Through a series of booking errors at NY’s Park Avenue Hotel years ago, management upgraded me into the best suite. It had a huge, corner wraparound balcony overlooking both 5th Avenue and Central Park. I was King for the weekend!
That is how I felt in the Bella Vista room at Siete Balcones.
This hotel is like the prow of a ship, floating over the historic zone. It is at an epicenter of colonial architecture. Traditional Oaxaca vibrations blast all senses, (yes, including the “sounds” other reviewers mention.)
Bella Vista is the flagship room, etched on the hotel’s logo. This corner gets most of the City’s processions and parades, perhaps because of the Acala (pedestrian only)/Morelos (automobile) combination. Parades come in any of four directions, with no notice. They can include giant balloons, carnival figures, traditional dancers, Jesus, and fireworks. On one day, the parades was 400 3-wheeled moto taxis bound for blessing at the Basilica down the street. Then came Carli and Adriana’s wedding, followed later by a re-creation of Viennese Waltzes as danced in old Oaxaca. Finally, a parade for Something I Never Figured Out went down Acala at dusk. Make sure your video camera has plenty memory---from your fly-on-the-wall vantage point, you see everything. (. . . and nobody notices you. Maybe TMI, but we watched the wedding procession in bathrobes!)
The hotel pays remarkable, consistent attention to detail and cleanliness. Maintenance is challenging for sensitively renovated colonial buildings. The hotel’s performance is astounding. It just *smells* clean, without perfuming chemicals. The lack of chips, cracks, idiosyncratic plumbing, etc. in the natural materials, is characteristic of hotels double the price. Soundproof outer balcony doors are so clean staff warns you not to bump into them.
Prior reviews about noise frankly scared me. I am sensitive to sound. (At home, I am in constant negotiation with my neighbor’s barking pit bull.) Yes, there are many sounds in Oaxaca. The hotel is smack dab in a vibrant city and may not be for everyone. Nevertheless, I did not lose sleep. The hotel has an interesting “soundproof” system. When you close the balcony doors, it is like turning off a loud radio. The only sound that got through was the traffic signal’s “chirper” for sight-impaired pedestrians. The City turns it off late at night, but one suggestion for hotel management: “Use your political power and turn down the chirper volume.
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