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“Lovely hotel near the Zocalo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Boutique De La Parra

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Hotel Boutique De La Parra
Ranked #17 of 111 Hotels in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
Arlington, Virginia
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel near the Zocalo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

On my last trip to Oaxaca, I stayed at the Hotel Parador San Miguel which I liked quite a lot. This time, however, the warmer weather and favorable internet special rate persuaded me to try the Hotel Boutique de la Parra with its lovely pool, just a block off the zocalo. It was a good choice. If you are trying to decide between the two, here are the differences in a nutshell: Hotel de la Parra is quieter, and its suites have lovely rooms with windows overlooking the street and spacious baths. It is also physically more beautiful with its lovely patios and pool area. The Parador is livelier -- and noisier; some of its suites are interior rooms with no windows and if you prefer showers over baths, you have to climb into a big spa tub which could be difficult to navigate for older guests. But the Parador's breakfast, which is included in the price, is far superior to the Hotel de la Parra's, which is reasonably priced but not included. It's really a question of your preferences -- but you can't really go wrong. Both hotels have helpful, friendly staffs.

Hotel de la Parra is very attractive. It has lovely stone floors and dark wood. Bedding and table linens are locally made of a thick embroidered cotton, but where other hotels are decorated in lively Mexican colors, this hotel opts for a white palette, very attractive next to the floors and woodwork. One complaint is that the lighting is somewhat dim. Additionally, the windows can't be opened, probably an effort to limit street noise and dust. However, it would have been nice to crack the windows at night rather than be forced to use the AC on cool evenings just to prevent the room from becoming stuffy. Overall, the experience was relaxing and pleasing. The Hotel is a comfortable respite from the busy streets of Oaxaca at the end of a long day.

As for the pool, it is beautiful and secluded. Lined with chaise lounges upholstered in terry cloth, it is a comfortable place to relax in the hot afternoon or wind down at the end of the day. One oversight, however, is that the hotel does not offer beverage service there. Perhaps that is why it seemed so little used. Indeed, I don't think you can get a beverage in the hotel after the breakfast buffet except from your own mini-bar. But with the bustling zocalo nearby, who wants to stay home?

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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MarcosGV, Propietario at Hotel Boutique De La Parra, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Hello, thank you for staying at De La Parra and posting your review, we are working on the street windows, as you mentioned, it would be nice to open the windows and see all the people walking by the Zocalo, but we also want you to sleep well without any kind of noise, I promise that next time you come to Oaxaca we will have new soundproof windows. About the pool patio, we are going to change the deck wood floor for wood tiles, it will be safer, we just got the new bar natural rattan sofas and we'll be opening for the holy week festivities (Eastern2013), the pool will be heated permanentetly at 85F (30C), I hope to see you soon in Oaxaca and write about what is happening in Oaxaca and at De La Parra. Regards Marcos Gonzalez
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Santa Rosa, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The hotel was charming and the staff went out of their way to help us with dinner recommendations, reservations and private tours. Breakfast was served in the inside patio with a complete buffet of a variety of Mexican dishes or else an American Breakfast of fresh fruit, delicious o.j., cereals, or eggs to order. The coffee could be improved upon. We did upgrade to a Junior Suite for some of the rooms were small and dark and since we were planning to be in Oaxaca ten days, it was well worth it... I would recommend staying on the second floor away from the street. The rooms were very well maintained...the pillows were of excellent quality and the linens and large bath towels were what one would expect in a first class hotel but a bit worn. The location could not have been more convenient for we walked everywhere both day and night.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank 30barbara
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

GOOD POINTS:
- Great location
- Some friendly staff
- elegant rooms
- nice breakfast

BAD POINTS
- Overpriced for what you get
- noisy rooms
- at this price (for mexico) breakfast should be included.

The hotel could be great, but our room was particularly noisy. The closet had some equipment in it that hummed and vibrated all night. The courtyard amplifies the noise of other guests returning late, and if you are downstairs, you can hear people moving around upstairs.

The staff were great, and the location is awesome. Even though the breakfast was good, don't bother - there are plenty of options within walking distance.

