It's like staying in a friend's home... one who has a large rambling courtyard & a small, cozy TV room. I stayed there on the tail end of a trip and frankly, was just tired of seeing things, being on buses & in taxis, talking with people... I needed to chill.
I had booked a couple of days in advance and when I walked in, I immediately added a 3rd and then, a 4th. I slept in a couple of mornings and then, walked around Oaxaca, checking out museums, getting cappucino at Cafe Brujula - sometimes, going out at night, sometimes not. With a key to the front gate, you come and go as you please. It's comfortable - not in a plush way, but in a cozy, comfy, personalized way.
The breakfast is delightful - certainly more than I'm used to at home. The bed was comfortable. The service and attention was fabulous. I liked seeing other guests and saying hello, how's it going each day. Maria set up her TV so we could watch the U.S. election results. That was interesting - seeing U.S. politics from a distance, knowing your ballot was already cast and then digging into the small "honesty refrigerator" for a beer.
This kind of place is why I travel - I want to be plugged into the local happenings, see art & sites/sights, and meet people without the veneer of a hotel (even though the Hotel Abu, which I also stayed at, was nice). Each of the rooms has a different theme and Maria decorates uniquely with bags and textiles from the area. Each day, I grabbed a different bag to hold my purse and camera.
You do hear street noise - usually it's the "whoosh" of cars in the background. That didn't bother me. There is a food establishment (to be avoided) diagonally across the street, however. It's open late and there was one night that people seemed especially noisy. I plugged in my iPhone headphones & listened to music but made a mental note to bring earplugs on my next trip. (I'm a light sleeper and each place (or bus) has its own set of noises. Fireworks and street music are common!)
Maria and staff are flexible and helpful. Maria is international - she moves in and out of languages and cultures easily. When returning to Mexico City on a late night bus, I was able to hang out, watch TV, and check my email before calling a taxi at 11 PM. Most hotels would require special arrangements. I'm returning to Mexico in a few weeks and hope to stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A quaint hotel that has a different, fun feel to it. Our guests enter and lounge just as they would at home, made easy by our personalized attention and warm environment. We enjoy spoiling you with a morning breakfast, hearty and healthy, as well as providing an orientation upon your arrival to this wonderful town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Diablo y La Sandia Hotel Oaxaca
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