The location of this hotel is excellent. It has thick walls and remained reasonably quiet despite it's central location. The hotel seemed to always have someone available with at least rudimentary English skills. One very polite desk clerk was pursuing a university degree in English. The Spanish spoken was also of high quality, and I understood everything said to me in Spanish since I have a basic level of fluency. No muttered slang; this was "correct" Spanish spoken at a comprehensible speed. When the staff spoke to me in Spanish (they politely keyed in to my preference to use Spanish) they would "check in" with me to make sure I understood by asking me questions about what they had just said. A nice touch. They offered good advice about how to take "collectivo" taxis to outlying towns for the various markets. They helped me pick what markets and sights were most interesting. They had time for us.
The hotel rooms and common areas are spotless, period. The cleanliness meets and possibly exceeds American, Canadian and European standards. The interior design is excellent and pleasing to the eye. There is a wonderful guest "sitting area" with comfy furniture that is somewhat private in that it is not viewable from the front reception nor the restaurant, so it creates a nice space for a beverage and to recount the days events with your significant other or travel companion as you gaze into the central courtyard over a coffee or cerveza.
The air conditioning was very effective. The wall mounted units are those commonly found in good mexican hotels and have precise digital temperature controls.These units can take a bit of getting used to. Remember that cold air sinks, so set it for a warmer temperature than you might think reasonable. Also avoid the "oscilating" feature of the AC fan duct as it is a bit unnecessary. Keep pushing buttons and you will figure out the units and how to stop the oscilator.
Tasteful tile, color and room appointments throughout the hotel. It is a beautiful hotel. Beds were comfortable. Two free bottled waters daily. Plenty of hot water. They have some king beds available, but no worries if one is not available. Just push the two full size beds together and enjoy the adventure. My wife loved the place and it is possibly the cleanest and best maintained place I have ever stayed in Mexico or Central America. Finally, the push key strong boxes "caja fuerte" in each room were large and were bolted fast to something. A nice touch. Suites are palatial if you want to drop the extra money. I checked one out and was quite suprised. The bathroom was giant and the room palatial. A "standard" room is not huge, but my wife and I did just fine with it. A "standard" room has a shower, and this one had a small "handicapp" grab bar in it so you could scub your feet with confidence. It does not have an elevator, but the stairs to the rooms had proper dimensions,short rises, and were not slick but rather a tumbled stone with relief or traction, so someone with moderate mobility could probably stay here. Also, there are first floor rooms and one huge suite is on the first floor. Would likely be suitable for someone wheelchair bound. Tile floors in mexican showers can be slick and steep, so flip flops are smart, but this one had a nice mellow slope to the shower floor that was American/Canadian in safety standards. Somebody really knew what they were doing when they put this hotel together.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Parador San Miguel Oaxaca
- Parador San Miguel Hotel Oaxaca