Room Tip: avoid room 103! very noisy.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Joeschwaa
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MarcosGV, Propietario at Hotel Boutique De La Parra, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Hello, thank you for your review, right now we are working on the vibrating noise inside the closet wall, it was the water pipes from the under ground tank to the filters, unfortunately we can't post pictures but we are changing all the pipes far away from the rooms, so there will be no more noise at any time, the job will be done by the end of january 2013.

About the noise from the central courtyard to the ground floor level rooms, we change the wood windows to soundproof double glass pvc windows, I promise you that we will do something with the rooms door so the noise will not get to the bedroom.

Thank you for your review, it is one of the best ways to improve our facilities and service, hope to see you soon in Oaxaca.
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

From the street looks very small, we were walking around the Zocalo when we saw it, we move the next day, small private pool at the back, the staff smiles and tries to help with local recommendations, small buffet breakfast with eggs, pancakes,, tamales, chilaquiles and cereals.

I do recommend this hotel, best location in town, room was very clean, big bathroom with shower, no tub, free WiFi, the rate might be a little higher than other Oaxaca hotels, but it worth to pay 20USD for the location, clean rooms and friendly staff

Room Tip: Top floor rooms are sunny
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Trini G
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MarcosGV, Propietario at Hotel Boutique De La Parra, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Hello, thank you for your review, right now we are working on the vibrating noise inside the closet wall, it was the water pipes from the under ground tank to the filters, unfortunately we can't post pictures but we are changing all the pipes far away from the rooms, so there will be no more noise at any time, the job will be done by the end of january 2013.

About the noise from the central courtyard to the ground floor level rooms, we change the wood windows to soundproof double glass pvc windows, I promise you that we will do something with the rooms door so the noise will not get to the bedroom.

Thank you for your review, it is one of the best ways to improve our facilities and service, hope to see you soon in Oaxaca.
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North Palm Beach, Florida, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The hotel was a great addition to our experience in Oaxaca. It was roomy, clean and very well located. But most of all, the staff was so overly accommodating. They also arranged for tours outside the city and their recommendations were excellent. The staff also spoke english which was helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Leslie M
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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Colonial mansion in the center of the city, right off the zocalo, a few step away from main tourist spots, small pool at the back, delicious breakfast buffet, comfortable room, 42" LCD HD CableTV, we bought a honey moon package from their web page, 3 days in Oaxaca and 3 in Puerto Escondido, we paid about MxN$20,000.00 and got a lot of things, tours, dinners, massage, air transportation from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido, etc. A really good deal, definitely one of the best hotels in Colonial Mexico.

Room Tip: Ask for an upgrade at the frontdesk, if they have a room available they will give it to you
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Antonella L
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Mexico City, Mexico
Level Contributor
160 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

I spent three nights at this charming boutique hotel about a block from Oaxaca's busy main square (Zocalo). My room was spacious and comfortable, and featured air conditioning and cable TV. The hotel, in a remodeled colonial building, is very well maintained, and the staff is friendly and courteous. The breakfast buffet was delicious—the same basics like coffee and oaxacan hot chocolate and fresh-squeezed orange juice, but different buffet dishes every day. Crispy quesadillas with the stringy oaxacan cheese and a bit of fresh epazote. Chewy chicharrón in green sauce. Chilaquiles with black beans. Different kinds of tamales. Dense, rich pasilla chile sauce was the condiment of choice. Friends staying at another hotel decided to join me for breakfast every day. The staff offered special attention for a sick child and made sure that my friends could warm a baby bottle whenever they needed to. The pool looked lovely but we were so busy exploring Oaxaca we didn't have a chance to try it out. I recommend this hotel highly.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Boutique De La Parra
Address: Calle Vicente Guerrero No. 117 | Col. Centro Histórico, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Oaxaca
#4 Family Hotel in Oaxaca
#12 Romantic Hotel in Oaxaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Boutique De La Parra 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel de la Parra is a hacienda-style boutique hotel located steps away from the Zócalo, or center square, of Oaxaca City. We offer rooms equipped with air conditioning, minibars, and all the amenities, as well as a lovely pool and restaurant. Well-situated in the heart of Oaxaca's majestic historic center, Hotel De La Parra is surrounded by gourmet restaurants, beautiful churches, fascinating museums and many other sites of interest.These are the ingredients which make Hotel De La Parra one of the best, most comfortable places to stay in Oaxaca.Welcome to Oaxaca, and to the Hotel De La Parra! ... more   less 
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