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“Great mid range choice for the area” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Posada Arigalan

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Hotel Posada Arigalan
Ranked #3 of 14 Mazunte B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
chicago, il
Level Contributor
38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great mid range choice for the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

I would recommend POSADA ARIGALAN to travelers who are looking for a bit more comfort than backpacker accomodation and are willing to spend a bit more but would still like to stay within a moderate budget. Arigalan is your basic, modest but nice, small, Mexican hotel type of place- but the AC, terraces, large room size, refrigerator, lock box for valuables all added greatly to our comfort. Staff were nice. It was on the same hilltop as Casa Pan de Miel and Zoa and presumably shares the same view but is the most economical of the three.
We reserved for the basic king room with AC, but were moved (upgraded) to the suite with large terrace due to construction of more accomodations going on at the property. We never heard any noise, glad to say.
Firstly, considering how ungodly hot it was in this area in May (and all months but May is one of the worst), I am so glad we chose Posada Arigalan for the air conditioning! I'm a hot climate loving person but sleeping in AC was a godsend in Mazunte!
Secondly, the views are every bit as great as stated!
Tips:
*Be careful on the uneven steep stairs leading down from the hotel to SA beach!
*Bring bug spray, especially if you want to enjoy your terrace in the evening.
*If you're on San Agustinillo beach, one of the best of the beach restaurants is Mexico Que Lindo y Que Rico (an Arigalan staff recommendation). You can get good breakfast lunch or dinner there. We tried several restaurants in Mazunte and SA (it is fairly easy walk to everything) and overall I was rather disappointed in the area restaurants compared to Huatulco and other places on Pacific coast (excepting Que Rico y Que Lindo).
*I would recommend Mazunte/San Agustinillo to young travelers who are looking for a good backpacker/international scene, or to somewhat adventurous middle aged travelers who like laid back, quiet beach destinations.
*I would recommend these beaches to folks who are comfortable with somewhat strong waves.
*We thought San Agustinillo a prettier more quiet beach, but it is more of a beach than a town. The restaurants (all right on the beach) tended to close at 6PM (cause low season?) so it was necessary to go to Mazunte for dinner, which is a little more of a town and more happening. So we tended to hang at SA all day(at Que Rico), and Mazunte in evening.
*Bring whatever cash you will need as it is a pain and a waste of money to cab it to Pochutla to nearest ATM.

I would definately like to return to the area some day and choose Posada Arigalan for my stay. I think i would ideally stay part of the time in Huatulco for the tastier food and variety of beaches, and part of the time in Mazunte/SA for the get away from it all feel.

Room Tip: Consider springing for the King suite- room was spacious and terrace huge. Definately get a room wi...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Buffalo, New York
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90 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

I really liked Posada Arigalan. The room I had was thoughtfully designed to provide comfort and style in a simple way that doesn't detract or make you forget about the place you came to visit. It had a small porch with two wooden chairs and a table, a full-sized bed, wooden drawers, cement shelves and mirrors. The shower, sink and toilet are separated from the rest of the room by a small wall that provides just enough privacy and doesn't make the room look too small.

I noticed too that the room is designed to have good cross-ventilation, however, there was no breeze! The room was not as hot as it was outside, but you would think that you would have a great breeze on such a great location at the top of a hill overlooking the ocean. I assume the overwhelming heat in Mazunte that day was the result of the hurricane that passed only 10 days earlier, which destroyed most of the vegetation and thatch roofs on site and the rest of the area. Maybe when things get back to normal, it will be as airy as I suspect it should have been. At least, the owner and her staff were definitely working hard to clean and repair the grounds.

