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“Best place we stayed in 5 months of backpacking” 5 of 5 stars
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Vista Hermosa s/n | Col. Santa Maria, Puerto Escondido 70934, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #11 of 48 Hotels in Puerto Escondido
Sydney, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Best place we stayed in 5 months of backpacking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

My boyfriend and I arranged our stay at Aqua Luna after hearing rave reviews of the place from friends at home. We couldn't have enjoyed our stay more.

There's a beautiful pool area surrounded by wooden decking and a covered chill out area which is perfect for lazing around all day. The rooftop jacuzzi area is AMAZING and we spent a few hours up there every evening watching the beautiful sunsets with everyone. Special towels are supplied for use in the jacuzzi and pool areas as well as additional towels provided within your own rooms - this was a lovely touch after travelling for months in places where often we would have to hire towels.

The place is kept spotlessly clean and it honestly felt like we had splashed out and were staying at a boutique hotel. I know the rooms differ in price but we had one of the basic apartments on the bottom floor and it was perfect - a small kitchenette, fridge, couch, private bathroom, comfy bed and plenty of storage all for the grand total of $24 a night! I do believe our room was cheaper as the shower didn't have hot water - but honestly it's so hot there you don't need hot showers anyway.

We came for 3 nights and stayed a week - and if it weren't for flights we already had booked home we probably would have made the stay even longer!

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 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
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Really didn't enjoy my stay here. The rooms had a kind of hospital clean about them which was good but it really lacks character. The only other ppl staying there are young Aussie males who talk about surfing all day. Don't stay if u r a female unless u like getting ogled while using the pool. The location is a bit off the main drag and up a dirt road and hill so it's not good to walk home alone at night. I'm not so scared of ppl but the stray dogs are enough to make me get a taxi. Lastly but most importantly there are way too many rules at this place it feels more like a youth hostel than a hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
63 hotel reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

I really don't think you could ask for more. This brilliant hotel has everything you need - a beautiful pool, roof-top terrace (with Jacuzzi), amazing views, cheap beer, great food, book exchange, excellent, friendly staff & owners, lovely, clean rooms (with fans and safes & with or without kitchenettes) and great location (Zicatela beach, about 10 mins drive from La Punta). We could not have stayed anywhere better in Puerto Escondido to be honest. Everyone you speak to staying here says they were meant to say 3/4 nights and they are still there 2 weeks later.

I would not hesitate to stay here again or to recommend it. Easily one of the best places we have stayed during our 8 month trip around Latin America.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

My girlfriend and i stayed at aqua luna for 11 nights. We were greeted by very friendly staff who were very helpful in many ways; giving us local knowledge where to eat and shop.

The rooms were simple and tidy due to the daily cleaning service provided. The cooking gear and cutlery were due for replacement and it would have been good if there was washing up liquid and sponge provided, however these are our only complaints..

The surf was always pumping from 6.30-9.30 every morning until the winds came in. after that its chilling by the pool, playing a game of pool, watching the sunset on the balcony or having a night out with all the other awesome people staying there.

Would recommend aqua luna to anyone!

Room Tip: the rooms on the 3rd or 4th level have aircon and a better view but the days and nights arent too ba...
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I stayed at the Aqua Luna for a month in September/ October.

The Aqua Luna was perfect. Rooms are cleaned daily. The pool table, pool, rooftop Jacuzzi , and restuarant are great. The hosts/ owners are terrific. I have stayed there in the past and each time I find a nice improvement to the Hotel. Everything is very consistent and safe.

Adriana and Clive, the owners, and everyone that works there really try to make everything just right for everybody....all that at a very good room rate...I would look no further!!!

Steve,

San Diego

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

I traveled across the State of Oaxaca by car and we stayed at Hotel Aqua Luna for a few days. The hotel was really clean and well maintain, it has a good swimming pool, and a play room with video games, movies, music and a pool table. The staff is friendly and helpful on everything we asked them help for. I stayed on a rooms that it looks like more than a small apartment, it has a fully equip kitchen and a sofa. If I travel back to this beautiful place, I will definitely stay at this hotel. The Location of the hotel is 5 min walking from one of the most popular beaches of the city so it was great and all of the restaurants and bars.
The only negative part of the trip, it was that at night, half of the city lost the electricity and we lost the fan so it was a hot night.

Room Tip: Rooms on the bottom of the building tends to be fresh at night.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

Stylish, safe, clean and wallet-friendly. I've been staying at Aqua Luna off and on over the years and each year it gets better. I always get a room with a kitchenette and enjoy that it's an easy walk to the beach, yoga classes and restaurants. Service is consistently helpful - if you need a taxi, a jug of water, advice, just ask. This year they've redone the pool and its got new tile and is sparkling clean. I love lounging on the rooftop deck where you get a great wifi signal and a killer view of the Pacific from La Punta to the lighthouse. If there's a better deal in Puerto I can't imagine where it would be.

Room Tip: It might be tempting to go for an ocean-facing room but the rooms that face the mountains aren'...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Vista Hermosa s/n | Col. Santa Maria, Puerto Escondido 70934, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Puerto Escondido
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 48 Hotels in Puerto Escondido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First minimalist hotel in Puerto Escondido with a personalized service and a great atmosphere!!! A unique boutique hotel in Puerto Escondido with the best views from our roof lounge & affordable rates. Be our guest and you will never stay anywhere else!! ... more   less 
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