On my last trip to Oaxaca, I stayed at the Hotel Parador San Miguel which I liked quite a lot. This time, however, the warmer weather and favorable internet special rate persuaded me to try the Hotel Boutique de la Parra with its lovely pool, just a block off the zocalo. It was a good choice. If you are trying to decide between the two, here are the differences in a nutshell: Hotel de la Parra is quieter, and its suites have lovely rooms with windows overlooking the street and spacious baths. It is also physically more beautiful with its lovely patios and pool area. The Parador is livelier -- and noisier; some of its suites are interior rooms with no windows and if you prefer showers over baths, you have to climb into a big spa tub which could be difficult to navigate for older guests. But the Parador's breakfast, which is included in the price, is far superior to the Hotel de la Parra's, which is reasonably priced but not included. It's really a question of your preferences -- but you can't really go wrong. Both hotels have helpful, friendly staffs.
Hotel de la Parra is very attractive. It has lovely stone floors and dark wood. Bedding and table linens are locally made of a thick embroidered cotton, but where other hotels are decorated in lively Mexican colors, this hotel opts for a white palette, very attractive next to the floors and woodwork. One complaint is that the lighting is somewhat dim. Additionally, the windows can't be opened, probably an effort to limit street noise and dust. However, it would have been nice to crack the windows at night rather than be forced to use the AC on cool evenings just to prevent the room from becoming stuffy. Overall, the experience was relaxing and pleasing. The Hotel is a comfortable respite from the busy streets of Oaxaca at the end of a long day.
As for the pool, it is beautiful and secluded. Lined with chaise lounges upholstered in terry cloth, it is a comfortable place to relax in the hot afternoon or wind down at the end of the day. One oversight, however, is that the hotel does not offer beverage service there. Perhaps that is why it seemed so little used. Indeed, I don't think you can get a beverage in the hotel after the breakfast buffet except from your own mini-bar. But with the bustling zocalo nearby, who wants to stay home?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de la Parra is a hacienda-style boutique hotel located steps away from the Zócalo, or center square, of Oaxaca City. We offer rooms equipped with air conditioning, minibars, and all the amenities, as well as a lovely pool and restaurant. Well-situated in the heart of Oaxaca's majestic historic center, Hotel De La Parra is surrounded by gourmet restaurants, beautiful churches, fascinating museums and many other sites of interest.These are the ingredients which make Hotel De La Parra one of the best, most comfortable places to stay in Oaxaca.Welcome to Oaxaca, and to the Hotel De La Parra! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De La Parra Oaxaca
- De La Parra Hotel