Anyway, service was good and friendly; and location-wise, it was an easy walk into town. I would definitely consider staying here again if I return to Mazunte.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ana H
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Dallas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

Posada Arigalan has been such a haven for me over the years, with it's breathtaking views, clean rooms, friendly staff and great location. And her yoga space overlooking the Pacific is the perfect place to practice yoga each morning with its continuous, gentle sea breeze. The hotel's charm and character are unlike any other posada in Mazunte - mostly thanks to the warm-hearted owner, Rose. Rose and her staff are tireless in their efforts to ensure a pleasant experience for each and every guest. If I return to Mazunte in the near future, it will be mainly to visit my Pacific paradise, Arigalan.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank singingsquirrel712
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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

I stayed at Rose's, Posada Arigalan, last year for a month. At night, I fell asleep to the waves and in the morning I awoke to see the sunrise over the ocean. Every room has a spectacular view. I stayed in one of the affordable cabins as I was taking a month long course at nearby Agama, which is a five minute walk. Over my cabana, there was a beautiful covered roof deck with hammocks. It was a peaceful place to do yoga or read or chat. The beach is a short walk away. And the staff were attentive and lovely and friendly. I felt safe and cared for :) Thank you to Rose and Marcela and Estaban my stay in Mazunte was absolutely fabulous. THANK YOU!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2012

Posada AriGalan is the perfect place to relax, to catch up on your reading, to watch not only the sunrise but also the sunset and to be in short walking distance to the beach, and grocery stores. Rose and the staff go out of their way to make sure you have a pleasant stay. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. This was my second time staying at this hotel and it definitely won't be my last!! I highly recommend this hotel if your thinking about chilling in the great little town of Mazunte.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank stacey m
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

We have had the pleasure of staying at Posada Arigalan for the past two years. It is an incredible place. We have gone to Huatulco for the winters, the past 6 years. This time we wanted something different but in the same area. A friend recommended Arigalan and introduced us to Rose. I have found my little piece of paradise, with a view that doesn`t quit. Rose is so welcoming to her guests and so giving. She arranged a superbowl party and set up a projector on this massive wall and got cable so my husband wouldn`t miss it. The guests became fast friends with dinner parties to boot.
If you love to watch the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises and want a quiet vacation away from the tourist traps, this is the place. Mazunte is a quaint Mexican town with beautiful beaches and great restaurants. For a real experience and to meet the locals, hop on a collectivo to get anywhere in the area. Hope to see you all there. Liz

Room Tip: Every room has a view and the cabanas are small and quaint but if you don`t mind being close it is a...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank spiritedyoga
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Vancouver
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

I was thinking about doing a yoga course at Agama Yoga in Mazunte and was checking out options when the manager at Agama Yoga suggested staying at Posada Arigalan. I checked out the reviews for Arigalan on Trip Advisor and then contacted the hotel by email. The owner, Rose, responded right away and when she learned I would be there 6 weeks or longer gave me a discount off the already reasonable prices. She arranged for a taxi to meet me at airport which saved me some pesos as well as any relieving any anxiety about finding the hotel as evening set in.

I was able to try a couple of rooms and they were both excellent. Possibly some of the best sleeps of my 6 months in Mexico as the rooms are super quiet and dark, the bedding and pillows were comfortable and there was absolutely no smell of mildew. The friendly staff do a great job of keeping the place spotless and will try their best to help you with any requests.

There is a steep set of stairs to the beach where you can swim, sun and find lots of variety in restaurants. Going the other direction, down the road to Mazunte, you will find a fruit store/juice bar with pretty much everything available. Posada Arigalan has a shared outdoor kitchen (beautiful views) and a fridge where you can prepare and store your fruit, yogurt,etc.

If you are doing Agama yoga courses this is the best place to stay. The rooms are literally 1 minute walk from the Agama yoga property. This allows you to go to your room between classes or on short breaks and also allows you to prepare and eat your own food rather than eat at the school or out all the time. If you are doing a silent retreat the staff underatand and are respectful of your non-communication.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mike58Vancouver
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Property: Hotel Posada Arigalan
Address: Cerrada del Museo de La Tortuga, Mazunte 70700, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Mazunte
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mazunte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arigalan is located in Mazunte located on the southern most tip of Oaxaca, Mexico. 3 suites and 4 mid size rooms 1 apartment 1 family room and 3 cozy cabana to pick from, Arigalan sits high between two beautiful beaches Playla Mazunte and Playa San Agustinillo with spectacular views of Playa San Agustinillo. Here you will enjoy total peace and tranquility. The local population is descended from the Zipotec Indians of ancient times. This dialect can be heard spoken by local residents. ... more   less 

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