'Hotel Pincipal' is an authentic hacienda style building that is centraly located from the 'Manuel Alvarez Museum'. The hotel features 23 rooms surrounding a white-washed, open courtyard decorated with wrought iron railings and clay pots planted with geraniums and bougainvillea; singles and doubles.
It is located 4 blocks north of the 'Zocalo', in the cleaner shopping district of the city. The rooms are immaculate and decorated with greek-style luxure. The on-site cafe is quite popular, especially in the morning because we serve authentic Oaxacan breakfasts. Our Hotel has a small library with a variety of English books which guests are welcomed to borrow. Our staff speaks English and Spanish.
'Hotel Principal', is located 1 block to the East and 1/2 blocks to the north of the Zócalo, it is a favorite Hotel of budget travelers for a long time. It is nearby the shops, museums, and restaurants, just great. Rooms are simply furnished. Three have balconies over the street; the rest are off the interior patio. Most have a double bed. All of the rooms are quiet.
Both Delta Airlines and Continental offer flights from U. S. cities to Oaxaca, with a change of planes in Mexico City. The other way to do it is to fly to Mexico City with another carrier, then connect with a Mexicana Airlines flight for the final leg to Oaxaca.
Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 Days before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the full cost of the reservation. Deposits paid are non refundable.
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The property has a large but mostly barren central courtyard with very comfortable chairs around the periphery. There is WiFI though it is unmentioned by their ad. The staff are very very friendly and happy to help. I had some unusual questions about their town and they worked to answer them all.
The space is secure with virtually no way for thieves to get in. I forgot my camera on the front desk and it was returned to me promptly when I got back from looking around, even though I was sure I was pickpocketed. The space is about two blocks from the zocalo. So that was great.
The beds are comfortable and the sheets very clean.
The showers ostensibly give out hotwater, though you couldn't prove that by me. That would be one of my only complaints. The other being that the map shows that the hotel is on 5 de Mayo near the bus station. THAT 5 de Mayo is nothing more than an alley. You need to go south toward the zocalo to find the Main 5 de Mayo. I walked there from the bus station....but it was not a leisurely five minute walk.
Still, a good joint at a reasonable price.
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