Visit: March 4, 2005 to March 12 2005.
Reservations: Via e-mail. Not knowing Spanish can make it a challenge. They do try very hard to understand your request though. Deposit in cash/check needed for the first night, for US visitors this is easy enough to do by sending a check to a bank in the US, they will send you the details.
Payment by: Cash only.
How I found the place: Sight unseen, via the web. Trip Advisor review was by and large accurate. The very negative report, is an anomaly as best as I can tell.
Description of Posada Del Centro:
Rooms: Single, double and triples. Some with private bathrooms. The shared bathrooms are nice enough so if you want to save some bucks, that is a good way to go. The hotel is in an old building, colonial style, that is very typical in Oaxaca. Two courtyards, front and back. In the front the rooms are all at the ground level and around the courtyard, except for two rooms in the front. In the back there is a second story.
Furnishings: Tastefully decorated, comfortable beds with good linen and plenty of clean towels. Some rooms have TV. A nice wooden closet comes with the room. No air conditioning, but we were fine.
Conditon of the rooms/building: Being an old building, as is most of central Oaxaca, parts of the buildings are in various needs of repair etc.. nothing major though, just some peeling paint here and there. They seem to be at work fixing stuff as fast as they can. The courtyard is clean and quite pretty, with various flowers etc.. Very nice to lounge around, read a book etc..
Location: Well, this is the Zen moment for Posada Del Centro. The location is the best part and depending on one's appetite for smog, can also be its weakest aspect. If being close to the Zocalo is important, you have hit a home run. PDC is only 2.5 blocks from the Zocalo. It is also easily within walking distance of most Spanish schools in the city center and places of interest such as Santo Domingo, Basilica etc. etc.. All good things. BUT...
PDC is located on Independencia, a very busy one way street that comes into the Zocalo. What this means is that every time you head out of the hotel, you step into massive traffic in what is a narrow old street. The exhaust fumes from the traffic got quite old for me in a hurry. I think this aspect is the problem with PDC's location. That said, note that MOST hotels in the central district are likely to face this same situation. And any amount of walking in the central district commits you to the awful traffic situation and breathing of vast quantitites of noxious gases as you walk around the beautiful town. If you are from LA you are set :)
Noise: The street noise is not a problem. After being out in Oaxacan traffic and fumes, you will think that the tranquil court yard of the PDC is Shangri-la. Any traffic noise from Independencia, will not bother you, since now you can actually breathe. Yes, there will be traffic noise in the day. But, it dies down by sleepy time, so I think the traffic noise aspect is not a big deal. Being a courtyard, any unruly guests can bother the rest, we had no such problem. During the day, in late afternoons there is some noise in the front courtyard, which to me was pleasant actually. Since it was mostly Spanish music the maids had and a couple of children playing and laughing, hardly a bothersome affair.
People: The people running PDC are the strongest part of their hotel. They are friendly and work hard to keep the guests happy. The ladies that run the front office are just simply wonderful. They loved our infant daughter, and did everything to make our stay comforable, including getting a crib for us. And, when our daughter came down with an ear infectin the concern they showed was genuine. It also helped that the PDC is owned by a pedatrician and his wife! The good doctor is a kind man, who clearly takes pride in his hotel. His attitude is readily reflected on the folks that run the place. They are all A+. I cannot stress the quality of the ladies that we had the good fortune of interacting with.
Other stuff: Free coffee in the mornings, except the weekend. They have a cafe at the restaurant, which is ok for a quick breakfast. It isn't an exceptional place, BUT, the lady that runs it, runs a clean operation and my guess is that she would accommodate special requests etc.. There is an ice box out front, where you can buy cold drinks sodas etc.. They will help you with tours etc.. They will also call you a taxi to take to the airport, especially if your departure is very early in the morning. Hot water seemed to be intermittent, it was available, but seemed to run out every now and then. Supposedly they filter their water, so it is safe. I would never drink it, but we did brush our teeth with it, had no issues.
In General: I give this place a solid A-, if it weren't for the traffic and fumes that greets you upon stepping into Independencia, it would have been a solid A. If you are looking for a fancy place, this isn't it. If you are looking for a perfectly decent place with great people and in town, then you won't be disappointed.
hope this was helpful.
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Del Centro Oaxaca
- Posada Del Centro Hotel