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Hotel Boutique Parador San Miguel Oaxaca
Ranked #8 of 109 Hotels in Oaxaca
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great hotel, fantastic location”
Reviewed March 22, 2008

We stayed at this hotel for four nights in early March. The Hotel is in a great location only a block from the zocalo, and close distance to the markets and other attractions of Oaxaca.
Hotel is very authentic and the room we had (standard) was large and spacious. Only one bottle of water per day was supplied but there are plenty of shops nearby to restock yourself. Bed was fine, it was a little hard but this is pretty standard in Mexico (well it is from our experience of the 4 hotels we stayed at!).
We ate breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel a few times and really enjoyed the food and friendly service. The restaurant always seemed to be busy at lunch/dinner with both locals and tourists eating there. Prices are reasonable and comparable to elsewhere in town.
Reception were helpful organising transport when required.
Internet is available free to guests.
We would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Location, beautiful gardens/architecture
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2008

Had an extremely pleasant stay end of Feb/ early March 08. Staff was very friendly, but desk staff had rather limited grasp of English. Restaurant was fairly good, but one the one evening meal was accompanied by a bland mole. Restaurant too noisy with active street location and door/windows (2) wide open all the time. Decorating was very nice and open/airy feel. Staying in the rooms away from the street highly advisable as most of the street sounds did get readily transmitted. Nice to have free computer with internet access in the lobby. Found the hotel very clean. Location was outstanding with excellent foot access to almost all of the main sites in the city. Be prepared for a very hard bed consisting of mattress sitting on top of plywood platform - bring your Ibuprofen. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Location in the city center of activity
  • Disliked — Extremely hard bed
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Texas, USA
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24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2007

I recently spent three nights at this hotel and found the staff extremely friendly, the building and room immaculate and nicely appointed, and the restaurant and location (two blocks from the zocalo) excellent. We requested a quiet room, and were given an interior room mostly insulated from street noise. The only downsides were that there was a rowdy group also staying there at the same time and there is virtually no insulation from interior building noise. Most of the time this was not a problem, except when this group returned to the hotel late at night, and continued celebrating in the hallways and courtyard. Also, the door to the room had a large pane of frosted glass, which was impossible to cover so the room was not completely dark. Otherwise, I would recommend the hotel, and plan to stay there on future visits.

Stayed November 2007
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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2007

We learned a lot about lovely Oaxaca during our five-night stay, including the fact that the Zocalo is the center of the universe and that honking is the town's unofficial sport. If we had it to do over, I probably would have booked in a quieter neighborhood. The lovely stone and tile work of the Parador San Miguel amplify every honk, shout, and bang, so bring earplugs. That being said, if you want to be in the middle of the action this is a great location. Be aware that the "standard" rooms are indeed very small, more like a ship's cabin than a hotel room. I didn't pay attention while booking and by the time we arrived it was full and too late to switch to a "superior" room. The decor is charming, the front desk staff very helpful, and the computer station with 30 minutes free Internet/day very handy. The restaurant is good if you're too tired or hungry to budge from the hotel, but the service is a bit slow. Did I mention to bring earplugs?

Stayed November 2007
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New York
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2007

We stayed at Parador San Miguel in Oaxaca City for four nights and were satisfied with the choice. The location is excellent, just a block or two from the Zocalo, which is extremely pleasant at night, and a few blocks from Alcala, the main pedestrian shopping street. Several of the markets are just a few blocks south. The lobby and courtyard of the hotel are pretty and pleasant, with plants, tile and wrought iron. The rooms seemed a step down, certainly not bad but with a little more of a budget feel than I'd expected for $95 a night (380 pesos total). The room had a TV and both a fan and an air conditioner. The beds were wrought iron and comfortable but squeaky; they'd look a lot more inviting with new cotton blankets instead of the current brown poly ones. The bathroom was fine, with a large shower and no tub. I did like the huge etagere next to the sink, which helped keep the counter uncluttered. I don't know how the hotel compares with other hotels but there are several others in the vicinity. We ate only breakfast at the hotel restaurant, mostly because it always seemed quite dead and service therefore a little spotty. The desk clerks were always pleasant but their English was not fluent.

  • Stayed October 2007
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2007

My wife and I are simply amazed that the Parador San Miguel is rated so highly here. With the exception of a well-intentioned staff, we can think of anything good to say about this place. For $139/night, we got a windowless room with a broken toilet and perennially leaky faucet. Actually there was one window: a frosted-glass number in the door! Until we asked the hotel to turn off the hall lights, the room was bright enough to read by, even in the middle of the night. The restaurant was terrible. Upon our arrival, the hotel directed us to park our car at a private lot for around 200 pesos per day. Later we realized there is tons of free, on-street parking all over Oaxaca, including around the corner from the hotel.

  • Liked — Nice Staff
  • Disliked — Terrible Rooms
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Chicago, IL
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2007

I booked the Parador after reading the great reviews on trip advisor. Most of the reviews are right on.

The place is very clean. The regular rooms are small but with a good lay out. If you are going to Oaxaca to relax you do not want to stay here as there is no place to relax other than your room. If you need a nice clean place to sleep, this is the place for you.

Likes -
Clean room.
Firm comfortable mattress.
Good breakfast (not free)
Free internet in lobby
good location near zocalo
Good air conditioner
Safe - they lock up at night and only allow guests to enter

Dislikes -
It's LOUD if you are not in your room you hear everything from the streets.
The restaurant service is SLOW.
The restaurant closes early.

I will add one final thing. I picked this place mostly because I wanted to stay somewhere clean and avoid a run in with any bugs. I really am afraid of the bug that has a catchy spanish tune la cuca......

anyways, My trip was in July and I have to admit a run in with one of those things is inevitable. It only happened once but it did happen. It probably is impossible to avoid in Oaxaca in the summer so I am not blaming the hotel as the place is immaculately clean but if you are afraid of bugs I would just avoid Oaxaca.

  • Liked — cleanliness
  • Disliked — restaurant service
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Boutique Parador San Miguel Oaxaca
Address: Avenida de La Independencia 503, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Oaxaca
#7 Family Hotel in Oaxaca
#10 Romantic Hotel in Oaxaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Boutique Parador San Miguel Oaxaca 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a privileged location, 20 minutes from the airport. In the historical downtown area, only a half block from the Central Alameda. The beautiful colonial-style building has three floors with 23 rooms, including four suites.Located on one of the main avenues in the city, the facade had a grand entry door of carved cedar, opening to a lovely porch with a statue of St. Michael the Archangel.A wrought iron gate opens to the hotel vestibule, where walls of ochre, terra-cotta, beige and cream combine with dark green ironwork and green granite columns to provide a dramatic backdrop for the brilliant bougainvillea and geraniums that thrive in the home's central patio. From here you can catch a hint of the spellbinding flavors of our Oaxacan kitchen. In "La Cocina" you can choose a magical dish to your specifications.Small gardens lead to the first level rooms. A majestic green granite stairway crowned with glorious stained glass leads to the second and third levels. On the second level terrace, you could relax or sunbathe accompanied by canaries in a kaleidoscope of multicolored flowers. ... more   less 
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