We just spent 4 nights at this great place. I cannot say enough good things about Denise at the front desk. She was incredibly helpful long before we arrived- she sent me pictures of the room, patiently answered many questions and was always extremely service-oriented. When we arrived much earlier than we thought we would, as we were able to get on an earlier connecting flight from Mexico City, she managed to have our room ready much earlier than standard check-in time and they made breakfast for us even though it seemed to be past breakfast time.
Denise also watched our 2 young daughters on short notice when we didn't have a babysitter and she didn't even ask to be paid (we paid her anyway). She gave us advice on what to see and do and booked a great and inexpensive tour of Mitla, El Tule, Teotitlan and Hierve el Agua for us at the last minute. She always had a smile on her face and was just incredibly nice, friendly and helpful.
We had the Margaritas Suite, which is in an interior courtyard towards the back of the hotel and is shielded from the street noise. It is fairly quiet, though about 7:30 a.m. or so one might hear the fresh juice being made for breakfast in the kitchen. The suite was large with 2 separate rooms and an enormous bathroom. 2 beds were put in the 2d room for our daughters. The only downside is that there was sometimes a smell of sewage coming up from the toilet, which is something we have experienced at several other hotels in Mexico.
The entire suite cost only about $85 dollars per night, making it an incredible value. We paid in cash and free breakfast for the adults were included. The breakfasts are ample and good- eggs, delicious black beans, wonderful fruit plate, fresh bread with butter and jam, and fresh juices, including papaya, cactus, carrot, etc. You eat breakfast in the downstairs courtyard which, like the hotel, has a lot of colonial character. The other staff serving breakfast, like Noe, were also very nice and helpful.
This is not a "five star" or "luxury" hotel but it is authentically colonial, very pretty, spotlessly clean and quite comfortable and a bargain for the price. The location is fantastic- just 1.5 blocks from the Zocalo and maybe 2 or 3 blocks from Mercado Juarez. Everything is so easily walkable from there. It is also on a street that has much less traffic noise and fumes than many others in Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is a vibrant, colorful town with gorgeous architecture, fascinating markets, interesting churches and museums, and surrounded by villages with interesting handicrafts. I highly recommend a stay at Parador San Agustin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travelers with a taste for elegance and comfort will delight at the chance to stay at the newest in the series of Oaxaca's Parador Hotels, "Parador San Agustin". The Parador San Agustin was recently transformed from a deteriorating 16th century colonial estate into a charming, four star hotel with 16 rooms, and an excellent restaurant which, in itself, makes this hotel well-worth the visit. Whether you're a tourist determined to experience the wonders of Oaxaca, or a business person on the run, San Agustin's combination of efficiency, modernity and old-fashioned charm will fit the bill. ... more less
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