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Review of Hotel Casa Arnel

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Hotel Casa Arnel
Ranked #54 of 109 Hotels in Oaxaca
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed here for 4 days/nights and took two rooms. Our room was a double upstairs plus another downstairs that our adult children shared. All rooms were clean, tidy and had all the basics. This is a good value for money hotel that is interesting and lively. Location-wise its about a 15 minute but easy walk to the centre of Oaxaca where there is a great range of shops, artisans centres, markets, bars and restaurants. However if you don't feel like the walk there are some good restaurants around the hotel. The locality is in a delightful area of colonial buildings. The owner and his team were constantly polite and helpful although at times a little rushed whenever a large crowd was checking in or turned up for breakfast. We'd be happy to stay there again.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are quieter with a better aspects.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

I have stayed at Casa Arnel several times in the past 15 years. I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful surroundings and warm attention given by Arnel, Lilia and family. It is very well situated. The barrio Jalatlaco is precious, very colonial and peaceful. It is close to everything, but not in the midst of the noise of el centro. It is a few minutes walk to el Parque el Llano and about 15 minutes to Santo Domingo. Easy bus service to most places. Breakfasts are delicious and the family ambiente lets you mingle with other guests at the table and exchange stories and information. Prices are very reasonable and the room very comfortable. I highly recommend it for those looking for a lovely place to stay at a very comfortable price.

Room Tip: There are rooms with bathroom and with shard bathrooms nearby. Prices vary accordingly.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Richard K
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

If you're on a budget, this is one of the nicest places you can stay, about 10min walk from town. Really pretty little hotel with lovely owners and a lot of parrots. I had a single room, it's quite basic but clean, some lovely terraces at the top with hammocks. This place comes with shared bathrooms but you can pay extra to have your own. Walking in, it's like a little bit of paradise.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank NaomiScott32
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We found this little gem via the Lonely Planet guide book. On arrival in Oaxaca, we asked at the bus station's Information desk for directions. It was late afternoon, and we had just alighted from a 6 hour bus journey from Mexico City. We turned up without a booking, but fortunately for us being low season, there were vacancies. The hotel was still quite busy, with a block booking from an Antipodean tour company.

The hotel is on the outskirts of Oaxaca City - 5 minute walk from the bus station. It takes 15 - 20 minutes brisk walking to reach the Zocalo, not long really when you weigh up the benefits of the peace and quiet you have at the hotel.

Oaxaca city is built mainly on a grid system so once you navigate the main road you shouldn't get lost.

The family who run this hotel don't speak much English so you'd be best off learning a few phrases of Spanish in advance, or brining a phrase book. That said, they are extremely accommodating and helpful.

In the courtyard of the hotel you wiil be greeted by a number of green parrots some caged, some not, that wolf whistle when a stranger arrives. If you don't find the chorus of whistling parrots strange enough, you may be slightly nervous of Rex, the large, bald dog, that roams around day and night. Thankfully, he is much friendlier than he looks, but he's always on the lookout for a snack.

The rooms are small, without air conditioning but ours had a very efficient fan that did the job. There is free wifi here and, if like me, you didn't bring your laptop along, you can use the computers in reception for 10 pesos (50p) per hour. The @ sign is not where you'd expect it to be - if memory serves correctly you need to press alt q - if not just ask Joaquim, the youngest son and he will sort you out.

This delightful little sancturary also offers a spacious roof garden and an expanding library - you need to leave 2 books and you can take 1.

I would definitely come here again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

This hotel is an amazing site it is a plain but an amazing adventure for kids. My father used to bring his spanish studets here and they all love it and still come back! It as a small library and almost all outdoor space! The family that ownes it will give you great places to go!! Casa Arnel is my favorite place to stay in Oaxaca!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2011
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2  Thank Sillygks
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Hotel Casa Arnel is in a quiet neighborhood of Oaxaca City, a 15-minute stroll northeast of the zocalo. For us being away from the bustle of the city center was a big plus. The building surrounds a lushly planted courtyard. One side is the family's home, the other three sides the hotel. The family and staff are very kind and accomodating, and if you miss your pets, the family's hairless dog, Rex, responds well to friendly overtures. Even the parrots who live in the courtyard by day are friendly.

The rooms are basic--no tv, no phone--but clean and comfortable and very reasonably priced. Breakfast at a communal table is available for an extra charge, cooked to order while you chat with the other guests. We had a room with a private bath, but there are rooms with shared baths also, at a lower rate naturally. There's a roof deck overlooking the colonial-era church across the street, and hammocks on a covered roof deck for relaxing.

They offer a variety of excursions, classes, etc. by arrangement with outside contractors. We booked a trip to Tule, Mitla, and other points east through them and had an excellent day with a driver fluent in English and a very comfortable van.

I got no response to emails I sent from home before we arrived in Oaxaca, and I don't think computers are a big part of the family's life, so if you want to make reservations don't count on using email to do it. I definitely intend to stay at Casa Arnel whenever I'm in Oaxaca in the future.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank CharlesP723
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

I really enjoyed my stay here. I had a single room with shared bathroom (but i never saw anyone else use the bathroom). Not a huge room by any means but comfortable. Lovely green courtyard that is very tranquil. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast (not included) options are very reasonably priced. It's about a 15 minute walk to the Zocalo but given how pretty the streets of Oaxaca are this was almost an added bonus, walking different ways to/from the hostel to discover new streets and colourful buildings.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Address: Calle Aldama 404 | Col. Jalatlaco, Oaxaca 68080, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #54 of 109 Hotels in Oaxaca
Price Range: $18 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Casa Arnel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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