Villa de Campo Hotel (not sure why they're called apartments in some reviews . . . actually they are a bunch of small hotel rooms and 3 or 4 slightly bigger rooms they call suites) is well maintained and the owners have very carefully made sure there is nothing fancy anywhere on the premises.
i saw the owner beat one of the housekeeping staff to a bloody pulp for leaving 2 roles of toilet paper in the bathroom rather than just one (just kidding but they are minimalists).
The one thing I think they might consider springing for is some new chaise lounge furniture by the pool (the water is sparkling clean by the way). they had to be the most uncomfortable plastic chairs in captivity, surely rejects from walmart's damaged and broken section. every one of them (6 or 8) was broken and extremely uncomfortable. i'm certain that the design of these chairs is for some other species. If you do find a way to sit that is bearable, the back gives way after about 30 seconds and slams you to a horizontal position. i noticed that another guest was enjoying my misery. obviously he had been through the same 8 chairs before he decided to sit on the edge of the pool. it was very traumatic for me. i'm tense as i think about it now.
one tip is to ask for a room away from the street side of hotel. not because of the street noise (there is none, it's on a the quiet northern end of alcala) but you will be closer to the holiday inn express and thus will be positioned to have a better stolen wireless internet connection.
they have a big open, grassy courtyard that is very quiet and pleasant. there seemed to be alot of older retired american types there, boldly saying things like "hello" and "how's it goin", which i found to be jolting. there should be some required orientation regarding the use of casual american phrases and their effect on the environment. there is controversy on this, but i say bad spanish is better than loud nasal american verbal litter while i'm trying to immerse. "HOLA, COMO ESTAS, BIEN, GRACIAS, Y TU", THAT'S ALL YOU NEED TO AVOID TOTALLY LITTERING MY MEDITATIVE ZEN IMMERSION EXPERIENCE. jeesh.
the guys at the front desk are friendly but don't go out of their way to be helpful. it's kind of a self serve kind of establishment, where no one will ever say, "is there anything else i can do for you?". for people like me who appreciate people who stay out of my business, its perfect.
i stayed for a week and they discounted my stay 20% so it was $25US per night. you would have to pay me more than just to make the bed (which they do daily, changing linens, spotlessly cleaning, and making sure there is one, and no more than one, roll of tp).
anyway, at 25 bucks a night, a few blocks from santo domingo church, the instituto cultural (oldest and best language school in oaxaca), and the pochote cinema, it's the best. i'm going back next week and will be staying again.
if they have not changed the chaise lounges, i will donate several new ones and publicly and ritually destroy the only evil aspect of Villa de Campo Hotel. . . i am committed to this.
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