We stayed a total of four nights at Catarina which is located very near the noisey markets, both artisan and other. The night time desk clerk, Julio, was uniformly indifferent and rude to the simplest requests such as replacing the large water bottle on the dispensing machine replying that there was none and that it was "an optional service of the hotel", in Spanish. Keep in mind that water continues to be a serious health issue here. The property itself is very nice and very quiet but that was also due to the fact that it was virtually empty. The owners also own Hotel Roma nearby. There are no services or conveniences offered such as coffee and none is available nearby in the morning for takeout. There is no refrigerator available as we bought some Oaxacan cheese the night before we left. The emphasis here seems to be on giving greater attention to the presentation of the property and its maintenance rather than conveniencing the guests. Diego, the daytime clerk, was always very pleasant although there was never a manager in sight. The room we had was large but be reminded that prices fluctuate daily as when we arrived we paid 700 pesos for the first night and 650 for succeeding nights. Things remain slow in Oaxaca and one can bargain for better hotel rates at higher end hotels. Always ask at the desk for promotions.: "Hay promociones?" in Spanish.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Posada Catarina