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El Alquimista
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Domicilio Conocido S/N, Colonia Roca Blanca | Fin de Playa, Zipolite, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Zipolite
Lodz, Poland
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19 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Perfect setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

El Alquimista cabanas are located in the most beautiful cove of Zipolite. The cabanas are right on the beach and each of them has a hammock on the front porch. Although baths could have been cleaner and better equipped, the cabanas interior is generally lovely with excellent beds. Waking up there with the view of the ocean is an unforgettable experience.
The food is also great. The restaurant has also many hammocks and beds right on the beach and is a perfect place to chill.

Overall - an excellent place, would definiteley come back there and would not hesitate a second when choosing location to stay in Zipolite.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

A cabana on the beach was ideal for convenience, view, and relaxation! When we opened the door to our cabana, we were literally on the beach, front row! So incredible to have our porch with a "hamaca" right there, almost surreal. Listening to the Pacific's powerful waves crashing was such a sweet lullaby. Tears came to my eyes upon arrival at the beauty and majesty of the views. You just could not get more convenient and beautiful.
Of course, though, the bathroom in our room could have been updated to be fresher but you just get used to the different ways over there anyway, brushing teeth with our own bottled water, etc. And sharing the walls with a few lizards even got acceptable, although you might not have thought so on my first night of noticing their cohabitation with us. After hearing that they help by eating mosquitoes and we closed our mosquito net around our bed, which felt like sleeping in a safe haven, all was well.
I think maybe big bottles of water could be provided, that would help too.
But, my bottom line, is that this place, El Alquimista, was like paradise for its setting and views. It was like alchemy for my mind, transforming me to a complete state of peace.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010 via mobile

Really great location we had a cabana right on the beach front (there are only 2 like this). The rest of zipolite is really disappointing it looks like a bomb has gone off here I think a lot of places have closed down or something as the sea is encroaching at high tide along the centre of the beach.

Food was great at el alquimista and really reasonable. Rooms were a bit dirty and the bathroom we had was really grubby. But like I say it's the nicest place in town and we still really enjoyed it. But make sure you book well in advance. While we were here watched a lit of miserable looking people being turned away with the prospect of staying at one of the hovels down the beach hanging over them.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

Zipolite is a cozy boutique hotel at the end of the Zipolite beach. I´ve been there 3 times and always enjoyed a lot. It is one of the "upscale" places to stay in the area. They have both beach cabins and backward lofts (with private terraces overseeing the Pacific), all are vey clean and with a stylish decor. The restaurant is also excellent, great place to dine at the light of the candles on the beach. They serve amazing wood-oven pizzas and sea food.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Alquimista

Address: Domicilio Conocido S/N, Colonia Roca Blanca | Fin de Playa, Zipolite, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Zipolite
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Zipolite
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Alquimista 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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Also Known As:
Cabanas El Alquimista Hotel Oaxaca

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