Casa Antigua is perfectly located for getting to know the center of Oaxaca -- around the corner from the main pedestrian zone and contemporary art museum, 5 minutes walk from the Zocalo or Centro Cultural (different directions), 10 minutes walk from Rufino Tamayo museum and Basilica de la Soledad, and easy exit from the city for Monte Alban, Tule/Mixtla, and Coyotepec (again,different directions). The staff was friendly and helpful, although not always well-informed. Breakfast was fine (except the coffee -- from a new machine which should be returned to the vendor) but about 30 pesos ($2.50) more than any number of places on the zocalo 3 blocks away.
Two cautionary notes:
1. Notwithstanding what several websites state, parking is NOT onsite. A couple of hours after arriving, we happened to witness our car being driven off by the attendant with his girlfriend in the passenger seat. Unsurprisingly, the next day the car had pistachio shells on the floor and the radio tuned to the local salsa station. If you’re not driving (and our recommendation for the future is to fly into Oaxaca rather than drive in from the DF or elsewhere) or you don’t care, then not a problem. But it had, in fact, been a decision point for us.
2. Of broader interest, exercise extreme care in selecting a “junior suite”. The two we saw (Ocotlan and Zaachila) are long narrow rectangles, one above the other. The windows are along the long wall and open directly onto the breakfast area, so if you have any thoughts of sleeping-in, dismiss them. The smallish glass-lined (and thus privacy-minimized) sink/toilet/shower area and the closet are squeezed into the end. Advertised as being for 4 people (2 “matrimonial” beds, which probably refers to matrimonial disharmony), these had better be four VERY good friends. The master suites with king beds we peeked at appeared a far better choice for not much more money.
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