We were absolutely delighted by our stay at Casa Los Arquitos Bed & Breakfast in Oaxaca City in November 2007. We wanted to experience the local flavor in a more intimate setting than the standard impersonal big hotel. At Los Arquitos, we got a taste of Oaxacan culture in a peaceful, well-maintained and beautiful environment, as well as very good and personalized services.
This small, privately owned inn is situated in the picturesque, historical Aqueduct district area on a quiet pedestrian street. It is very suitable for rest, as the few rooms are located in the back of the habitation, away from the street noise, and there is a very quiet ambiance with no other electronic devices available than a computer in the main hall. The rooms, kept very clean by the owners, are well provided for cooking and decorated tastefully with folk art. Flowers, plants and more folk art adorn the terraces and halls, making for a pleasing decor. The inn’s location allows for peace and quiet away from downtown’s feverish activity and noise, but it is also sufficiently close to walk to the central place Zócalo, which is a merely 20-minute walk. We felt very safe at Los Arquitos, the front gate being kept closed at all times, the rooms tended only by the owners and the doors being very secure. The owners, Patricia and Juan, a cultured and educated couple, are very trustworthy people. They are extremely polite, amicable and obliging, and deliver highly professional services. They can provide suggestions about cultural events, shopping, restaurants, and touring in Oaxaca and the surroundings, and make safe transportation arrangements if needed. Patricia, a physician, can assist in case of health issues and Juan is always willing to offer information about local businesses and customs. The breakfasts provided are delicious, plentiful, well presented and made with high quality, fresh food.
Before we left for México we read discouraging reviews about Oaxaca, due to political troubles in the recent past. However, we saw absolutely no signs of turmoil, violence or tension anywhere we went in Oaxaca. There was no more police presence than anywhere else in México. On the streets and everywhere else, people were friendly and polite with us. We felt safe to walk downtown by ourselves and back and forth to Los Arquitos, even after dark in the evening. We never felt threatened, even in areas not frequented by foreigners, such as some local markets. In our opinion, Oaxaca is no less safe than any other Mexican, Canadian or American city.
Juan and Patricia’s beautiful inn and excellent services made our vacations in vibrant Oaxaca among the best we ever had. We highly recommend Los Arquitos.
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