I would've rather stayed at a hostal in "el rinconcito", right in front of a better looking beach, enjoying the breeze, close to great restaurants, within cell phone coverage, and without being surrounded by the jungle and hundreds of mosquitoes.

To sum it up: Better get a hostel room with a private bathroom in Mazunte, on in "El rinconcito" beach. or rent a house somewhere else. You'll have a much better experience, at perhaps one fifth of the price. Jorge will sell you verdetropical like it's an isolated, exclusive little piece of heaven, but it's not. It's quite the opposite. Don’t be cheated by him.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av. Principal S/N Centro | Mazunte, Santa Marìa Tonameca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #88 of 110 Hotels in Oaxaca
Number of rooms: 12

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